The hotel itself also offers a lot of charm. Its lobby area has a classical old Spanish style. There are flower displays on wooden tables, ornate furniture, antique style lampshades and striped wallpaper. The staff at the front desk are, as far as I could tell, all old Spanish men, who come fully-equipped with a typically Spanish sense of humour.
The hotel's location is convenient for those who wish to be at the heart of the Barcelona action. The hotel is located just in front of Barcelona cathedral. The only thing that stands between the hotel and a direct view of the cathedral is its sister, Hotel Barcelona Catedral, attempting to steal the limelight again!
Regencia Colon Hotel does not have a pool, gym, restaurant or bar. However, it is situated next door to Hotel Barcelona Catedral. Please see our review of Hotel Barcelona Catedral for more details. It is a four star hotel and customers of Regencia Colon Hotel are free to use all of its amenities. These include a pool, gym, restaurant, bar and internet corner.
However, the hotel does have its own area where a buffet breakfast is served.
As the front desk staff explained to me, pets are allowed in the hotel, as long as they aren't elephants!
The hotel has no meeting or conference rooms. There is also no Wi-Fi or internet access. However, these are both available at Hotel Barcelona Catedral, across the road, for no extra charge.
There are no rooms in the hotel that have been adapted for wheelchair use.
There are a total of 50 rooms in the hotel across 5 floors. Rooms on offer are Doubles or Triples (there are two triple rooms per floor). The windows are all double-glazed. However, the hotel is just off the Cathedral square, in a quiet street, so there should not be too much trouble with noise.
All rooms are exterior, however there are no balconies. All rooms provide air-conditioning, television, a safe, a mini-bar and a hair dryer.
There is no option for short stay rooms in the hotel.
Regencia Colon Hotel is located very centrally for those who wish to be in the centre of touristic Barcelona. The hotel is located in front of Barcelona's cathedral. Many popular locations are a short, and normally scenic, walk away.
The hotel is close to the top of the Gothic Quarter. This is the most famous part of Barcelona's old town - an area renowned for its narrow streets and old buildings. The barrio is full of opportunities to sample local cuisine in small and traditional restaurants. Squares such as Plaza del Pi and Plaza de Josep Oriel are also lovely places to sit on a terrace and enjoy a cup of coffee on a sunny day.
The hotel also lies at the base of Portal del Angel. This is one of Barcelona's busiest shopping streets and is the home of many of the major chains, including Zara, Mango, H&M and the popular department store, El Corte Inglés.
At the top of Portal del Angel you will find yourself at Plaça de Catalunya. This is, perhaps, Barcelona's largest square. Located at the top of the Ramblas, it is always very busy.
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.
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 Passeig de Gràcia in 25 minutes. You can either use the T10 transport ticket from the airport. The T10 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 5 minutes walk from the metro.
T10 Ticket: €10.20
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 5 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya.
Car parks near Regencia Colon Hotel Barcelona
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|SABA Catedral||Avenida de la Catedral, 8||130 m|
|SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó||Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10||230 m|
|NN Palau de la Música||Ramón Mas, 1||300 m|
|Laietana Princesa||Vía Laietana, 20||400 m|
|SABA Plaça Urquinaona||Plaça d'Urquinaona||550 m|
Regencia Colon Hotel Barcelona can offer the best of both worlds - it retains a classic old, Spanish charm, whilst offering the modern conveniences of its adjoining, newer sister hotel. What some may feel is charming, others may find dated. However, all would agree that the hotel is well-located for tourists, at the heart of Barcelona's city centre.
Regencia Colon Hotel
Carrer Sagristans, 13-17
08002 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3)