Hostal Boqueria is a simple, pleasant and clean hostal based at what many might consider to be the most central of all central Barcelona locations. It sits proudly half way up the Ramblas, opposite the Boqueria food market and the opera venue, the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
The hostal's entrance is basic and it forms part of a larger apartment block. The hostal occupies the 'first' and 'Second' floors of the building. But do not be fooled - the numbering works differently to floor numbering in the UK and the hostal is approximately four floors up.
The Hostal Boqueria lobby is bright and I found that the staff at the front desk are exceptionally friendly and helpful in answering questions. All in all, a stay directly on the Ramblas is not for the faint - hearted - the street is noisy 24/7 and it is necessary to be street wise with your belongings. However, you will find yourself at the heart of all things Barcelona and for those who like their holidays action - packed this may be the place for you.
Hostal Boqueria is a hostal rather than a hotel. It, therefore, has basic amenities. There is no pool, fitness centre, restaurant or bar. However, there is a small communal area with seating for approximately three people.
There is one computer available in the communal area. It provides internet and is coin - operated.
Pets are not allowed.
There is the option for short stay in the hostal (i.e. for a number of hours, rather than a whole night).
There are no business facilities in the hotel. There is no Wi-Fi. However, there is one coin - operated computer with internet access.
There are no facilities for the disabled. The hostal is on the first floor (this is the third floor by U.K standards) and the lift is small. No rooms have been adapted for wheelchair use.
There are a total of 22 rooms in the hotel over 2 floors. There are single, double and one triple and four person rooms available. This renders the hostal particularly useful for families, as many hotels and hostals in Barcelona have only single and double rooms available.
All of the rooms that are overlooking the Ramblas have balconies. These rooms may be noisy at night, as the Ramblas is a very busy area. However, these rooms have double glazed windows. Those looking for a quieter room should request one on the interior.
An en - suite bathroom, air - conditioning, a television and a hair - dryer are provided in all rooms.
|Teatre del Liceu|
The hostal is located at the centre of the Ramblas - Barcelona's most famous street. This offers an opportunity to be at the centre of the Barcelona action. However, it may not be appealing for those looking for a more relaxing city break. The Ramblas is a 24 hour street. During the day it is filled with tourists enjoying the street entertainers and souvenirs. During the night it is full of people who are out to party. You will become accustomed to witnessing troops of Elvises or cowboys in pink hats pass you by as the hen and stag do's hit the town!
If you are hoping to enjoy the Ramblas, but in more relaxed surroundings, it is possible to find hostals in the old town, within a few minutes walk of the Ramblas, that are in a quieter area and are normally priced more cheaply.
The hotel is located close to the Teatre del Liceu. For more information on this, check our Guide to Opera Venues in Barcelona.
The hotel's namesake is one of Europe's most well - renowned food markets - the Boqueria. This is just across the street from the hostal and is an experience that is not to be missed. It is a place to visit to learn about Spanish cuisine- all of the essential Spanish ingredients, from saffron, to chorizo to paprika can be found amongst the hundreds of food stalls. It is a roofed area, filled with both tourists filming the weird and wonderful foods and locals doing their 'weekly shop'.
The hotel is located about 25 minutes walk from the Barceloneta beach. However, Barcelona's harbour area is closer, based at the bottom of the Ramblas, 10 minutes walk from the hostal. The harbour area is enjoyable to visit on a sunny day as people sit and soak up the sun on the wooden decking or walk around the shops in the Maremagnum commercial centre.
As the hotel is based on the Ramblas you will find many useful amenities such as a large supermarket, internet cafés, bureaux de change, pharmacies and banks.
The hotel's closest Metro stop is Liceu - less than five minutes walk from the hotel.
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 Estació de França in about 35 minutes. The hotel is about 20 minutes walk from the station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 10 minutes and cost about €8.00 - €10.00. It is also possible to catch the Metro from Barceloneta metro, close to Estació de França , to Liceu. However, Liceu is on the green line, and this will involve two metro changes to go a short distance.
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.20
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. The hotel is 5 - 10 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, or 10 minutes in a taxi that will cost about €8.00 - €10.00.
Car parks near Boqueria Hostal Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|NN Bonsuccés||Plaça del Bonsuccés, 7||400 m|
|BSM La Boquería||Floristes de la Rambla||400 m|
|SABA BAMSA Plaça dels Àngels||Carrer dels Angels, 1||450 m|
|Edén||Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 12||450 m|
Hostal Boqueria is an attractive option for those who wish to stay on the Ramblas. Contrary to many of the hostals offering low standards to unsuspecting tourists, Hostal Boqueria is clean, welcoming and reasonably priced. An ideal option for travellers who do not want to miss a minute of the action.
First Floor, Ramblas, 100
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)