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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We quite enjoyed the location of this hotel as it was a block away from the Sea which had a beautiful boardwalk and many restaurants. The hotel was about a 15 minute walk from Las Ramblas and it was a very easy walk. The rooms were very comfortable. The buffet breakfast was very nice and had an omlette station. Each night we were out on the patio for drinks and it was a most relaxing atmosphere. The rooftop pool was great and the views were spectacular. I would stay there again.
Stayed here in November 2019 for three nights - bit of work, bit of pleasure.
Reception, bar area and first impressions are amazing - beautifully decorated.
Great location, a two minute walk to the nearest Metro, a 50 yard stroll to the beach.
This wasn't cheap by any means (around £260 a night) and the room and bathroom fairly basic for a hotel of this price.
Beds comfortable, but quite small room and TV with more Arabic channels than European.
Breakfast had everything you wanted and nice environment where you could sit outside in the sun.
Pool area was average for a hotel of this kind and you had to pay to use the spa area?
Staff really attentive.
Cost of drinks at the bar were well over priced - around €15 for a G&T.
All in all, not a bad experience but would prefer to stay at The W which was on offer around the same price and two stars ahead of this one.
Fabulous hotel with wonderful helpful staff.
They went out of their way to make my husbands big Birthday a special occasion leaving chilled wine, a gorgeous cake and candles in our room.
The location is great just by the beach but close enough to walk around the sights.Facilities are super and the buffet breakfast is delicious.
Thank you for a fantastic stay.