The hotel's exterior is classic and grand - there is a stone brickwork façade with wrought iron balconies. The hotel sits on a large corner and at each of its sides there are large domed floor to ceiling windows. A beautifully patterned, colourful, stained glass canopy overlooks the front entrance to the hotel.
The hotel's lobby area is light and bright, due to the many windows and high ceilings. There is a large watercolour painting adorning one of the walls. The round front desk area is covered in small white tiles and is surrounded by a pattern of pastel coloured mosaic tiles.
The hotel is located centrally for those who hope to enjoy a cosmopolitan trip to the city. Those who wish that they were closer to the beach may be pleased to find the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi on the hotel roof.
The hotel has a small rooftop pool. It is surrounded by an area that is covered in wooden decking, with sun loungers, tables and chairs. It is unheated. There is also a Jacuzzi on the rooftop. The area is open 24 hours, all year round.
There is also a fitness centre, offering weights and running machines.
|Underground Bar by Axel|
The hotel restaurant is on the ground floor, next to the lobby area. It is in stark contrast to the brightness of the lobby area, with red velvet chairs and low lighting. At lunchtime a set menu ('Menu del Dia') of three courses is available. The food served is Spanish in style. There is also a bar next to the restaurant area called 'The Ground Bar'. On Saturday nights there are live DJs. Breakfast is served in the bar area. It is not included in the room price.
Room service is available 24 hours. Pets are not permitted to stay in the hotel.
There is one room that is available in the hotel for meetings. It has a capacity of 100 people.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. There are also two computers with internet available for the use of customers free of charge.
There are two rooms in the hotel that are suitable for disabled people. They have widened doors and special bathrooms.
There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 66 rooms in the hotel, over 6 floors. There are six single rooms and the rest are doubles. The rooms at the front of the hotel offer balconies. Those requiring a more quiet room should request one at the interior of the hotel.
All rooms are soundproof and contain air-conditioning, LCD televisions and telephones.
Axel Hotel is located close to many of Barcelona's most popular tourist spots. These include the Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya - both a ten-minute walk from the hotel. These areas are popular amongst tourists for their street entertainers and souvenir shops. The Ramblas is also a useful place to find many necessary amenities such as banks, pharmacies, supermarkets and internet cafés.
The hotel is also a ten-minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia, a popular spot for shopping amongst the well-heeled of Barcelona. Many important designer flagship stores such as Prada, Gucci and Burberry are located on this street.
Located in Eixample, the hotel is also close to Barcelona's thriving gay scene. Clubs and bars such as Martins, D-Boy and Acido Óxido are popular and are in walking distance of the hotel. Hotel staff should be asked for more details of gay venues in the area.
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. The hotel is a five-minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia.
T10 Ticket: €9.95
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.10
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus ' to Plaza Universitat from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. The hotel is 5 minutes in a taxi that will cost about €5.00 - €8.00. The hotel is a ten-minute walk from Plaza Universitat.
Car parks near Axel Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|NN Aragó||Aragó, 182||300 m|
|PLAFER Mallorca||Mallorca, 219-221||550 m|
|NN Urgell 2||Comte d'Urgell, 154||800 m|
Axel Hotel Barcelona offers playful and stylish accommodation to a mostly gay market. It mixes the old-school glamour of the building with interesting and modern design. It is located well for those who wish to be at the heart of Barcelona's shopping and restaurant life. Its facilities are impressive however, those who are looking for a beach holiday should aim for a more downtown location.
Carrer Aribau, 33
08011 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (Green Line, L3) and (Yellow Line, L4)