In the eastern Eixample, less than a 15-minute walk to Sagrada Familia
Five minutes from Arc de Triomf Metro station on foot
Modern air-conditioned rooms with mini-fridges, en-suite bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs
Rooftop swimming pool has city views and a bit of seating
Modern fitness center treadmill, free weights, and two stationary bicycles
Buffet breakfast gets mostly positive reviews
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Accessible rooms are available
Disruptive morning procedure to see if guests are checking out
Neighborhood might be too quiet for some guests
Irons and ironing boards unavailable
ILUNION Auditori is a three-pearl business-style hotel in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood. It’s a quiet area, but conveniently close to many city highlights. The hotel’s 224 air-conditioned rooms have modern, basic interiors with mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. For a mid-range property, the small rooftop pool is definitely a highlight. Other amenities include a breakfast buffet (fee), modern fitness room, and two computers for guests in the lobby. There’s no on-site parking, but the nearest public garage is only a half-block away. For a livelier stay with kitschy floral rooms, free breakfasts, and 24-hour snacks and drinks, it’s also worth checking out Hotel Continental Barcelona. Added bonus? The Continental also has a big, beautiful terrace overlooking Las Ramblas.
Busy and simple, with business hotel vibes despite attracting numerous tourists
With its double-high entryway, scattering of boxy gray couches and chairs, and flat-screen TVs, the ILUNION has the unassuming atmosphere of a business hotel. Little touches like the leaf-filtered light that streams through the lobby’s floor-to ceiling windows add a bit of style, but overall the property -- while modern -- isn't particularly memorable. Guests often relax in the lobby while watching TV, using the free computers, or reading newspapers. The hotel’s highlight, though, is the rooftop terrace and small pool. It’s a great spot to relax after a day of exploring. Guests are mostly tourists from around the world.
In a quiet corner of the Eixample, a five-minute walk from Arc de Triomf Metro station
The ILUNION is situated in the northeastern part of the Eixample, near plenty of local dining and drinking options. The city’s Barcelona Nord bus station is a two-minute walk away and the Arc de Triomf Metro station is a five-minute stroll from the hotel. The gorgeously manicured Parc de la Ciutadella, Natural Science Museum, and zoo are a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Expect a 15-minute trip by metro to the beach. La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s famed cathedral, is less than a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Las Ramblas takes 20 minutes to reach on foot, and Plaza Catalunya -- which sits atop Las Ramblas -- is only two stops away on the metro for those who don't want to walk. Palau Nacional, a gorgeous museum highlighting Spanish artwork from antiquity to present, is a 30-minute metro trip from the hotel. It's also just down the hill from the Olympic stadium. Budget 20 minutes to reach Barcelona-El Prat Airport by taxi, or around an hour by metro.
Modern, air-conditioned rooms featuring mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs
Rooms have tan and brown interiors complemented by chrome accented furniture, making them pleasantly modern, but a tad generic. Beds are a mix of one, two, or three twin beds (often pushed together to make a double) with neutral-toned wood headboards, gray bed runners, and sleek, brushed silver built-in lamps. Standard features include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, mini-fridges, electric kettles, two small bottles of water, safes, and plush luggage stands. Bathrooms are small, but efficiently designed so they don’t feel cramped. They include either shower/tub combos or showers (though the lack of a soap tray is a bummer in some showers). All bathrooms are stocked with hairdryers, bar soap, body wash, shampoo, shower caps, travel tissue packs, dental kits, shaving kits, shoeshine brushes, and combs. Cribs are available for free (although the hotel has a limited supply).
Rooftop terrace and pool, small gym, breakfast buffet restaurant, and free Wi-Fi
ILUNION stands out from the mid-range competition in the area with its rooftop terrace and pool. The space is mostly covered in faux grass except for the cement tile deck surrounding the small pool. It also has a handicapped-accessible lift. Other rooftop features include a handful of lounge chairs and a table with chairs under a canopy. The hotel's fitness center is simple, but has a Technogym treadmill, two stationary bicycles, and free weights. A breakfast buffet can be added for a fee and gets mostly positive reviews. It includes typical Spanish and continental options. There are two computers in the lobby as well as a couple of meeting rooms. Discounted parking is available at a nearby garage. Wi-Fi is fast and free throughout the property.