My review of the Melia Barcelona Sky hotel (Part 1)

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This is my review of the Melia Barcelona Sky hotel.

We had been wanting to do a review of Vueling’s business class short haul product for a while, which realistically meant booking a Gatwick to Barcelona flight.  As you may have seen from my article last week, it didn’t go well.

When we mentioned our proposed trip to Spain to our contacts at Melia, they offered us a free room at one of their Barcelona hotels in return for a review.  We have reviewed a number of Melia hotels over the last couple of years and, of course, we have used the Melia White House at Regents Park for our last two Christmas parties.

I had lunch and a quick tour of the Melia Sarria and then stayed at the Melia Barcelona Sky.  Melia provided me with a room for two nights including access to the perks usually only given to guests at The Level hotel which occupies the upper floors.  Head for Points paid for everything else.

The Melia Barcelona Sky used to be a lifestyle-driven ME by Melia hotel and was changed into a standard Melia in 2013.  It is now two hotels in one. The main hotel, covered in this review, is a 4* and The Level at Melia Barcelona Sky is a 5*. Both parts have separate entrances and receptions but share most of the communal areas.

My room was in the 4* part of the hotel which covers the lower floors.  I was, purely for the purposes of this article (you would not get this as a standard guest) given access to the Level lounge, the Level breakfast and the happy hour.  I will focus on Level in part two of my review but, to summarise my conclusion, I recommend that you pay the modest extra cost for The Level because the difference in room quality and benefits is well worth it.

Status benefits

If you have an American Express Platinum card, you can claim free Gold status in Melia Rewards.  Melia Rewards Gold does not offer a huge amount, to be honest, but it is certainly better than nothing if you stay here.  You will receive:

  • 13 points per € or $ spent, compared to the standard 10 points per € or $
  • ‘Buy 1, get 1 free’ on hotel breakfast
  • Free wi-fi
  • 3 x 20% discount vouchers
  • Late check-out until 4pm (for city hotels) unless the hotel is 100% full

Getting there

Do not use Uber when in Barcelona! I made that mistake and ended up waiting 20 minutes for my Uber at the airport which took me to the Melia Sarria for my lunch meeting.  When I ordered a second Uber to take me across town to the Melia Barcelona Sky, I had to wait 30 minutes.  On arrival the driver decided to not stop outside the hotel but rather turned left, forcing me to cross a four lane road.

I decided to use Cabify for my return trip which also lets me earn Avios via Iberia as we explained here. Cabify drivers wear a suit, provide complimentary bottles of water and I only had to wait seven minutes for my driver. The ride back to the airport took 33 minutes and cost €39.

Barcelona has a good public transport system, but from the hotel to the airport I would have had to take a few buses and a train and it was too hot for that hassle.

Location

Barcelona is not too big and you can access the city centre and tourist attractions pretty much from anywhere. The Melia Barcelona Sky is located in the North East of Barcelona close to the sea with the nearest beach being a 10 minute walk away. La Sagrada Familia is a 10 minute bus ride plus a 10 minute walk away, Arc de Triomf is a 20 minute metro ride and La Rambla and the harbour are about half an hour by metro.  I only had one day in Barcelona and got to see a good amount of the city.

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Check in

There were two reception desks right by the Melia Barcelona Sky entrance which were not busy, but I was told to check in on the 25th floor which is where the Level lounge is.

The rest of the ground floor consisted of a sitting area with books and the restaurant with a large amount of seating.

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The hallways outside my room looked a bit industrial with metal panels on the walls.

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My room

In Part 2 of this review I look at the rooms on The Level, if you choose to pay a little extra to stay on the higher floors and to get access to the lounge.  I recommend doing this.

On the lower levels, at the Melia Barcelona Sky part, I had a Premium Sea View room on the 14th floor. That said, here is a picture of my view which is lacking in any sort of view:

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Apparently all rooms have one normal window and one this weird filter.  All except for mine, which only had the one filtered window!

The room itself was a very good size with a separate bathroom and a glass window above the bathtub. There were blinds in case you prefer to not look at the bathroom when in the bedroom.

The bed was comfortable and had the main light switch above one of the bedside tables which was handy at night. Each bedside table had a EU socket underneath.  There were no USB chargers.

Opposite the bathroom door was a large wardrobe with drawers, shelves and hangers. There was also a safe and a minibar fridge.

I did not have a coffee machine in the room but could have asked for a kettle and instant coffee

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It’s probably a matter of taste, but I liked the red desk and the sculpture-lamp to the left of it.

There were some macaroons, berries and a bottle of water on the table. The water bottle was not replenished and the tap water smelled of chloride so I bought some bottled water (which I normally try to avoid) at a small shop outside the hotel.  There were also three more sockets next to the desk

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In the opposite corner was a chaise lounge. The TV was opposite the bed and had a number of Spanish, German and English channels amongst others. I was given a password for the wifi which was fast enough for streaming movies, but ended up watching German TV.

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The bathroom was big enough and had a lot of storage space around the sink. There was a full length mirror as well as a make up mirror. The light was very good.

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Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion were a Melia own brand and the little bottle stand was pretty neat.

I didn’t like the shampoo as it made my hair squeaky, a sign for the shampoo removing the natural hair oils.

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The bathroom had a bathtub and a separate shower. As the shower was very small and opposite the toilet it was difficult to get a proper picture of it (there is footage in the video further down).

The shower had a handheld shower head as well as a rainfall shower, but as the shower was rather small you couldn’t really escape from the water which meant I had to adjust the temperature whilst standing outside.

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Ground floor breakfast

4* hotel guests can have breakfast in the Sky Food Bar on the ground floor. I had breakfast on the 24th floor with the Level guests, but the buffet was very similar with a large selection of breads, cheeses, meats and made to order egg dishes.

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Dinner

In the evening the Sky Food Bar was serving burgers, salads and some Spanish dishes. They were showing the football on large screens and a number of guest was watching the football and had drinks.

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I did not have dinner included and HfP paid for it. I chose a Caesar salad with breaded chicken and patatas bravas, baked mini potatoes with a spicy sauce which was really good.

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The Sky Food Bar also has an outdoor area which is nice, but can get noisy as it’s right next to a main road.

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Pool

There was a pool on the 6th floor with lots of pool chairs:

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…… and a number of sunbeds with pillows and a sunshade roof.

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And a video …..

I took some video and edited it into a short clip that hopefully gives a good impression of the Melia Barcelona Sky. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel via this page – this is the same link to visit if the video does not automatically appear below.

 

This was part one of my review.  In part two – click here – I look at The Level at Melia Barcelona Sky and its perks and tell you why I think you should stay there.  If you are reading this via email, keep scrolling down as part 2 is attached!

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Comments

  1. Great review, I stayed here a month ago and can highly recommend it, especially the upgrade to the LEVEL. Re: the coffee machine, I’m sure there was a Nespresso machine in my room (the basic LEVEL room…)

    • Anika says:

      The LEVEL rooms do have a Nespresso machine, but my room was in the 4* part of the hotel.

  2. Good comprehensive review – thanks Anika. Those travel distances from the attractions of Barcelona would probably mean I’d rule this hotel out. There’s so much choice of accommodation in the centre. Invariably, we rent an apartment for a few days and usually ignore any hotel offerings in the city. I’m sure someone travelling for business would view it differently.

  3. MattC says:

    Last time I was in Barcelona Uber was banned, so we had booked (via Expedia) a shuttle with used Aerocity as we were landing late. Aerocity driver was supposed to be waiting for us at their desk. Arrived and no driver, the desk closed and they didnt answer their 24hour phone line posted on the desk. Not recommended.
    So I downloaded and tried Cabify, their app is a copy of Ubers but much poorer as it failed to tell me that drivers had accepted the job, and when it did it didnt update that they were (supposedly outside). Unlike Uber drivers dont message or call you. Ended up charged for 3 cabs I never took, Cabify CS were useless and seemed to use Google translate which didnt help, and ended up using chargeback. Not recommend!
    Next time I’ll stick to the train (which is cheap as it works on the 10 trip ticket).

  4. Christian says:

    Nice, I always end up watching German tv as well when I’m in (good) hotels.

    • Lady London says:

      + 1. I get very upset when there isn’t a good selection of TV available in most European languages.

      I get so little chance to “veg out” when I’m at home, actually watching the hotel tv in the evenings (as I travel alone) is something I look forward to.

  5. Anika – does the shampoo make your hair squeak when you’re walking around or whilst asleep :).

    • Anika says:

      All the time and it’s still squeaky 😉

    • Rabbit says:

      I must admit when I sped read this morning I assumed it was Rob writing and had a little chuckle that a man would make this observation…..all makes sense now I know it was Anika 🙂

  6. Peter K says:

    Can I just say that this was a well written, comprehensive, balanced and informative review. I really enjoyed reading it. After all the criticism recently I wanted to offer some praise 🙂

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