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Grand Hotel Central
Ranked #23 of 515 Hotels in Barcelona
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Six nights at this hotel and it could not be faulted, our room was spacious, modern, clean and had everything you could need. Breakfast was excellent and very fresh. We had dinner twice and both times the food was excellent. It is unusual to find a city centre hotel with an outside pool, not only did this one the views were superb. All staff were very friendly and could not be more helpful, service throughout was excellent. The location of the hotel is fantastic, everything on your doorstep, much of which is within easy walking. A must stay hotel if you are in Barcelona.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

The Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona is a nice place to stay. The location is fantastic and you'll find yourself able to walk to a lot of Barcelona's main attractions. The lobby and the rooms are both very nice, as is the rooftop pool and bar. The whole place nicely melds a classic building with a modern decor. In addition, the staff was very helpful and the lobby bar and the hotel's restaurant were both nice spaces with good food and good drinks.

The two minor issues we experienced were the tiny workout room with very little equipment and the room design. The vast majority of hotel rooms in Europe are going to be tight, but these were a bit on the tight side, even for Europe. Additionally, the bathroom is quite exposed to the rest of the room, so any privacy while using it is out of the question while anyone else is in the room.

That said, I'd happily stay here again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a hotel in Barcelona.

Room Tip: Of the four rooms our family had, all were very similar.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Matt S
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Perfect for our needs, this hotel met all expectations; we had large comfortable rooms, daily breakfast was more than adequate, rooftop pool/bar/restaurant was lovely and offered breathtaking views of the city; staff here was very courteous and attentive; I got sick while here and they made sure the hotel doctor showed up on time and followed up later to make sure I was getting better. Within walking distance to just about everywhere, longer walk to the seashore restaurants but still a perfect spot to explore Barcelona from. Our room overlooked the old city wall built in ancient times, which was a bit of history to enjoy seeing every single day!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank VICKY P
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

This was my first time in the hotel, but not my first time to Barcelona. Other times I have stayed in hotel that were not as nice or not so central. Being so central, in a safe area and in such a nice place was worth every cent!
This hotel deserves more than five stars!
Fantastic everything! I stayed here with my best friend last year. We got a room upgrade straight away, fantastic recommendation on food places to eat and the hotel was in the best possible location!
The pool was a fantastic way to relax - make sure to see the view at sunset too! Worth it!
The rooms are clean, gorgeous and when you are tired walking around Barcelona, a 5min walk and you are already back in your room!
It may be a little more expensive than other hotels in Barcelona, but it was worth the experience - service, location and the hotel = fantastic!!

Cannot wait to get back!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank NadiaAndSimone
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

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1  Thank John Richard W
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We have recently returned from a short break in the beautiful city of Barcelona. We were obviously taken in by the stunning location, but it is easy to get taken in the occasion and be euphoric, but we have taken time to reflect on our experiences, and now conclude that it doesn’t get much better than this!

In particular we wish to comment upon our stay at The Grand Central Hotel.

It was indeed Grand, characterised by the most impressive modern, sumptuous, well-appointed, first rate, dignified, wonderful surroundings and of great distinction. Great location – in fact can’t find enough expletives to sum this up!

Throughout our stay we were treated beautifully, without exception, by the attentive and charming staff in the hotel.

Our arrival was late at night due to a flight delay. We were greeted on arrival to learn that our room had been upgraded, which was absolutely fantastic as it was a special birthday for my wife I had already a booked a Loft room and now we had a Master Suite. Spacious, luxurious, verging on decadent!

We had intended to eat in the main on the Saturday of our stay booking at the last minute, not appreciating that it was the day of the last game of the season for Barcelona v Athelitico Madrid for the title. So, understandably they were fully booked and this did not happen – but by all accounts it was great.

But the city bar and roof top bars served us well throughout – well worth a visit – nice range of food and drink on offer at affordable prices and great atmosphere.

The reception staff in particular speak excellent English and when we enquired about booking some trips for the tour bus, Sagrada Familia and Flamenco show, within a few minutes we were booked - so easy and brilliant!

I must have let it slip that it was my wife’s birthday, which was obviously noted as upon our return to our room a complimentary chilled bottle of Cava was waiting. How charming and considerate.

Even when our bag was snatched outside the hotel late at night when we were returning from the fantastic Flamenco show at the Paula de la Musica Catalyna (this is a must!) they settled us down and comforted us. Handled it so well.

So, does it gets better than this hotel in Barcelona – I cannot imagine.

Thank you all so much – it made our dreams come true.

C & J B

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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GM-GrandHotelCentral, Director General at Grand Hotel Central, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Thank you some much for sharing your fantastic experience with others. Everything you have mentioned will be passed to the team who made your dream come true here at The Grand Hotel Central. Looking forward to welcome you soon. All the best, Silvia de Blas. GM

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Great hotel and an even better location! Not the cheapest hotel but its true you get what you pay for. If you are looking to treat someone then get it booked now! I went in June and stayed for 2 nights and if I went back to Barcelona I would go back without a doubt. Roof terrace and pool bar are brilliant.

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1  Thank James C
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GM-GrandHotelCentral, Director General at Grand Hotel Central, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Your comments are highly appreciated. We are proud on what we do and is great to see our guests enjoy the hotel and services. Best Regards, Silvia de Blas, GM

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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Central

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 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#18 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#21 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £177 - £380 (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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