Barceló Raval Hotel Barcelona is a distinctive new hotel in the heart of Raval. The owners have clearly tried to stay one step ahead of the game, opening a hotel in an area that is still rough around the edges, but is on the up. Similar to Shoreditch in London or Brooklyn in New York, Raval was a place for tourists to avoid. However, with an influx of creative people to the area in recent years it is now seen as trendy and edgy. The area is home to contemporary museums and galleries, independent shops, interesting cafés and creative new restaurants. Rambla del Raval is at its centre.
The hotel itself is visible throughout much of Raval due to it large cylindrical presence. It is covered in thick silver netting and is far taller than any of its surrounding buildings. The entrance is distinctive, with a large bush at its door that has been styled into the shape of a figure from a chessboard. The sliding doors to the building are neon pink in colour, having the effect of slightly disorientating visitors before they enter the stark calm of the interior. The ground floor of the hotel is large and open, encompassing the restaurant and bar, lounge area and front desk. It was opened in 2008 and has the features of a design hotel. There are tables with bases in the shape of pigs and horses, the entire lobby is decorated in white, black and purple and large lamps pepper the space. The modern designs are given a more warm and elaborate edge with damask prints on some lamps and surfaces.
The hotel provides an 11th floor roof terrace, with 360-degree views of the city that reach as far as the sea. There is a small pool on the terrace - approximately 6 metres in length by 3 metres in width. This is open all year round but is not heated.
There is also a spa area in the basement of the hotel. This offers a sauna, a hydro-massage shower and a room where massages are available at an extra cost. There is also a gym in this area.
The hotel includes a restaurant and cocktail bar called 'B Lounge'. This is on the ground floor. It offers a continental buffet breakfast. There are also lunch and dinner options available. The menu is traditionally Catalan, but with some Asian influences.
Pets are allowed in the hotel.
There are four meetings room in the hotel with a capacity of 100 people in total. These can be divided into a maximum of four smaller areas. There is also free Wi-Fi for all customers throughout the hotel. There is a business area where there is computers available providing access to the internet free of charge.
The hotel contains two rooms with disabled access. They have widened doors and a special shower. There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 187 rooms in the hotel, over 10 floors. All of the rooms in the hotel are doubles. However some rooms have the option of an interconnecting door between two rooms. This allows a family of four to stay in two inter-connecting rooms. The rooms on offer are either standard doubles or suites.
The suites offer two separate rooms, each containing a television and a Jacuzzi.
The hotel is located on a main road in Rambla del Raval, however the windows are double-glazed. The window is cylindrical, therefore, all rooms offer views of the city the best views are from the 6th floor up. These are the Deluxe rooms and are more expensive than the standards.
Each room offers air conditioning, a television, a Nespresso machine with free coffee and iPod speakers.
The hotel is based in the heart of the area of Raval. This area is part of Barcelona's old town. The area is full of small, independent bars, affordable local restaurants, design studios and art galleries. It is the home of the CCCB and the MACBA. These are two of Barcelona's museums of contemporary art and culture. They are housed within an interesting modern glass structure.
|The MACBA Square|
The hotel is close to Calle Joaquin Costa - a street lined with some of Raval's best bars. One of these is Betty Fords. Behind frosted glass doors you will find a small space that is popular amongst the Barcelona fashion crowd. If you want a seat and a quiet drink avoid the bar during the evening at weekends.
The hotel is within ten minutes walk of the Ramblas, where you will be at the centre of many of Barcelona's most popular tourist attractions. It is also where you will find most necessary amenities such as internet cafés, banks, pharmacies 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. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €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 (T10 costs €9.95 for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport) or you can buy a single fare ticket for €4.10 . You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel two stops to Liceu. Your hotel is then 10 minutes walk from the metro.
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. From here, the hotel is 10 minutes in a taxi and will cost about €8.00 - €10.00. Alternatively, you can catch the metro from Catalunya to Liceu, just one stop on the Green Line, from where Abba Ramblas Hotel is a 10 minute walk.
Car parks near Barceló Raval Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|SABA BAMSA Illa Raval||Sant Rafael, 15||50 m|
|El Nou Raval||Carrer de l'Hospital, 141||230 m|
|BSM La Boquería||Floristes de la Rambla||450 m|
|Edén||Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 12||600 m|
Barceló Raval Hotel Barcelona is a design hotel that will be popular amongst those looking for imaginative surroundings in an edgy part of town. Deep in the heart of the area of Raval, many tourist attractions are in walking distance. However, those wishing for a more standard tourist experience should head closer to the Ramblas.
Barceló Raval Hotel - 4 star
Rambla del Raval, 17 - 21
08001 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)