From the exterior of Eurostars BCN Design Hotel few will be aware of the grand 5 star luxury that lies beneath. The entrance is simply a small door sandwiched between two of the street's many shops. A tiny reception area proves to be a pre-reception area, when guests are welcomed and directed to the lobby on the first floor of the hotel. On exiting the lift you will find yourself in a relaxed and stylish paradise - a strange transition from the bustling street outside. The front desk is immediately in front of you, where staff are friendly, professional and efficient - in true 5 star hotel style. To the left there is bright and open restaurant and bar area with large arty black and white photos on the walls and distinctive patterned design chairs.
Those who have an interest in luxury design hotels may wish to stay in one of the much-coveted suites. There are only two in the entire hotel; so booking should be done well in advance.
There is no pool in the hotel. However, there is a Jacuzzi on the hotel's seventh floor roof terrace. There is also a gym in the hotel - offering weights, running machines and cycling machines.
There is a restaurant that serves all meals. It is casual in style and also serves snack style food. There is also a bar next in the lobby area of the hotel.
Room service is available 24 hours.
Pets are not allowed in the hotel.
There are no meeting rooms in the hotel. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel free of charge.
There are three rooms in the hotel that are suitable for wheelchair users. They have widened doors and adapted bathrooms. There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 69 rooms in the hotel, over 6 floors. Most of the rooms are doubles. However, there are two suites that hold a maximum of four people. The suites have their own private terrace areas.
There is double-glazing on all of the windows. However the hotel is located on a busy street, so those hoping for a peaceful night's seep should request a room at the interior of the hotel.
All rooms include air-conditioning, telephone, hair dryer, television and a mini-bar.
The hotel is directly on Passeig de Gràcia. This is one of Barcelona's most picturesque streets - it is popular for its old buildings and lined with ornate old street lamps. It is also the home of two of Gaudí's most famous buildings - La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Both are open to the public to view the inside. Casa Batlló is the smaller of the two. It has an ornate roof that has the appearance of a colourful dragons tail. The lines of the building are organic and the balconies are distinctive in style.
|An ornate street lamp on Passeig de Gràcia||Gaudí's Casa Batlló|
La Pedrera is also based slightly further up Passeig de Gràcia. This is Gaudí's sea-inspired building. It is worth paying the entry price to get onto the roof of the building. The roof itself is beautiful; with an undulating walk way and a scary central drop. It also offers 360 degree views of the city.
Passeig de Gràcia is famously the home of some of Barcelona's best shopping opportunities. The street is awash with designer stores including Loewe, Gucci, Prada and Chanel. Even if you have no money spare for expensive bags and shoes, it is fun to do some window shopping and to watch the glamorous people making their big purchases.
At the bottom of Passeig de Gràcia - less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel, is Plaza Catalunya. This large square sits at the top of the Ramblas - Barcelona's famous street for people watching. It is also a convenient place to find amenities such as internet cafés, bureaus de change, supermarkets 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. 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 Passeig de Gràcia in 25 minutes. You can either use the T10 transport ticket from the airport (T10 costs €9.95 for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport) or you can buy a single fare ticket for €4.10 . The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the station.
Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaza Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. A single will cost €5.90 . From Plaza Catalunya it is possible to walk to the hotel in around 8 - 10 minutes. Alternatively, if you have a lot of luggage, a taxi will take 2 minutes and cost around €5.00.
Eurostars Design Hotel Barcelona offers a touch of glamour due to its location as well as its interior. It is located on Barcelona's famous shopping street. It is also filled with quirky details, such as pixelated wall photographs and design furniture. Those who are hoping for a quiet break should stay well away, but those who wish to be at the centre of Barcelona's tourist world will be stunned by the location.
Eurostars Design Hotel - 5 Star
Passeig de Gràcia, 29
08007 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (Green Line, L3), (Purple Line, L2) or (Yellow Line, L4)