From the exterior Villa Emilia Hotel could be mistaken for a modern restaurant. Its black canopies and casual name suggest something other than a four star hotel. What lies beneath is a welcoming space with dim lighting, soothing music and friendly staff. On entering the building, the bar and restaurant area are to the left of the entrance. To the right is the small front desk. The bar area provides maroon couches, a chunky wooden bar and a large black piano. The hotel's design allows old and new to sit side by side without jarring. An old and ornate wooden wardrobe is placed in front of elaborate flock wallpaper, creating an interesting feature in an area that is filled with modern tables and chairs.
Despite the hotel's luxury status, it does not offer a pool or a fitness centre. However, it does have a terrace on its 8th floor roof. This small area does not have a bar, however, the bar in the lobby area can service the terrace. It provides tables, chairs and sun loungers.
The restaurant is in the lobby area, behind the bar. It is an intimate space with a fireplace and a whole wall of wine bottles. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves Mediterranean style food. The breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant area.
The bar area in the lobby of the hotel also serves a small range of snack food including salads and sandwiches. It is called Zinc Bar.
There is also a small lounge area on the first floor of the restaurant.
Pets are allowed in the hotel. In fact, they are actively welcomed. The hotel provides dog beds for the rooms, free of charge.
There are two meeting rooms in the hotel. One is in the basement of the building and has a capacity of 50. The other is next to the lobby area and has a capacity of 22 people.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. It is free of charge for all customers. There are also two free computers with internet access in the first floor lunge area.
There are three rooms that have been adapted for wheelchair use. They have widened doors and special showers. They are all located on the first floor of the building. There are lifts to all floors.
There are a total of 53 rooms in the hotel over 7 floors. All rooms are either doubles of twins, however, there are two rooms where a third bed can be added.
Those wishing for the best city views should request a room at the front of the building from the fifth floor upwards. Rooms at the front of the hotel do not provide balconies, however they have very large windows. Those hoping for a quiet night's sleep should request rooms at the interior of the hotel. There are only three rooms per floor that are interior.
All rooms provide a safe, a mini-bar, a plasma-screen television and a full-length mirror.
Room service is available.
The hotel is well located for those who wish to be at the centre of Barcelona's shopping areas. Passeig de Gràcia is a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel. It is as simple as walking straight down Calle Diputació to the centre of Passeig de Gràcia, where you will find yourself in shopping heaven. This is where it is possible to find all of the major designer shops, including Burberry, Gucci, Prada and Loewe. The major chain shops, such as Zara, Mango and H&M can be found just off Plaça de Catalunya, on Portal de l'Angel.
The hotel also sits on a street just off Gran Via Corts Catalanes where there are many treats in store. At number 546, is one of Barcelona's best-known patisseries - Escriba. This is a beautifully tiled building, full to the brim with small and expensive but oh-so-delicious delights. There is also a small café on the premises, to enjoy a coffee and sample what the bakers have to offer.
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The hotel is conveniently located for those who plan to attend conferences at the Fira de Barcelona. This convention centre is in Plaza Espanya, a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Plaza Espanya is also home to Barcelona's Palace. This is the scene of a spectacular Magic Fountain show at weekends. Please see our Guide to the Magic Fountains.
Most general amenities that you may need can be found on Gran Via Corts Catalanes. These include pharmacies, banks, internet cafés and supermarkets.
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 your arrivals gate. He will have a board or a sign with your name on it so that you can easily identify him. The driver will help you with your bags to the vehicle and then drive you to your hotel.
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 25 minutes and cost around €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 (T10 costs €9.95 for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport) or you can buy a single fare ticket for €4.10 . You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Yellow Line metro and travel one stop to Urquinaona and then change onto the Red Line and travel to Rocafort. Your hotel is then 5 minutes walk from the metro.
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 about a 30 minute walk from here. If you take a taxi it will take about 10 - 15 minutes and cost around €10.00 - €12.00. Alternatively, you can catch the metro from Plaça de Catalunya to Rocafort on the Red Line, from here the hotel is one block away, north up Calle Calabria; the walk should take a couple of minutes.
Villa Emilia is a design hotel that mixes the traditional and the modern, with successful results. It is located well for those looking to enjoy Barcelona city life. Pet owners will be attracted to the hotel's welcoming policy towards animals.
Villa Emilia Hotel - 4 Star
Calle Calabria 115
08015 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Rocafort (Red Line, L1)