|Reservation Information For The Casa Fuster Hotel|
Casa Fuster Hotel stands out from the crowd. It is a hotel that offers five star service within a 100-year-old restored building. And with prices to match it. From the exterior the building is impressive. It echoes much of the style of Gaudí's designs, with decorative wrought iron balconies, soft lines and structures like rooftop lookouts. It sits on a street corner and its size and impressive structure dominate the area. On entering the foyer of the building, a general sparkle exudes. The floor is covered in a shiny black mosaic, the building's original pillars remain and the lights give off an orange glow.
The hotel is located in an affluent part of town. It is close to the main shopping area as well as the terrace-filled Gràcia . It is decidedly up-town, making it less appealing to those looking for a beach holiday or hoping to be close to the touristic centre. However, this may well be a hotel for those who never wish to leave its premises. There is a bar where Woody Allen has been spotted playing jazz, a roof terrace with a pool and panoramic views of the city and a spa with all the trimmings.
|Casa Fuster Hotel|
The hotel provides a 6th floor roof terrace, with panoramic views of the city. There is a very small pool on the terrace - approximately 10 metres in length by 4 metres in width. The pool will hold a maximum of 20 people. This is open all year round but is not heated. There is a bar in the terrace area that is open during the summer months.
There is also a spa in the terrace area of the hotel. This offers a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a room where massages are available at an extra cost. There is also a gym in this area. The gym provides a running machine and a cycling machine.
The hotel's restaurant is called Galaxó. It offers Mediterranean style food, using seasonal produce. It is on the first floor of the hotel. There is a different, larger area, in the basement of the hotel where buffet breakfast is available. It costs €25.00 per head.
The hotel's bar, next to the lobby area is called Café Vienes. It is home to a popular jazz club on Thursday evenings - a picture of Woody Allen on the wall, playing in the bar is testament to this. Food is also available in this area during the jazz club. Set price meals can be bought, guaranteeing reserved seating for the jazz show.
Room service is available 24 hours. After this room service is available all night, however only cold food is available and it must be ordered before the kitchen shuts at 23:00 .
Pets are not allowed in the hotel. This is a strict rule of the establishment.
Check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 12:00 noon .
An area known as Salon Fuster is available for meetings and conferences. As a whole it has a capacity of 100 people, seated. The area can also be divided into a maximum of 4 smaller rooms. There is also a smaller business area, allowing for meetings of up to 10 people.
There is a free Wi-Fi for all customers throughout the hotel. There is a small area in the lobby where there are computers available providing access to the internet free of charge.
The hotel contains four rooms with disabled access. They have widened doors and a special shower. They also have sinks that have been lowered to wheelchair level. There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 105 rooms in the hotel, over 5 floors. Rooms are classed as Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite, Senior Suite, Suite and Grand Suite. Many of the rooms are Doubles. However, the larger rooms allow for more beds to be added. The Junior Suite allows for a maximum of three people. The Grand Suite is a culmination of the Suite and Junior Suite and accommodates up to 6 people. This suite is popular with families.
Each room offers air conditioning, a flat-screen television and internet connection.
Two of the floors of the hotel are smoking, the rest of the hotel is non-smoking, including the bar and restaurant.
The hotel is based in the area of Gràcia. The street on which the hotel sits, Passeig de Gràcia, is famous for housing the major designer shops. Burberry, Prada, Gucci and Loewe can all be found close to the hotel. Continuing up you will find yourself at the heart of Gràcia . This area contains a generous share of plazas to sit and enjoy coffees or lunch. It also offers smaller and more independent shops, such as toyshops, clothes shops and chocolate shops.
|The local chocolate shop|
The area is known for its large amount of high quality restaurants. Those looking for an original and very Spanish experience should head to Flash Flash. It is not possible to book for this restaurant; however, if you have to queue it is worth the wait. The restaurant was designed in the seventies and maintains a very seventies feel. It has a diner style, with white walls, covered in retro images and white banquettes. It is a perfect choice for those wishing to educate themselves about the way of the Spanish tortilla. This Spanish staple is an omelette, usually filled with potatoes. However, over 60 different varieties are available at this bustling establishment.
The hotel is a 15 minute walk to the Ramblas. The walk, down Passeig de Gràcia and across the Plaza de Catalunya, is an enjoyable one. Any general amenities that have not become available are sure to be found on the Ramblas. These include supermarkets, internet cafés, bureaus de change and banks.
If you don't speak Spanish and you are unfamiliar with Barcelona booking a private airport transfer is a good option to consider. Once booked, you will have someone waiting to meet you at Barcelona airport to take you to your hotel. They will be holding a sign with your name on it. You need to book this service online before you leave by following the links below.
You can reserve a shared minibus transfer from Barcelona Airport to your hotel or vice versa. Note that this service is not a private service for you own group but the minibus will be shared with other passengers.
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €25.00 - €30.00 depending on traffic and luggage.
Via Train: The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia in 25 minutes. You can either use the T10 transport ticket from the airport (T10 costs €9.80 for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport) or you can buy a single fare ticket for €3.80 . You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel one stop to Diagonal. Your hotel is then 5 minutes walk from the metro.
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaza de Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. From here, the hotel is 10 minutes in a taxi and will cost about €8.00 - €10.00. Alternatively, you can catch the metro from Catalunya to Diagonal, just two stops on the Green Line, from where Casa Fuster Hotel is a 5 minute walk.
Casa Fuster Hotel is a five star hotel offering history, impressive amenities and a strong Spanish character. Its classic style manages to remain edgy, with interesting details in its design. This is a hotel for those who wish to stay somewhere really special and are willing to pay for the privilege. Those who plan on spending little time in their hotel will not require such elaborate accommodation.
Casa Fuster Hotel - 5 star
Passeig de Grácia, 132
08008 Barcelona, España
Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) or (Blue Line, L5)