|Reservation information for the Diagonal Port Hotel|
You can't help but smile when you walk into the cheerful, bright lobby of the Hotel Diagonal Port Barcelona which is full of large contemporary paintings. In fact the Rafael hotel Diagonal port owns a large collection of work by avant-garde Catalan artists, the painting are hung all around the hotel. It is unsurprising that the Rafael chain is one of the youngest in Spain, it shows in their design and décor.
The multi-lingual staff also do their best to give you a warm welcome. In fact the only negative point is that although the hotel is close to the beach, many of the rooms at the front of the hotel have to look out onto what is at the moment a disused piece of land, however I'm sure this is only temporary.
The Hotel Diagonal Port has a garage with 60 spaces, and a laundry service. There is a tourist information department which can help you organize tours or give advice as to where to visit.
The garden terrace is a lovely place to sit and have a coffee, the terrace backs onto a park. There is a restaurant called the Alacena which not surprisingly being this close to the sea, serves up Mediterranean cuisine. After dinner you may want to have a drink at the bar hall.
The hotel has 7 conference rooms, 5 of which you can divide by partition walls. The largest room is 312 metres squared and can hold 300 people for a party, 210 seated. The smallest is a more modest 68 metres squared. The rooms have a good amount of natural light, a sea view which could be a good or bad thing depending on how easily distracted you are, temperature controls and cordless phones. Despite the comprehensive business services available when I went to the hotel it was full of normal tourists, so this may be a good option if you want to escape the people in suites for a while.
The rooms continue the bright and breezy feel of the whole hotel. There are 105 rooms and 10 suites all with en-suite marble bathrooms with hair dryers. The rooms come with temperature control, mini-bar, safe, pay TV, internet connection, satellite TV and piped music. The desks are also large if you need to continue working once your meeting is over.
The Rafael also has rooms for the disabled.
|Mar Bella Beach|
The hotel is two minutes away from the beach which is why it is so popular with normal tourists and families as well as those in Barcelona on business. Walk up Lope de Vega and you will be in Poblenou which is a lovely, Catalan area to have a walk. Stop in one of the corner cafes just up the road and have coffee or breakfast, or keep on going and you'll find a cash point and fruit shop.
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 Catalunya station, in about 30 minutes and costs €4.10 for a single ticket. You then have to change here for the Green Line Metro to Passeig de Gràcia and then change onto the yellow line metro. Your nearest metro stop is Selva Del Mar and the hotel is a short 10 minute walk from the metro.
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. From Catalunya you need to follow the instructions above for taking the metro.
I loved this hotel, it has a good atmosphere. When I went there were teenagers to old age pensioners to businessmen all milling around in the split level lobby, which shows that this hotel is popular with all sorts. If you want to be by the beach, but also close to an old part of town then I recommend this hotel. It's a good choice for anyone, young people love the beach, older people the culture and quietness of the area.
Rafael Hotel Diagonal Port 4 star
Lope de Vega, 4
Metro: Poblenou (Yellow Line, L4) 7 minutes.
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