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Hotel Balmes Barcelona
The Balmes Hotel Barcelona is another hotel in the impressive Derby Group that is well-known for smart, well-designed hotels. The Balmes has an excellent location, near both Passeig de Gràcia, lined with designer shops and architecturally stunning buildings, and leafy, café- filled Rambla de Catalunya. The hotel is quite elegant, with African masks and tribal textiles filling the lobby, and a pool outside.

Hotel Facilities

Next to the lobby area is a bar and the "Bal" coffee shop. The hotel has a Mediterranean restaurant, "Balmes", which is spacious and light. There is parking, a laundry and an ironing service. Dogs are allowed in the hotel. However, the best thing about the hotel is the outside garden, with a terrace seating area and a swimming pool which is lovely in the summer and a bonus for a 3 Star hotel. There is also a computer in the reception area for the guests to use the internet and Wi-Fi. If needed the hotel also has a courtesy smart car for its guests.

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Business Facilities

As well as the computer in the reception, there are two meeting rooms. The rooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual technology, and the reception will arrange anything else you may need. The Balmes Hotel Barcelona business meeting room has a capacity of up to 50 people.


The 100 rooms have all been sound-proofed and have parquet flooring. Room service is available and there is a mini-bar. The simple, elegant rooms also all feature air-conditioning, heating, direct telephone lines, a safe, a fax/ modem connection and a TV with satellite and Canal +. There is a hair dryer in the bathroom. There are duplex rooms available and some rooms have their own terrace.

Balmes road outside hotel
Balmes road outside hotel
Area around Hotel Balmes Barcelona
Area around Hotel Balmes Barcelona

Hotel Location and Facilities

If you are in Barcelona on business then you may be interested to know that there is an office shop next door to the hotel which deals with faxes, photocopies and printing. Next to that is a restaurant and then on the corner stands a bank. On the opposite corner, at the crossroads of Balmes and Mallorca there is a pharmacy and a newsagents. The nearest metro stop is on the shopping haven of Passeig de Gràcia, though you can easily walk to most sights of interest. For example Las Ramblas is a 10 minutes walk away at the most.

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 will 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 Station , in about 25 minutes. Your hotel is a short 8 minute walk from the station.

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

Via Bus The Aerobus will also take you from the Airport to Catalunya station. The journey time is around 30 minutes. From Catalunya you need to catch the Green Line Metro to Passeig de Gràcia.

Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket:

Car parks near Balmes Hotel Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
PLAFER Mallorca Mallorca, 219-221 15 m
NN Valencia II Valencia, 243 450 m
NN Aragó Aragó, 182 650 m

In a nutshell

The Balmes Hotel Barcelona has good amenities for a 3 Star hotel. Popular with tourists and business people for its smart but friendly ambience. Excellent central location in an up-market area of Barcelona.

Balmes Hotel Barcelona
Carrer Mallorca, 216
08008 Barcelona, España.


metroMetro: Passeig de Gràcia (Green Line, L3) 8 minutes

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