When travelling we like to stay in simple pleasant, clean rooms where the plumbing and air-conditioning work efficiently and quietly, the beds are comfortable, and the location is close to whatever we want to see or do. Hostal Oliva delivered 100% on all fronts and was a treat to stay in because it's run by a lovely, helpful and friendly woman, who keeps it very spruce and secure on the fourth floor of an interesting building in Passeig de Gracia. This fine boulevard leads down to the hub that is Placa Catalunya, and is an easy walk from where the aeroport A2 bus dropped us. Hostal Oliva's good location includes: two Gaudi buildings on the same street. The Antoni Tapies foundation and Godia galleries are just a few minutes walk away. Longer walks can take in Las Ramblas, the Palau Quel, the Barri Gotic old area, the wondrous Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelonetta beach, the marinas. The food at the Maritime Museum restaurant was reasonably priced and among the best we had in Barcelona, and the place was pleasantly cool and uncrowded. On the corner of P. de Gracia and Placa Catalunya, Apple Mac have a welcoming ground floor full of computing devices connected to the Internet, which can be used free for checking emails, etc., with friendly Mac staff on hand to help [I was so glad to have left my ancient, heavy laptop at home.] A taxi rank is almost outside the Oliva building. An open-topped tourist bus stops in Passieg de Gracia and will deliver you to the more distant galleries, museums, cathedrals, Olympic stadium, Quel Parc, etc. You can get on and off the buses which all day long do a circuit of the tourist attractions, but get up early to make the most of the one- or two-day ticket. Barcelona Sants railway station is a short taxi ride [if you have suitcases] or a bit of a walk away from Oliva or short a metro trip if you have time to work out the system [which is easy enough]. P.de Gracia metro station is very close to Hostal Oliva. And the Renfe overland train we then took to Bilbao to go to the Guggenheim gallery was an efficient and relaxing 5+ hour journey from coast to coast through some marvellous Spanish landscapes - a great way to travel between these two Spanish cities. I would willingly stay in Hostal Oliva anytime I go back to Barcelona.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A pretty, vintage wooden elevator with a bench and a looking glass takes you in stately manner to the top floor of the beautiful and courtly eixample building where the Hostal Oliva has been located since it was founded, back in 1931.Renovations have been made carefully to enhance the facilities of our Hostal without losing its vintage atmosphere, that unique character that has made Hostal Oliva highly appreciated by our guests through the years.The Hostal Oliva is run by forthcoming, charming staff who take wonderful care of our guests with a personal feeling which you will find most attractive. Both our friendly ambience along with the overall atmosphere of intimacy and tranquility that you will find here, are willing to help making your visit to Barcelona a delightful and unforgettable experience.Its unsurpassable location on the most splendid of the Eixample avenues, the pricey Passeig de Gràcia, makes Hostal Oliva the best bet for those who are searching for a budget place to stay, but are also concerned about looks, safety, character and a central position. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hostal Oliva Hotel Barcelona
- Hostal Oliva Barcelona, Catalonia