Pullman Barcelona Skipper
What We Love
- Breakfasting on fresh berries and pancakes on a sunny terrace
- Sneaking off to the adults-only rooftop pool for a cocktail
- The 75-minute Stop Jet Lag hot oil massage to ease away travel pains
What To Know
- Wood-paneled corridors are a little dark
- Plenty of WiFi antennae throughout, but the connection is slow
- Blend restaurant feels more corporate than cool
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Completed in 2006, this modern 241-room hotel is just one block from the beach and was designed to maximize the dazzling Mediterranean light. Built of concrete, natural woods and glass, it allows the sunshine to dance through the lobby and ground-floor dining rooms, to dazzling effect. Outside is a vast courtyard surrounded by multilayered terraces for dining and lounging beneath shady pagodas; at its heart there’s a milky-blue geometric pool watched by a statue of an owl loved by little ones. Although the property was originally conceived as a convention destination, it’s little wonder half the guests now come for pure leisure.
Bed and Bath
By Barcelona standards the guestrooms are seriously spacious, all with city or sea views. They’re uniformly decorated in natural wood and soft wine hues, but guests can choose among King, Queen or Twin beds and there’s a pillow menu, as well as such welcome extras as a kettle for making tea and coffee, a Nespresso machine, a large writing desk and an ironing board and iron tucked away in the closet. All bathrooms have a Jacuzzi tub and a walk-in shower and are generously stocked with trendy C.O. Bigelow toiletries. The best rooms have balconies with views of the pool and out to sea.
Pullman’s “work hard, play hard” philosophy comes through in the way the hotel approaches guests’ downtime. The Blend lounge and bar offers a lip-smacking tapas menu of Barcelona specialties as well as main courses with Asian influences, and the in-house mixologist has created an inventive cocktail menu to go with it. In the state-of-the-art basement convention area, there’s a small gym and spa (we love the 75-minute Stop Jet Lag hot oil massage) and a secret rooftop swimming pool (adults only, heated year-round) and a bar that serves light snacks and drinks through the summer. A handful of bicycles are available free of charge to guests for zipping about town.
In the Area
The city’s best beaches and the old fishing quarter are right in front of the hotel. La Barceloneta, a 10-minute walk away, is a top spot for catching some rays and enjoying pristine seafood. The neighborhood is lovely for strolling with no particular plan in mind. Stop by Chito’s Bar for a cold Galician beer and some seafood tapas, contemporary beach café Barraca for a long, lazy lunch and the best paella in town, and Vioko for rose-flavored ice cream. At night the chiringuitos (beach bars) sway to a funky beat, and there’s barefoot dancing in the sand.
How to Get There
Constant noise from construction during the day and music at night is appalling. This hotel sold itself on luxury and location, however it felt more like a party stop and management didn’t give a hoot.
What you see on the internet and what you get in reality are two different things.
Firstly, we chose this hotel because we participate in Le Club Accor. We like the standards of Sofitel, Fairmont and some of the Pullman’s (this is not one of them).
The hotel is conveniently placed and close to the beach and the 100’s of economic migrant street hawkers.
The hotel itself has a nice interior decor and gracious reception staff. That said, the exterior looks more akin to an NCP car park, with balconies of unfinished rough concrete better reserved for an post-apocalypse movie (1970’s, built on a budget and designed by a blind architect)
So, during our stay, they are refurbishing the ground floor lobby and pool area. We knew in advance and thought the prestige of Pullman would allow for a considerate building schedule. Oh no.... Whilst eating breakfast, workmen were dismantling scaffolding right next to the dining area (why couldn’t they have waited post 10.30 am!?!?!). Then, whilst enjoying the terrace eating a very well prepared breakfast, I has workmen wearing coveralls slipping between the planters behind us to access the dining area, not once, but three times! Hold on, are we here as guests, or inconvenient to the building project??? Really low class and awful standards which must come from the GM, as any other hotel of this quality and standard would surely manage its guest expectations.
I could go on, and on. Rooms overlooking the pool area are very noisy with music coming from the lobby ‘pub’. Balcony views are awful. You can just see the sea beyond the 1960’s concrete hospital blocking the view (another internet marketing con).
In a nutshell, go stay at the Fairmont. No loyalty points, but at least it is what it advertises.
Never again.! Its not possible to sleep cause of noise. And they dont give u a discount cause of the renovation. U pay the full price for a really bad hotel!! If u go to bcn, better take another hotel
Stayed here with a work conference on the 2nd floor facing the pool. Thankfully the pool isn’t open on the ground level. I can’t imagine how much louder it would have been. Have sliding door closed and air on and can still hear everything outside the room and it’s 3:40am!
Service is excellent. Food in restaurant very good. Room Service experience ok.
Room is fine, bed comfortable. Towels are poor quality.
Perfect hotel if you’re 22 or still live like it.
Six of us were in Barcelona recently for a bachelor party and the Pullman was in a GREAT location if you wanted access to the beach and clubs/bars in Port Olympic. It was very clean, had great friendly helpful staff, and great rooms and amenities. Also was located steps to one of the hop on hop off tour bus stops, and a short cab ride to the tourist sites in the city. The hotel itself was quiet and had a relaxing atmosphere for those coming to stay and sightsee. Highly recommend it for a quick visit to have fun or a family visit to Barcelona.