I don't know which hotel you mean by Glories?
Glories itself IS a big mall. Both hotels are near metro stops so between metro and buses you can get around the city. It is NOT like San Diego but more like San Francisco or NYC where public transportation gets you everywhere. I don't know either of the hotels you are looking at personally. IF you put each hotel into Google you will see a map. You can use the SEARCH NEARBY function to find restaurants. I continue to recommend that new visitors to the city stay closer to the central square which is Placa Catalunya. IF that is not possible then I'd probably pick the Mariano Cubi location.
You'd have a choice of 2 metro lines and the Gracia neighborhood itself is an interesting one to poke around in. It has lots of interesting shops and local restaurants. I wouldn't necessarily stay near a mall here in the USA so staying near one in Barcelona would not be on my top 10 list!
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