The hotel itself has a looming, stately exterior and looks in-keeping with the surrounding government buildings. Its interior is slightly disappointing, with a sense that, perhaps, its glory days have passed. Its faux - Roman trimmings, nineties style furniture and defunct bar area are signs of a hotel in decline.
There is no question, though, that the hotel's location is exceptional for tourists hoping to be at the centre of Barcelona's tourist area. It also offers spaciousness and four star service in an area where these can be hard to find.
There is no pool or fitness centre in the hotel. There is no restaurant, however there is an area where buffet breakfast is served. Breakfast is not included in the room price.
Pets are not allowed in the hotel.
There are no meeting rooms in the hotel. However, the lobby area is large and could be used for small meetings if necessary. There are no computers with internet available in the hotel. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, however it must be paid for with a prepurchases card that may be purchased at reception.
The hotel does not offer facilities for people with a disability - all rooms are standard. However, there are lifts to all floors.
The hotel contains a total of 68 rooms over 6 floors. 59 of the rooms are double, 4 of them are single and 5 are for three people.
All rooms include a telephone, television, a mini - bar and a safe.
30% of the rooms in the hotel face the street. This is an attractive option for those hoping for interesting views. However, it is worth remembering that the hotel is located on a busy street that is popular with late night revellers. The street - facing windows do have double glazing.
Gran Hotel Barcino is in a central location and could prove perfect for those hoping for a sight - seeing holiday in Barcelona. It is a five - minute walk from the centre of the Ramblas and is situated on one of Barcelona's main streets - Jaume I.
|Plaça de Sant Jaume|
The hotel is close to Plaça Sant Jaume, where Barcelona's town hall and government buildings sit. This is an interesting square that can often be the scene of local activity. Many demonstrations take place in this space. It is also where many locals gather on a Sunday morning to take part in the Catalonian traditional dance. This involves groups of people forming circles with their arms linked and raised. It is a slow - moving dance with intricate footwork. It is definitely worth checking out for an experience of the local culture.
|Plaça de Les Olles (El Born)|
Located close to the Ramblas most general amenities are in walking distance - a large supermarket, pharmacies, internet cafés and banks.
On leaving the hotel, in the opposite direction to the Ramblas you will find yourself five minutes walk from El Born. An area that is worth exploring if you would like to find some restaurants or bars that are less touristy.
The hotel is also a ten-minute walk from the port area and a fifteen minute walk from the beach.
The closest Metro stop to the hotel is Jaume I, a two minute walk from the hotel. This will prove useful for connections to areas such as Gràcia, Tibidabo and Sagrada Familia. However, the hotel is in walking distance from many of Barcelona's most popular tourist attractions.
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 the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. 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 service. This service is more expensive than the other tranfer 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 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 Estació Sants in about 25 minutes. You can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 15 minutes and cost about €15.00. Alternatively you can take the Metro from Sants Estació at the train station to Jaume I, which is on the Yellow Line (L4) so it will involve two changes.
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 20 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, or 10 minutes in a taxi that will cost about €8.00 - €10.00. Alternatively, you can catch the Metro from Catalunya to Jaume I, from where Gran Hotel Barcino 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 Gran Barcino Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||150 m|
|SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó||Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10||400 m|
|BSM Moll de la Fusta||Paseig de Colom, 1||550 m|
|NN Palau de la Música||Ramón Mas, 1||650 m|
Gran Hotel Barcino straddles two of Barcelona's popular tourist destinations- the Ramblas and El Born. Its location is perfect for those who wish to enjoy Barcelona's tourist hot - spots and it provides a clean, four star class of service. Its style is old - school and may not appeal to those hoping for a more stylish hotel experience.
Gran Hotel Barcino
Jaume I, 6
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)