The lobby area is simple, with a front desk to the left on entering. The front desk staff are helpful and easy going. There is little by way of decoration in the area, and no seating space.
There is no pool or gym in the hotel.
There is a restaurant that serves breakfast. Buffet breakfast costs €11.00 per person. It is served from 07:30 - 11:00 all week.
There is also a bar that is open from 07:30 - 15:00 . It only serves drinks.
There is also a small communal area. This space offers a computer, a television, some sofas, tables and chairs.
Room service is not available.
Pets are not allowed in the hotel.
Day use rooms are not available.
There are no meeting rooms in the hotel.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel free of charge. There is also one computer with internet available free of charge. This is in the television room.
There are two rooms in the hotel that are suitable for wheelchair users. They have widened doors and adapted bathrooms. There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 64 rooms in the hotel, over 7 floors. All of the rooms are either singles or doubles. It is possible to add an extra bed to the rooms for a supplementary cost of €30.00 .
None of the rooms have balconies. There is double-glazing on all of the windows. However, those hoping for a very peaceful night's seep should request a room at the interior of the hotel.
Smoking is permitted in the rooms on the first and seventh floors. The rest of the hotel is non-smoking.
All rooms include air-conditioning, telephone, hairdryer, television and a mini-bar.
The hotel is located a 1 minute walk from Plaza Catalunya. This is one of Barcelona's most famous squares. It has a large area at its centre where people can feed the birds, sit on benches and simply watch the world go by. The square is home to some large chain shops and restaurants including Hard Rock Café, FNAC (electrical and music store), Sephora (cosmetics store) and Habitat (home furnishings store). The hotel also looks onto El Corte Inglés. This is a department store that is well known throughout Spain. It sells everything from clothes to food to perfumes to children's toys.
|Plaza Catalunya & El Corte Inglés|
The hotel is a 5 minute walk from both Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya. Passeig de Gràcia is one of Barcelona's most picturesque streets - it is dotted with old buildings and lined with wrought iron floral street lamps. It is well known for being a popular shopping street, with everything from Zara to Prada on offer. It is also the home of beautiful buildings such as Gaudí's La Pedrera and casa Batlló.
Rambla de Catalunya is a part-pedestrianised street that offers a great deal of bars and restaurants with terraces. These are a great place to sit and enjoy a sunny afternoon with a cup of coffee, a glass if wine or a 'Menu del Dia' (a set menu that is enjoyed at lunchtime in most Spanish restaurants).
Off Plaza Catalunya is the Ramblas - Barcelona's famous street that is full of tourists and street entertainers. It is also a convenient place to find amenities such as internet cafés, bureaus de change, supermarkets and pharmacies.
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 €10.30 for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport) or you can buy a single fare ticket for €3.80 . From here take the metro from Passeig de Gràcia on the Yellow Line to Urquinaona, from the metro station the hotel is a 1 minute walk. Alternatively, if you have a lot of luggage, a taxi will take 5 minutes and cost around €5.00 - €6.00.
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaza Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. A single will cost €5.90 . The hotel is a 5 minute walk from Plaza Catalunya.
Gran Ducat Hotel, Barcelona is a three-star hotel in a very central location for tourists to the city. It will not appeal to those looking for flamboyance or luxury in their hotel. However its affordable prices and placing in the city will appeal to active travellers.
Gran Ducat Hotel - 3 Star
Ronda Sant Pere, 15
08010 Barcelona, España
Metro: Urquinaona (Yellow Line, L4) or (Red Line, L1)