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Review of Hotel Royal Ramblas in Barcelona

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This page will give you a review of the popular Hotel Royal Ramblas in Barcelona which is in a prime location on La Ramblas, the famous boulevard running through central Barcelona.

Hotel Royal Ramblas  in  Barcelona

Hotel Royal Ramblas has been going since 1973 and has recently had a complete renovation. The exterior may not be pretty but inside the hotel is sleek and expensive-looking.

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Hotel Facilities

The hotel has 108 rooms which are comfortable but simple, what you would expect from a central city hotel. All rooms are soundproofed to save you from the noise of the street below. This should be the case as it is a 4 star hotel. But even with this, you will hear the hum of the street from your room. If you don't mind sacrificing a good view onto La Rambla you might want to ask for a room at the back of the hotel which won't be as light, or have a good view but will mean you get a quieter night's sleep. The rooms also have air-conditioning, a mini-bar and satellite TV. The marble-topped bathrooms also have a hairdryer.

Other facilities include a babysitting service. This is useful because Barcelona's night-life just doesn't get started till at least 22:00. There is also a laundry service and private parking which is a real bonus in the middle of the city where it can be difficult to find these facilities.

The breakfast and the room it is in is lovely though hotel-like in its décor and slight lack of character, however, the big bonus is that if you get there early enough, you can grab yourself a table by the window which looks straight onto La Rambla and do some early-morning people watching.

There is also a restaurant called Poma attached to the hotel. Don't expect a Catalan feast but it's good enough for a pizza or a steak. It is a perfect place to watch people go by, and the street performers go on with their acts.

The Business centre in the hotel consists of four large rooms, all facing out towards La Rambla. They are fully equipped with everything you would need, are soundproofed and have a good amount of natural light which is so important when keeping spirits up (no-one wants to work when there is so much fun going on outside).

Amenities in the Area

The biggest supermarket nearest the hotel is Carrefour Express, a 2 minute walk left out of the front entrance, a further 2 minutes would take you to La Boqueria, Barcelona's best-known food market.

Plaça de Catalunya and the tourist office is a 5 minute walk up La Rambla, here you will also find El Corte Inglés and a good shopping street called Calle Pelai. There are many cash points on either side of the hotel, or indeed just opposite under Hotel Rivoli.

Hotel Location

This hotel is in the perfect location for experiencing one of Barcelona's most vibrant districts: El Raval. To the left as you exit the hotel is a trendy street full of little boutiques and one-off shops, perfect for a bit of a stroll. This street, Calle Bonsuccess, also leads you straight to the MACBA (the museum of modern art) which is worth checking out. The imposing building overshadows the skaters below, and you can get a well-priced meal in any of the cafes at the foot of the museum.

Walking around the Raval is one of my favourite things in Barcelona and provides a welcome break from the hectic pace of La Rambla. Here you can find quiet little squares to have coffee and wander around the labyrinth of streets which wind to and from the Rambla.

At night the Raval comes alive with loads of bars and busy restaurants all jostling for business. However, the Raval also has the reputation of being quite dodgy at night so I wouldn't recommend walking around alone, or with any obvious bags, and try to stick to well-lit areas.

Across the Rambla you can explore the Barri Gòtic with its winding pathways and beautiful churches.

How to travel from the airport to the hotel

Booking your airport transport in advance online

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.

Bus shared transfer from BCN Airport to designated drop off points

Price Single: €13.59
Price Return: €27.18

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

This service is the cheapest of the bus transport services from Barcelona airport to the city centre.

You would need to make your way to a meeting point at Barcelona airport. This service drops you off at designated drop off points. You would then need to make your own way to your hotel from there.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours before you need it but preferably a week before you need it. It is best to book early to ensure availability especially during peak tourist seasons from April to September.

Private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €39.93
Price Return: €79.86

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

With a private transfer service the driver will be waiting for you at the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. You will be travelling 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.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance but preferably a week or two before you need the service to ensure availability.

Business class private transfer from BCN Airport

Price Single: €67.19
Price Return: €134.38

Book at least 48 hours in advance.

This is the highest quality private transport service specifically for people wanting a business-class quality service. This service is more expensive than the other transfer services however you will be travelling in a higher quality 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. The pickup point at the airport is specified on your booking voucher. This service is suitable for business clients, VIP pick ups or if you have a special occasion.

This service needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance but preferably a week or two before you need the service to ensure availability.

Taxi This hotel is right in the centre of town. A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes.

Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €35.00

Train The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia , in 25 minutes and you can use the T-Casual ticket from the airport or you can pay a single fare. From Passeig de Gràcia you can walk to the hotel in 10 minutes.

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

Aerobus The easiest way would be to catch the Aerobus which will take you to Plaça de Catalunya in 25 minutes, from where you have a 5 minutes walk to your hotel.

Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket:

Car parks near Hotel Royal Ramblas Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
NN Bonsuccés Plaça del Bonsuccés, 7 120 m
SABA BAMSA Plaça dels Àngels Carrer dels Angels, 1 400 m
BSM La Boquería Floristes de la Rambla 450 m

Barcelona Royal Hotel In a nutshell

All in all Hotel Royal Ramblas is a good choice for anyone who wants to be in the middle of the action but might not want to be reminded of it at all times of the day and night. It's comfortable and convenient, perfect for a weekend stay.

Royal Ramblas
Las Ramblas, 117
08002 Barcelona, España.


Metro: Plaça de Catalunya (Green Line, L3) 5 mins

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