The first thing you will notice about the Hotel Serhs Rivoli Rambla in Barcelona is its impressive façade, Art Deco in style, towering over La Rambla. The location is paramount, a 5 minute walk from Plaça de 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.
Hotel Serhs Rivoli Rambla is right in the centre of town. A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes.
Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €35.00
The easiest way would be to catch the Aerobus which will take you to Plaça de Catalunya in just over 30 minutes, from where you have a 5 minutes walk to your hotel.
Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €5.90
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 T-Casual ticket from the airport or you can pay a single fare. From Passeig de Gràcia you can catch the metro one stop to Plaça de Catalunya and you can walk to the Serhs Rivoli Rambla Hotel in 5 minutes.
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60
Car parks near Hotel Serhs Rivoli Rambla Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|NN Bonsuccés||Plaça del Bonsuccés, 7||170 m|
|SABA Plaça de Catalunya||Carrer de Rivadeneyra, 1||250 m|
|SABA BAMSA Plaça dels Àngels||Carrer dels Angels, 1||400 m|
|SABA BAMSA Rambla Catalunya||Rambla Catalunya, 15||550 m|
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 Serhs Rivoli Rambla
La Rambla, 128
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Plaça de Catalunya (Green Line, L3) 5 mins