|Hotel Continental Barcelona|
On the 2nd Floor of a building facing onto Las Ramblas, behind a big wooden door is the Hotel Continental Barcelona.
Walking into the reception you feel an age away from the bustling street down below, indeed you feel like you have just walked into someone's house.
The Hotel has a history dating back to 1898 and still very much retains a family feel.
|Hotel Continental Barcelona Lounge|
There is a breakfast buffet which is open 24 hours a day. The lounge in the lobby, which closes at 04:00 is used as the breakfast room, TV room and library and is a relaxing place to have a coffee and look down to Las Ramblas below.
In the lobby you will also find a post-box and a cold drinks fridge.
The hotel Continental has a night bell for those taking advantage of Barcelona's vibrant nightlife, and there is CCTV for security purposes.
There are no business facilities in the hotel Continental Barcelona.
The 33 rooms carry on the quaint, family feel. They aren't big but are very homely and old-fashioned, and some have a balcony overlooking Las Ramblas. The rooms have a TV, internet connection, heating and air-conditioning and a hair dryer in the bathroom. All in all you feel like you're staying with someone rather than in a hotel.
|View from one of the rooms at the Hotel Continental|
The location of the hotel Continental Barcelona is it's biggest draw. Right at the top of Las Ramblas just two minutes from Plaça Catalunya and the metro stop of the same name. Las Ramblas is the heart of the city and you have every amenity and attraction at your fingertips, from tattoo parlours to thai food you can get it all on this street (though I wouldn't necessarily advise it!) There is a supermarket just opposite called Carrefour Express, which also has a take-away food section. If you turn left out of the hotel and walk down there is both a bank and a pharmacy within 2 minutes. You are a short walk from the museums in El Raval and the Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter. You could also walk to Passeig de Gràcia and Gaudí's buildings in 10 minutes.
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 station, in about 25 minutes and costs €3.80 for a single ticket. Your hotel is then 10 minutes walk from the station.
Via Bus The Aerobus will also take you from the Airport to Catalunya station and costs €5.90 . The journey time is around 30 minutes. You then have a 1 minute walk to the hotel.
The hotel Continental Barcelona is a home from home, and a quiet place to escape the hectic pace of Las Ramblas. If your room overlooks the street then it may be noisy at night if you're a light-sleeper but the hotel is quite high-up so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. A comfortable, central hotel for a weekend stay.
Hotel Continental - 3 Star
Las Ramblas, 138
Metro: Plaça Catalunya (Green Line, L3) 2 minutes walk