Gutenberg Aparthotel is housed within a space tucked away behind the Ramblas. It has a sense of being an oasis of calm despite its location, so close to a notoriously noisy street. This is an option for those wishing to enjoy the touristic highlights of the Ramblas whilst also maintaining the option to have a decent night's sleep.
Its exterior has a classic Spanish seventies look to it with brown awnings and beige walls. However, its interior is more modern and appears to have been recently renovated. The front desk staff were helpful in answering my questions. The area itself is reasonably small. However, it looks onto another seating area with leather couches and large windows, creating a bright atmosphere.
The Gutenberg is particularly useful for those looking to avoid spending money on eating out in Barcelona. Each room contains a small kitchen area, enabling customers to cook for themselves whilst on holiday. This may be of particular interest to families, as many of the rooms can hold up to four people - a rarity for accommodation located so close to the Ramblas.
There is no pool or gym in the hotel. There is a restaurant attached to the building. Buffet breakfast is available in the restaurant. There is also a set menu available at lunch - the 'Menu del Dia'. This is traditionally Catalan home-made food. A dinner menu is also available, but only to large group bookings.
There is a bar area connected to the restaurant.
Room service is not available.
There are no meeting or conference rooms in the hotel. However, there is free Wi-Fi for all customers in the lobby area. There are also two computers available, providing free access to the internet.
At time of writing (January 2009) there are no rooms with access for people with a disability available in the hotel. However, there are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 85 rooms in the hotel, over 6 floors. Most rooms in the hotel are either twins or doubles. However, there are 13 rooms that are suitable for four people.
All rooms contain a small kitchenette that can be hidden behind cupboard doors when not in use. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery are all provided.
Most of the hotel rooms face a small, pedestrianized street. There are no balconies. There are also some interior rooms, looking down onto a small interior balcony. Those hoping for quiet rooms should request those at the interior of the hotel.
|Gutenberg Aparthotel behind palm trees|
The hotel is located on a small street directly off of the base of the Ramblas. This allows customers of the hotel to be in close walking distance of many tourist attractions. The Ramblas is home to the famous Boqueria food market, which is a five-minute walk from the hotel. This is a place to buy ingredients to cook in the hotel kitchens.
|Museu Maritim de Barcelona|
Right opposite the hotel is Barcelona's Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim de Barcelona) - home to all things nautical, from model ships to a collection of figureheads. The museum is housed within a medieval brick building that has been carefully renovated with modern glass touches that do not detract from the original structure. From the hotel you will be able to see the Museum's 'Garden of the King' where there is a submarine on display.
The hotel also sits less than five minutes walk from the harbour front. This is a beautiful sight on sunny days, with the yachts bobbing in the water, a wooden promenade that has been designed with the look of a wave and people sitting all along the water's edge. It is also the home of the Maremagnum, a place to bring both adults and children. It contains shops, ice cream parlours, restaurants, fast food chains and a cinema.
At this location you will be in walking distance of most general amenities that can be found on the Ramblas - pharmacies, banks, bureaux de change, supermarkets and internet cafés.
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 Passeig de Gràcia in 25 minutes. You can either use the T-Casual transport ticket from the airport (a ticket for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport system) or you can buy a single fare ticket. You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel three stops to Drassanes. Your hotel is then 5 minutes walk from the metro.
T-Casual Ticket: €11.35
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 here, the hotel is 10 minutes in a taxi. Alternatively, you can catch the metro from Catalunya to Drassanes, just two stops on the Green Line, from where Aparthotel Gutenberg is a 5 minute walk.
Car parks near Gutenberg Aparthotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|Edén||Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 12||350 m|
|SABA BAMSA Illa Raval||Sant Rafael, 15||600 m|
|SABA BAMSA Paral.lel||Carrer de l'Abat Safont, 2||650 m|
|PROMOPARC Vilà i Vilà||Vila i Vila, 50||750 m|
Aparthotel Gutenberg offers a central location at affordable rates. It will particularly appeal to families hoping to make a trip to Barcelona on a budget - dinner can be cooked and eaten in the rooms and an ice cream dessert is a mere 2 minute walk away, on the Ramblas.