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Recently, on my trip to Spain over the July 4 weekend, I stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton, Barcelona Diagonal. It’s located at Avenida Diagonal 161-163, Barcelona, 8018, Spain.
The Four Points is one of three Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels in Barcelona. It’s accessible by metro, however do note that the nearest metro station is about a quarter to half mile away. It’s an easy walk, but one worth noting in case you have luggage.
The hotel is situated directly on Diagonal, a lively shopping and industrial street, about a 25 minute walk from the major sites, including the Sagrada Familia. About a 5 minute walk from the hotel is a series of outdoor restaurants, gelato shops, and other eateries. Further, about a 15 minute walk, and about a mile away (very easy walk, though), is the Mediterranean ocean with great views, and a good selection of outdoor restaurants.
For my stay, I ended up booking a cash rate, since the SPG points rate was running 7,500 Starpoints a night. For my stay, I paid roughly $100USD a night, which I was happy with, and paid with my Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard.
The hotel is modern, yet simple. If you’re looking for luxury, this probably isn’t the place, though it matches the US comforts from home at a reasonable price.
Upon entering the hotel from the Diagonal, you’re greeted with an open lobby and the check-in desk. When I checked-in, they were quite busy and probably could have used an extra set of hands. As an SPG Gold member, I was offered bonus points as a welcome amenity, which I happily accepted. Check-in was painless, and I was given my key to my room, a standard King room on a high floor.
The bed was comfortable, and there was a nice storage area for luggage. One thing I absolutely love about European hotels is the fact that they provide complimentary bottled water at most properties. This hotel was no exception with 2 bottles out on the counter, and 2 in the mini-fridge. This saves the hassle of trying to find a place to purchase water, which can be a nightmare if you don’t know the area.
The bathroom was standard, and functional.
I had a great view outside of my room, which overlooked most of the commercial area of Barcelona.
This hotel featured a restaurant on the ground floor called La Avenida. It featured local specialties and tapas. For dinner, they have a great special that for 20 Euros, you’ll receive a first and second course, dessert and choice of beer, wine or water. It’s a hell of deal, and the amount of food they give you will leave you stuffed for a day. Combined with the 5 Euro food/beverage credit you can get if you skip out on housekeeping, this is a great bargain if you’re looking for a cheap and filling meal.
If I stayed in Barcelona, I’d certainly consider this hotel, especially if price or availability elsewhere was an issue. While I’d prefer a more central location near the high-end shopping district, and the historic sites, this hotel did the trick, and was more than fine all things considering.
How did I book this hotel: I booked this hotel with a cash rate of approximately $100USD a night using my Barclaycard Arrival Plus credit card.
What was included in my booking: 2 nights in a King room.
Pros of the hotel: Clean, cheap restaurant, located near several outdoor eateries and a short walk to the beach.
Cons of the hotel: Not near many historical sites and major shopping, and a long walk to the nearest metro station if you’re carrying luggage.
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