A recent layover landed me in Barcelona. Roughly half an hour from the airport, the Novotel is located in the the shopping area. Further away from the main tourist spots, you get a quieter, more local feel. Plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping. Yet you are still near a stop for the Hop On Hop Off bus, a couple blocks from the subway or a 10 euro cab ride to all the tourist hot spots.
The Novotel is a modern hotel high rise with 19 floors. Decorations are modern and stark. Check in was quick but I was with crew.
My room was simple. Bed, desk, TV and closet. The bed is a little stiff as are the sheets but I slept fine. The bathroom has your very basic necessities. Great shower pressure but water does get everywhere with the half open shower stalls of Europe!
Upstairs on the rooftop is a functional gym and bar and pool. The area is pretty fun for happy hour.
Overall, the hotel works fine for a quick stay in Barcelona.