|HCristina Hotel Pensión|
HCristina Hotel Pensión' s name is a little confusing. Despite its suggested delusions of grandeur, it is a pensión rather than a hotel. The pensión itself has less airs and graces. It is a simple space with inviting staff and a bright interior, ensuring that it is a pleasure to visit. The hotel's location, on Passeig de Gràcia, means that it is surrounded by accommodation that is in a different league. This makes it an appealing option for those wishing to stay in an up-market part of town, whilst paying prices that are affordable.
HCristina's lobby area is long and thin. The front desk is a small wooden box, adjacent to the elevators. Behind the front desk there is a separate space housing a small and inviting bar area, where breakfast is served. The space is brightened by patio doors at the back, leading to a small terrace that is open for use in the summer months. This pensión achieves a personal touch, as it contains only 12 rooms in total.
The pensión provides only basic amenities. There is no pool, gym or restaurant. There is a small bar area on the ground floor where a continental breakfast is available. This costs €5.00 per person. After breakfast, the area is available for use 24 hours. Hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are all available.
There are no meeting or conference rooms in the hotel. There is Wi-Fi available for all customers in the lobby area. This is free of charge. There are no computers available for use.
There are no rooms in the hotel that have been adapted for disabled use. However, there is a ramp to the lobby area and a lift to all floors.
There are a total of 12 rooms in the hotel, over 5 floors. Room are either singles or doubles. It is not possible to add any extra beds to the room.
Each room offers air conditioning and a television.
The hotel is based in the area of Gràcia . This area contains many terraces to sit and enjoy coffees or lunch. It also offers smaller and more independent shops, such as toyshops, clothes shops and chocolate shops. For a week during the month of August the barrio comes alive with a weeklong street festival. This involves each street competing to win the prize for best street decorations. Every street makes a great deal of effort and the decorations can be very imaginative - everything from ice scenes to Mexican wrestling.
|The Chocolate Shop|
One of the area's most popular restaurants is called Non Solo Pizza, on Calle Enric Granados. It offers high-quality Italian cuisine, in a quiet and cosy setting. As its name suggests, it offers far more than just pizzas! There is also a street containing many popular bars and restaurants. It is called Calle Francisco Giner. At number 24 you can find the small bar, Gusto. This interesting space is covered, from walls to ceiling with an elaborate and intricate wallpaper of cream and white. At weekends, a non-descript black door hides a bustling bar that is very popular with the locals.
The hotel is a 15 minute walk to the Ramblas. The walk, down Passeig de Gràcia and across the Plaza de Catalunya, is an enjoyable one. Any general amenities that have not become available are sure to be found on the Ramblas. These include supermarkets, internet cafés, bureaus de change and banks.
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.
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 €10.30 for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport) or you can buy a single fare ticket for €3.80 . You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel one stop to Diagonal. Your hotel is then 10 minutes walk from the metro.
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaza 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 that will cost about €8.00 - €10.00. Alternatively, you can catch the metro from Catalunya to Diagonal, just two stops on the Green Line, from where the hotel is a 10 minute walk.
HCristina Hotel Pensión is a very small pensión, offering simple accommodation in an area where an affordable bed is hard to find. It is a better location for those wishing to shop rather than sunbathe. However, those looking for a budget pensión in the Gràcia area will be impressed by its prices and service.
HCristina Hotel Pensión - 2 star
Gran Gràcia, 14
08012 Barcelona, España
Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) or (Blue Line, L5)