Grand Hotel Central sits proudly on one of Barcelona's major streets - Via Laietana. The street runs from the port area to the centre of town, close to many of Barcelona's top attractions like Las Ramblas, Cathedral, El Born and Plaça de Catalunya.
Grand Hotel Central's exterior is impressively large and classical in its structure. However, it does not do full justice to what lies beneath. The lobby of the hotel goes some way to indicating the hotel's style. It is modern, whilst retaining the classical structure of the building - there is a marble spiral staircase with ornate wrought iron rails running through its centre. The lobby area offers dim lighting, relaxing music and candles throughout. The furniture is soft and modern, with sofas in beiges and brown and chunky wooden coffee tables.
|Fine dining with food prepared by 2 Michelin star awarded chef Ramon Freixa.|
The hotel's amenities are first rate - there is Michelin starred restaurant called the Ávalon Restaurant run chef Ramon Freixa who has been awarded two Michelin stars and several other awards for excellence in Mediterranean food.
The hotel has a terrace with an infinity pool and a roof-top bar. There is also a wellness centre which includes sauna, fitness centre and treatments department. With facilities like these, this may not be the hotel for those who are looking to tighten the purse strings. It is a special place for those who are looking for style and luxury in a central location.
Grand Hotel Central Barcelona offers a roof-terrace. The terrace comprises of a bar, seating area and pool with first class views of the city.
|Infinity swimming pool with view of Barcelona skyline.|
The terrace is open all year round, however the bar only opens for the summer months (June - September) and it is worth remembering that the pool is not heated. The pool is small (approximately 10 metres by 4 metres) but it is an infinity pool (meaning that it goes right up to the roof's edge to give a sense that there is nothing between the swimmer and the skyline).
The hotel also has a small gym with weights, a running machine and a cycling machine an a thermal suite for relaxing in.
There is a separate bar in the hotel called the City Bar.
On your left when entering the building there is an area known as the 'Library'. It is a quiet area with a large desk. There are shelves filled with books - mostly design and coffee table books and magazines, plus various guides to Barcelona.
No pets are allowed in the hotel.
The hotel has 3 meeting rooms of varying sizes for meetings up to 24 people.
There is free high speed Wi-Fi in the entire hotel. Next to the lobby area there is a small business centre containing two computers with free internet access.
There are 4 rooms that have been adapted for wheelchair use. Each of these rooms had widened doors and a rolling shower fitted. There are lifts to all floors.
Unfortunately, the hotel pool does not have a special lift for wheelchair users.
There are a total of 147 rooms in the hotel across 7 floors.
Central Room (Twin beds)
Superior Twin Room (Twin Beds): extra bed available.
Superior King Room (King beds): extra bed available.
Deluxe King City Room (king beds):
Loft Suite (King Beds): extra bed available.
Master Suite (King Beds):
Grand Suite (King Beds)
|Luxury designer rooms|
The windows are double-glazed, however, the hotel is on a main road. Therefore, those who are hoping for a peaceful night's sleep should request an interior room.
There are various views available, however there are no balconies. The Executive City and Loft rooms offer views of Via Laietana and Barcelona Cathedral.
All rooms include a television and DVD player (there is a CD and DVD library available), soundproofing, free mini-bar for soft drinks, bathrobes and 24 hour room service.
Grand Hotel Central is located on one of Barcelona's major streets. It sits at the top of the area of El Born and leads to the Gothic quarter offering you walking distance access to Barcelona historic areas El Born and the Gothic Quarter.
The area of El Born is a desirable area to walk around, with beautiful old buildings, small cafés and boutique shops. If nothing else, it is worth a visit for the delicious home-made ice cream at Cremeria Toscana, located close to the church- Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar. The hotel is also positioned just up from Taller de Tapas, on Carrer del Argenteria. This is a good spot for those who are new to eating tapas - it offers menus in various languages and friendly staff, whilst still maintaining a genuinely Spanish feel.
For those wishing to do some shopping whilst they are in Barcelona, Via Laietana is conveniently close to the action. A 10 minute walk to Plaça de Catalunya. 20 minute walk away, is Passeig de Gràcia - a street housing a large majority of Barcelona's major designer shops. And for those interested in more obscure, up and coming designers, the area of El Born is the place to be.
The hotel is located a 10 minute walk from the famous Las Ramblas. Aside from the touristic activities on offer, this is where it will also be possible to find many necessary amenities. These include banks, cash machines, internet cafés, pharmacies and a large supermarket.
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 25 minutes. The hotel is about 20 minutes walk from the station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 10 minutes. You can also take the Metro from Barceloneta, around the corner from Estació França , to Jaume I. These are both on the Yellow line, so they will involve no changes.
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. From Plaça de Catalunya take the red line to Urquinaona station and then change onto the yellow line and get off at Jaume 1. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the metro.
Car parks near Grand Hotel Central Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó||Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10||120 m|
|SABA Catedral||Avenida de la Catedral, 8||120 m|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||160 m|
|NN Palau de la Música||Ramón Mas, 1||400 m|
Gran Hotel Central Barcelona provides accommodation to those looking to splash out on somewhere modern yet classic with a vast array of facilities and services. It is well-located, close to both the cool area of El Born and the famous La Rambla Boulevard.
Grand Hotel Central
Via Laietana, 30
08003 Barcelona, España.
Catalonia tourist establishments registration code: HB0042880
Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)