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Grand Hotel Central
Ranked #20 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Stayed for three nights in June. Rooms are clean and very comfortable, kept to a really high standard every day. Staff are friendly and extremely helpful and polite. Didn't eat breakfast at the hotel but went to a little bakery/cafe just up the road Tasta Pa, two croissants and two pots of tea for six euros. Great location, within walking distance of the Cathedral, La Rambla and the marina and good transport links to the rest of the city. Rooftop pool/bar area is a real bonus, chilled out atmosphere during the day with plenty of room for sunbathing and relaxing and a fun vibe at night with fantastic views across the city. Would definitely return and highly recommend.

Room Tip: Higher the floor the better, can get a little noisy. We were on the fifth floor and no issues.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We stayed here on our honeymoon...and I couldn't of picked a better hotel. The room was perfect with a great big comfortable bed. The towels where luxurious and plentiful. The breakfast was gorgeous and so much choice. The staff where very lovely and friendly. Oliver in the bar was fantastic and advised us on a great restaurant for us and our friends. I can not fault this hotel...it was truly spectacular ....I cant wait to go back for our anniversary.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Not often you find places like this especially in a city..perfect location, amazing roof top pool and funky bar in the evening. Great coffee shop/wine bar on the ground floor, to meet for an pre tapas drink. ( Breakfast is a little pricey in the restaurant so maybe walk a few feet to the Starbucks ( turn right out front door) or left to a more local coffee house (200 ft across the road on the right)

The rooms are a nice oasis, with every small detail thought of , including the complimentary water bottle and sweet treat for turn down. The rooms are large, beds comfortable, the electric blinds just fun to play with, and for those that need it dark they black out the light well.

Internet is free and fast and they conveniently print the code on your room key packet to make it easy. The amenities are top quality, room safes a high off the ground and work without thought required.

The staff are uber friendly, and very efficient, room serviced quickly and well, and before 1pm so no messy still un made room to come back to. Towels changed daily ( not so green but a nice touch).

For great Tapas : Lonja de Tapas,Pla del Palau, 7,08003 Barcelona about 5 mins walk, it does not look like much, but the food is not expensive, and very well made, also Cal Pep Restaurant, Plaça de les Olles, 8, 08003 Barcelona however this is very popular and hard to get into and not open all the time.

For the beach and nightlife.

Head to the W Hotel for pitchers of Sangria and sit by the pool and people watch, there is a great view down the beach. The club in the top of the W Eclipse is always a great spot with amazing views, better than a lot of the clubs along the beach, and for sure spend the extra and call and book a VIP table with a bottle from around 200 euro, its worth it.

Room Tip: Try for a high floor room to reduce the noise of the city, 5th floor or above will help.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

My Wife and I have visited the Grand Hotel Central over half a dozen times in the last three years,

This trip was our one year wedding anniversary. The Hotel had made a note of this, and we were welcomed with rose petals on the bed, a beautiful bath gift set, and a bottle of fizz.

I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough, as expected from viewing the website you are aware that it is a stylish and luxurious environment, However one thing that is a pleasant surprise is the service and the welcoming staff.

It is an establishment that oozes sophistication, style and great attention to details.

Previously I moaned about the wifi charge, this has since been removed. Only issue I can think of this time, was that there were a few kids by the pool on the first day who were causing a lot of disruption, running around and shouting. I am aware that there is little the Hotel can do to solve this, but perhaps the staff could just intervene a tad, of the people we spoke to , 5 separate parties left the pool area on the second day when it was clear that the kids were back.

We cannot wait to go back, only concern would be the hotel moving from appealing for adult breaks and clientèle to more family offers.

Thanks to all the staff for another fantastic, fun and pleasurable trip to your fabulous hotel

Richard

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This hotel is very chic and perfectly located in central Barcelona. My friend and I stayed in an "inner" room which was spacious enough and had a well appointed bathroom. The staff was courteous and friendly and helped direct us where we needed to go. My one complaint was that on the eve before we left, my friend's cell phone was stolen. Though this has nothing to do with the hotel, we ended up having to come to the hotel to try to call our service provider, which was based in the US, and for whatever reason, the phone in our hotel room wouldn't allow us to dial out of the hotel. After about 30 minutes of trying to make that work, my friend ended up at the front desk but they didn't have a working phone either. We finally managed to make an outgoing call from the bar next door (part of the hotel) but this was at least 1.5 hours after we initially attempted to use our in-room phone. The fact that such a luxury hotel doesn't have a concierge desk phone that actually works seems rather shameful. And it cost us some precious time and sleep. Away from that, the hotel was really wonderful - and the rooftop bar / pool area a must-see.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I am so glad I stayed here! I really liked everything about the hotel. The rooms are very nice with two benefits that are often hard to find in European hotels (at least if one doesn't pay huge bucks): a big and very comfortable bed and a real shower. The rooms are very stylish and relatively large and well-laid out. There are amenities like robes and turn-down service. The service at the front desk was always very friendly and welcoming and eager to help with reservations, directions, and the like. The lobby is very nice and adjoins to a small bar (with not necessarily very efficient service). There's a nice rooftop bar with what looked like a great pool (didn't try it). The location was also great - on a main road but quiet, close to La Rambla and the Cathedral and walking distance from high-end shopping. I'd definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Some transformation, ancient grandeur combined with hip design. The staff are great, very friendly. The breakfast is of very good quality. The roof top pool gives you exquisite views. The locatiuon is superb in the old, cosy part of Barcelona.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Laietana 30, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#13 Green Hotel in Barcelona
#17 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#17 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#18 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £199 - £495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel Central 5*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Hotel Central, a home in the heart of Barcelona where the amenities and luxuries of a five-star hotel are combined with a sense of style and elegance. The hotel has a perfect location between the Gothic district with its spectacular Cathedral or the ancient city walls and "el Born". 147 spacious rooms & suites with the best of modern design. Its very famous infinity pool, the Avalon Restaurant where the awarded Chef Ramon Freixa presents affordable cuisine to share with friends, the stylish the City Bar offering all day dining including salads, sandwiches and a wide cocktail menu surrounded by good music in a relaxing atmosphere, the Gallery our art space perfect for private events, the Wellness Suite with its carefully designed treatments, the Thermal Suite that offers a private steam and sauna experience, the well equipped Fitness Center, and a dedicated team who understands your specific requirements for any meeting or event in one of our multiples spaces... All creates a unique lifestyle and fashionable experience with a sense of elegance. ... more   less 
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Grand Hotel Central Barcelona, Catalonia
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