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 un intimidating 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 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.
The hotel offers no business facilities. There are no meeting rooms, internet access or Wi-Fi.
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 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 harbour front 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|
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, bureaus de change, banks and internet cafés.
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.
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 Estacio 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 and cost about €15.00. Alternatively you can take the Metro from Sants Estacio at the train station to Liceu, which is on the Yellow Line (L4) so it will involve two changes.
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.10
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 that will cost about €8.00 - €10.00. 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|
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.
Arc Sant Ramon del Call, 4
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3)