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
booked this hotel in september for a short conference visit .loved the location next to the university and a step away from the promenade and beach walk and its lively restaurants cum nightclubs.Also a short walk to the port.I had a well appointed room on the 6 th floor overlooking the pool and with a balcony and sea view...loved it,Friendly concierge and reception staff and nice breakfast options.The roof terrace pool and bar was also a good option with great sea views.I will certainly consider staying at this hotel again when I visit this beautiful city again.
We were in a jam and needed a hotel ASAP. Based on TripAdvisor reviews and availability we were fortunate enough to stumble on this propert. Lydia at the reception desk was a doll, helpful and accommodating. There’s plenty of seating area in the huge lobby along with a bar and the breakfast area. Our room was very big, clean, comfy beds and big bathroom. The decor is a little outdated but that’s not a big deal at all. We never made it up to the rooftop pool but they do have one. Everyone was helpful in giving us restaurant suggestions, directions and everyone we ran across spoke very good English. The price was very affordable. The location was perfect too close to the beach and everywhere we went by taxi never paid more than 10 euros! Definitely will return to Pullmans our next time in Madrid.
Room is great and spacious.
One minor beef is you can not completely close the curtains at night.
Another more serious complaint is the pool was supposed to be open until 8PM. In fact it was closed at 7PM for cleaning purposes (normal at this time of the year I was told afterwards).
The tapas "degustacion" meal is scrumptious, the lunch excellent and all quite cheap for a hotel of this category.
Just back from 3 nights here. It’s outside of the centre but just a 15min walk to everything and 5mins to the promenade/beach. The hotel has everything you need, but it’s design is a little dark for me. Signs of wear and tear in the rooms but very minor.
Staff are friendly, food is ok but nothing special.
Main issue is the noise throughout the night from drunken locals (and many police/ambulance sirens) - no sleep at all on Saturday night!!
The location is by the sea(just one block)so you can see the beautifull sunrise if you go for an early walk.Hotel is fine but:Sound isolation propably was an unknown word to the guys who planned the rennovation,and there are a lot of points in the room that need maintenance.Does anybody makes a checking?Its obvious that no.Its a good choice but not close to city center.Propably during Summer, it must be more interesting.