The building itself is very old. The façade and adjoining restaurant have a seventies look to them and the inside lobby area is small and dark. The apartments, with the exception of the top floor, are dated, with old kitchens and used - looking furniture.
However, those choosing to stay in these apartments are likely to choose them for their location and views of the city, rather than for the apartment itself. Each apartment offers a large balcony, with enough room to sit with friends and take in the sights. Most balconies face the Ramblas, but some go around the side of the building, offering an almost 360 degree view of the city.
If you are looking to stay on the Ramblas, be sure that you will be at the centre of the Barcelona action. And this will be all of the time, whether you like it or not!
Apart - Hotel Mur Mar is somewhere between a basic hotel and self -service apartments. For this reason, the facilities on offer are similar to those of apartment rentals. However, there is a 24 hour front desk.
There is no pool or fitness centre in the hotel.
There is no restaurant in the hotel. However, the hotel also own next door's Cosmos Bar and Restaurant. A continental buffet breakfast is available here, but is not included in the room price.
There is also a 'Menu del Dia' - a set price lunch menu, available. The menu changes daily. The dishes offered are traditionally Spanish.
Regarding pets, dogs are allowed in the rooms, but not cats.
The check-in time for the hotel is a time that is suitable for the customer.
There are no business facilities in the hotel. There is no Wi-Fi, internet access or meeting rooms.
There are few facilities for wheelchair users in this hotel. There are lifts to all floors. However, the lifts are very narrow and fit a maximum of three people - their doors are not wide enough for electronic wheelchairs. There is a ramp up the front steps of the hotel, however, it is quite narrow and very steep.
There are 33 rooms in the hotel over 8 floors. The rooms can be used by between 1 and 6 people. Each apartment space contains a bathroom, a living area (with a couch that can be made into a double bed), a kitchen, and a bedroom. Each living room contains a television. The kitchens include cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
Most rooms have large balconies, overlooking the Ramblas, so it may be worth requesting these. Bare in mind, though, that the rooms do not have double glazed windows, apart from at the top floor of the hotel, so those that are street facing may be very noisy at night.
The rooms on the top floor of the hotel are noticeably cleaner and more recently renovated than those on the other floors. They also provide a huge terrace/balcony. It is worth asking about top floor availability. However, these rooms are more expensive.
|Monument a Colom|
Located at the base of the Ramblas, for many tourists this may be considered the ultimate location, as it a central point for many tourist locations. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the Ramblas is a noisy location 24/7, with much traffic, tourists and people out late partying. It can also be a slightly intimidating area at night, especially if you are on your own. For many visitors to Barcelona, though, the Ramblas is an essential experience, that they would not want to do without.
The Centre d'Art de Santa Monica is also based at the bottom of the Ramblas, across the street from the hotel. This is a popular modern art museum that often has very interesting exhibitions.
|Centre d'Art de Santa Monica|
The Ramblas is renowned for its nightlife. The hotel is close to the Plaza Reial, an area that is popular amongst tourists for clubs and bars. The hotel is located close to Fellini club - one of the few clubs along the Ramblas that is popular amongst locals. It is an atmospheric and rambling club that is spread across three rooms and is known for its forward thinking music policies - offering some of the most interesting new DJs. Keep an eye out for the Fellini's flyerers on the Ramblas as their flyers will often offer reduced of free entrance to the club.
The hotel is located in easy walking distance of Barceloneta beach - about 15 minutes walk away. The walk to the beach is easy as you will simply walk along the port to the Barceloneta area. This is an attractive walk, as you pass the yachts and the harbour front.
As the hotel is based on the Ramblas you will find many useful amenities such as a large supermarket, internet cafés, bureaux de change, pharmacies and banks.
The hotel's closest Metro stop is Drassanes - less than five minutes walk from the hotel. This will give you the opportunity to travel to popular attractions further up town, such as Park Güell (the Gaudí park), the Sagrada Familia, Montjuïc or Tibidabo. However, based on the Ramblas, you will find that you are in walking distance of many of the major attractions.
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 de França in about 35 minutes. The hotel is about 20 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 5 -10 minutes and cost about €5.00 - €8.00. It is also possible to catch the Metro from Barceloneta metro, close to Estació de França , to Drassanes. However, Drassanes is on the green line, and this will involve two metro changes to go a short distance. It will be necessary to take the Yellow line Urquinaona, where you will take the Red line to Catalunya. At Catalunya you will change to the Green line, and you will get off at Drassanes.
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 15 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 - both on the green line, from where Apart-Hotel Mur Mar is a 5-minute walk.
Car parks near Mur Mar Apart - Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|Edén||Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 12||150 m|
|BSM La Boquería||Floristes de la Rambla||650 m|
|SABA BAMSA Illa Raval||Sant Rafael, 15||700 m|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||750 m|
Apart - Hotel Mur Mar is a dated building that will not appeal to those hoping for luxury or modernity. They do, however, provide views of the city from balconies and terraces that are generous in size. The rooms become more of an affordable option the more people that stay in them. The apartments may appeal, therefore, to groups of young people looking for a cheap and central place to stay who are not too concerned about comfort.
Aparthotel Mur Mar
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3)