|Catalonia Plaza Hotel|
It is easy to spot the Catalonia hotel Barcelona Plaza, towering over pretty Plaça Espanya, with views over to the beautiful Palau Nacional which is the museum of Catalan art, and with a large clock on it's façade. Views of the colourful magic fountain of Montjuïc from your hotel window is one feature that makes this hotel unique. The excellent location, in a historic area with good transport into the centre of the city, makes this hotel very popular with tourist and business clients.
Gourmet Plaza is the Catalonia Plaza restaurant, and there is also a café called La Oca and a sultry black upholstered Piano Bar where you can enjoy live music and a cocktail every night. The buffet breakfast includes food for those on special diets. There is a heated pool on a roof terrace which is heated so there's no excuse even in winter. Near the pool there is also a gym, a sauna and massages are available at a price. The Catalonia hotel plaza also has parking facilities There are computers with internet in the lobby and Wi-Fi all over the hotel. The hotel will also help you rent a car for a special rate if you want.
The conference centre comprises of 9 rooms which can be arrange to suit any occasion. The largest is 610 metres squared and has a maximum capacity of 700 people. The hotel will hire out any audiovisual equipment you might need. The reception has a fax service as well, and the hotel offers a baby sitting service if you need a night off.
The Catalonia Hotel Barcelona Plaza has 338 standard rooms and 8 suites that have the advantage of a lounge area and a round bathtub! The rooms all have air-conditioning and heating, a mini-bar, room service, satellite TV as well as canal plus and pay per view movies. There is also a safe and some of the rooms have amazing views over Plaça Espanya towards Montjuïc. The bathrooms are marble and have a hair dryer.
|Catalonia Plaza hotel is based in Plaça Espanya|
The location of the Catalonia hotel Barcelona Plaza is very good, just out of the centre of town but very well connected to the centre and all the sight-seeing spots. The Plaça Espanya metro stop is on the doorstep of the hotel and will take you to La Rambla in less than 10 minutes. Closer to home you have Palau Nacional in front of which are the Magic Fountain which is a must-see spectacle. Just to the side of the fountain, a 10 minute walk away there is the Mies Van de Rohe Pavilion which is interesting for those who like architecture, and a bit further up there is Poble Espanyol. This was built in 1929 and is a small village with styles of architecture to represent all the different parts of Spain. Under the hotel there is a cash point which is accessible from inside the hotel and out. On the other side there is a travel agency. If you go up either of the roads on the side of the hotel you will find newsagents and restaurants. Sants station is also a 15 minute walk away, and from there, there are direct trains to the airport or out of town places like Sitges.
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 .
Via Train The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Barcelona Sants (Estacio de Sants) , in about 25 minutes and costs €3.80 for a single ticket. Then change at Sants for the Green line Metro and get off at Espanya. The hotel is about 2 minutes walk from the metro.
Via Bus You could take the Aerobus cost €5.90 from the Airport and get off at Plaça Espanya from here you have a 2 minute walk to the hotel
Editor's Note: There are two hotels in Barcelona with very similar names. These are the Catalonia Plaza hotel (this review) which is in Plaça Espanya and then there is the Catalunya Plaza Hotel which is in Plaça Catalunya. Make sure you're booking the right hotel!
A great location for entertainment and proximity to the centre and stunning views are the biggest selling points of this 4 star hotel. The hotel is comfortable, has good facilities and is a great base from which to enjoy all that Barcelona has to offer.
Catalonia Barcelona Plaza 4 star hotel
Plaça Espanya, 6-8
08014 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Plaça Espanya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3) 2 minutes walk