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Review Exe Laietana Palace Hotel Barcelona

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Hotel Exe Laietana Palace
Hotel Exe Laietana Palace Barcelona is based within a beautiful old building on a main road leading from the port area to the centre of town. It is at a pivotal point for some of Barcelona's most attractive areas- El Born, where the well-heeled of Barcelona like to shop and eat out; Plaza Sant Jaume, home of Barcelona's council and government buildings and Port area, home of the yachts and adjacent to the beach.

The hotel itself has all of the markings of a quality traditional 4 -star hotel. Its lobby area has a sense of old-school grandeur, with marble floors and dark wooden furniture. The staff at the front desk are helpful and friendly in answering questions. Its services are conclusive, despite the lack of certain amenities.

For those looking for a more luxurious hotel experience, the hotel may fall short on offerings- there is no pool, gym or restaurant. However, this hotel may prove perfect for active tourists who prioritize location over luxury and style.

Hotel Facilities

The hotel does not contain a pool or a fitness centre. There is no restaurant. However, there is an area where breakfast is served. The breakfast buffet is not included in the room price.

There is a small bar in the lobby area, that is open 24 hours. Room Service is available, and there is a 24 hour front desk.

There are no pets allowed in the hotel.

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Business Facilities

There is no meeting room in the hotel. In the lobby area there is one computer that is available for use by all customers with free internet access.

Facilities for People with a disability

There is one room that is suitable for people with a disability. It has widened doors and a special bath. There are lifts to all floors.


The hotel contains a total of 62 rooms over 6 floors. There are 56 double rooms, 5 single rooms and one suite. There are no family rooms, however, cots are available for in the rooms.

All rooms include a telephone, television, a mini-bar, air conditioning and a safe. Some of the rooms offer special water massage baths.

When booking your room it is worth asking about the various options for views and noise issues. Rooms at the front of the hotel provide views of the street and have balconies. However, these rooms will be noisier as they look down onto a busy main road. The rooms at the back of the hotel provide views of Barcelona cathedral. They are also a quieter option.

Port Vell
Port Vell

Hotel Location and Facilities

Hotel Exe Laietana Palace is located on Via Laietana - one of Barcelona's main roads, leading from the Port Vell area to to Plaza Catalunya at the top of the Ramblas. Due to this, the hotel is well-located at a central point for lots of Barcelona's top spots.

The hotel is a ten-minute walk from the beach. At the bottom of Via Laietana, a mere 5 minute walk away is the Port Vell area. This is a nice scene for an evening stroll, with hundreds of yachts bobbing in the water and many bustling seafood restaurants.

Hotel Exe Laietana Palace also sits at the start of the area of El Born. If you head down Calle de l'Argentera you will encounter numerous nice shops and restaurants. The restaurant, Taller de Tapas is located at number 51 and is a popular tourist destination for tapas. It offers an accessible tapas experience for those wishing to learn about the typical Spanish cuisine. The food is authentically local, but the menus are available in many languages and staff are helpful in answering questions.

El Born (Calle de Santa Maria)
El Born (Calle de Santa Maria)

Five minutes walk from the hotel is the cathedral square, home of Barcelona's beautiful old Gothic cathedral. It is also where you can find the Santa Caterina food market - less famous than the Boqueria on the Ramblas, but an equally enjoyable experience. It has a distinctive wavy roof, adorned with a colourful mosaic and houses high quality local produce.

The hotel is a fifteen-minute walk from the Ramblas. This is where you will find any of the necessary amenities that are not available on Via Laietana - pharmacies, banks, internet cafés and a large 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: €13.59
Price Return: €27.18

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.

Private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €39.93
Price Return: €79.86

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.

Business class private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €67.19
Price Return: €134.38

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.

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 Estació França in about 35 minutes. The hotel is a fifteen-minute walk from the train station. You can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 10 minutes. Alternatively you can take the Metro from Barceloneta at the train station to Jaume I, which is on the Yellow Line (L4) so it will involve no changes. The hotel is less than a minute's walk from the metro station.

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

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 20 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, or 10 minutes in a taxi. Alternatively, you can catch the Metro from Catalunya to Jaume I, from where Hotel Exe Laietana Palace is a 2 minute walk. At Catalunya it will be necessary to catch the Red line to Urquinaona. At Urquinaona it will be necessary to catch the Yellow line to Jaume I.

Car parks near Exe Laietana Palace Hotel Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
Laietana Princesa Vía Laietana, 20 110 m
BSM Moll de la Fusta Paseig de Colom, 1 350 m
SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10 400 m
NN Palau de la Música Ramón Mas, 1 700 m

In a nutshell

Hotel Exe Laietana Palace is a classic old 4 -star hotel in a location that links some of Barcelona's most enticing areas. It will not appeal to those wishing to splash out on a luxury design hotel with all the trimmings. It does, though, provide space and service in the centre of town.

Exe Laietana Palace
Via Laietana, 17
08003 Barcelona, España.


metro Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)

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