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The Hotel Lleó takes its name (“lleó” means “lion”) quite seriously: From floral bedspreads to fake palm trees, the prominent jungle theme throughout this central three-star, 92-room establishment had us saying, “Ggrrrrrr!”
The Lleó may not be the king of the jungle when it comes to style, but the hotel’s many amenities and super location make it one cool cat.
Pros: Clean. Spacious rooms (some quite modern) and bathrooms. Cool extras like a billiard room and rooftop pool. Convenient, central location.
Cons: Neighborhood can be congested. Rooms can get noisy (especially front-facing ones). Some rooms feel dated.
The older rooms at the Hotel Lleó are ample and dizzying in their décor, which is dominated by bright pink, green and orange. For the color sensitive, the second floor has been renovated and offers modern, minimalist rooms with a subdued color scheme of whites, creams and light wood.
Both renovated and unrenovated rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a mini-fridge, phone and TV with international channels. Rooms also provide a safe, with a usage charge of €2.50 per day. Some rooms have a balcony looking out over busy Pelai Street (which, to be honest, isn’t the best view and could just mean extra street noise).
Speaking of which, because this central area gets a lot of traffic, street-facing rooms at the Hotel Lleó get noisy (even without a balcony). We suggest asking for an interior room. We especially like the four special first-floor rooms that come with their own private patios (and since there’s no difference in the room rate, these are an excellent deal!).
All of the Hotel Lleó’s private bathrooms are spacious. They offer toiletries and a hair dryer, and some have a roomy tub. “Deluxe” rooms even boast a Jacuzzi tub (and cost a little more).
The Hotel Lleó has loads of extras that make it stand out, from a fantastic communal lounge area (where guests can check email under the light of an illuminated palm tree) to a billiard room. There’s also a bar and a café that serves sandwiches and drinks. But our favorite extra here is the cool roof deck, complete with pool!
The hotel has a free Internet station, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Breakfast is served buffet style in the restaurant for a whopping €13 per guest. While the spread seems abundant (hot and cold foods, coffee, tea, juice, etc), you can head around the corner to an Irish bar and get a typical bacon-and-eggs meal for bit less—or grab a coffee and croissant almost anywhere for around €5.
The Lleó is located on the traffic-heavy Pelai Street. It’s just a five-minute walk to Barcelona’s center (Plaça Catalunya) and all main transportation lines. This makes it very convenient, but also means that the streets surrounding the hotel can be congested and noisy.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Hotel Lleo neighborhood
Intriguing, densely populated (but less heavily touristed) El Raval is located to the west of La Rambla. Formerly known as Barrio Chino, the area was historically a slum, notorious for petty crimes and prostitution, and today's cleaner, modern El Raval still has a rough-and-tumble edge. And it's home to open-air markets, legit old eateries and a trendy nightlife scene, as well as the contemporary art museum.