Review Olivia Plaza Hotel Barcelona
The hotel itself has an unassuming exterior. A small sliding door leads to a narrow lobby area where blacks and purples set the tone. The hotel's style is modern, with sharp lines and little that is ornate or fussy. The hotel opened its doors in February 2006, and it still maintains its shiny newness. There is none of the grandeur of the classically Spanish town-centre hotels here. It is more likely to be a popular choice amongst fans of design hotels.
Couples in search of romance in the city may be interested in the hotel's special 'Romantic' package, detailed below.
There is no pool or gym in the hotel. There is a bar and restaurant area called 'Nineteen Bar and Restaurant'. This space includes an outdoor terrace area at the back of the hotel. Buffet breakfast is available at an extra charge and is served in this area. For lunch and dinner, 'Nineteen Bar and Restaurant' is relaxed, serving snacks and drinks.
The hotel offers special packages for couples, at an increased room price. The 'Romantic' package offers the following: a room delivery of flowers, strawberries and cava on request; a 'romantic bath' with petals and tea lights; a breakfast delivered to the room.
The hotel also offers extras that may appeal to families. These include cots and extra beds that can be provided in the rooms.
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There are three meeting rooms in the hotel. These are of a capacity of between 30 - 60 people. There is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel that is free of charge to all customers. There are two computers with internet access in the hotel.
Facilities for People with a disability
There are rooms available that have been adapted for wheelchair use. They provide widened doors and a special shower.
There are a total of 113 rooms in the hotel. These include 96 Double or twin rooms, 8 triple rooms, 5 Superior rooms with terraces and 9 Suites.
The windows are double-glazed. However, the hotel is located directly on Plaça de Catalunya, where there is likely to be a lot of noise at night. Those who are hoping for a peaceful night's sleep should request an interior room.
All rooms are soundproofed and include air-conditioning, a safe, a mini-bar, a television and a telephone.
|Plaça de Catalunya|
Hotel Location and Facilities
Olivia Plaza Hotel is located on Plaça de Catalunya, one of Barcelona's largest squares. The square is home to larger restaurants such as Hard Rock Café, international shops such as FNAC and Habitat and a large department store - El Corte Inglés. At its centre is a large pedestrianized area with an ornate stone floor. This is a popular meeting point and an area for people to feed the birds.
The hotel is positioned well for those wishing to make a shopping trip to Barcelona. It is within 2 minutes walk of Portal de l'Angel. This street contains many major chain stores such as H&M, Mango and Zara. Across Plaça de Catalunya, on Passeig de Gràcia, you will find Barcelona's home of all things designer- Burberry, Prada and Gucci sit happily side by side on this street.
For those who tire of the shops and are in need of some culture, one of Gaudí's most famous buildings can be found on Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera. This building was inspired by the sea, and contains a stunning spiral staircase that has the appearance of the inside of a shell. The roof of the building is definitely worth a visit, both for views of Barcelona and for the roof itself - open to the public and flat, with a wave effect, allowing visitors to walk around it.
When hunting for eating options in the area it is worth straying a little further from the tourist options on the square and the Ramblas. A trip into the old town - El Gotico, or El Raval, at the opposite side of the Ramblas, can reap some satisfying rewards. Meson David, hidden deep in the back streets of El Raval, is popular amongst locals, who queue to enjoy their famous meat dishes and seafood soup.
The Ramblas itself is home to many amenities that you may need during your stay. Banks, pharmacies, a supermarket, internet cafés and bureaux de change can all be found along this street.
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How to travel from the airport to the hotelBooking your airport transport in advance online
With a private transfer service the driver will be waiting for you at the designated meeting point given to you on the booking voucher. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel. Private transfers are independent of the the public transport system. This means if there is a public transport strike these services will continue to operate.
Public transport transfer options
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes.
Taxi Fare: €30.00 - €40.00
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 one stop to Catalunya. Your hotel is then a few minutes walk from the metro.
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. The hotel is directly on Plaça de Catalunya.
Car parks near Olivia Plaza Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|SABA Plaça de Catalunya||Carrer de Rivadeneyra, 1||110 m|
|NN Bonsuccés||Plaça del Bonsuccés, 7||350 m|
|NN Palau de la Música||Carrer de Ramon Mas, 1||500 m|
In a nutshell
Olivia Plaza Hotel Barcelona is a modern and sleek space at the heart of Barcelona's tourist area. It offers interesting options both for families and couples in search of romance. Those hoping for a more authentically Spanish experience should head further from the centre, to a hotel with more history.
Olivia Plaza Hotel
Plaça de Catalunya, 19
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)