The first thing you will notice about the hotel Rivoli Ramblas in Barcelona is its impressive façade, Art Deco in style, towering over La Rambla. The location is paramount, a 5 minute walk from Plaça Catalunya and 10 minutes into the heart of the Barri Gòtic and the Barcelona cathedral.
Walking into the hotel the reception is on the right. The reception staff are helpful and are happy to give you directions and advice for your visit.
The hall is cool and dark and has some quite bizarre murals painted everywhere. It is actually a piano lounge more than a lobby and boasts a long, curved and well-stocked bar which has reasonably-priced cocktails.
The highlight of this hotel is its terrace which has panoramic views over Barcelona and is a lovely place to sit and soak up some sun. The terrace is also home to the gym, solarium, sauna and Jacuzzi, perfect for those lazy siesta times.
If you are in Barcelona for business then the hotel has a comprehensive business centre. All rooms are equipped with terminals for computers, TVs, microphones and fax machines.
The hotel has 130 rooms, of varying styles (some are modern, some have more traditional touches). There are 10 suites if you really feel like splashing out. The rooms all have air-conditioning, a mini-bar, a safe, satellite TV, phone lines and all are soundproofed so it is easier to ignore the hectic pace of La Rambla on your doorstep.
Nevertheless if you are a light sleeper you might not want to take any chances and book a room at the back of the hotel, which might not get so much natural light but at least it will be quieter. Some rooms also have small terraces.
The Boqueria market is but a 4 minute walk down the Rambla (turn left when leaving the hotel). The market is useful if you feel like picking up your own breakfast or picnic.
If you don't feel up to the sensory overload of the market then Carrefour Express, La Rambla,113, is a large supermarket a few minutes down the Rambla on the other side.
The internet café Easynet, La Rambla, 31, is on the other side of the road near Drassanes metro. However be careful because this place is rife with bag snatching. Otherwise there are lots of internet cafes in the Raval which are a lot cheaper but more cramped.
There is a bank and cash machine right on the street front of the hotel.
Behind the hotel is Ave. Portal d'Angel, one of Barcelona's best shopping streets. It also conveniently leads you past the Dalí museum and to the Cathedral.
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. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Hotel Rivoli Ramblas is right in the centre of town. A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €30.00 - €35.00 depending on traffic and luggage and time of travel.
The easiest way would be to catch the Aerobus which costs €5.90 and will take you to Plaça Catalunya in just over 30 minutes, from where you have a 5 minutes walk to your hotel.
The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia, in about 25 minutes and you can use the T10 ticket from the airport or you can pay a single fare of €4.10 . From Passeig de Gràcia you can catch the metro one stop to Plaça Catalunya and you can walk to the Rivoli Ramblas Hotel in 5 minutes.
All in all this hotel is perfect for a short city break in relative luxury. The terrace is amazing and is by far the highlight of the hotel. The hotel is not cheap but at least it has the facilities you would expect from a 4 star hotel of this price. Its location means you will be in close proximity of many of the main attractions in the city centre and a short walk from the beach. A good hotel for those on holiday or on business.
Hotel Rivoli Ramblas Barcelona - 4 Star
La Rambla, 128
Metro: Plaça Catalunya, (Green Line, L3) 5 mins