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The Cotton House, Autograph Collection - Barcelona Spain [Master Thread]

The Cotton House, Autograph Collection - Barcelona Spain [Master Thread]

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"Nice little touch in the room was a Nespresso coffee machine with three complimentary pods of coffee, replenished daily. Extra pods were 3 Euro so take extra from home to save a little."

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Old Feb 7, 22, 11:16 pm
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Anyone have an email address for this hotel?
Hi Kacee,

You may contact the hotel via this email address: [email protected]

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Old Feb 8, 22, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by Marriott Bonvoy Lurker II View Post
Hi Kacee,

You may contact the hotel via this email address: [email protected]

Best Regards,

Christina Z
Specialist, Social Media
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[email protected]
Thank you.

For anyone else with this question, concierge desk can be reached at [email protected].
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Old Feb 16, 22, 11:36 am
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Just spent four nights here. First visit to Barcelona. Mixed feelings about this property (loved Barcelona though).

Liked the location, close to lots of good stuff, but immediate area is not overly touristy feeling. Hotel staff were 95% outstanding, particularly concierges, who provided excellent restaurant recommendations. Breakfast was great, very high quality. We were fine with the cold buffet, plenty of choices, did not get old.

Big issue was the room size. It was just too small for me. Booked the Madras (2nd category) was upgraded at check-in to Cotton (one category up) on the 5th floor. Asked if they had anything nicer, was offered Egyptian (highest category non-suite), but agent recommended the Cotton because (1) it faces the rear, whereas Egyptian fronts on very busy Gran Via des Corts Catalanes, and (2) Cotton has a balcony. We took the Cotton. It was (mostly) nice and quiet, with a pleasant rooftop view, and the best feature (along with the super nice cotton sheets) was indeed the balcony. But the room is very small, with no desk (nor space for a desk) which is an issue as my vacations are pretty much always working vacations. Also didn't care at all for the bath, which consists of two separate closet sized, windowless spaces, with no ventilation at all (and a deadly slippery floor in the bath/shower stall).

There were some definite indications of management cheapness, including threadbare towels, very sparingly doled out (two bath and one hand towel, for two guests). I had to specifically request fresh towels after housekeeping did not replace them the first day. Toiletries are in dispensers, nominally to save the environment, and yet the hotel provides two daily mini-bottles of water (the really small ones), which are if anything even more environmentally unsound than individual toiletry bottles.

Contemplated switching to the Alma for a larger room, but stuck it out and did not regret it. Would book elsewhere next time for a larger room though.
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Old Feb 16, 22, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Just spent four nights here. First visit to Barcelona. Mixed feelings about this property (loved Barcelona though).

Liked the location, close to lots of good stuff, but immediate area is not overly touristy feeling. Hotel staff were 95% outstanding, particularly concierges, who provided excellent restaurant recommendations. Breakfast was great, very high quality. We were fine with the cold buffet, plenty of choices, did not get old.

Big issue was the room size. It was just too small for me. Booked the Madras (2nd category) was upgraded at check-in to Cotton (one category up) on the 5th floor. Asked if they had anything nicer, was offered Egyptian (highest category non-suite), but agent recommended the Cotton because (1) it faces the rear, whereas Egyptian fronts on very busy Gran Via des Corts Catalanes, and (2) Cotton has a balcony. We took the Cotton. It was (mostly) nice and quiet, with a pleasant rooftop view, and the best feature (along with the super nice cotton sheets) was indeed the balcony. But the room is very small, with no desk (nor space for a desk) which is an issue as my vacations are pretty much always working vacations. Also didn't care at all for the bath, which consists of two separate closet sized, windowless spaces, with no ventilation at all (and a deadly slippery floor in the bath/shower stall).

There were some definite indications of management cheapness, including threadbare towels, very sparingly doled out (two bath and one hand towel, for two guests). I had to specifically request fresh towels after housekeeping did not replace them the first day. Toiletries are in dispensers, nominally to save the environment, and yet the hotel provides two daily mini-bottles of water (the really small ones), which are if anything even more environmentally unsound than individual toiletry bottles.

Contemplated switching to the Alma for a larger room, but stuck it out and did not regret it. Would book elsewhere next time for a larger room though.
Thank you very much for the review. This is one of the properties I was curious to try in Barcelona but I think I will avoid now you have mentioned the room size. FWIW, the EDITION and W have decent sized rooms - I have seen a deluxe room and loft room at the EDITION and a corner suite at the W (W suite was huge). Bathrooms are good at both.

I am glad you enjoyed Barcelona - its a wonderful city. I visited twice last summer and would do so again.
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Old Feb 16, 22, 2:43 pm
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I stayed at this hotel for a month last summer (they had a long stay rate due to Covid). I loved it and didnt find the room too small. I had an interior room with a balcony and there was a desk. Because I did a long stay (at a very very low price), it specifically did not come with daily towels/cleaning, so cant comment on that.
But the design of the hotel, the location, the amenities (including small rooftop pool and large terrace outdoors for dining) and decor make this a favorite for me. If going higher end and wanting to stay Marriott, I would choose this or the Le Meridien. I dont like the LM location as much as Las Ramblas is very touristy (although I do love the Alt Raval with cute shops and restaurants), but I have consistently gotten fantastic treatment and upgrades there over the years (have only done one-month stay at Cotton House).
The W is nice but not as well-located unless wanting to be on the beach. Have not stayed at the Edition.
if looking for a non-Marriott alternative, Casa Camper is great and Ive enjoyed some Room-Mate Hotel stays.
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Originally Posted by Radiation Station View Post
Thank you very much for the review. This is one of the properties I was curious to try in Barcelona but I think I will avoid now you have mentioned the room size. FWIW, the EDITION and W have decent sized rooms - I have seen a deluxe room and loft room at the EDITION and a corner suite at the W (W suite was huge). Bathrooms are good at both.
If you're traveling solo, and don't need a desk, room size might be less of an issue. The public spaces are very nice.

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Old Sep 24, 22, 1:48 am
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Checked in at the Cotton last night. Lifetime Titanium. Was told there were no room available for upgrade. After getting to our room checking the booking site online it showed Madras room for sale the next 4 nights. Front desk says that's not correct. I offer to book a reservation so they an see it's willing to take a confirmed reservation but they say if I do I'll be charged due to the requirement to cancel 48 hours ahead. No offer to override. I take screenshots instead.

Either the Cotton House is playing games with inventory to avoid giving upgrades or is willing to list rooms for sale that aren't available which is going to result in downgrades for those who book them. Either way a bit strange.

Like others was offered the drink coupon the small print says it's only good for beer, wine, soda or juice not a mixed drink. I consider it a bit misleading to offer a drink coupon for the bar that doesn't include a cocktail.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 1:25 pm
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Stayed here a couple weeks ago; 1 night on points and another on Amex FHR program. Got 92 euros in credit (vs $100, no one seems to have checked the exchange rate lately). Ate at the restaurant which was overpriced, but otherwise was very good.

Use SNAs to get upgraded to a larger room. First room I was in had this horrendous dripping noise, likely coming from behind the walls. I call the front desk, guy confirms wife and i are not losing our minds and moves us to the room next door when we confirm there's no dripping there. FWIW, I saw the maintenance people in the old room the following day so they clearly looked into it.

That said, they were going to comp me breakfast but since I was titanium and booked via Amex, they asked what they can give as compensation and I said points where they countered with 5000 points which I accepted. I guess I could have strong armed them into more, but it was otherwise a very nice hotel and I really had no issues otherwise. I would highly recommend it if the price is right.
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Old Sep 26, 22, 1:52 pm
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Stayed here a couple weeks ago; 1 night on points and another on Amex FHR program. Got 92 euros in credit (vs $100, no one seems to have checked the exchange rate lately).
This practice of using inflated exchange rates for the Amex FHR Credit needs to go. Hotels can charge whatever they want for exchanging cash (which IME is often set at deterrent pricing levels, because some properties just don't want to be moneychangers). That's cool. But it's borderline fraudulent to apply those rates to the conversion of a USD credit when no cash is being exchanged, no service is being provided, and no rationale exists for not providing the credit at prevailing rates. This nonsense always leaves a bad taste in my mouth when I see it.
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Old Sep 29, 22, 3:46 am
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First night here - so far, so good. Booked Madras room on points + cash upgrade (70K a night plus $125 or so cash upgrade). Was upgraded to deluxe room with balcony. Nice size room for Europe (300 sq meter) for two people, similar to what I just had at Edition. Very functional room, French bathroom (rainfall shower, tub, etc), well appointed minibar, etc.

Was provided option for breakfast or points (chose breakfast) and a welcome gift of points or two drinks (we chose drinks). Enjoyed cava on the terrace after check in, with an additional order of cheese. Nice way to start the stay.

Public spaces (library, restaurant with terrace and indoors) are beautiful. Rooftop is underrated good views all around, a small good looking pool (though we heard it was cold), option to order up drinks. We may try this on Friday.

Breakfast is good - free continental buffet with what you would expect (meat, cheese, fruit, juices, pastries, cakes, etc). Hot dishes are available for 6 euro supplement each - I got an omelette. Good value for Platinum and above status.

We haven't eaten a dinner at the restaurant - we will see if we will. F&B prices seem slightly ahead of Edition, believe it or not. The bar and hotel overall are less buzzy than Edition, which may be a good or bad thing. Location is a bit closer in than Edition, but I prefer El Born neighborhood for now. Still great location for site seeing.

Overall seems like an excellent option for a central stay in Barcelona. I prefer Edition by a lot, but would book this hotel again.
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Old Sep 29, 22, 11:13 am
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View from room balcony. Hotel Arts on horizonn

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Old Sep 30, 22, 12:22 pm
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Breakfast (Platinum benefit: basically anything you want, including coffee, cava, and one hot dish, for 6 euro; totally free if you forgo the hot dish)





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Old Sep 30, 22, 12:24 pm
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Old Oct 1, 22, 7:10 am
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View of terrace from cotton room balcony:




Pool deck / rooftop (saltwater pool is freezing despite a warm October afternoon)



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Old Oct 1, 22, 7:12 am
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Checking out of hotel later today. View of hotel has improved, generally due to excellent service at restaurant, front desk, concierge and bellmen. Great location. Breakfast was better than Edition, and more accessible to Marriott elites. Restaurant food also a bit better than Edition, yet more expensive. Comfortable room - as long as you get a cotton room with balcony, you are set. Bars are not as active as other options, including Edition and presumably W/Arts/other boutique hotel. Would stay again depending on price and what kind of experience you seek
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