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
I stayed in this hotel for 4 days and at some point I had to do a light complaint due to misscomunication between their team members. They fastly solved it with adding value to my stay together with apologizing. Recommend!
We really enjoyed our four night stay at this hotel. We received a room upgrade to a room on the corner with a reasonable view of the ocean. The room was spacious as was the bathroom. The breakfast buffet was very good, and we dined in the restaurant one night and the food, wine and service was excellent. While hotel might be a little far in walking terms from some of the main attractions on Barcelona, it is a 2-3 minute walk for Metro Line 4 which gets you to the Passeig de Gracia in about 10 minutes. We travelled the Metro extensively and found it quite safe and trains were every 5 minutes. There are also numerous restaurants with walking distance of the hotel but do give the hotel's restaurant a try !! Definttely would stay here again.
Very happy with our choice of this hotel. The location is fantastic and is a short ride from the airport. Being close to the city center and the marina we were able to walk to almost all attractions. Our sea view room was clean and nicely decorated with a beautiful bathroom. The breakfast was the best we had in Europe and included an omelette station. Service from all staff gives you a true 5 Star Hotel experience. Highly recommend.
Great location near the marina....also very near to the city center. Rooms are nice and clean. There is also spa center in the hotel. Only things they should improve: the elevators are very slow and you have to wait for the elevator for a long time. Also the hotel food could be better
Very nice hotel. Great breakfast. One of the nicest hotel rooms we have ever stayed in. We were extremely impressed with the bed the living space. The bathroom was phenomenal with bidet and shower options.