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.
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 Catalunya. From Plaça 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 Borne, 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 Borne 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?
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. You will be travel in one of the following car types (or similar): Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb, Citroen C5 or Peugeot 407. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Business class private transfer (advanced reservation required)
This is the highest quality private transport service specifically for people wanting a business-class quality transfer. This service is more expensive than the other tranfer services however you will be travelling in a higher vehicle than a regular private transfer. Mercedes vehicles are used and will be one of the following Mercedes E Class, Minivan Mercedes and V Class Mercedes depending on the number of people in your group. The driver will be dressed appropriately for a business environment - dark suit and white shirt and will assist you with your luggage from your arrival gate at the airport. This service is suitable for business clients, VIP pick ups or if you have a special occassion.
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: €4.10
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 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|
Hotel Colon Barcelona
Avinguda Catedral, 7
Tel: +34 93 301 1404
Metro: Jaume 1 (Yellow Line, L4), 7 minutes walk.