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Hotel Call
Hotel Call Barcelona is a basic hotel with a good location for those wishing to explore Barcelona's city centre and the old town in particular.

The hotel exterior does not do justice to its interior - down a small side street in the old town, housed inside a crumbling building and with a neon sign, it could be said to look run-down. However, on entering the building, it is unintimidating and bright, and the desk staff are welcoming. Its décor is simple, and the hotel is clean and cheery, with a wooden reception desk, marble flooring and leather seating. It appears to have been renovated reasonably recently.

Hotel Call is situated in one of the most touristy and thus, expensive, parts of town for hotels. What it offers are low rates that are not affected by high and low season, weekends or Barcelona events (see rack rates below). This is the clue to the hotel's success - on my visit the lobby was busy, and the telephone at reception never stopped ringing.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Call Entrance
Hotel Call Entrance

The hotel is simple and has few extra amenities - there is no pool, fitness centre, restaurant or bar.

No pets are allowed.

The hotel does not offer breakfast. There is a small communal area in the lobby of the hotel, with some basic chairs in.

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Business Facilities

The hotel offers no business facilities. There are no meeting rooms, internet access or Wi-Fi.

Facilities for People with a disability

The hotel provides lifts to all floors. However, there are no rooms that have been adapted for wheelchair users- they do not have widened doors or special bath/showers.


The hotel contains 26 rooms. Of these rooms 7 are single, 16 are double, 3 are triple and 4 are family size. It is worth noting that rooms that are facing the street are likely to be noisy as the hotel is located in a pedestrianized street of Barcelona, close to many bars and clubs. If you are hoping for a peaceful nights sleep it may be worth requesting an interior room.

Each room provides a safe, telephone and air conditioning.

Hotel Location and Facilities


Hotel Call is situated in the heart of Barcelona's famous Gothic Quarter. The area is well-known for its signature narrow and rambling streets and old buildings. The hotel is on a small street leading off of Calle Avinyo - a street that runs from Barcelona's harbourfront to the centre of the old town, close to the Ramblas.

Around the corner, on Carrer del Call, is a legendary old hat shop- the Sombreria. With a beautiful wooden and glass façade and a huge selection of hats of all shapes and sizes, it is definitely worth a visit. It is a truly Spanish experience.

In this area it is worth noting there are some restaurants that have a reputation for hiking up the prices on un-knowing tourists, without a corresponding increase in the quality.

El Gran Café
El Gran Café

Close to the hotel, on Calle Avinyo is the famous old restaurant, El Gran Café. This restaurant is 1920's in style with tiled floors, white linen table clothes and distinctive lights. The food is fairly expensive, but it has a reputation for quality, serving a mixture of traditional Catalan and traditional French cuisine.

The hotel is only five minutes walk from the Ramblas. The closest Metro station is also here - Liceu. This will allow you access to further areas, however, from this location, much of the city is in walking distance. The beach is a twenty-minute walk away. It is possible to get there more quickly via the small streets of the Gothic Quarter, but to avoid getting lost (and losing valuable tanning time) it may be advisable to head for the Ramblas and head straight down to the port from there- the beach is at the end of the port area.

On the Ramblas you will find most of the general amenities that you are likely to need - a large supermarket, pharmacies, bureaux de change, banks and internet cafés.

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 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 Sants in about 25 minutes. You can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 15 minutes. Alternatively you can take the Metro from Sants Estació at the train station to Liceu, which is on the Yellow Line (L4) so it will involve two changes.

T-Casual Ticket: 

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

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 10 - 15 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, or 10 minutes in a taxi. Alternatively, you can catch the Metro from Catalunya to Liceu, from where Hotel Call is a 5 minute walk.

Car parks near Call Hotel Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
Laietana Princesa Vía Laietana, 20 400 m
SABA Catedral Avenida de la Catedral 400 m
Edén Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 12 500 m
SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10 550 m

In a nutshell

Do not be discouraged by this hotel's ramshackle exterior - what lies beneath is a clean, welcoming and affordable resting place for action - loving tourists. Its location is perfect for those who wish to be at the heart of the Gothic Quarter but is definitely not for those looking for a relaxing or quiet break.

Hotel Call
Arc Sant Ramon del Call, 4
08002 Barcelona, España.


metro Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)

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