The hotel has an attractive exterior with modern canopies and large windows working well in contrast to the old building with wrought iron balconies and a large, intricately patterned wooden front door. The hotel lobby is relaxing. There is jazz playing, low lighting and comfy brown velvet couches. The area is interspersed with silver pillars and large red vases, adding colour to the matt tones of the grey slate coffee table and the wood effect front desk. This is definitely a hotel for design lovers - its facilities are relatively standard, but everything that is on offer is offered with style, from the design magazines in the lobby to the small fireplace.
There is no pool or gym or restaurant in the hotel.
Room service is available in the hotel. This is food ordered from a small restaurant across the road from the hotel.
Short stay (day use) rooms are not available.
There are no meeting/conference rooms in the hotel. There is Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel free of charge. There is one computer available for use with internet access.
There is one room in the hotel that has been adapted for disable use. It has widened doors and a special bath. There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 36 rooms in the hotel, over 5 floors. All of the rooms are doubles or twins. There are some rooms that are large enough to fit an extra bed.
All of the front facing rooms have balconies. There are four rooms at the back of the hotel that have terraces with a set of tables and chairs. These rooms do not come at an extra cost. It is, therefore, worth requesting them when booking your room. Those who require an especially quiet room should request one at the interior of the hotel.
All rooms include air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, soundproofing and mini-bar.
Advance Hotel is located a two minute walk from Plaza Universitat. This square is the home of Barcelona University's most important buildings. It is a large and traffic filled square, leading to Plaza Catalunya which sits at the top of the Ramblas - one of Barcelona's most popular tourist attractions.
The hotel is also a 5 - 10 minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia. This is Barcelona's shopping Mecca. It is where all of the major designer shops can be found. These include Burberry, Gucci and Prada. Design lovers should also check out Vinçon, on Passeig de Gràcia. This large store offers all things design, from furniture to prints and bags.
Passeig de Gràcia is also where two of Gaudí's most famous buildings can be found - Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. Casa Batlló is a building with colourful tiles depicting a large dragon's tale on its roof. Its beautiful wrought iron balconies look like masks from a Masquerade ball. La Pedrera is a sea-inspired building with a spiral staircase that resembles the inside of a shell and an undulating roof that offers views of the city.
|A typical local café|
Closer to the hotel, on Calle Sepúlveda, there are also some treats in store. The street offers its fair share of cafes and shops. La Bola is a small shop that is popular amongst record and comic collectors.
Those in need of general amenities will find everything that they need on the Ramblas - pharmacies, banks, bureaus de change, internet cafes and supermarkets.
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. You will be travel in one of the following car types (or similar): Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb, Citroen C5 or Peugeot 407. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Business class private transfer (advanced reservation required)
This is the highest quality private transport service specifically for people wanting a business-class quality transfer. This service is more expensive than the other tranfer services however you will be travelling in a higher vehicle than a regular private transfer. Mercedes vehicles are used and will be one of the following Mercedes E Class, Minivan Mercedes and V Class Mercedes depending on the number of people in your group. The driver will be dressed appropriately for a business environment - dark suit and white shirt and will assist you with your luggage from your arrival gate at the airport. This service is suitable for business clients, VIP pick ups or if you have a special occassion.
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes.
Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €35.00
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 (a ticket for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport system) or you can buy a single fare ticket. You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Purple Line metro and travel one stop to Universitat. Your hotel is then 10 minutes walk from the metro.
T10 Ticket: €9.95
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.10
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. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya. You can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 5 minutes and cost around €6.00. Alternatively you can take the metro on the Purple Line from Plaça de Catalunya to Universitat where the hotel is just a short walk away. It should take around 10 minutes.
Car parks near Advance Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|Parking Urgel||Floridablanca, 121||400 m|
|Villur||Carrer del Comte d'Urgell, 56||400 m|
|SABA BAMSA Urgell||Compte d'Urgell, 12||600 m|
Advance Hotel Barcelona is a design hotel for those who wish to enjoy stylish surroundings both inside their hotel and on stepping outside its doors. It does not provide the facilities of other four star hotels - there is no pool, gym or restaurant. However, it is well located for those who wish to be close to Barcelona's top tourist attractions.
Carrer Sepúlveda, 180
08011 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Universitat (Red Line, L1) and (Purple Line, L2)