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Hotel Triunfo
Hotel Triunfo

Triunfo Hotel Barcelona is full of surprises. From the exterior, it has the appearance of a grand but slightly crumbling hotel, with an old sign behind dark arches. On closer inspection, you will realise that the hotel only resides within one floor of this large building and it is necessary to ring a buzzer to enter. You will ride a small and rickety lift to the third floor of the building where you will arrive at the reception.

The hotel's interior seems to bear no resemblance to its exterior. It has the look and feel of a space that has more than a 1* rating. Its décor is modern, clean and simple, with decorative touches such as flowers dotted throughout the hotel and splashes of warm colour.

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The hotel's prices are similar to those in local hostals, and there is no sacrifice on location - the hotel is close to the city centre and the beach. It also looks down onto Barcelona's Parc de la Ciutadella - an ornate park, containing a lake with rowing boats, various sculptures and fountains.

The hotel may not appeal to those who are hoping to experience old-school Spanish charm - the interior appears to have been recently renovated in a look that could be said to be at odds with the old building. The lift is also not for the faint-hearted, and the hotel is a couple of floors up. In general, though, in terms of prices and location, the hotel offers a standard that is surprisingly high.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Triunfo is a 1* hotel offering few extra services- there is no pool, fitness centre, restaurant or bar. There is also no room service. However, the reception is open 24 hours and the front desk staff are very helpful in answering questions.

There is no breakfast option. The only food available is from a small vending machine in the lobby area.

As room prices are affordable, short stays (i.e. not overnight) are available, but at the same price as normal room rates.

Pets are not allowed in the hotel.

Business Facilities

There are no business facilities in the hotel- no meeting rooms, internet or Wi-Fi.

Facilities for People with a disability

There are two rooms that are suitable for people with a disability. They have widened doors and a special bath. However, it is worth noting that the hotel is based entirely on the third floor of the building. The hotel lift is small and old - similar to those found in all old apartment buildings. It is unlikely to be large enough for an electronic wheelchair.


There are 16 rooms in the hotel- single, double and triple. 4 of these rooms offer views of the Parc de la Ciutadella - they are called the Superior rooms. These rooms may be slightly affected by noise from the street below. However, the windows are double - glazed, so noise should be minimised. The street is also reasonably quiet, as there is little traffic at night and there are no bars in close vicinity.

The room sizes available are single, double and triple. The hotel could, therefore, be an option for a smaller family.

Each room contains a television, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.

Hotel Location and Facilities

Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella

Hotel Triunfo is located right next to the Parc de la Ciutadella. This is one of Barcelona's most beautiful parks, with lots of green space for lounging and trees to find shade under. During the summer months, it is alive with people taking strolls, people-watching on the numerous benches, or practising everything from juggling to playing the congos. It contains many different flowers and plants that may be of interest to botanists. It also has a small lake, where rowing boats are available for hire. The park is dotted with sculptures and structures, such as a large elephant - it is an interesting place for kids to explore. It is of special interest during La Mercè festival in September when lots of free activities for children take place in the park.

Boules Squares
Boules Squares

The hotel's Superior rooms look down onto areas for playing boules that surround the park. This is a romantic sight in the evening as groups of friends, both young and old, meet with bottles of wine and game sets for a relaxing (or competitive) game.

The hotel also backs onto the area of El Born. This is seen to be one of Barcelona's most desirable areas - it is full to the brim with bars, shops and restaurants. Many see it as a welcome break from the more touristy areas, with less chain shops and higher standards of food and drinks for the price paid.

La Paradeta
La Paradeta

A popular restaurant with the locals is the nearby La Paradeta, on Carrer Commercial. Strictly for seafood lovers only. Be prepared to queue, as advanced booking is not possible, but you will be rewarded for your patience. The concept is that customers select the seafood of their choice from an impressive display similar to those found in markets - fresh fish on ice. They explain how they would like it cooked and whether they would like any sauces etc - as the restaurant is local do not expect the serving staff to speak English. You are then given a number and told to find a seat in the canteen-style eating area. When your number is called you collect your order from a small hatch connected to the kitchen. You will be assured of the quality of the place as you look around and take in all of the old Spanish couples feasting from tables crammed with plates of seafood.

In the El Born area are all of the local amenities generally needed- shops, pharmacies, newsagents and banks. If you need a larger supermarket it may be necessary to go to Barceloneta or the Ramblas - both about 15 minutes walk away. Barceloneta is also the home of the beach.

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 Estació de França in about 35 minutes. The hotel is a 5 - 10 minute walk from the station. Alternatively, a taxi from the train station will take less than 5 minutes and cost around €5.00 - €6.00.

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 25 minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya, or 15 minutes in a taxi that will cost about €14.00. Alternatively, you can catch the Metro from Catalunya to Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, from where Triunfo Hotel is a 5 minute walk. At Catalunya it will be necessary to catch the Red line to Urquinaona. At Urquinaona it will be necessary to catch the Yellow line to Ciutadella Vila Olimpica.

Aerobus Ticket Prices
Single ticket: €5.90

Car parks near Triunfo Hotel Barcelona

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
SABA Lluís Companys Passeig Lluís Companys, 19 550 m
Laietana Princesa Vía Laietana, 20 600 m
SABA BAMSA Francesc Cambó Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 10 750 m
BSM Moll de la Fusta Paseig de Colom, 1 850 m

In a nutshell

Hotel Triunfo is a hotel that appears to offer it all - a clean and attractive space, a good location and affordable prices. Those who are looking to be at the centre of the tourist action may wish to aim for a hotel slightly closer to the Ramblas, or slightly more Spanish in style. However, Triunfo will now be my recommendation for visiting family and friends who are travelling on a budget.

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