Azul is an aparthotel rather than a hotel - its rooms are all 32 metres squared in size and many of them contain kitchens. There is a front desk, as in all hotels, however there are no amenities such as a restaurant, bar or pool.
It is necessary to ring a bell to enter the building. The lobby area is long and thin with green marble floors and walls. The seating area is minimal, with two individual seats facing the front desk. A mirrored wall opposite the front desk provides a feeling of space in the area.
The hotel is well located for tourists and forms and good base to explore the city. However, a large percentage of customers at the hotel are likely to be those attending various conventions at the Fira.
There is no pool, gym, restaurant or bar in the aparthotel. A majority of the rooms include kitchens, allowing meals to be made by customers (see below for more details).
Pets are allowed in the hotel provided that they weigh under 5 kilos.
Short stay rooms are not available.
There are no meeting rooms available in the hotel. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge. There are no other computers for customer use in the hotel.
There is one room available for wheelchair users. It has widened doors and an adapted bathroom. There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 32 rooms in the hotel over 6 floors. The rooms available can hold a maximum of 4 people - they each contain a double bed and a double sofa bed. They are all 32 metres squared in size. Some of the rooms contain kitchenettes with utensils - these should be requested when booking.
All of the rooms have double-glazed windows. However, the hotel is located on a main road so those requiring a particularly quiet night's sleep should request a room at the interior of the hotel.
All rooms include air conditioning, a television, a telephone and a mini-bar.
Aparthotel Azul, Barcelona is located a 2 minute walk from Plaza Espanya. This grand and busy square is the home of Barcelona's Palace. The Palace houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (the National Museum of Catalan Art). It is also the scene of a spectacular Magic Fountain show at weekends. Please see our Guide to the Magic Fountain.
The Palace lies at the foot of the area of Montjuïc. This is one of the two large hills that flank the city of Barcelona. It is dotted with botanical gardens and benches to sit and take in views overlooking the city.
Plaza Espanya is also home to the Fira Barcelona. This is one of the largest convention centres in Barcelona and one of the main reasons that many people come to the city. On a weekly basis the centre plays host to a range of conventions - covering everything from Harley Davidsons to mobile phones and fashion.
Those who are willing to do some walking can head into the centre of the city simply by staying on Gran Via Cortes Catalanes. This large road runs right through the heart of the city. It passes through Plaza Universitat - the home of Barcelona University that sits a minute's walk from the top of the Ramblas. Plaza Universitat is a 20 minute walk from the hotel.
The hotel is also a 5 minute walk from Espanya metro station. This will ensure that the majority of the city is within relatively easy reach.
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 the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. 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 service. This service is more expensive than the other tranfer 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 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 Estacio Sants 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. From Estacio Sants take the Green Line on the metro to Espanya. From Espanya metro station the hotel is a 5 minute walk. Alternatively, if you have a lot of luggage, a taxi from Estacio Sants will take 10 minutes and cost €8.00 - €10.00.
T10 Ticket: €10.20
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.20
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaza Espanya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from here.
Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €5.90
Car parks near Azul Aparthotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|PLAFER Abanto||Sant Pere d'Abanto, 14||350 m|
|SABA BAMSA Vilardell||Carrer del Vilardell, 20||400 m|
|BSM Rius i Taulet||Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, 16||500 m|
Azul Aparthotel, Barcelona is located conveniently for those wishing to be in close proximity to Plaza Espanya. The aparthotel is an interesting option for families, as rooms hold up to 4 people.
Azul Aparthotel, Barcelona
Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 327
08014 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Espanya (Red Line, L1) and (Green Line, L3)