Stayed for 4 nights for some business meetings, and a weekend to explore. 10th time in Barcelona, so already know my way around pretty well. Plaze Espanya is a central hub for getting around - nice to be near the Fira, fountains, Montuic for a nice walk/climb. and great to have the airport bus stop there. A little far for some from Ramblas, but good for me, as it gets a bit too busy there and walking is great, and subway and buses are easy..
The hotel is nice and clean enough. And staff is very friendly.
But I wouldn't stay again as I found it too dark and noisy. I asked for a quiet room, and got a room on the inner courtyard. I do not recommend this. The rooms are so close to each other, you can see and hear what is going on in them. You can put down the dark blind, and with that and just in general because it is enclosed - it is definitely a mole experience. I really have a hard time getting up if it is dark in my room. I was told this would be quieter than a street room, but it was noisy too - with some fan from 'outside' and funny fan noises in the washroom. Bathrooms really dark too - i don't think most washroom are designed thinking about women who put makeup on.
I didn't eat at the hotel - I found the prices more expensive that on the street, and much less imaginative. There are lots of basic choices at the Arenas across the street, including a big grocery store. And just walk a few blocks and there are great places to sit and have some tapas on the street patios.
Except during MWC - there are tons of decent choices in Barcelona. I will pick a different one next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The recently built Ayre Hotel Gran Via enjoys a privileged location in the Plaza de Espana, close to the Montjuic Castle, where one can enjoy the popular tourist spots of Barcelona. The 188 rooms provide a modern and minimalist ambience with a mini-bar, TV, hairdryer, safe deposit box and WI-FI system. Guests will also find a cafeteria, restaurant, garage, and modern meeting rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayre Hotel Barcelona
- Ayre Hotel Gran Via Barcelona, Catalonia