My family of 4 and I stayed at the Deluxe 120m²-apartment for four nights (Monday, July 1st- Friday, July 5th) during our trip to Spain this year. I booked it through the website of Derby Hotels, which was very user-friendly with pictures and all. I was initially going to book Hotel Villa Real in Madrid for our stay there (which is also part of this hotels' collection), only to come across those apartments in Barcelona. I thought since we are a family this would give us the opportunity to stay together in one place, rather than book multiple hotel rooms. So I cancelled on the hotel I had in mind for Barcelona and booked the apartment instead. We were not disappointed and we had a pleasant stay overall.
Check-in was done in Hotel Claris just on the corner of the street. Staff were super friendly and our check-in was smooth with no trouble. We paid a €250 deposit and were handed the keys to our apartment. This is a self-serviced apartment so you are expected to transfer your luggage, but we got a hand from the man at the check-in desk which I appreciated, especially after the long 7-hours flight.
The apartment building is located on a street that was well-lit (which is something I only found important after we moved to another apartment in Madrid). The area is called Eixample and the apartment building is a 5-minutes walk from Passeig de Gràcia. Top tourist attractions such as Casa Batlló and La Pedrera Casa Milà are only a few minutes walk. If you are planning on exploring the city on foot, this is a very good location to start from.
As for the apartment, it was very spacious with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, and an open dining area connected to the living room. I know that the website mentions that it fits up to 5 people, but I feel like it could easily accommodate an extra person since there were 6 beds in total (2 in each room). Only the main room had an AC and so I sticked to that room with grandpa. My sisters occupied the two other rooms and they said they didn't mind the fact that they didn't have ACs. The long corridor had an AC, so their room doors were open at night. The living room also had one. It wasn't hot, but I feel like this varies from a person to the other. There were so many amenities (towels, soaps, a washing kit even); you don't have to carry your own everything.
I appreciated the high-speed WiFi connection and the fact that we were given a UK adapter plug upon request from the desk at Claris. Let me make this clear. We had our own adapter plugs that we carried before to Paris and had no troubles with. For some reason, though, our plugs didn't fit in the power outlets in Spain so we had to purchase one and those were really hard to find. The hotel has them so make sure you ask. I had to purchase one from a department store in Madrid later. This struggle is real if you were flying from the Middle-East (like us) or the UK or Ireland.
Finally, we had free admission tickets to the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona which was next door. We honestly didn't go because our schedule was fairly busy with so many bigger tourist attractions that we wanted to explore. I feel like a few bottles of water in the fridge would have been more handy (we had to go out in the middle of the night on arrival to get some), but I appreciate the gesture still. I would have gone if we had more time.
All in all, very family friendly and a very good option. Not cheap, but I know for sure that the stay in the hotel I was initially planning to stay in would have costed much more. Grandpa felt it was a very economical option and he was the one who paid, so do we take his word for it? Perhaps we should.