Hotel Axel

Carrer Aribau 33, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08011, Spain

In the heart of the more fashionable Esquerra (west or "left" side) of the Eixample, this recently expanded and renovated hotel caters primarily (but by no means exclusively) to gay travelers in an area dubbed by locals as the "Gayxample." The spacious rooms are soundproof and well-lit, with comfortable contemporary furniture and decors in white-on-white punctuated by hints of black, red, and chrome; most have queen-size beds. Suites are truly spacious, but have only a glass wall separating the bedroom from the bath: privacy sacrificed to romance. The hotel's Bench restaurant is up to par, and the rooftop deck and pool (with pool, bar, cascade and Jacuzzi: (open April-October) has good views over the city.

PROS

  • strategic location
  • exceptionally well-equipped gym

CONS

  • uninviting lobby
  • extra €2 charge for faster Wi-Fi
  • standard rooms have limited storage space
  • a bit pricy for what you get

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 93-323–9393

HOTEL DETAILS

93 rooms, 3 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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