The hotel's main entrance can be found behind Roman - style pillars as part of an old building with ornate wrought iron balconies. The lobby's décor is simple but modern and new. There is a maritime theme running throughout, with lots of blue, nautical memorabilia and harbour front maps.
The hotel staff were approachable and helpful with my questions and the atmosphere is sunny and active. The location is top-rate for holiday-makers looking to enjoy the beach and port as well as the city. However, if you want an action-packed city break a more central location may be advisable.
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The hotel's facilities are reasonably limited. There is no pool, fitness centre, bar or restaurant. However, there is an area where buffet breakfast is served. This is not included in the room price.
There is also a communal area available in the hotel, with cushioned seating and a television. This is open to all customers of the hotel.
Small pets are allowed to stay in the hotel.
The hotel's location close to the beach and the old town means that its focus is more on tourists than businesses. There are no meeting rooms.
Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. However, this must be paid for at the front desk.
The hotel contains one room that has been adapted for disabled use. It has widened doors and a special shower. There are also lifts to all floors.
The hotel contains 72 rooms over 4 floors. Single and double rooms are available. Rooms facing the street have double glazed windows to ensure that the noise from the street is minimized. Although, in this area, noise pollution should not be too much of a problem- the hotel is on a main street, but there are few bars in close vicinity and there is little traffic at night.
Ten of the rooms at the top of the building come with roof terraces and are the same price as the other doubles. The terrace provides views of the harbour and is certainly worth requesting.
All of the rooms contain a television, air conditioning, a safe and an internet connection (that must be paid for).
Hotel del Mar's location is perfect for those hoping to enjoy both the beach and the city of Barcelona. It sits between Barceloneta beach area and the old town's El Born.
The beach is a ten minute walk from the hotel, allowing you to take in the Port Vell harbour en-route. Barceloneta is also a useful area for local amenities such as supermarkets, pharmacies and banks. It also contains a beautiful food market in the area's main square, off Calle Maquinista - definitely worth a morning visit for fresh seafood or picnic ingredients.
The hotel also sits on the doorstep of the El Born area - a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike for its boutique shops, independent bars and stylish restaurants. The area looks particularly pretty at night, when its old buildings and narrow streets are lit up by twinkling lights both inside and outside of the cosy bars. The area also contains some of Barcelona's most popular attractions- the Picasso museum on Calle de Montcada, the Gothic old church- Eglesia de Santa Marta del Mar and the Chocolate Museum (yes, that's right, a chocolate museum) on Calle del Comerc.
Located underneath the arches on the Palau Square, the hotel is joined by one of Barcelona's most renowned paella restaurants - 7 Portes. This is a traditional Spanish restaurant, with beautiful old wooden doors, large open dining spaces and a distinctive chequered tiled floor. The food is reasonably expensive, but it is served with a sense of ceremony by suited Spanish waiters.
For a less formal Spanish experience, head to the nearby Xampanyeria, on Calle de la Reina Cristina. This small Spanish bar offers ridiculously cheap bottles of house cava. These are served with an obligatory and hearty sausage sandwich.
The nearest metro is Barceloneta- less than five minutes walk from the hotel. This provides access to all of Barcelona. However, much of Barcelona is in walking distance of the hotel- the base of the Ramblas is a ten minute walk, along the harbour front.
The hotel is a mere five-minute walk from Estacio de França - one of Barcelona's largest train stations. This makes it convenient for those catching the train from Barcelona Airport. The station also services trains to Sitges (a pretty coastal town just outside Barcelona) and the South of France.
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. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €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. A single ticket costs €4.10 . The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi form the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 5 minutes and cost about €5.00 maximum.
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 Barceloneta, from where Hotel del Mar is a 5 minute walk. This will involve taking the Red line from Catalunya to Urquinaona. From Urquinaona it will be necessary to catch the Yellow line to Barceloneta.
Car parks near Del Mar Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|BSM Moll de la Fusta||Paseig de Colom, 1||300 m|
|BSM Moll d'Espanya||Plaça de l'Ictineo, 1||450 m|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||500 m|
|SABA BAMSA Barceloneta Centre||Baluard, 27||600 m|
Hotel del Mar is a port-side location with a port-side atmosphere. The added bonus is that it is also within close walking distance of some of Barcelona's most desirable city locations. It may not suit those looking for a truly cosmopolitan experience of Barcelona, but offers a resting place close to the train station in relaxed surroundings.
Hotel del Mar - 3 Star
Plaça Palau, 19
08003 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)