4.2 out of 5

"The staff were really helpful and friendly. The hotel was very near the city which helped. Walking distance to the city. Tube station is right outside ... " More

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Hotel Description

Hotel Barcelona Universal puts you in the heart of Barcelona, steps from Sant Pau del Camp and within a 10-minute stroll of Refugi 307. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a poolside bar.

Flat-screen TVs with digital channels are featured in all 167 soundproofed rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, free wired Internet, and coffee/tea makers. Dining in is an option with room service, and minibars provide refreshments. Nice touches include soaking tubs and free toiletries. Safes, hairdryers, and phones are also available.

BAR TERRACE serves pizza and is open for lunch and dinner. At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Enjoy the fitness centre and pool loungers as well as access to scooter/moped rentals. 0 square feet (0 square metres) of event facilities include conference rooms, and other business amenities include a 24-hour business centre. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and coffee/tea in a common area. Each morning buffet breakfast is served between 7 AM and 11 AM. There's also self parking, along with the convenience of car rentals on site.

Sights within a 10-minute walk of this 4-star Ciutat Vella hotel include Rambla del Raval and Raval Cat.

Hotel Barcelona Universal ratings based on 224 Verified Reviews

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4 out of 5
Pros: The staff
The staff were really helpful and friendly. The hotel was very near the city which helped. Walking distance to the city. Tube station is right outside the hotel.

Posted by on 20 Nov 2017

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4 out of 5
Nice location, bit of a walk to the beach but easy enough to take a gentle stroll or jump in a taxi. Tube/Metro outside hotel perfect for exploring the sights. Found it hard to find a decent restaurant around so settled for hotel which was nice but too Americanized. Good food by the leisure complex towards the beach. Paella and cocktails with a view! Beautiful city, would visit again and at the same hotel. Staff were lovely, can't fault them. Need a longer visit next time as we only had 3 nights and it was over far too quickly!

Posted by , from London on 23 Aug 2017

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4 out of 5

Lovely hotel .. rock hard bed !

Lovely hotel in central location, staff were all excellent as was the food we had there and the cocktails at the roof bar & pool. For the price my only points would be .. cheap nasty Nescafé original coffee in the room and the bed was so hard I did not sleep for my entire stay but some people may like that ? But I was in agony ! But would recommend if you like a hard bed as the rest was lovely

Posted by on 24 Jun 2017

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5 out of 5

Lovely hotel

Exectlent staff very friendly and helpfull. Hotel is close to metro and only very short walk to centre of rambelas would love to stay again

Posted by , from Dublin on 31 Jan 2017

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5 out of 5
Good hotel. Good location. Great rooftop bar. No restaurant for evening meal

Posted by on 4 Aug 2016

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5 out of 5

Lovely hotel,very central

Pros: Everything
Cons: All good.
Location: Very central, metro outside the door, close to La Rambla for shopping and the Gothic Quarter which had great shops and restaurants.
Lovely hotel, friendly staff, breakfast excellent. Located close to all amenities.

Posted by , from Ireland on 22 Jul 2016

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5 out of 5

Winter Sunshine

2nd time at this hotel. Location is perfect Metro station outside to take you anywhere within the city Hotel is excellent staff are very helpful and polite. Breakfast is good with plenty of choice. We had room 817 which is at the back and has fabulous views over the city. Will definately return.

Posted by on 5 Feb 2016

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4 out of 5

Great city break

Excellent base from which to explore the city which had so much to see and do, much of which could be achieved on foot. Staff all very friendly, but would have appreciated being told could have had a kettle for our room if had asked at start of holiday NOT when was checking out !! Locals genuinely keen to help if you looked lost, although cautious as to who we consulted due to reports of 'distraction' techniques. Weather, which was excellent, affected our choices of places to explore, so limited experience of museums but would certainly have visited if had been wet. Sagrada Familia a must - prebooking worth it as avoid the queues. Cathedral also worth a visit, and escalator up tower worth it for the views. Tourist bus rides worth it for orientation, especially red route. All in all a great break away from the English weather.

Posted by on 30 Jan 2016

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5 out of 5

London Girls

Excellent hotel in a fab location. Staff were friendly & very helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend.

Posted by on 25 Oct 2015

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5 out of 5

Awesome trip

Hotel was very good , great position , staff helpful , great breakfast , although English breakfast was a little cold on our final day , but that is nitpicking

Posted by on 2 Oct 2015

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Property Features

Hotel Barcelona Universal offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Along with a restaurant, there's a coffee shop/café on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include A poolside bar and A bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A 24-hr business centre and a meeting room are available. Event space at this hotel measures 0 square feet (0 square metres) and includes conference rooms. A rooftop terrace, a library, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Hotel Barcelona Universal. For a fee, parking is available. A complete renovation of Hotel Barcelona Universal was completed in March 2015. This 4-star Barcelona hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 167 guestrooms or units
  • 10 levels
  • 0 sq ft of conference space
  • 0 sq. m of conference space
  • Built in 2001
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Business centre (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free cots/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Barcelona (BCN-Barcelona Intl.) (14.4 km / 8.9 mi)
  • Train station: Barcelona Franca Station (2.3 km / 1.4 mi)
  • Metro station: Paral-lel Station (0 km / 0 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hotel Barcelona Universal offers 167 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with minibars and laptop-compatible safes. 32-inch Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit with a deep soaking bath, a bidet, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Barcelona's hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and telephones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

  • Deep soaking tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Bidet
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11 AM.

BAR TERRACE – Overlooking the pool, this rooftop bar specialises in pizza and serves lunch, dinner and light fare. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Children aged under 17 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool or fitness facility without adult supervision. The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals on site
  • Skydiving nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 2 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Hotel Registry Number -


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.21 per person, per night, up to 7 nights. This tax does not apply to children under 17 years of age.

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: EUR17 per person (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: EUR26 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Onsite cash transactions can't exceed EUR 2500, due to national regulations. For more details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
  • The seasonal pool will open in January and close in December.
  • One child 2 years old or younger stays free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.