Review of Le Méridien Barcelona – SPG Property

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I love getting a chance to explore new places around the world with members of my family, and this spring my mom, daughter, and I all got the chance to visit Spain for the first time together.  We started our trip with three nights in Madrid staying at both the Westin Palace Madrid and the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado (see linked reviews). While we were in Madrid we focused on these family friendly activities, and had a blast playing in parks, eating, visiting a palace, and more.

After our time in Madrid came to a close, we took a very enjoyable high speed train the 2.5 hours or so from Madrid to Barcelona (read about that portion of the trip in the post Taking the Train in Spain: Madrid to Barcelona) and arrived ready to start our time on the Mediterranean Coast.  After our arrival by train, we went outside the Barcelona Sants Train Station and easily caught a cab the 5-10 minutes to the Le Méridien Barcelona where we would spend our final few nights in Madrid.  This post is dedicated to a review of the SPG property, Le Méridien Barcelona.

Like I try to always do in destinations where the commonly spoken language is not English, I had a print out of the name and address of the hotel at the ready to show the cab driver, but like most of our experiences in Spain, our mix of Spanish and their mix of English usually worked out to come up with a reasonable amount of communication.

Checking In to the Le Méridien Barcelona:

The hotel has 231 rooms and suites and is located right off Las Ramblas, arguably the most famous street in Barcelona.  We selected the hotel largely for its location and easy access to lots of the things we wanted to do and see in Barcelona.  In contrast, the W Barcelona struck me as being removed from most of the things we wanted to do.

Review of Le Meridien Barcelona

Exterior of Le Meridien Barcelona

Just like our experience at the Westin in Madrid, we arrived a bit before check-in time so we weren’t surprised when we were told our room was not yet ready.  We had the hotel hold our bags and we headed out to explore and eat while our room was prepared.  Unfortunately, just like in Madrid, the room wasn’t ready even once the official time came and went.

Las Ramblas right outside the hotel's doors

Las Ramblas right outside the hotel’s doors

Thankfully the hotel had a pretty comfortable lobby to just relax in as everyone was tired by mid-afternoon, and fortunately our delay wasn’t terribly long.  I believe we were also offered some refreshments or drinks during the delay, thought I think we skipped those since we had just had lunch.

Le Meridien Barcelona Lobby

Le Meridien Barcelona Lobby

Once the room was ready check-in was otherwise uneventful, and everyone we encountered both at check-in and throughout our stay at the property was very, very nice.  We also were given repeated warnings about pick pockets in the area, which is important given the reputation of Las Ramblas.  Thankfully we never experienced any pick pockets, scams, or any other issues during our time in Spain (I also typically only carry things in my zipped up jacket pockets when exploring a city, so I’m much less of a target than someone with a purse or similar).

Le Méridien Barcelona check-in desk

Le Méridien Barcelona check-in desk

Junior Suite at the Le Méridien Barcelona:

We booked a standard room at the Le Méridien Barcelona on Starwood Preferred Guest points, but since there were three of us we really needed some extra space.  As a result, I contacted the hotel via email (personal email, not anything with blog related info on it) and negotiated an upgrade to a junior suite for 90 euros per night + tax.  This was an even better deal than it initially sounds because with that upgrade they were also able to waive the regular charge for a rollaway bed which is 55 euros + tax per night.  So, our real increased out of pocket cost to go from a standard room to a junior suite was just 35 euros per night.  They also offered the family suite at an additional 260 euros per night, but that was out of our price range and we didn’t need all that additional space, though a family of four would.

Le Meridien Barcelona Family Suite

Le Meridien Barcelona Family Suite

Our junior suite sleeps 3 and was around 45 square meters, which is a little under 500 square feet.  It had two twin beds pushed together to form one comfortable king bed, a pull-out sofa bed, a work desk, walk-in closet, mounted TV, and pretty decent view of the city.

Le Meredian Barcelona Junior Suite

Le Meredian Barcelona Junior Suite

My mom stayed on the pull-out couch and she had no complaints about its comfort.  It was also handy for her that just out of view in this shot was a charger on the left hand side of the couch for all her electronics.

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My daughter and I were very comfortable in our bed(s) and looking out at the city was pretty fun.  I will add it got very loud the night that Barcelona beat Real Madrid in soccer!  In fact, I think there were parties going on in the city that you could hear from the room until around the time the sun came up!  It honestly just added to the ambiance of being in Spain, but is worth a mention in case you are a light sleeper (bring ear plugs).

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View from the Le Meredien Barcelona

View from the Le Meredien Barcelona

Obviously we all worked very hard at the one desk in the room – no time to give up work entirely while on vacation!  The WiFi at the hotel worked well for us throughout the visit.

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The bathroom was very nice and modern with a tub/shower combo that was great for the adults, but still handy for getting the kid clean.  I had no issues with water temperature or pressure.  We really liked the decorative tiles on the floor to give the room some Spanish charm, but we avoided the scale like the plague.  Who wants a scale to go along with their tapas?!  There was even one of those fancy TV’s built into the mirror in case you wanted to keep up with the news (or cartoons) during your bath!

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The junior suite was very well suited for the needs of our group of three and the hotel was the perfect location right off Las Ramblas for our time in Barcelona.  We were able to walk either to our destinations or to catch the bus or subway very easily (more on that in a subsequent post).  This is an area of town that is known for pick-pocketing, but thankfully through some common sense strategies (and good luck) that was a non-issue for us.

 

You Can Do it Too:

If you want to book a stay at the Le Méridien Barcelona I recommend comparing paid rates and points rates to make sure you are getting a good value for your SPG points.  I personally would want at least 2 cents in value per point, but often more than that.  This property is a Category 5 SPG property, meaning that rates will be between 12,000 – 16,000 SPG points per night that you can earn from SPG stays or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Amex or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Amex credit cards.  This hotel does have several categories of larger rooms/suites, so if you happen to have SPG Platinum status or suite night awards to use, this could be a decent place to take advantage.

As I mentioned in the post we negotiated a paid upgrade in advance to the junior suite on our points award, and this was a great way to use points to keep the overall cost low, but yet still have enough room for the three of us to be comfortable.  I would 100% stay here again on a future trip, and highly recommend the junior suite if you are traveling with a group of three.

If you have stayed at the Le Méridien Barcelona I’d love to hear your experiences!

 

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

Comments

  1. I was looking at this and the Four Points Diagonal for an upcoming trip to barcelona. It seems that the Four Points is a few subway stops from Las Ramblas but in a way less touristy area. I’m excited to read your metro post!

    • I just got back from 5 nights at the Four Points Diagonal. For the price difference in points, it was a no-brainer. The hotel is a 7-10 minute walk from the subway, and then it’s about a 10 minute ride into the area of Las Ramblas and the gothic quarter. I can’t stress enough how calming the neighbourhood was. It has its own mini ramblas, that is, a pedestrian only street, and normally I would find a 10 minute walk to the subway to be a hassle, but here I found it to be serene.

      • Good to hear about Four Points Diagonal because I’ll be staying there, over New Year

        It has good TripAdvisor reviews too, and 3000 SPG a night, what a steal!!!

        #1 value found via Seth’s HotelHustle.com

      • Indeed, the Diagonal was great, and seeing the inside of the Le Meridien, I feel like I made the right choice. Not that it looks bad, but the Four Points is pretty nice.

        As a Plat we were “upgraded” (if you can call it that) to a relatively huge top floor room. They don’t have Suites, but in any other hotel they would have thrown in an extra table and couch and it would have easily qualified as a junior suite. The staff was great, and the Plat breakfast spread was very solid.

        The neighborhood was peaceful, although nowhere close to “dead”. Food near the Four Points is easy to come by, well priced, with a lot of variety and IMHO far better than the touristy places along Las Ramblas.

        The Metro is easy to get to, and it doesn’t hurt that a train station is not far away either (allowing you to avoid the busier main train station) for day trips north of the city.

        Highly recommend.

  2. Great hotel. The grocery store is underneath and a laundromat around the corner. Last time I stayed here we had the room behind the flags on the corner overlooking Las Ramblas.

  3. I’ve stayed in the family suite and it was quite enjoyable. The balcony outside was really great and offered nice views of the city and the sea. I’ve also stayed in a regular room and they are a bit small but have a nice design. The major issue I saw was that the noise coming from the street during the night is actually quite loud. You will not want to be in a room that faces Las Ramblas on any floor (yes even the higher floors suffer from the noise). The breakfast in the restaurant is also pretty decent. The other suite (non-family as shown in the photo) is actually more modern and in line with the room you showed. If you don’t plan on being in the room very much I would agree that the Four Points is the way to go.

  4. Barcelona is a great city in which to rent an apartment. The hotels are expensive, there’s a well developed apartment market, and with the fantastic markets it’s a pleasure to do at least some of your eating at home. We had a two bedroom apartment in El Born with private terrace, walkable to both Las Ramblas and Barceloneta, for about the price of a one hotel room.

  5. So glad to hear others have had a good experience at the Le Meridien Barcelona and also thrilled to hear good stuff about the Four Points since it is indeed a steal at 3,000 – 4,000 SPG points per night!

  6. Great post….we’re doing a 5 for 4 stay next April on manufactured points…..I know we are asking for a high floor but I am not sure I am willing to give up the view of La Ramba even with the noise………..my experience is that if you drink heavily when you go to sleep the noise won’t disturb you…………

  7. Hi Summer, did you know you can redeem points for a junior suite rather than paying for it? I think it’s no more than 3000 points per night over a standard room and totally worth it, better value than the 90 euro cash buy up. I just left the hotel a couple of days ago and would return in a heart beat. I’d recommend this place over Four Points if you have small children or knee problem like me (not from age but from too much sport) or have enough points. After more than a week of intense sight seen in Lisbon and Nice, 10min of extra walk from the subway to the hotel just seemed way too much. We were on a high floor with a balcony overlooking la ramblas, great view and no noise problem. Junior suite even had a door between bedroom and living room.

  8. We stayed at Le Meridian last October for 4 nights and loved it. Being so close to Las Ramblas and the Gothic section was great. We walked everywhere. Took late afternoon naps and didn’t miss a beat as the crowds were there all night. We had a regular room which was decent in size and it was very quiet. All in all it was a great start to a two week trip to Spain.

  9. Did anyone use public transportation to get from the airport the Sheraton Four Points and if so how was it? Can you recommend any good restaurants around the Four Points? Thanks.

  10. We’re staying here for 5 nights on points prior to a cruise this summer. Very happy to read your review. Does anyone have recommendations on where to stay near the airport for a very early morning international flight?

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