|Reservation information for the Centric Hostal|
The exterior of the hostal is in-keeping with the surrounding area - an old building with ornate wrought iron balconies and arches housing the entrance to the hostal's lobby area. The reception area itself looks akin to an office space. The staff are behind a low desk, at which it is necessary to sit to be at their eye level. However, the atmosphere is far from office-like. The reception staff are friendly and appear to be on first-name terms with customers whom they greet on entering.
The hostal is located in an area that is close to Plaza de Espanya. This allows hostal customers to be within ten minutes walking distance of tourist attractions such as the Ramblas and Plaça de Catalunya, whilst remaining in a quieter area. It is a useful option for families or larger groups, with rooms for groups of four and six.
The hostal provides only basic amenities - there is no pool, gym, restaurant or bar. There is also no buffet breakfast available. However, there is a small lounge area that is available to all customers of the hotel. It contains a coffee machine.
There is a terrace area at the back of the hotel with a table and chairs and shrubbery.
Pets are permitted in some rooms of the hotel. However, it is not permitted to leave the pet in the room unattended.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel free of charge. There is also a small business centre containing two computers with internet.
There are rooms on the ground floor of the hotel. However, no rooms have been adapted for wheelchair use - they do not have widened doors or special bathrooms.
There are a total of 22 rooms in the hotel, over 4 floors. It is worth bearing in mind that there are no lifts in the building, so those with heavy bags booking fourth floor rooms should ensure that they are in good shape!
One of the rooms in the hotel sleeps up to 6 people. Three of the rooms sleep up to 4 people. Other rooms are doubles or twins, in which an extra bed can be added.
The rooms at the front of the hotel have small balconies. Those in search of quieter rooms should request ones at the back of the building.
All rooms provide heating and air-conditioning. Not all rooms include private bathrooms, so those who do not wish to use shared bathrooms should ensure that they order a room with bathroom when booking.
The hostal is located within 5 minutes walking distance of Plaza de Universitat. This large and traffic-filled square contains many of Barcelona's University buildings. It is also the gateway to some of Barcelona's most mouth-watering shopping opportunities. The Ronda de la Universitat contains many chain stores, including Zara, Mango and Pull and Bear (a popular clothing company for teenagers). The square is also a five-minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia. This is where Barcelona's designer shops can be found - Burberry, Prada and Gucci can all be found on this street.
|A local Café||Plaza de Universitat|
Calle de Sepúlveda - the street off which Calle Casanova runs, is a place where a sprinkling of small cafés and shops can be found. Comic book and record collectors will be charmed by the small 'La Bola' shop.
The hostal is also located within ten minutes walk of Plaça de Catalunya. This is possibly Barcelona's most famous square, containing a large pedestrianized central area where it is possible to feed the birds. It is also located at the top of the Ramblas - a must-see for first time tourists to Barcelona for its hustle bustle, street entertainers and tourist shops. Whether you love it or you hate it, you will be glad that you have experienced it.
The Ramblas is also the place where you can find any general amenities that you have not already found closer to your hotel. These include pharmacies, cash machines, supermarkets, bureaus de change and internet cafés.
The advanced booking transfers below are independent of the the public transport system. This means if there is a public transport strike these services will continue to operate as normal and you will not be affected by the strike action.
Minibus shared transfer (advanced reservation required)
A shared minibus transfer option is cheaper than the private transfer. You would need to make your way to designated meeting point at the airport.
Private transfer (advanced reservation required)
With a private transfer service the driver will be waiting for you at your arrivals gate. He will have a board or a sign with your name on it so that you can easily identify him. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €30.00 - €35.00 .
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 €9.95 for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport) or you can buy a single fare ticket for €4.10 . You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Yellow Line metro and travel one stop to Urquinaona and then change onto the Red Line and travel to Urgell. Your hotel is then 10 minutes walk from the metro.
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaça de Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from here. If you take a taxi it will take about 5 - 10 minutes and cost around €6.00 - €8.00. Alternatively, you can catch the metro from Plaça de Catalunya to Urgell on Red Line, from here the hostal is a 10 minute walk.
Centric Hostal offers a classy location at affordable prices. With friendly staff, a summertime terrace and free internet connection it is an inviting option for those who don't mind being further from the sea. It holds particular appeal for families and large groups who can avail of the larger rooms.
Centric Hostal - 2 Star
Calle Casanova, 13
08011 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Urgell (Red Line, L1)