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It’s easy to find the 59-room hotel Hotel Suizo: Just look for the giant red Swiss cross! The zebra-striped lobby may leave you wondering if you’re in the jungle, but not to fear—everything (with the exception of the fur-textured sofa) is under control at this well-located three-star establishment, part of a larger hotel group.
Pros: Easy location. Nice décor. Well connected for public transport.
Cons: Nickel-and-diming for the “extras.” Touristy area. Can get noisy.
Guest rooms at the Hotel Suizo leave the jungle and opt for a more classic look, with dark wooden furnishings and elegant embroidered bedspreads. They are on the small side, but parquet floors and sponge-painted lend a breezy feel.
A well-stocked minibar tops the list of in-room amenities, which also includes air conditioning, a television and safe (for an additional charge). Best of all, most rooms have balcony views of the always moving Plaça del Àngel and its many terraced cafés (note, however, that given the hotel’s super-central location, rooms will likely pick up street noise—pack earplugs).
The private bathrooms are large, spotless and very well maintained. Most come equipped with tubs, and the Suizo provides toiletries, hair dryers and fluffy towels.
The Suizo is a good value for a solid, albeit “chainy,” hotel. It’s most major plus: a super-central, convenient location (the notable downside to this is that there will be noise). We also liked that the Suizo has a small bar-café area where you can grab a beer and read the paper.
One aspect we weren’t crazy about was the hotel’s nickel-and-diming tendency. There are extra (rather exorbitant) fees if you want to use your in-room safe, log onto the lobby’s Wi-F, or eat breakfast (we recommend skipping this last in favor of a €5 meal at a café in nearby El Born).
The location is fun (yet touristy), with more class than places along La Rambla. Plus, from the Suizo many sights are a mere five- to 10-minute walk. The Picasso Museum and Cathedral are both just three blocks away in El Born. Palau de la Música is just up Via Laietana, the beach can be reached in 15 minutes, and the Gothic Quarter is about three minutes away.
Restaurants? Head just across the main thoroughfare, Via Laietana, into the hip, restaurant-packed El Born neighborhood for some of the best eats in town. Thirsty? There’s a wine and cheese bar across from the hotel, or a fresh juice bar up the street. However we think both do a little price gouging—instead, look for something in El Born or on nearby Carrer Princesa. Tucked away, Zim Bar is the place for an authentic wine and cheese experience.
And if you’re looking to dance, El Born is again your place. It’s got a few clubs and some live music. The Gothic Quarter also offers lively bars, and the port provides a few nightclubs.
On the whole, we give the Suizo’s location two thumbs up. However, we should caveat that many of the businesses right around the hotel take advantage of the busloads of tourists that pass by here. Hit the side streets for better deals.
Subways: The closest Metro stop—located right in front of the Hotel—is Juame 1/L4 also known as the Yellow Line, which will take you to top Barcelona sights such as the beach (La Barceloneta, Ciutadella, Forum) and the city center (Urquinaona and Passg de Gracia).
From the Airport (T1 and T2): To reach the Suizo, take the RENFE Cercanías train (which departs every 20 minutes or so from T2) to the Passeig de Gracia stop, where you can transfer to the Yellow line towards La Pau. Get off at the Juame I stop, and the Suizo will be right in front of you.
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 Suizo neighborhood
A maze of moody, touristy, twisty streets built atop the ancient Roman city of Barcino, the Barri Gòtic, along with La Rambla, comprises the center of town. Charming gift shops, tacky tourist shops, cute cafés, trendy bars and a zillion restaurants line the cobblestoned streets. The Barri Gòtic is also home to Barcelona's 13th-century gothic cathedral.