Barcelona has no end of high and low end hotels, with all points in between, and plenty of apartment rental services too. After renting a little flat for 3 nights in the heart of Tourist Land near the endlessly-crowded and noisy Gothic Quarter, I returned for one night and stayed at the Gran Derby, one of four hotels in a small chain that I plan to patronize everywhere I can. Since I required a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom space to share with a pair of teenage boys, most hotels were quite costly, but my intrepid travel agent suggested the Gran Derby.
For the price, which was incredibly, almost unbelievably reasonable, I was expecting a dump, but I figured I could suck that up for one night. Now I wish I'd stayed there the entire time. This small property is located some distance from the throbbing heart of Barcelona, in a quiet and pleasant residential area that's easily accessible by the impeccable subway line (it's located between two separate lines).
Our two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex was a pure delight, with comfy beds, soft sheets, and stylish accoutrements, along with TV's in each room, one of the best showers I've experienced anywhere, and elegantly-packaged "product" in both bathrooms. We all slept fantastically well and were reluctant to depart.
The 10-Euro breakfast buffet was a lovely and delicious bargain the next morning - along with a variety of scrumptious baked goods, several types of local ham and cheeses and cut fruit, there were eggs made to order and plenty of bacon (if desired).
The staff was also unfailingly helpful and polite - moving all our baggage into our room while we were out exploring, giving us terrific tips on restaurants (much less expensive in this "local" neighborhood than anywhere near the tourist sections - we had one of best meals at a nearby café) and the best subways or buses to take.
All this for UNDER $200 a night! Try and match that anywhere, I dare you!
When I return to that fabulous city, the Gran Derby (not to be confused with the nearby DERBY Hotel) will be my home. I will search no more forever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A four-star (luxe) hotel located next to Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal, one of Barcelona's commercial and business districts, and just a 20-minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia and the city centre.Located in a building with an English-style façade is a cosy boutique hotel with 43 guest rooms on an almost completely pedestrian street.Because of the peace and tranquillity of its location, its connection with the rest of the city and the internal distribution of its guest rooms, the Hotel Gran Derby is one of the best options for accommodation in Barcelona, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure.Services43 guest rooms: Standard rooms, Junior Suite Duplex and DeluxeEpsom Scotch BarEpsom Restaurant for groupsThe Times coffee shopBreakfast buffetRoom serviceWi-Fi in all areasGran Derby function room and the terrace-swimming pool area for eventsGym and saunaOutdoor swimming pool and solariumLaundry and ironing serviceParkingSmall dogs allowed ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Derby Hotel
- Gran Derby Barcelona
- Hotel Gran Derby Suites Barcelona, Catalonia