Hotel Colon Barcelona was built in 1951 by Italian Don Antonio Lemparo. At the time there were few hotels in Barcelona and legend has it that Lemparo's dream of a hotel only came about because he was annoyed that he couldn't get a room in his usual Barcelona hotel.
The lack of hotels at the time meant that Don Lemparo was able to secure such an incredible location, right in front of the Cathedral in the heart of the Gothic quarter - this is what makes the hotel unique, and a large number of rooms have a full view of the cathedral.
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The Hotel Colon Barcelona has an aura of old school glamour, a staid elegance which over the years has attracted many a famous name. The list is long and includes characters such as Joan Miró, Hemingway, Jean Paul Sartre, Stephen King, Sofia Loren and Francis Ford Coppola.
Hotel Colon has 145 rooms, complete with air-conditioning, bathrobe and slippers, a hair dryer, satellite TV, a safe, mini-bar and internet access. The single rooms are 19 square metres and are situated at the back of the hotel so whilst you don't get the fantastic view you do get peace and quiet. The double rooms are about 26 metres squared and the double with the cathedral view are 27.
The reception staff are friendly and professional and can help you with everything from restaurant bookings to car hire.
There are also 2 meeting rooms in Hotel Colon Barcelona. The Marina room has a capacity of 150 and the Miró can fit up to 60. The rooms are available for any type of occasion including weddings.
The hotel restaurant is called the Carabela and serves up Catalan and international cuisine at a hefty price. However you can always just get a coffee on the outside terrace in the shadow of the cathedral and watch all the people go by.
|Colon Hotel is close to one of Barcelona's most famous sites the Cathedral|
The Hotel Colon is all about location, location, location. The cathedral is a magnificent view, and there is so much else around to keep you entertained. If you are interested in art, then you might want to check out the Museo Diocesa which just opposite at the foot of the cathedral. Museo Diocesa has a free gallery which exhibits local, international and more importantly affordable art from photos to oil paintings. Turn right out of the hotel and walk for 5 minutes and you will find the Dalí museum on Calle Arcs, 5. The museum also has a sunny outdoor terrace which is a lovely place to have lunch or a coffee.
Carry on down past the Dalí museum and you will hit Calle Portal de L'Angel, one of Barcelona's best shopping streets and also the way up to Plaça de Catalunya. From Plaça de Catalunya you can stroll up the Champs-Elysee of Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia where you will find some of Gaudí's most fantastical buildings, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
If you're after the hustle and bustle of La Rambla then walk down Calle Portaferrissa, and you will get there in about 7 minutes.
Turn left out the Hotel, and you will reach Via Laietana which will take you all the way down to the seafront in about 15 minutes. Or branch off down Via Argenteria and you will find El Born, one of Barcelona's trendiest districts, full of lively bars and home to one of the best pizza places in Barcelona, Pizza del Borne.
|Charming streets near the Barcelona Cathedral|
When staying at Hotel Colon you are right in the middle of Barcelona's most historic district. During the day take a stroll through the charming little back streets behind the cathedral, and if you're lucky you'll come across the busker who sings Ave Maria so beautifully, it sends shivers down your spine. Also sometimes there is a market on Avenida Catedral that is perfect for buying presents to appease family left back home. At night head down to Plaça Reial, a 10 minute walk, where there are restaurants, bars and clubs galore. Or go into El Born where you can mix with Barcelona's stylish cocktail drinking crowd, I recommend Miramelinda if you're after a good mojito.
Hotel Colon is luxurious and elegant, but with this much going on around you would you want to stay in?
Taxi A taxi ride into the centre of town to the hotel takes 25 minutes.
Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €35.00
Train You can get the RENFE train to Passeig de Gràcia which takes 25 minutes. From Passeig de Gràcia need to change for the Green line metro and get off at Liceu. The hotel is a 5 minutes walk from the metro.
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60
Aerobus Or you can catch the Aerobus from outside the Airport T1 or T2 (A, B or C). The bus takes 30 minutes and will take you to Plaça de Catalunya from where you can walk to Hotel Colon in 10 minutes.
Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €5.90
Car parks near Hotel Colon Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|SABA Catedral||Avinguda de la Catedral, 8||80 m|
|SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó||Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10||180 m|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||350 m|
|NN Palau de la Música||Carrer de Ramon Mas, 1||350 m|
Avinguda Catedral, 7
08002 Barcelona, España.
Tel: +34 93 301 1404
Metro: Jaume 1 (Yellow Line, L4), 7 minutes walk.