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.
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Not one complaint, only compliments. Left me baffled what a well oiled machine this hotel is. The staff are wonderful and welcoming, I got a wonderful chocolate mousse for my birthday and the rooftop heated pool was perfectly deep and warm. Pleasantly surprised
My husband and I spent 2 nights at the Pullman for NYE. The location is just perfect but the hotel itself does n’t deserve 5 stars.
we had a room with street view and it was impossible to sleep which is disappointing for a 5*
Room amenities are missing; exp: no bathrobes
The gym club is tiny and you have to pay 25 euros to get access to the sauna.
Heated swimming pool is cold, no employee there and the bar is closed!
Also, there is no lounge for platinum and gold members and no welcome platter in the room.
For me, it’s more a regular mercure than Pullman or Sofitel
Would n’t recommend it if you’re looking for a 5*
Wow. Location is amazing, rooms are perfect ( the bed is super comfortable) , service outstanding but expected with the chain of course. David was amazing at check in . I speak english and my family speak french and he was juggling both languages fluently but most of all he was very professional. So is the rest of staff. Hotel is well decorated and modern , clean. Will definitely recommend this hotel if you come to Barcelona. Oh how can I forget the breakfast!
We stayed at this hotel over Christmas 2018. The hotel staff are very friendly and they try very hard to accommodate your needs. The room was clean and nice. Breakfast is very good. Bar is also very nice. We didn’t have a chance to eat dinner at the restaurant but it looked nice. We will definitely stay here again next time we are in the town.
We have forked out for this hotel quite a sum of money thinking, well, what can go wrong with a 5 star hotel? However, big mistake. The majority of reviews are positive because reviewers stayed in the internal quiet part of the building overlooking the pool/sea. I am surprised that only few mentioned noise as an issue. We were not fortunate - we were given a room “with a city view” - basically on the main road. There is no proper sound insulation at all and it is impossible to sleep with all this extremely noisy constant traffic outside. Despite my requests they could not change the room as no others are available (and the only one available was small and next to lifts) and apparently they could not do any upgrades. Really frustrated and cannot sleep at all - so much for treating myself to a 5 star hotel! I still have three nights here and feel that I will struggle getting any comfort here.
I have been to Pullmans before and this one is not of a 5 star standard. The rooms are dated and shabby, furniture has proper signs of wear and tear, wallpaper is separating from the walls. We have set Aircon at the highest 24 degree and it is still cold in the room, had to switch it off but that is not ideal either.