Although it is a four star hotel and is also well equipped for those just on holiday.
The Hotel Universal restaurant is called The Medea which has fresh Mediterranean cuisine and is advertised as being perfect for business lunches. If you want something a little more exotic then there is a Japanese restaurant just under the hotel on the left as you leave.
Those who are staying in Hotel Universal for pleasure, and those who have had a hard day at work will be glad to know there is an impressive roof terrace complete with a good-sized pool. There are lovely views out towards Montjuïc, and if you need to burn off some energy then there is a gym.
There was definitely a business atmosphere in this hotel, and its conference centre is the unique feature of the hotel. There are 6 meeting rooms available. 3 can be divided with panels, and they all hold from 8 to 100 people. The rooms all importantly have natural light, air-conditioning, and are equipped with all the audiovisual lines and connections. There are parking facilities which are useful if you want to hire a car, which is cheap to do in Barcelona. Conveniently for business there is also a wireless money transfer office under the hotel, which also offers a money changing service.
There are 167 rooms in Hotel Universal, which included 3 suites complete with Jacuzzi. I had a look at one of the double rooms which face out onto Paral.lel. The room was very comfortable, they are all air-conditioned, and have internet, satellite TV, a mini-bar and a safe. They give you a complimentary bottle of water, and there are nice cosmetics in the marble bathroom. There was a bath but due to its size it was clearly to be used as a shower only. I was there at about 16:30 and the room was bathed in sunlight, and surprisingly little noise was penetrating the windows. In fact I imagine that at night when there are less cars on the road, the noise wouldn't bother you at all.
The Barcelona Universal Hotel is well-located for business and pleasure. Opposite there is the Victoria Theatre if you feel the need for drama, and can speak Spanish. Or check out the Nou Tantarantana theatre, a 5 minute walk away on Calle de Flores, 26. This is a small, progressive theatre which always has something quirky and fun on.
One of Hotel Universal's best points is the way it is so central in between some of Barcelona's biggest landmarks. 20 minutes up Paral.lel and you will get to the beautiful Plaça Espanya where you can enjoy the magic fountain of Montjuïc from Thursday until Sunday during the Summer and Friday and Saturdays during Winter. Turn left out the hotel and walk down and you will reach the port, turn left and you will be at the bottom end of La Rambla.
There is a cash machine just opposite and to the right hand side of the Barcelona Universal Hotel, and from there you can enjoy a coffee in one of the many outdoor cafes that there are to both sides of the Hotel Universal.
If you happen to choose an alcoholic beverage over coffee and wake up with a bit of a hangover then no fear there are 2 pharmacies just behind the hotel on Ronda Sant Pau, 2.
Carry on walking down Ronda Sant Pau and you will arrive at one of Barcelona's best loved and oldest markets, Mercat St Antoni. Here you will get a real taste of Barcelona, my tip is head right into the centre of the stalls and have a bite to eat at a tapas bar called Blanca. They have lunchtime menus, you get to sit and watch the hustle and bustle of market life.
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.
A taxi takes 25 minutes depending on traffic.
Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €35.00
Aerobus, the express bus service that runs from Barcelona Airport and leaves from outside terminals A, B and C and in half an hour will get you to Plaça Catalunya. From there change to the green line Metro and travel to Paral.lel stop in 10 minutes. The hotel is across the street from Paral.lel metro stop.
Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €5.90
RENFE train leaves every half an hour from the airport to Barcelona Sants Estacio. The journey takes about 20 minutes. From Barcelona Sants you can change onto the metro Green line which will take you directly to Paral.lel in 7 minutes. Total journey time: 35 minutes.
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.10
Car parks near Barcelona Universal Hotel
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|SABA BAMSA Paral.lel||Carrer de l'Abat Safont, 2||180 m|
|PROMOPARC Vilà i Vilà||Vila i Vila, 50||350 m|
|NN Borrell||Comte Borrell, 26-28||500 m|
All in all hotel Universal is a good choice for anyone coming to Barcelona, as long as you aren't looking to be in a cultural centre. You will enjoy comfort and good facilities and you are within walking distance from many of Barcelona's attractions.
Barcelona Universal Hotel
08001 Barcelona, España.
Tel: +34 93 567 7447
Metro: Paral.lel (Green Line, L3) 3 minutes walk