Gutenberg Aparthotel is housed within a space tucked away behind the Ramblas. It has a sense of being an oasis of calm despite its location, so close to a notoriously noisy street. This is an option for those wishing to enjoy the touristic highlights of the Ramblas whilst also maintaining the option to have a decent night's sleep.
Its exterior has a classic Spanish seventies look to it with brown awnings and beige walls. However, its interior is more modern and appears to have been recently renovated. The front desk staff were helpful in answering my questions. The area itself is reasonably small. However, it looks onto another seating area with leather couches and large windows, creating a bright atmosphere.
The Gutenberg is particularly useful for those looking to avoid spending money on eating out in Barcelona. Each room contains a small kitchen area, enabling customers to cook for themselves whilst on holiday. This may be of particular interest to families, as many of the rooms can hold up to four people - a rarity for accommodation located so close to the Ramblas.
There is no pool or gym in the hotel. There is a restaurant attached to the building. Buffet breakfast is available in the restaurant for €7.00 per person. It is served from 07:30 - 10:30 . There is also a set menu available at lunch - the 'Menu del Dia'. This is traditionally Catalan home-made food and costs €10.50 . It is only available from Monday - Friday . A dinner menu is also available, but only to large group bookings.
There is a bar area connected to the restaurant. It is open from 07:30 - 16:30 .
Room service is not available.
Check-in time is from 14:00 and check-out time is at 12:00 noon .
There are no meeting or conference rooms in the hotel. However, there is free Wi-Fi for all customers in the lobby area. There are also two computers available, providing free access to the internet.
At time of writing (January 2009) there are no rooms with disabled access available in the hotel. However, there are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 85 rooms in the hotel, over 6 floors. Most rooms in the hotel are either twins or doubles. However, there are 13 rooms that are suitable for four people.
All rooms contain a small kitchenette that can be hidden behind cupboard doors when not in use. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are all provided.
Most of the hotel rooms face a small, pedestrianized street. There are no balconies. There are also some interior rooms, looking down onto a small interior balcony. Those hoping for quiet rooms should request those at the interior of the hotel.
|Gutenberg Aparthotel behind palm trees|
The hotel is located on a small street directly off of the base of the Ramblas. This allows customers of the hotel to be in close walking distance of many tourist attractions. The Ramblas is home to the famous Boqueria food market, which is a five-minute walk from the hotel. This is a place to buy ingredients to cook in the hotel kitchens.
|Museu Maritim de Barcelona|
Right opposite the hotel is Barcelona's Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim de Barcelona) - home to all things nautical, from model ships to a collection of figureheads. The museum is housed within a medieval brick building that has been carefully renovated with modern glass touches that do not detract from the original structure. From the hotel you will be able to see the Museum's 'Garden of the King' where there is a submarine on display.
The hotel also sits less than five minutes walk from the harbour front. This is a beautiful sight on sunny days, with the yachts bobbing in the water, a wooden promenade that has been designed with the look of a wave and people sitting all along the water's edge. It is also the home of the Maremagnum, a place to bring both adults and children. It contains shops, ice cream parlours, restaurants, fast food chains and a cinema.
At this location you will be in walking distance of most general amenities that can be found on the Ramblas - pharmacies, banks, bureaus de change, supermarkets and internet cafés.
The advanced booking transfers below are not operated by the public transport system the advantage being if there is a public transport strike these services will continue to operate.
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 then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel three stops to Drassanes. Your hotel is then 5 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. 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 Drassanes, just two stops on the Green Line, from where Aparthotel Gutenberg is a 5 minute walk.
Aparthotel Gutenberg offers a central location at affordable rates. It will particularly appeal to families hoping to make a trip to Barcelona on a budget - dinner can be cooked and eaten in the rooms and an ice cream dessert is a mere 2-minute walk away, on the Ramblas.
Aparthotel Gutenberg - 3 star
Passatge de Gutenberg, 7
08001 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)