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