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Review Gran Barcino Hotel Barcelona

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Gran Hotel Barcino
Gran Hotel Barcino is located on Barcelona's main street linking the area of El Born to the Ramblas. The street itself is picturesque - it is peppered with old and grand buildings and lined with ornate street lamps. It is also lively, with lots of interesting shops and restaurants and in close vicinity to Plaza Sant Jaume- the home of Barcelona's town hall.

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.


Hotel Facilities

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.


Business Facilities

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.


Facilities for the Disabled

The hotel does not offer facilities for disabled people - all rooms are standard. However, there are lifts to all floors.


Rooms

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.


Hotel Location and Facilities

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
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)
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.


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.

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.

Book your shared minibus airport transport in advance.


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.

Book your private airport to hotel transfer in advance online.


Public transport transfer options

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 Sants in about 25 minutes. A single ticket costs  €4.10 . 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 Estacio at the train station to Jaume I, which is on the Yellow Line (L4) so it will involve two changes.

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

In a nutshell

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 - 4 Star
Jaume I, 6
08002 Barcelona, España.

HB-003969

metro Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)


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