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Marenostrum Hostal
Marenostrum Hostal

Marenostrum Hostal is a bright and cheery, cheep and cheerful hostal just off the Ramblas. On entering the hostal, it is necessary to walk up a flight of stairs to the reception on the first floor. Just inside the building's front door, there are large scenic, and modern photographs of Barcelona mounted onto canvas, giving a clue as to the effort that has been made by the hostal to offer attention to detail with charming touches.

The stairway has a look of having been newly renovated, with sandy coloured tile flooring and freshly painted pastel-coloured walls. There is a hint of Art Deco Miami to the place, with upturned wall lights and the use of light blues, yellows and purples throughout. The lobby reception area is small. The radio plays in the background, and the area smells fresh and clean. Light shines through the large windows. The hostal's standards are high - especially for one so close to the Ramblas, where other hostals are prone to using location as an excuse for lower standards.

The hostal's location is impressive for those who wish to be at the heart of Barcelona's touristic centre. However, it is worth noting that this is a very noisy, fast-paced and 24-hour area. Those hoping for a more relaxing break should look further from the Ramblas area.

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Hotel Facilities

The accommodation is a hostal rather than a hotel - therefore, its amenities reflect this. There is no pool or gym in the hostal. Breakfast is available. It is a buffet. There is no restaurant or bar. However, in the lobby area, there are hot drinks vending machine, selling coffee, tea and hot chocolate for 80 cents.

Room service is not available. Pets are allowed in the hostal as long as they are small. However, they must not be left on their own in the hostal room.

Business Facilities

There are no meeting or conference rooms in the hotel. However, there is free Wi-Fi for all customers in the lobby area. There is also a computer available providing free internet access.

Facilities for People with a disability

The hostal is located on the first floor of a building. There is no lift from the ground floor. Therefore, the hostal is not suitable for wheelchair users.


There are a total of 32 rooms in the hotel, over 4 floors. The rooms are singles, doubles, triples or four persons.

All of the four-beds face the Ramblas and have balconies. Some of the rooms are also facing Calle Sant Pau and should be slightly quieter. Those in hope of quiet rooms should request ones at the interior of the building.

Most of the rooms have their own private bathrooms. However, some of the smaller rooms only offer a communal bathroom. This should be checked when booking the hostal.

Each room offers air conditioning, a television with satellite and music channels a telephone.

Hotel Location and Facilities

Hostal Marenostrum is located directly on the Ramblas - Barcelona's most famous street. This street is a hive of activity, with street entertainers, tourist shops and restaurants for during the day. In the evening, the street and its surrounding areas are packed with bars and restaurants that are popular amongst tourists. To avoid paying tourists prices, it may be worth heading into Raval - directly behind the hostal. Those in search of budget food options should try Pollo Rico on the same street as the hostal - Calle Sant Pau. This small take-away/ restaurant is popular amongst locals for its spit roast chickens and other meats. They are served with salad and rice.

Teatre del Liceu
Teatre del Liceu

However, the Ramblas itself does offer a budget option. The Boqueria market, a mere two minutes walk from the hostal, is one of Europe's most famous food markets. It is a bustling functioning market that is visited by locals just as much as tourists. It is crammed with stalls selling meats, fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. There are some interesting options for picnic ingredients. Also, there is a little known stall directly behind the fish section at the centre of the market, selling freshly made pizzas by the slice. This could be an option for a cheap lunch and is recommended by Ferran Adriá himself - owner of El Bulli, one of the world's most famous restaurants.

The hostal is also located directly adjacent to the Teatre del Liceu. This is one of Barcelona's oldest opera venues, and it has an international reputation. If you cannot afford a ticket to one of the shows, it is still worth paying for a guided tour of the building to check out the structure and find out about its fascinating history.

The Ramblas also has many of the functional amenities that you may require during your trip - banks, pharmacies, internet cafés and supermarkets.

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 Passeig de Gràcia in 25 minutes. You can either use the T-Casual transport ticket from the airport. The T-Casual ticket gives you 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport system or you can buy a single fare train ticket. You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel four stops to Paral.lel. Your hotel is then less than 2 minutes walk from the metro. Alternatively you can take a taxi, this will take about 10 - 15 minutes.

T-Casual Ticket: €11.35

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. From here, the hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride. Alternatively, you can catch the metro from Catalunya to Paral.lel, just three stops on the Green Line, from where the hotel is less than 2 minutes walk.

Car parks near Marenostrum Hostal Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
SABA BAMSA Paral.lel Carrer de l'Abat Safont, 2 200 m
PROMOPARC Vilà i Vilà Vila i Vila, 50 400 m
NN Borrell Comte Borrell, 26-28 450 m
SABA BAMSA Illa Raval Sant Rafael, 15 600 m

In a nutshell

Marenostrun hostal Barcelona is a sunny space with a sunny atmosphere - clean, nicely designed and with friendly staff. It should be a top choice for those wishing to stay close to the Ramblas, where noise and hustle bustle are guaranteed.

Marenostrum Hostal
Ronda de Sant Pau, 2
08001 Barcelona, España.


metroMetro: Paral.lel (Green Line, L3)

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