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Hotel Review: Vincci Bit in Barcelona, Spain

Jan. 06, 2018
7 min read
Hotel Review: Vincci Bit in Barcelona, Spain
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Heading to Barcelona for a conference, I stumbled across a funky-looking hotel less than a mile away from the CCIB conference center. As a last-minute deal, the four-star hotel was running €91 (US$105) per night with breakfast. So, I was sold. It turned out to be much more than just a great deal.

Booking

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I booked the hotel as a last-minute deal on Booking.com. As a frequent user, I've achieved "Genius" status — scoring me an additional 10% off the already-discounted price.

Since it was going to be a four-night stay, I checked Citi Concierge's website to see how much the hotel would cost after a fourth-night free. However, the hotel wasn't available through the travel portal. I could've called or emailed the Citi Concierge, but I didn't want to risk losing this deal and needed to lock down my hotel for the conference. So, I booked through Booking.com.

To secure the low price, I needed to agree to a non-cancellable rate, which I paid for using my Chase Sapphire Reserve for the no foreign transaction fees and 3x Ultimate Rewards points for the travel purchase.

Decor

The hotel's decor is truly unlike any other hotel. The lobby, hallways and common areas of the hotel are fascinating. Each floor's decor was left to a different modern artist. The lobby and dining room walls were filled with trippy black-and-white characters and scenes:

Hotel Vincci Bit breakfast room decor

I was assigned a room on the third floor, which was decorated by Catalan visual artist Aleix Gordo.

Hotel Vincci Bit floor 3 decor

Inside my third-floor room, one wall was white and the other white with black stripes. Framed pieces of art dotted the wall. The curtains stuck with the black-and-white theme but weren't nearly as plain. The lighting fixtures added to the room's flair.

Hotel Vincci Bit room interior curtains table

The room didn't just look good; it was functional with a comfortable bed and plenty of European power plugs scattered throughout.

Hotel Vincci Bit hotel room zoomed

The room featured several lighting options. In addition to the self-explanatory "On," there's an option for "Relax," where some lights are turned off and others dimmed for a relaxing atmosphere. For whatever reason, "TV" is the brightest setting. If you're headed into the bathroom, you can press "WC" to dim the room lights and turn on the bathroom lights. Or you can just hit the switch in the bathroom if you don't want to dim the room lights.

Bathroom and Amenities

The modern design continues in the bathroom with art and unique touches.

Hotel Vincci Bit bathroom

The Enjabónate ("Lather Up") shower gel and Desmelénate ("Tousle") shampoo were satisfactory. Instead of a washcloth, the hotel provides a packaged body sponge.

Hotel Vincci Bit bathroom amenities

The shower would definitely be TPG-approved, with the shower head spraying water from an ~8 foot ceiling. There's also a handheld shower head.

The bathroom also contained a bag of amenities available for use: a comb, a tube of "body milk," a shower cap and a variety of cotton swabs. In the wardrobe, the hotel has included a free, PIN-based safe for storing valuables during your stay.

Food & Drink

Breakfast is not included in all rates, but I was able to tack it onto this reservation for around $10/night. And I was glad that I did, because I could not find any reasonable breakfast options between the hotel and the conference center. I got a hearty Spanish-style breakfast heavy on the meats, cheeses and breads. You have the option of sitting inside a funky-designed indoor dining area or outside on a patio.

Hotel Vincci Bit breakfast

The in-room mini-bar doesn't provide much of a selection, but sells at very reasonable prices. Small bottles of water cost €1.5 (US$1.75) and mini-bottles of Coke and juice cost €2 (US$2.34). Likewise, a 11oz (330ml) Carlsberg will only set you back €2. Cocktail nuts, gummy bears and knock-off Pringles cost €2 each. While these are reasonable for a mini-bar, you can also just head two minutes down the street to a corner market for even cheaper snacks and drinks.

Hotel Vincci Bit mini-bar

On my last night, I ordered room service around 10pm local time. The menu notes "at least 25 minutes of waiting," but in less than 15 minutes there was a knock on my door. My order of "Pasta Penne with Carbonara sauce" cost €12 (US$14) plus a €3 (US$3.51) delivery fee. The pasta dish was large and was accompanied with a small bread roll, Parmesan cheese and little salt/pepper shakers. While the carbonara sauce was overly rich and creamy, the meal was certainly satisfying.

Hotel Vincci Bit room service carbonara

If you want to get out of the room, the same food is served with drinks in the lobby bar and restaurant that doubles as a sitting/working area during the day.

Hotel Vincci Bit lobby

Service

Front-desk service was straightforward and somewhat friendly each time I came in contact. Check-in and check-out didn't take long and any questions or requests were promptly handled.

The maid service was thorough yet invisible. Each day, the room was reset with fresh towels, amenities and the bed was made.

Wi-Fi

The hotel Wi-Fi runs on a freemium model. Basic ~3mbps download/upload speeds are provided free of charge with your room.

Vinnci Bit WiFi basic3

A premium service can be purchased. When I asked about internet speeds at check-in — noting that I needed a fast connection for work — the agent comped a 3-day premium pass which otherwise seemed to cost €20 (US$23). I neglected to do a speedtest before my pass ran out, but I was able to work at full speed while streaming music — indicating at least 25mbps.

Overall Impression

I'm was very pleasantly surprised by my stay. Vincci Bit provided exactly what I needed for the conference and did so with flair. The hotel satisfied at each touch point. In addition to a reasonable room rate, the extras were all priced fairly — certainly for a 4-star hotel. While this particular hotel isn't convenient for sightseeing, I'll certainly be looking to it first if I'm back in Barcelona for a conference at CCIB.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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4 / 5
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Rewards

1 - 10X points
10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on air travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

60,000 points
Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

Annual Fee

$550

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on air travel and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $900 toward travel
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 50% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on air travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on air travel and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $900 toward travel
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 50% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more