Gran Hotel La Florida5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Best Service and excellent location. I have rarely enjoyed a hotel this much. Full of modern art and the pool is huge and gorgeous. I was so impressed with the staff and they genuinely enjoy working there. A romantic hotel too.
Located on mount Tibidabo, Barcelona’s highest mountain that also hosts the famous amusement park, La Florida comes with stunning views over Barcelona, its neighbouring cities and the Mediterranean. The rooms come with comfy beds, walk-in showers (and extra bathtub if applicable), high-class bathroom products, free WiFi, and very attentive service that also includes a turn-down. The hotel has both outdoor and indoor pools (heated, for a comfortable temperature), again with the respective views, or surrounded with further spa and gym facilities, if the latter. According to the staff, this is where the Barcelona FC team used to come to prepare, celebrate or wind-down from matches. The bar & outdoor terrace restaurant serves quite nice food, but fails to produce a few classic drinks just right (think dry gin Martini, Margarita etc), which is something you would expect at this James Bond-like location. The gourmet restaurant, “Barcelonas”, inside, is a beautiful stage for chef Ivan Jiménez’ colourful creations. Tasting menus — ambitious, although a little short of flavour depth at times — don’t cost the world here and are a fun way to end the day up on the mountain. As La Florida is almost at the end of the road that leads up to Tibidabo, taxi rides are expensive (ca. €30 one way from/to the city, €50 from/to BCN airport). However, if you want to down into town during the day, there’s the T2A bus (not: T2B!) that takes you straight to Plaza de Catalunya for only €3, running every 20 minutes. This is a perfect luxury break away from busy urban centres, basically on the countryside, but right by Barcelona, if you prefer the hustle and bustle of the city. The only sound you’ll hear every now and then, when the winds are right, are the screaming crowds of the amusement park in the distance.
The hotel could be charming with his nice old building and beautiful view but there has been a lot of carelessness : - the outside part is quite damaged (tiles are not pasted anymore) - the rooms are not very clean (coffee taints that were not wiped, quite old towels, faucets not working very well, a/c working quite badly) - food is really bad, not tasty at all. - the service is poor : people are nice in front of you but don't care at all about customers. If you order at the bar go pay to the bar, no way they bring you the bill directly - We were told to order at least 2 hours in advance our taxi at 4:30am...it arrived at 5:00 : why don't they order it at 4:15 if it is "always difficult to get a taxi around 4:00 with the clubs" as we were told while waiting ? Better pay 5€ more than miss a flight !!! Anyway Barcelona is a very nice city but never ever again at la florida
On arrival, we dropped the car off at the entrance and was shown to reception with a glass of Cava to welcome us. Paperwork completed, the parking charge is a bit steep, but we took full advantage of using the valet facility so I was happy to pay. Shown to the room which is outstanding. We requested a city view corner room (room 208) and was not disappointed. My wife rates it the best view ever (however it's my second place below the city view of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore). We are blessed with fantastic weather which certainly helps. It took three attempts to get our suitcases delivered to the room - a shift change over meant the tags were allocated to the wrong room. There was a conference on the day of arrival so we were restricted access from the spa/indoor pool area. When we asked to have lunch on the terrace, that too was out of bounds. As others have stated, forget about the shuttle, it'll be fully booked. We used the car to get to the city one day, parking was easy enough but the bays are tiny and the other drivers/scooter riders are crazy. Second day we tried to use the bus but got fed up waiting so just used a cab. Depending on where you get dropped off it'll be €16-€22 on the meter. Having a relaxing time on the terrace sunbathing today, well it would be if it wasn't for the noise of the amusement park next door. Dinner tonight will be in a separate review. It would appear as if there's more restrictions today, looks like they're setting up for another conference. I realise that these events are good for a hotels income but they shouldn't impact on other guests at all in a 5* hotel. The staff are all friendly enough, but there's too few of them to be attentive enough to their guests. It's a great hotel for a short break but it's limitations are evident for longer stays.
I recently spent one night at the Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona. I am a frequent business and leisure traveller. The hotel is arguably the worst hotel that I have ever stayed in. I have stayed in Motel 6s that are better run than this hotel. From the time I drove up to the hotel, to the time that I left the hotel, it was one disappointment, and almost disaster, to another. When I drove up to the hotel, the driveway/entrance to the hotel was jammed packed with cars. I had to wait on the street to drive my car to the front door of the hotel so that I could unload my bags. I then had to wait for the valet to park our car as there was nowhere to park, but also because the valet was also the doorman, the bellhop and the concierge. One individual was doing it all. Upon entering our room (room 108 which is called the Japanese Suite), I noticed a foul smell in the bathroom, akin to sewage backup and that the room was directly above the hotel’s indoor pool with a large window overlooking the brightly lit pool. As that window afforded us no privacy, I immediately requested a different room. I was told at that time (around 7 pm) that the hotel was fully booked and that no other rooms were available. When I tried to go the bed around 12 midnight, I realized that I would not be able to sleep due to the light streaming into the room from the brightly lit indoor pool. It was at this time – around 12 midnight – that the hotel offered us a different room. I guess someone had checked out between 7 pm and 12 midnight. Since I would be checking out in about 6 hours, I decided to stay in the room. The front desk guy came up to the room to hang black curtains over the pool window to darken the room so that I could sleep while I lay in bed. Also, the wifi in the hotel was not working. I wish I could say that that was all that went wrong. Before retiring to my room for the night, I had requested a taxi in the morning to take me to the airport at 6:15 am. I saw the front desk person write the request down in a book. When I went down to reception at 6:10 am, there was no one at reception and the front entrance to the hotel was locked. Very unusual for a hotel of this size. When I finally managed to track down a front desk person, it was clear that the hotel had not called a taxi for me. Now, normally this would not be a problem in a major city like Barcelona. But at this hotel, it is a big problem. The hotel is on a hilltop overlooking Barcelona, some 20 minutes from the center of the city. The hotel had told me upon check in that it was necessary to call for a taxi in advance as there are no taxis nearby. Since they had forgotten to call for a taxi in advance as I had requested, there was nothing that I could do but wait for the taxi which was finally called after 6:15 am. I almost missed my international flight. Needless to say, I would not recommend this hotel.
Loved this hotel in every aspect, the views, the rooms, the pool, restaurant, everything was clean and lovely to be around. The staff were very helpful and couldnt do enough for you. The food was also very nice. I would definitely go back!
This was our third visit back to Gran Hotel La Florida and with each visit it only gets better. The staff are all so welcoming with special thanks to Nicolas at the front desk for arranging yet another spectacular evening at AbaC restaurant, and to Xenia in Barcelonas restaurant who made our night so special with her superb wine pairing to complement the wonderful tasting menu. If you visit Gran Florida you must indulge in a massage 'the journey to Provence' experience is truly the best massage and overall experience of any spa I have visited previously. Back to work for us now until maybe a few weeks to steal a quick weekend in Barcelona's hidden gem with the best view of the city.
My wife and I stayed here for three nights last week. Our room overlooked the mountains as we forgot to ask for a city view. We are arrived late on Monday night, having used public transport to Vallcarca and then a taxi from there. The Barcelona Tourist Board site suggests that a taxi for this journey is about 10 euros -It was 15 (which wasn't a problem) We were given a junior suite. The night view of lights stretching out into the distance was very pleasant. The following morning the view was lovely. We had a side balcony which had a view of a part of Barcelona and the sea but the weather was hazy so the sea was fairly indistinguishable. Breakfasts were included in our booking (they appear to start at 28 euros) and there was a good choice. The idea had been a budget city break, but I found this hotel (with breakfast included) for only £30 more than the three star hotel I had found, so it appeared to make sense. We were upgraded on arrival On day two and three it rained - and rained and rained. From our fourth floor room, you could see the far side of the road outside and being at the top of the mountain-nothing else. This obviously extended to the front of the hotel where you couldn't see past the patio. This being our second trip to the city, this was weather we clearly hadn't anticipated ! If staying at this hotel the weather will make or break it, and I am sure we were just unlucky. Going into the city later in the day, the cloud was still stuck on the mountain whilst the city was just wet. The hotel fully justifies it five star rating. The suite was lovely, towels, dressing gowns slippers and toiletries were provided and all were luxurious.The staff were extremely courteous and polite. The swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna were enjoyable We used public transport as we had bought a four day Barcelona Travel card (we didn't buy the Barcelona card as we had visited most of the places of interest on our first visit ---If on your first visit the Barcelona Card is 10/10 !!!) One of the few forms of transport not included in the travel card is the Tibidabo Funicular (which is quite costly but five minutes walk)) There are bus stops visible from the hotel. I had read about a bus that goes straight to the city centre. It is the T2B but is seasonal. In April it only runs at the weekend. The 111 bus runs from the stop opposite the hotel every 30 minutes. It goes up the hill (then over the top and down the other side and takes just under 10 minutes (with lovely views) to Vallvidrera to get the funicular (- The bus stops directly outside). We never waited more than a few minutes for the funicular at the bottom of which is the railway station at Peu del Funicular . There we never waited more than 5 minutes for the S2 train to Playa Catalunya in the city centre. The last part of the journey takes 15 mins. (bear on mind on the way back it is a short platform -the trains appear to have four carriages -some trains were walk though and some were not - get in the middle two to ensure you can get off) On a downside the last 111 bus from Peu del Funicular appears to be at about 2115,so you may need to factor in cabs (but certainly not from Vallvidrera as we saw none there it is too remote. If you stay at this hotel make sure you have breakfast included as there is nothing else nearby If you do not stay at this hotel and visit Barcelona make sure you visit Tibidabo as the views are fabulous !!!!!!. On our first visit we went to Montjuic -the views here are much better. If going for the day the expensive funicular to Tibidabo would make sense BUT come out of the funicular station and turn left away from the amusement park-follow that road for five minutes or less and you will reach the fabulous views of the mountains which are also not to be missed
An expensive choice food a special occasion. The restaurant is nice and there is the possibility of booking for groups. Nice food, good service, outstanding spot. One should know this is a first class restaurant within the hotel La Florida.
I loved the hotel ; the rooms were clean , all the hotel smells good , the view was WOW , the room was spacious .. parking was 17,50 .. breakfast we paid 23 w discount ...Gisele at the front desk is the BEST !
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi within a 15-minute walk of Tibidabo Amusement Park, Gran Hotel La Florida is within a few miles (5 km) of CosmoCaixa. This 70-room, 5-star hotel has conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. In the mountains, it's also near Park Guell and Monastery of Pedralbes.
Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: Barcelonas specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; Cafe 1925 offers relaxing ocean views. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.
All of Gran Hotel La Florida's 70 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and plasma TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.
Guests of Gran Hotel La Florida enjoy a full-service spa, a nightclub, and an indoor pool. Parking is EUR 21 per night (EUR 21 per night for valet parking)—but if you prefer not to drive, catch a ride in the airport shuttle during limited hours for EUR 99 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a sauna.
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