Off to Barcelona then in May 2013 for a four day city break along with the GF, and booked into the Gran Hotel Torre Cataluña as part of a package with lastminute.com.
Got there about 11 in the morning and although official check in wasn't until 2pm the wonderful Valentina on reception found us a room and even managed to find us a corner room to boot (after a little bit of plaintive begging!!) . We were on the 10th floor, overlooking the industrial park (which, and forgive my ignorance, isn't a conventional UK industrial park, but rather a park dedicated to industry, with sculptures, ponds and several little lighthouse type buildings !)
Our room was clean, light and well appointed. The bed was huge, and there was lots of storage space as well as a nice table and a couple of easy chairs from which to take in the view. The large bathroom had twin sinks, a separate bath and a large shower room (which you could happily get a five-a-side football team in) and even a little room for the toilet. There were some nice little touches too, like a speaker control so you could hear the TV in the bathroom, and mirror lights that could be dimmed (apparently women like this kind of thing, so the GF informed me!)
The hotel seemed to be run very well, and the desk staff were always ready to help and advise on getting about. The hotel is just opposite Sants station with two underground lines to the city centre, each taking about 10-15 minutes. The open top city tour bus leaves from just behind the station and there are a few local restaurants and a supermarket next door. If you need to book tickets for local attractions (e.g La Sagrada Família) this can be done at the hotels business centre and the very helpful staff will show you how). The hotel is also about 15 minutes walk from the magic fountains (which are worth the walk).
On the top floor is the hotel restaurant which we ate breakfast in every day (we were offered a deal at check-in, which got them at a reduced price if we ate every day). Breakfast is served until 10.30 so plenty of time for a long lie in. The views are spectacular and the breakfasts were plentiful, with a range of food to suit most tastes. However the only slight criticism was that the cooked breakfast food was rather cold (apparently the staff are aware that the trays don't remain hot although nothing was really being done about it). We also ate dinner in the restaurant twice, there is a local "Cataluña menu" which was excellent, lots of variety and very well cooked, and the views are superb, you can see the magic fountains clearly, as well as the Sagrada Família in the distance.
Overall we really liked the hotel, clean, professional and good value. It proved a great base to see Barcelona. Obviously you need to be a little bit conscious of the need for personal security in the city and take the appropriate precautions, but all in all we had a great time and I would recommend the hotel as a great base to explore this wonderful city.
- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Barcelona
- Torre Catalunya
- Hotel Torre Catalunya
- Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya Barcelona, Catalonia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Hotel beside Sants station. Access the centre of Barcelona in less than 10 minutes, or walk from the hotel to Fira de Barcelona. If you want to visit Catalonia or Barcelona, we are looking forward to seeing you in this magnificent 4-star hotel, perfect for visiting the city of Barcelona. ... more less
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