When I was spending a long weekend in Barcelona with my boyfriend, we stayed at the Expo Hotel. On the site it reads: 'Expo Hotel Barcelona is a 4 stars hotel with pool in Barcelona city center close to the Sants rail station.' Sounds promising! We choose this hotel because it looked decent, but we didn't have to spend a fortune. Read below my review after a 3-night stay.
People were friendly and always ready to help, whether it was concerning a question regarding the hotel, or for directions, tipc etc. A big plus!
They were good, we even had a little terrace and the cleaning was impeccable. The bed was comfy and rather big, which I like! Only thing I missed was a mini bar. I don't know why but the tap water in Barcelona was disgusting. So it was a pitty I couldn't take a bottle of water in the room. On the last day however, there were two (free) bottles of water in our mini fridge. It was like they could read my mind ;).
We didn't include the breakfast buffet in our reservation. Not because it didn't look good, but because I wanted to discover other places in the city to eat. We only had breakfast at the hotel once, and we had it brought to our room. It was ok, but I missed some things like milk and a spoon to have with my cereal. But I understand I couldn't be too picky because it was room service and it wasn't too expensive.
The rooftop bar
The bar was my favourite thing about the hotel. A great view, drinks at a reasonable price and yummy snacks and food: what more do you need?
The pool was small and a bit outdated, but nonetheless a very welcome refreshment. When I go on a citytrip, my main aim is not to swim or get a tan, but to go out and discover. The look and size of the pool was thus not that important to me. It was just nice to jump in the water after a hot day in the city, before going out again for dinner.