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Ilunion Almirante Hotel
Ilunion Almirante Hotel is a 4 star hotel in a central tourist location offering affordable prices for those looking for more than just a hostal during a break in Barcelona. It does not provide the glamour of other four star hotels in the area- there is no pool or restaurant, and the décor is simple. However, this is reflected in its prices.

The lobby area of the hotel is long and reasonably narrow. It gives a good sense of the hotel's style. It offers simple but stylish plastic furniture that is slightly lacking in cosiness. However, touches of character are added with thick mohair rugs, oriental flowers and splashes of primary colours.

The hotel is located on Via Laietana, a main road, peppered with some of Barcelona's major landmarks, including Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Caterina Market. It also provides easy access to important areas that are in its close vicinity, including the Ramblas; Plaza Sant Jaume, home of Barcelona's government buildings and Plaça de Catalunya.

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Hotel Facilities

Ilunion Almirante Hotel does not have a pool. However, it does have a small gym with weights, a running machine and a cycling machine.

The hotel does not have a restaurant, however, it has an area serving buffet breakfast. The lobby area also provides a drinks menu and a spattering of tables and chairs, so that drinks can be enjoyed in this space.

No pets are allowed in the hotel.

Business Facilities

The hotel has one meeting room with a capacity for 45 people. It also
Provides Wi-Fi at no extra cost throughout the hotel. To the side of the lobby area there is a small business centre with two computers with internet access. These can be used free of charge.

Facilities for People with a disability

There are 4 rooms that have been adapted for wheelchair use. Each of these rooms had widened doors and a shower with a special chair. There are lifts to all floors. Doors have been widened enough to ensure that all wheelchairs, including electrical ones, can fit through them.


There are a total of 86 rooms in the hotel across 8 floors. Rooms on offer are Double for Single use, Doubles and Triples. The windows that are street-facing are double-glazed. The hotel is on a main road, so double glazing is an necessity.

There are no balconies. However, the rooms from the 5th to the 8th floor provide views of the city.

All rooms offer a mini-bar, a safe and free mineral water.

There is no option for short stay rooms in the hotel.

Hotel Location and Facilities

Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral

Ilunion Almirante Hotel is located centrally for those looking to enjoy the tourist attractions of Barcelona. Via Laietana links the port area to the top of town, close to Plaça de Catalunya. This means that the hotel is a 10-15 minute walk from the beach and the area of Barceloneta, where there are seafood restaurants and a harbour full of yachts on offer.

A 2 minute walk down Via Laietana is the Cathedral square, home to Barcelona's cathedral (don't confuse with the Sagrada Familia). This large, majestic Gothic structure is worth a visit for both its exterior and its interior. Just across the street from the Cathedral is the Santa Caterina food market. This building can be easily distinguished by its colourful and wavy mosaic roof. What lurks beneath is an impressive market for food lovers, full of fruits, cheeses and meats both from around the world and locally sourced. It is also the home of the restaurant Cuines Santa Caterina, where on-display chefs cook fresh food from the market in an environment where you will find yourself surrounded by the ingredients that you are about to eat.

Santa Caterina Market
Santa Caterina Market

Just up the road, within five minutes walking, is the legendary Palau de la Musica. This is an old building that is well-known for both its classical music programme and its ornate interior. Please see our Review of the Palau de la Musica for more information.

The hotel is also a ten-minute walk from the Ramblas. Here you will find any necessary amenities, including banks, a supermarket, pharmacies, cash machines and internet cafés.

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.

Public transport transfer options

Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes.

Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €35.00

Via Train: The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Estació França in about 35 minutes. The hotel is about 15 minutes walk from the station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 10 minutes. You can also take the Metro from Barceloneta, around the corner from Estació França , to Jaume I. These are both on the Yellow line, so they will involve no changes.

RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.60

Via Bus: Take the 'Aerobus' to Plaça de Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 - 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. The hotel is 10 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya.

Car parks near Ilunion Almirante Hotel

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
SABA Catedral Avenida de la Catedral, 8 110 m
SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10 110 m
NN Palau de la Música Ramón Mas, 1 300 m
Laietana Princesa Vía Laietana, 20 350 m

In a nutshell

Ilunion Almirante Hotel offers affordable accommodation and an impressive list of amenities without the airs and graces of other 4 Star hotels. It is located within walking distance of many of Barcelona's major tourist attractions, whilst still allowing guests to take a step away from the city's touristic whirlwind.

Ilunion Almirante
Via Laietana, 42
08003 Barcelona, España.


metroMetro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)

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