Hotel Gran Via was my favorite hotel on our recent two-week excursion across Europe!
The hotel is in a fantastic location right in the middle of the "left" and "right" L'eixample neighborhoods. We arrived by AeroBus, and we only had to walk about a block to reach the hotel. It's inside an apartment building where they've turned one entire floor into hotel rooms. The space is really simple and beautiful. Right up my alley.
The best part of the hotel, though, is the receptionist (and office manager extraordinaire), Elvira. If the owner happens to read this, you need to pay her more money. Seriously, no matter what you're already paying her, it's not enough. She's *that* fantastic.
Elvira met us at the hotel late at night when we arrived, and she was incredibly warm and inviting. She whipped out a map of the city, circled all the "must-dos", and then even recommended a late-night spot for some grub. In my mind, Elvira *is* Barcelona. Throughout our entire stay in the city, she helped us many, many times. She even printed my airline tickets and helped me plan my AeroBus trip back to the airport.
As for the rest of the hotel...
Our room was beautiful! It had the great parts of being old and classical - tall ceilings, gorgeous moldings and floors, and our own private patio! But the room also had modern amenities - like a flat-screen TV, comfy bed, and powerful A/C.
My only gripe about the room was the shower. The bathroom was fairly large, and the shower was the largest we had in Europe. But the water pressure in the shower was merely a drizzle. And there was no shelves to put our toiletries - like soap and shampoo. Oh well, that's a minor gripe for an overall fantastic experience.
As for the cost? It was such a deal at about $120 USD per night! The next time I'm in Barcelona, I'm totally staying at the Hotel Gran Via - but I'm staying for more than three nights!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Barcelona, in the heart of the city, close to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya is located this small 15 room, "Boutique Hotel" occupying the first floor of a modernist building, Among Ciutat Vella and Eixample district, offers an excellent strategic location to visit on foot the city center and main tourist attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Center Gran Via Barcelona, Catalonia