Hotel Review – Four Points Barcelona Diagonal

The Four Points is an upscale property located on Avinguda Diagonal and close to Placa de les Glories. The hotel opened in 2011 and is part of the Starwood Group. It is a modern building with 154 rooms. It is a rather small hotel and includes one restaurant and a sports bar. During this review, the room price was EUR 92, tax included.

Location

Anyone who knows a bit about Barcelona will want to refer to La Rambla, the busiest and most iconic street of the city. While there is a point for being in the middle of the action, the Four Points is actually not far from there and has all what one needs around it. The closest metro station is Glories which is 4 stops aways from the Placa de Catalunya station. At Glories, you will find a large shopping mall with a supermarket (French Carrefour), a few cafes and restaurants (one starbucks for the fans). This will be very convenient to hotel guests whether they want to go for a quick coffee or last minute shopping.

First Impression

The hotel is a modern building of small scale with a lounge area and small reception. Right at the entrance, a business area with 2 computers is available to guests. The hotel design is modern but conservative and is not far from the typical Sheraton.

With more than enough personnel, the checkin is a breeze. The staff is efficient and fluent in English. A pre-filled checkin form is presented with the usual information and the room type is confirmed. After being remitted the keycards, I’m offered help for my luggage.

Apart from the restaurant and bar mentioned above, the hotel includes a gym accessible 24h. It is however rather small and consists of 3 cardio machines as well a bench with some free weights. It can help for a quick workout but not much more.

 

 

Rooms

While booking this property, you can choose between 4 types of rooms. However, the size hardly changes apart from the corner rooms which seem to be bigger (29 vs. 23 sqm). The premium rooms are classic rooms that have been refurbished. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, we recommend here to simply go for the classic ones.

They have good natural light with floor to ceiling windows, a large TV screen, and the brand’s signature bed. The bed in question is usually good, firm but comfy. During this review, mine was unfortunately way too soft and was probably in need of a new mattress. The interior design is modern and functional. The wooden floor is a nice change to the usual hotel carpet.

The bathroom is of good size with a glass countertop and a walk-in shower. The room has power outlets at the right places, an efficient aircon control as well as an coffee machine (premium rooms only). The room is clean and housekeeping is quick to react to phone requests. There was a mini-bar refrigerator with room to stuff additional food if needed. Free water is provided.

The view from the 10th floor was nice with the Sagrada Familia just in front but unfortunately, the main problem was the noise from the tram running every 10 minutes. At the 10th floor, it can be bothering while trying to fall asleep. You may want to ask for a higher floor or back facing room.

 

 

Facilities

As stated, this is small hotel with limited facilities. The gym is not very impressive and there is no swimming pool. That being said, it works perfectly for a city trip to Barcelona where none of these is generally needed. You will however enjoy the comfortable room, the breakfast and service for a reasonable price. There are also a few meeting rooms available for business travellers.

Restaurants

There is only 1 restaurant in the hotel, which offers a Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine. I only tried the breakfast during this trip which was offered at EUR 13.50 at booking. It is EUR 15 when purchasing on the day.

The breakfast buffet was OK and typical of a 3 stars hotel. The hot section was small with sausages, bacon and potatoes. There were a cold cut selection, some cheeses and the usual continental spread. Nothing exceptional but good value for money nevertheless. Finally, the service was pleasant and efficient.

 

 

Connectivity

The hotel room has been thought with the business traveller in mind, without being too gimmicky. The power outlets are conveniently located, next to the bed and near the desk. The wifi itself is of good quality and available throughout the building.

The rest of the room is otherwise classic in its setup and doesn’t have excessive technology. The Flat screen TV is facing the bed and includes a large number of international TV channels

Verdict

The Four Points is a good hotel for a comfortable visit to the Catalan Capital. It is well located, in a quiet part of town and offers the reliance of an international brand at a good price. The service is efficient but relaxed. The rooms are of good size and very clean. The breakfast is at a fair price if booked in advance.

On the negative side, we would mention the tram noise that may bother some at lower floors. The beds which should normally be a hit for such a brand may need an upgrade. Finally, the gym is pretty much useless unless you only need a quick cardio session.

All in all, a perfect hotel for a city trip to the Barcelona if booked at around EUR 100.