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Axel Hotel
Axel Hotel has a clever tag-line. They state that they are 'hetero-friendly'. Not only does this sum up the hotel's mostly gay market, it is also very true. On entering the hotel's bright and lively lobby, I was greeted with open arms by helpful and friendly staff eager to tell me about the hotel facilities. The hotel brochure is relatively risqué, so this hotel may not appeal to those looking for a classic hotel experience.

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.

Hotel Facilities

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
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.

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Business Facilities

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.

Facilities for People with a disability

There are two rooms in the hotel that are suitable for people with a disability. 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.

Hotel Location and Facilities

Axel Hotel is located close to many of Barcelona's most popular tourist spots. These include the Ramblas and Plaça de 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.

How to travel from the airport to the hotel

Booking your airport transport in advance online

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.

Bus shared transfer from BCN Airport to designated drop off points

Price Single: €13.59
Price Return: €27.18

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

This service is the cheapest of the bus transport services from Barcelona airport to the city centre.

You would need to make your way to a meeting point at Barcelona airport. This service drops you off at designated drop off points. You would then need to make your own way to your hotel from there.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours before you need it but preferably a week before you need it. It is best to book early to ensure availability especially during peak tourist seasons from April to September.

Private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €39.93
Price Return: €79.86

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

With a private transfer service the driver will be waiting for you at the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. You will be travelling 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.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance but preferably a week or two before you need the service to ensure availability.

Business class private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €67.19
Price Return: €134.38

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

This is the highest quality private transport service specifically for people wanting a business-class quality service. This service is more expensive than the other transfer services however you will be travelling in a higher quality 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. The pickup point at the airport is specified on your booking voucher. This service is suitable for business clients, VIP pick ups or if you have a special occasion.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance but preferably a week or two before you need the service to ensure availability.

Public transport transfer options

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 T-Casual 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.

T-Casual Ticket: €11.35

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

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. 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

In a nutshell

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.

Hotel Axel
Carrer Aribau, 33
08011 Barcelona, España.


MetroMetro: Passeig de Gràcia (Green Line, L3) and (Yellow Line, L4)

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