The hotel's lobby area is large. It has a grand feel, with marble floors and classical furniture. However, interesting touches have been added to give it a modern twist - there are lip shaped couches in the lobby area and Asian bronze statues in the patio area of the hotel.
The atmosphere in the hotel is slightly formal - the staff talk in hushed tones and the setting is regal despite the modern twists. Those travelling to Barcelona for an all - out beach holiday may choose to stay in a location closer to the Barceloneta area. Despite this, the hotel's location, across the street from the harbour area does provide it with a calming element that is less common in hotels further into town.
There is no pool or fitness centre in the hotel. There is no restaurant or bar, however there is an area where buffet breakfast is served. Breakfast is not included in the room price.
Dogs are admitted in the hotel.
There is an attractive lobby area in the hotel, with interesting lip-shaped couches that seem to be inspired by the Salvador Dalí classic.
The hotel does not contain any specific business facilities. There are no meeting rooms. There are no computers with internet available. Wi-Fi is available, but at an extra charge.
There is one room available in the hotel that is suitable for wheelchair users. It has widened doors and a special shower. There are lifts to all floors.
The hotel contains 44 rooms over 5 floors. Each room offers air conditioning, a television, internet connection and a safe. All rooms are double and are the same price whether they are for double or single use.
Some of the hotel rooms do offer balconies facing the square below. It is worth requesting these when booking the hotel. However, if you would prefer a quiet room it may be more beneficial to request a room on the interior of the hotel.
|Plaza del Duc del Medinaceli|
The hotel is in an interesting location, close to many of Barcelona's prime spots, even though the area itself is rather quiet. The hotel is a 5 - 10 minute walk from the Ramblas. This offers the opportunity to stroll to the bottom of the Ramblas, along Calle Ample, which is home to a handful of appealing bars and restaurants. A walk up the Ramblas allows you to take in the street performers, occasional markets and souvenir shops.
For a less touristy experience, you can head the other direction down Calle Ample, towards the area of El Born. Here, there are offerings such as the cosy and small Café Babel, offering local tapas as well as a burgers. You will also find Andu bar, offering wines in a cosy setting.
Straight in front of the hotel, across the main road, Ronda de Litoral, is the Port Vell. This is a nice area to walk around to take a look at the yachts. It is also where Barcelona's popular aquarium can be found. The aquarium is slightly pricey, but worth a visit for its wide selection of weird and wonderful sea life. It even offers the chance to travel through a glass tunnel and watch sharks swim above your head.
The Ramblas will be your destination for any general amenities that you may need. It is where supermarkets, banks, internet cafes and pharmacies can be found. It is also the place of the hotels nearest tube stop at Drassanes. This may be useful for if you would like to travel further into town for more sightseeing opportunities.
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 the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. You will be travel 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.
Business class private transfer (advanced reservation required)
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 tranfer 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 occassion.
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 25 minutes. The hotel is approximately 10 - 15 minutes walk from the train station. You can take a taxi from the train station if you have lots of luggage. This will take about 10 minutes and cost about €8.00 - €10.00.
RENFE Train Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €4.20
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 20 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, or 10 minutes in a taxi that will cost about €8.00 - €10.00. Alternatively, you can catch the Metro from Catalunya to Drassanes, from where Hotel Medinaceli is a 10 minute walk. Catalunya and Drassanes are both on the Green line so this will involve no changes.
Car parks near Medinaceli Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|BSM Moll de la Fusta||Paseig de Colom, 1||450 m|
|Edén||Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 12||550 m|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||700 m|
|BSM Moll d'Espanya||Plaça de l'Ictineo, 1||800 m|
Hotel Medinaceli is a hotel that is close to many areas, but not at the centre of any. This may appeal to those looking to stay in a more tranquil location but may be less popular amongst people who want to be immersed in Barcelona life. It is a traditional hotel with a traditional atmosphere.
Carrer Duc de Medinaceli, 8
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)