Fodor's Expert Review Hotel SERHS Rivoli Rambla
La Rambla 128, Barcelona, Catalonia 08002, Spain See on Map
With a front row seat to the ever-busy Las Ramblas, SERHS Rivoli Rambla is a neoclassical hotel with flourishes of modern art and a laid-back personality. Inside the sheer white complex is a solid restaurant, decent spa, and a rooftop deck that’s ideal for sightseeing the manic street below.
Rooms are steeped with black wood floors, wooden headboards, small flat screen TVs, and the occasional balcony (request ahead for these). Some rooms are tiny, so opt for the higher categories. Bottled water is standard as are tea kettles. Modern art paintings hang surreptitiously throughout.
The black wood floors continue into the bathrooms where shower/tub combos are standard. Sinks are marble, shaving mirrors are not. If you need a bidet, you’ll find many at this hotel.
The lobby space is awash in white marble and ultra-mod style with modern and neoclassical art strewn on the walls. Make sure to look up above the reception desk for a half-naked man staring longingly at you as you check in.
There’s a wellness center on the top floor that features a large Jacuzzi, massage room, and sauna. If you want to use the facilities, you need to book ahead and you can get one hour for around 35 Euros.
In the wellness center there is literally one cardio machine – but again, you’ll need to pay 35 Euros to get in there, so it’s probably worth taking a run outside instead.
128 Ramblas is the hotel’s signature restaurant that serves piping hot paella and other Spanish delicacies for lunch and dinner. There’s also a breakfast buffet (17 Euros – yeesh) and a rooftop terrace that dishes out tapas along with drinks.
The lobby bar is known for its cocktail concoctions and there are lots of private nooks to get cozy with a new friend or an old fling. The rooftop terrace is open from 6 pm to 2 am and has an ever-changing cocktail of the day to go with its awesome views.
The hotel is literally on Las Ramblas, which means you can get to nearly every major attraction on foot as well as countless bars, restaurants, and shops. If you want to get further away, there are numerous metro stations nearby and an ever-running cavalcade of taxis along the busy avenue.
There’s no shortage of kitsch along Las Ramblas, and that includes its WIDE variety of restaurant options. For something a little naughty (though not really) there’s Ménage à Trois (3-minute walk), where the threesome actually stands for music, art, and food. For the widest selection of all, check out La Boqueria (4-minute walk), one of the best open markets in the world with food stalls and restaurants that feature every cuisine option imaginable.
Just across from the hotel is Boadas Cocteleria (1-minute walk), which not only serves classic sips, but is the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona. Another kitsch-filled spot is Obamas English Pub (6-minute walk), a great bar with live music and lots of beer that pays homage to the former US president.
WHY WE LIKE IT
While the modern art mixed with neoclassical design is nice, this hotel is more about location than anything else. The rooms are solid though, especially if you like to people-watch the craziest street in the city. While there is a spa, it’ll cost you to use it. The best part of the hotel is the rooftop terrace where you can sip sunset drinks, eat some tapas, and watch the world go by on Las Ramblas below.