I was recently in Barcelona and had the chance to check out two Hyatt properties. One did not impress me at all. But one I fell in love with…and cannot wait to return.
I arrived late into Barcelona and spent my first night at the Hesperia Tower, a property Hyatt recently acquired that will soon become the Hyatt Regency Barcelona.
The room itself was very nice. In fact, I was upgraded to a spacious suite with plenty of room to spread out. But when I tried to order room service, I found my phone line was disconnected (both the bedside phone line and phone in the restroom). Oh well, I was too lazy to go downstairs and only pizza was available on Uber Eats, so I just went to bed.
The hotel is under construction and so breakfast as well as the Regency Club are temporarily housed on the lower level in what is ordinarily a conference area. While the buffet was quite expansive, I found the quality of the food quite poor. I’m not just talking about the coffee and orange juice, which was indeed deplorable. The breads, pastries, eggs, and fruit were just so-so. I walked away both feeling stuffed yet unsatisfied.
Meanwhile, the hotel has no built-in health club or spa. Instead, you can walk down to a large public health club a couple doors down and purchase a day pass for $12. I visited the gym around 11:00 AM and found it to be quite crowded…I can only imagine how crowded it gets in the evening.
The location is also convenient to the airport, but a good 15 minutes out of town.
So the next day I decided to check out and move over to the Hotel SOFIA, part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection. The hotel is located in central Barcelona (although I would not say in the best area for tourism).
Wow, what an improvement for about $80 more night! I was not upgraded to a suite, but my deluxe room was spacious..and beautiful. The bed was one of the most comfortable hotel beds I have ever slept in, thanks to excellent bedding.
And look at the huge bathroom, with an oversized bathtub and shower, plenty of counter space, and great natural light.
The hotel also offered a great wellness center with sauna and spa plus a fairly comprehensive 24/7 gym.
Finally, the breakfast was amazing. Fresh-squeezed juice, a barista to make coffee, superb omelets, smoothies, fresh berries, and delectable pastries and cold cuts. It was a joy to eat breakfast here, even alone…
I’m in the midst of a trip report which will run another 20+ days, but once that is done I will provide full reviews for both hotels.
I’m going to have to give the Hesperia Tower another try once remodeling is complete and it fully rebrands as the Hyatt Regency Barcelona, but I loved the Sofia…it was a perfect 24-hour stay.