Staying away from downtown Barcelona was a great decision. This hotel is right at the Port of Mataro, about 30 minutes on a train from the core of the Barcelona. It paid off substantially. The hotel itself is very nice. The view is great and is right in the middle of a long ocean coast (that will probably take you all the way to France). It's a modern place, full of amenities, including a spa, a pool, and a ridiculous amount of food options around, from seafood to Italian, ice cream and whatnot. Going to Barcelona for day trips was very easy. We just had to walk 8 minutes to a train station (that is usually open until 1 am everyday). Staff was very helpful and efficient. The room was more than enough in size and looked brand-new.