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Catalonia Ramblas Hotel
Catalonia Ramblas Hotel

Catalonia Ramblas Hotel is located at the heart of Barcelona's tourist area. It sits between two major squares- Plaça de Catalunya and Plaza de la Universitat. Its location is impressive for those who wish to be immersed in Barcelona's tourist attractions.

The hotel was previously the home of the Headquarters for Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper and has maintained its air of bustle and business. The lobby area is large and busy, with plasma screens sporting adverts and hotel information. In total, there are 221 rooms, housed across two large buildings. The hotel caters largely for business groups and conferences. The incessant action, traffic and noise in the hotel may not appeal to those who prefer a more personal or relaxed approach.

Despite the hotel's overall sense of bustle, it does provide surprising oasis's of calm. There is a small and well-equipped spa and gym area plus a terrace area on the ground floor of the hotel, between its two buildings. This section is impressively quiet and serene, considering its close vicinity to one of Barcelona's busiest streets.


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Hotel Facilities

Catalonia Ramblas Hotel offers a terrace on its ground floor. The terrace comprises a bar, seating area and pool. The terrace is open all year round. However, its amenities are opened when the hotel judges that the weather is sufficiently warm - normally from Spring until Autumn. During these periods the bar area provides cocktails and tapas. The pool is 12 metres long by 4 metres wide. It is unheated and is available to all customers of the hotel.

In the basement of the pool there is a small spa and fitness centre. The spa offers a sauna, an aromatic shower (a shower that releases essence of eucalyptus), a cyclonic shower (all over body massage) and a large jacuzzi. The gym is small and contains a running machine and two cycling machines.

The hotel offers various eating options. Buffet breakfast is available in the basement restaurant, which is otherwise used for business banquets and conventions.

There is also a snack bar in the lobby of the restaurant. Alcohol and soft drinks are also served here. The hotel's main restaurant is called Ristorante Pelai. It serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and offers both a la carte and three-course set menus. The restaurant has a capacity of 52 people.

No pets are allowed in the hotel.


Business Facilities

The hotel caters largely to businesses and has many facilities on offer. The basement area of the hotel houses an area with a capacity of 400 people. This area can be panelled off into a maximum of 8 smaller areas. There is also a dining area that can be rented for private functions and seats 600 people for dinner or 700 people for cocktails.

There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Next to the lobby area, there is a small business centre containing two computers with internet access.


Facilities for People with a disability

There are 6 rooms that have been adapted for wheelchair use. Each of these rooms had widened doors and a special shower fitted. There are lifts to all floors.

Unfortunately, the hotel pool does not have a special lift for wheelchair users.


Rooms

There are a total of 221 rooms in the hotel across 4 and 6 floors (the hotel is spread across two buildings). Rooms on offer are Standard, Superior, Superior with terrace, Suite or Junior Suite. The Standard rooms are either Double or twin beds, although 8 of them include single beds.

The windows are double-glazed. However, the hotel is located on a street housing numerous bars and restaurants. Therefore, those who are hoping for a peaceful night's sleep should request an interior room.

There are various views available from the different rooms. Some of the rooms face the large Carrer del Pelai, and some face the smaller and pedestrianized Calle Tallers. Other rooms face the pool and terrace area. In some of the Standard rooms and all of the superior rooms it is possible for families to stay. They offer a living room area with a sofa bed.

All of the Suites offer a terrace with a small pool. Some of the Superior rooms also offer a terrace, approximately 9 metres squared in size.

There is no option for short stay rooms in the hotel. However, the hotel states that they do all that they can to deal with individual requests. This could, therefore, be an option, subject to availability.


El Triangle
El Triangle

Hotel Location and Facilities

Catalonia Ramblas Hotel is located on a street that connects two of Barcelona's major squares- Plaça de Catalunya and Plaza del Universitat. It is located directly opposite the 'Triangle' shopping centre, where, amongst others, there is a FNAC, a Habitat, a Sephora cosmetics shop and a Haagen Daaz café.

Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya, to the right of the hotel, is a hive of activity, situated at the top of the Ramblas. It is the home of Barcelona's popular department store, El Corte Inglés, with its distinctive, Art Deco style building. It is also a nice place to go and sit on one of the benches around its pedestrianized centre to watch the world go by, or feed the birds.

The hotel is located within two minutes walking distance of the Ramblas. This is where you will find necessary amenities such as banks, pharmacies, internet cafés and a supermarket.


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: €11.25
Price Return: €22.50

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.

Booking Information Click here to book bus transport from Barcelona Airport to / from Barcelona city centre.


Bus shared transfer from BCN Airport (Door to Door Service)

Price Single: €15.00
Price Return: €30.00

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

Unlike the previous, cheaper bus service that drops you off at designated points in the city centre this bus service takes you directly to your hotel and is therefore a more comfortable and convenient service especially if you are new to the city or don’t want to lug your bags around the city centre.

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.

Booking Information Click here to book bus transport from Barcelona Airport to / from your accommodation.


Private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €44.00
Price Return: €88.00

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.

Booking Information Click here to book your private transport from Barcelona Airport to/from your accommodation.


Business class private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €67.30
Price Return: €134.60

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.

Booking Information Click here to book your business class transport from Barcelona Airport to / from your accommodation.


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 Passeig de Gràcia in 25 minutes. You can either use the T10 transport ticket from the airport (a ticket for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport system) or you can buy a single fare ticket. You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel one stop to Drassanes. Your hotel is then a few minutes walk from the metro.

T10 Ticket: €10.20

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 less 5 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya.


Car parks near Catalonia Ramblas Hotel

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
SABA Plaça de Catalunya Plaça de Catalunya 350 m
NN Bonsuccés Plaça del Bonsuccés, 7 400 m
SABA BAMSA Rambla Catalunya Rambla Catalunya, 15 450 m
SABA BAMSA Plaça dels Àngels Carrer dels Angels, 1 600 m

In a nutshell

Catalonia Ramblas Hotel provides its own busy hub, adjacent to Barcelona's busy hub - Plaça de Catalunya. It caters largely for businesses, which may lessen its appeal for tourists. However, it provides impressive amenities in a setting that places much of Barcelona within easy reach.

Catalonia Ramblas Hotel
Carrer del Pelai, 28
08001 Barcelona, España.

HB-004379

metroMetro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)


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