Review Catalonia Diagonal Centro, Barcelona
|Catalonia Diagonal Centro|
Catalonia Diagonal Centro, Barcelona is located in the heart of Eixample. It is a simple hotel with friendly staff and affordable rates. It is located fifteen minutes walk from Rambla de Catalunya - a busy and leafy street that leads to Plaza Catalunya and the Ramblas. The hotel's lobby area is classic, with stripy red and cream couches. It is a long and narrow space with grey marble floors.
The hotel does not have a pool, fitness centre or spa. The hotel restaurant offers buffet breakfast. At lunchtime a set menu ('Menu del Dia') is available, consisting of 3 courses plus a drink. Dinner is an 'a la carte' menu.
The hotel bar is next to the lobby. It serves snack food.
Rooms are available for day use when possible.
There are four rooms that are available in the hotel for meetings. They have a collective capacity of 400 people.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge. There is one computer available with internet access.
Facilities for People with a disability
There are no rooms in the hotel that are suitable for people with a disability.
There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 88 rooms in the hotel, over 7 floors. All of the rooms are doubles. It is possible to add an extra bed to the rooms. This will involve a surcharge of 30% of the room price.
Some of the rooms at the front of the hotel have balconies. These must be reserved through the hotel. All of the rooms have double-glazing, so noise pollution should not be too much of a problem. However, those hoping for a quiet nights sleep should request interior rooms.
All rooms contain air-conditioning, television, telephone, a safe and a mini-bar.
Hotel Location and Facilities
Catalonia Diagonal Centro is located in the centre of Barcelona. It is just off Rambla de Catalunya - a leafy street with a pedestrianized strip that is dotted with café and restaurant terraces. It is the home of Colmado Quilez - a large deli style shop with a traditionally Spanish window display. The shop is proud of its history, as well as its large selection of alcohols, cheeses and meats. Close to the hotel it is also possible to find the world-renowned chocolatiers - Godiva.
If you are looking for somewhere special to eat, Ottimo is located just around the corner, on Enric Granados 95. The restaurant offers simple Italian cooking in glamorous surroundings that have a 1950s feel with mirrored walls, patterned banquettes and a cocktail bar. The prices are reasonably high, but with pasta and salads on the menu it is an affordable option.
The hotel is a ten-minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya. This is one of Barcelona's largest squares. It is at the top of the Ramblas - Barcelona's famous street for strolling and people watching. On either side of the Ramblas you will find Barcelona's old town - including the Gothic Quarter and Raval. The Gothic Quarter in particular is renowned for its picturesque narrow streets and old buildings. Raval is an interesting area to explore for those looking for less touristy bars and restaurants.
Passeig de Gràcia is a five-minute walk from the hotel. This street is the home of many major stores including Burberry, Zara and Prada. It is also the home of a large and affordable home design store - Vinçon. It is a picturesque street, lined with ornate street lamps and a couple of Gaudí buildings - La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
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How to travel from the airport to the hotelBooking your airport transport in advance online
With a private transfer service the driver will be waiting for you at the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel. Private transfers are independent of the the public transport system. This means if there is a public transport strike these services will continue to operate.
Public transport transfer options
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes.
Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €40.00
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 can then change to the metro and catch the Green Line to Diagonal. The hotel is a 3 minute walk from the metro station.
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. The hotel is 5 minutes in a taxi. Alternatively you can catch the Green Line on the metro to Diagonal, from here the hotel is a 3 minute walk
Car parks near Catalonia Diagonal Centro Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|Parking Windsor||Vía Augusta, 2 bis||350 m|
|PLAFER Mallorca||Mallorca, 219-221||400 m|
|SABA Gràcia I||Passeig de Gràcia, 116||550 m|
|NN Valencia II||Valencia, 243||700 m|
In a nutshell
Catalonia Diagonal Centro is a classic four-star hotel, lacking the modern focus on design of other hotels in the area. However, prices are affordable and the location is good for those hoping for a cosmopolitan trip to the city. Businesses will be impressed by the facilities offered at the heart of Barcelona.
Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Carrer Balmes, 142 - 146
08008 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Diagonal (Green Line, L3) and (Blue Line, L5)
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