|Hotel Ciutat Barcelona|
Hotel Ciutat Barcelona is located on a lively street at the centre of the district of El Born. It is well suited to the area, which is popular for its stylish bars, small art galleries and boutique shops. The hotel's style is modern but subtle - the lobby area uses maroons and creams, with leather couches, large vases and a slick black front desk.
It offers an impressive selection of amenities that are not often found in 3 Star hotels - a rooftop terrace with a small swimming pool, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel plus internet corner and a high-standard Japanese restaurant on its premises. All of this comes at the price of being slightly outside of Barcelona's touristic centre. However, this may appeal to those who are return visitors to the city and are more interested in staying in an attractive and cosmopolitan area than in being close to the sights.
|The roof-top pool|
Hotel Ciutat Barcelona offers a roof-top terrace on its 6th floor. The area is L-shaped and provides tables and chairs along one side and a pool with loungers along the other. The pool is small - approximately 5 metres in length by 3 metres in width. It is unheated, however, it is open all year round. A wall overlooks the pool displaying an exotic mural of lizards and butterflies. The whole area offers impressive views of the city of Barcelona across its varied rooftops and forest of aerials.
There is no gym in the hotel. There is also no bar.
The hotel's restaurant is next-door's El Japanese. The restaurant is on the lower ground floor, with large windows allowing light to stream onto its large wooden tables. A continental buffet breakfast is served in this area at an additional price. There is also a 'Menu del Dia' available at lunchtime - this comprises three courses plus a drink and offers options such as sushi and ramen noodles. The dinner menu is a la carte and, similar to lunch, it offers strictly Japanese style food.
There are no meeting or conference rooms in the hotel. However, there is a small internet corner with three computers available. They offer both internet and Photoshop free of charge. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
There is a room that has been adapted for wheelchair use on each floor of the hotel - 5 in total. 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.
There are a total of 78 rooms in the hotel across 5 floors. All rooms are either single or double and there is one Suite on offer, with a double bed. There are no options for families with children. Rooms on offer are both street-facing and interior. The street-facing rooms do not have balconies, however, they will provide views of an attractive street.
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 is the option for short stay rooms in the hotel. This is subject to availability and the rates are 60-70% of the normal room rates.
Each room provides a television, air-conditioning, sound-proofing and ADSL
|The Picasso Museum|
Hotel Ciutat Barcelona is located on a street that runs through the heart of the El Born district. This is an area that is part of Barcelona's old town and probably its most classy. It is popular amongst both tourists and locals, due to its interesting restaurants, small and pretty streets and boutique shops.
The area is also home to numerous museums and art galleries. One of the most popular museums is the Museu de Xocolat (Museum of Chocolate), for obvious reasons! The Picasso Museum is also in the area. Its long queues at weekends are testament to its popularity.
Hotel Ciutat Barcelona is located within 5 minutes walk of one of Barcelona's most popular tapas bars. In an area that is full of modern bars and restaurants, El Xampanyet is refreshingly traditional. It will be necessary to be confident and persistent to find a place at the bar or at one of its few tables. However, it's famous house anchovies, cava and sun dried tomatoes are worth the trouble.
The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the legendary Las Ramblas. It is easy to find as it is simply necessary to walk straight down Carrer de a Princessa, and carry straight on, past the government buildings and you will find yourself on the centre of the Ramblas. Here you will find, many of your necessary amenities, such as banks, supermarkets, internet cafés and pharmacies.
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 de França in about 35 minutes. The hotel is about 10 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.
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 25 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, or 15 minutes in a taxi that will cost about €10.00 - €12.00. Alternatively, you can catch the Metro from Catalunya to Jaume I, from where Ciutat Barcelona is a 5 minute walk. It will be necessary to catch the Red line to Urquinaona and then the Yellow line to Jaume I.
Car parks near Ciutat Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||300 m|
|SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó||Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10||450 m|
|BSM Moll de la Fusta||Paseig de Colom, 1||750 m|
|NN Palau de la Música||Ramón Mas, 1||750 m|
Hotel Ciutat Barcelona is a classically cool hotel in a classically cool area. With a rooftop pool thrown in for good measure. A reasonable walk from some of the city's main tourist attractions, it may not be the first choice for those planning a busy sightseeing schedule. However it is a good find for those wishing to relax in the city.
Hotel Ciutat Barcelona
Carrer de la Princesa, 35
08003 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)