The lobby area is simple, with a front desk to the left on entering. The front desk staff are helpful and easy going. There is little by way of decoration in the area, and no seating space.
There is no pool or gym in the hotel.
There is a restaurant that serves breakfast.
There is also a bar. It only serves drinks.
There is also a small communal area. This space offers a computer, a television, some sofas, tables and chairs.
Room service is not available.
Pets are not allowed in the hotel.
Day use rooms are not available.
There are no meeting rooms in the hotel.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel free of charge. There is also one computer with internet available free of charge. This is in the television room.
There are two 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 64 rooms in the hotel, over 7 floors. All of the rooms are either singles or doubles.
None of the rooms have balconies. There is double-glazing on all of the windows. However, 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 located a 1 minute walk from Plaza Catalunya. This is one of Barcelona's most famous squares. It has a large area at its centre where people can feed the birds, sit on benches and simply watch the world go by. The square is home to some large chain shops and restaurants including Hard Rock Café, FNAC (electrical and music store), Sephora (cosmetics store) and Habitat (home furnishings store). The hotel also looks onto El Corte Inglés. This is a department store that is well known throughout Spain. It sells everything from clothes to food to perfumes to children's toys.
|Plaza Catalunya & El Corte Inglés|
The hotel is a 5 minute walk from both Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya. Passeig de Gràcia is one of Barcelona's most picturesque streets - it is dotted with old buildings and lined with wrought iron floral street lamps. It is well known for being a popular shopping street, with everything from Zara to Prada on offer. It is also the home of beautiful buildings such as Gaudí's La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Rambla de Catalunya is a part pedestrianized street that offers bars and restaurants with terraces. These are a good place to sit and enjoy a sunny afternoon with a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a 'Menu del Dia' (a set menu that is enjoyed at lunchtime in most Spanish restaurants).
Off Plaza Catalunya is the Ramblas - Barcelona's famous street that is full of tourists and street entertainers. 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 . From here take the metro from Passeig de Gràcia on the Yellow Line to Urquinaona, from the metro station the hotel is a 1 minute walk. Alternatively, if you have a lot of luggage, a taxi will take 5 minutes and cost around €5.00 - €6.00.
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 . The hotel is a 5 minute walk from Plaza Catalunya.
Gran Ducat Hotel, Barcelona is a three-star hotel in a central location for tourists to the city. It will not appeal to those looking for flamboyance or luxury in their hotel. However its affordable prices and placing in the city will appeal to active travellers.
Gran Ducat Hotel - 3 Star
Ronda Sant Pere, 15
08010 Barcelona, España
Metro: Urquinaona (Yellow Line, L4) or (Red Line, L1)