|Gran Hotel Catalonia|
Gran Hotel Catalonia, Barcelona is located in the heart of Eixample. It is a simple hotel with friendly staff and affordable rates. It is located fifteen minutes walk from Rambla de Catalunya - a busy and leafy street that leads to Plaza Catalunya and the Ramblas. The hotel's lobby area is classic, with stripy red and cream couches. It is a long and narrow space with grey marble floors.
The hotel does not have a pool, fitness centre or spa. The hotel restaurant offers buffet breakfast. At lunchtime a set menu ('Menu del Dia') is available, consisting of 3 courses plus a drink. Dinner is an 'a la carte' menu.
The hotel bar is next to the lobby. It serves snack food.
Rooms are available for day use when possible.
There are four rooms that are available in the hotel for meetings. They have a collective capacity of 400 people.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge. There is one computer available with internet access.
There are no rooms in the hotel that are suitable for disabled people.
There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 88 rooms in the hotel, over 7 floors. All of the rooms are doubles. It is possible to add an extra bed to the rooms. This will involve a surcharge of 30% of the room price.
Some of the rooms at the front of the hotel have balconies. These must be reserved through the hotel. All of the rooms have double-glazing, so noise pollution should not be too much of a problem. However, those hoping for a quiet nights sleep should request interior rooms.
All rooms contain air-conditioning, television, telephone, a safe and a mini-bar.
Gran Hotel Catalonia is located in the centre of Barcelona. It is just off Rambla de Catalunya - a leafy street with a pedestrianized strip that is dotted with café and restaurant terraces. It is the home of Colmado Quilez - a large deli style shop with a traditionally Spanish window display. The shop is proud of its history, as well as its large selection of alcohols, cheeses and meats. Close to the hotel it is also possible to find the world-renowned chocolatiers - Godiva.
If you are looking for somewhere special to eat, Ottimo is located just around the corner, on Enric Granados 95. The restaurant offers simple Italian cooking in glamorous surroundings that have a 1950s feel with mirrored walls, patterned banquettes and a cocktail bar. The prices are reasonably high, but with pasta and salads on the menu it is an affordable option.
The hotel is a ten-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya. This is one of Barcelona's largest squares. It is at the top of the Ramblas - Barcelona's famous street for strolling and people watching. On either side of the Ramblas you will find Barcelona's old town - including the Gothic Quarter and Raval. The Gothic Quarter in particular is renowned for its picturesque narrow streets and old buildings. Raval is an interesting area to explore for those looking for less touristy bars and restaurants.
Passeig de Gràcia is a five-minute walk from the hotel. This street is the home of many major stores including Burberry, Zara and Prada. It is also the home of a large and affordable home design store - Vinçon. It is a picturesque street, lined with ornate street lamps and a couple of Gaudí buildings - La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
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 €25.00 - €30.00 .
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 can then change to the metro and catch the Green Line to Diagonal. The hotel is a 3 minute walk from the metro station.
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. The hotel is 5 minutes in a taxi and will cost about €5.00 - €8.00. Alternatively you can catch the Green Line on the metro to Diagonal, from here the hotel is a 3 minute walk
Gran Hotel Catalonia is a classic four-star hotel, lacking the modern focus on design of other hotels in the area. However, prices are affordable and the location is good for those hoping for a cosmopolitan trip to the city. Businesses will be impressed by the facilities offered at the heart of Barcelona.
Gran Hotel Catalonia - 4 Star
Calle Balmes, 142 - 146
08008 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) or (Blue Line, L5)