|Hotel Lleo Barcelona|
There is something charming about Hotel Lleo, maybe it's the beautiful façade, or the simple reception or the affable manager. The hotel has a great location, right in the centre of the city on a bustling shopping street linking Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Universitat. The lounges all have shiny marble floors and oddly, palm trees and plants which doesn't sound very tasteful but this hotel gets away with it! In fact the design must be liked because the manager told me that several other hotels had copied their decorations.
The plant theme continues into the light and airy breakfast buffet room which is lit by two huge skylights and has a clean rustic feel. There is a snack bar and also a non-smoking dining hall. Behind the reception is a large comfy lounge area where there is a piano for live music in the evenings and a small business centre with a computer for internet. This is also where you will find the palm trees! There is also a display of items for sale in the lounge. Ask at the reception for use of the Wi-Fi.
Hotel Lleo has 3 function rooms which can be set out in 3 different ways, and again have marble and plants as their theme. The rooms can hold from 20 to 160 people. Guests are also able to make use of the hotel's offices and equipment, such as faxes, photocopiers and computers.
The 80 rooms are decorated in light, neutral colours. They all have air-conditioning and heating, piped music and a small satellite TV. There is also a minibar, a direct phone line, safe and the bathrooms have hairdryers.
|Exterior of Hotel Lleo|
Calle Pelai is a great street for shopping, especially if you happen to be interested in shoes. The street is busy and connects Plaça Catalunya which is the heart of the city, to Plaça Universitat. There is a cash point attached to the hotel on the left out the door. If you are after a bit of culture then 10 minutes walk away on Passeig de Gràcia are Gaudí's masterpieces La Pedrera and Casa Batlló . Or wander down Las Ramblas to have a look at the street performers. The area known as the Raval is right behind the hotel and has some lovely cafes and restaurants. El Raval is also home to the MACBA which is the museum of modern art and is a 5 minute walk away. If you need supplies then head to Las Ramblas where there is a large Carrefour Express supermarket which has food and toiletries. There is pharmacy on Plaça Universitat. Also if you just can't tear yourself away then there is a Starbucks right opposite the hotel.
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.
You can reserve a shared minibus transfer from Barcelona Airport to your hotel or vice versa. Note that this service is not a private service for you own group but the minibus will be shared with other passengers.
Via Taxi A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €25.00 - €30.00 depending on traffic and luggage.
Via Train The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia station, in about 30 minutes and costs €3.80 for a single ticket. The hotel is a 10 minute 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 have a 3 minute walk to the Hotel Lleo from the station.
A quirky but charming little hotel in the centre of town. Perfect for a weekends stay of sight-seeing and shopping. Also worth noting that this hotel is a heck of a lot cheaper than most hotels for this area!!
Hotel Lleo - 3 Star
Calle de Pelai, 22-24
Metro: Plaça Universitat (Red Line, L1) or Plaça Catalunya (Green Line, L3) both 3 mins