I stayed here for four nights on a solo trip through Europe and it was probably one of the best European hotels I've encountered in the past 10 years. I travel frequently (on my own dime - not on an expense account) so in the US I stay at Motel 6 and Days Inn level places; in Europe I pay more to be in a safe area and avoid the hostels. Hotel Gran Via was perfect for many reasons: quiet, inexpensive (I paid less than 90/night USD including taxes which did not include the breakfast charge), very clean, upscale and convenient to public transportation and shopping. The room had a small refrigerator stocked with mineral and still waters (at no charge) which allowed me to shop at local markets and keep food cold in my room so I wasn't paying to eat out every meal. The staff was friendly and courteous and the neighborhood felt safe, even late at night. The hotel is situated next to a convention center so it definately had a business hotel feel. The Aerobus from the airport drops off and picks up less than one block from the hotel and the metro, city buses and the two Barcelona hop on/hop off tour buses stop about 1 block away. I found the hotel breakfast to be ample compared to what is offered at hotels in other European cities, the offerings include hot eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, cheeses, breads, juices and champagne. If you book the breakfasts when you check in you are charged less than if you pay later or day-by-day. I did not have my laptop with me and thought the internet/computer use fee was a little high; however, there are several local internet shops within a few blocks of the hotel that offer access for about half the price.
If you are used to staying at Fairmounts, Grand Hyatts or 5 star hotels Ayre Gran Via may not impress you as much; however I thought it was great and would highly recommend it to anyone. Thanks for a wonderful stay, I highly recommend it and will definately be back!
- 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