Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

5 stars
Via Laietana, 30, Barcelona, 08003
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
63 reviews
XMAS getaway

The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The amenities were wonderful..except for the... See full review

  • IESR
  • Jan 3, 2014
Great location and terrific rooftop bar.

We had an excellent time at this hotel. The room was a little small, but the bed was very... See full review

  • Hawks Fan
  • Jun 19, 2014
A classy throwback to the roaring 1920s with style and perks aplenty

Inside a beautifully renovated 1920s building at the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, the plush Grand Hotel Central delivers avant-garde style in its light-flooded rooms and suites. The infinity-edge rooftop pool offers panoramic city views, as does the sleek Skybar. Famed chef Ramon Freixa (who has two coveted Michelin stars in his name) heads up the excellent Avalon Restaurant & Cafe onsite. The wellness suite and fitness center complete the four-star picture.

Highlights
  • Panoramic views from the infinity-edge rooftop pool
  • Top restaurant with renowned chef Ramon Freixa at the helm
  • Private massage room and state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Cocktails at the rooftop Skybar
Rooms

The air of subdued elegance pervades all 147 rooms and suites at Grand Hotel Central Barcelona. With excellent soundproofing, each of the high-ceilinged units is a sanctuary from the hectic Gothic Quarter. The large windows provide plenty of natural light and excellent views. The decor is chic and avant-garde, sporting a soft grey, brown and cream color theme. Count on a full spectrum of luxury amenities including hydro-massage showers, free non-alcoholic mini bars, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and ergonomic bathroom slippers. High-speed Internet service is available (fees apply), as is 24-hour laundry and room service.

Features

Next door to the cathedral at the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Grand Hotel Central has a premier location for avid sightseers. The head-to-toe redo of 1920s building resulted in a gorgeous blend of classic original details and up-to-the-minute touches. The infinity-edge swimming pool area is a prime spot for a summer dip and a leisurely lounge.  At the ground-floor Avalon Restaurant & Café, feted chef Ramon Freixa concocts creative Mediterranean fusion cuisine. The rooftop showcases two standouts: the infinity-edge pool and the Skybar, a prime spot for cocktails. Wireless Internet is free to use in the public areas of Grand Hotel Central. Massages are available in the Wellness Suite. The high-tech fitness center offers a full range of workout facilities plus free water and towels.

Transportation
  • Barcelona International Airport (7.9 mi/12.8 km)
  • Closest metro stop: Jaume 1 (on the L4 line)
Attractions
  • Picasso Museum (.1 mi/.2 km)
  • Las Ramblas (.3 mi/.5 km)
  • Plaza Catalunya (.4 mi/.6 km)
  • Sagrada Familia (1.2 mi/2 km)

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona Rooms

Superior King Room
The same level of amenities and luxuries of our central room with more space to enjoy and located in the parts of the building that offer the best views. Welcome candies. From 28 sqm. King size bed (2 x 2 mts), 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.
Central Twin Room
Spacious and modern designed rooms with natural light and high ceilings, soft natural colors, warm wooden floors, accurate lighting and fully equipped bathrooms that create an air of calm and elegance. Welcome candies. From 24 sqm. Two beds (2 x 1 mts), 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.
Loft Suite
The luxury of a generous space with the same accommodation proposal that create an atmosphere of lifestyle luxury. Design sofa for reading and rest, large bathroom with separate bathtub and walk-in shower and a 42 Loewe Flat TV. Welcome candies. From 38 sqm King size bed (2 x 2 mts), 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets. We also provide a fully equipped Nespresso coffee machine, daily ice supply, a Welcome gift and late check out (depending on availability)
City Room
With the same restful and fashionable elegant environment of the superior rooms but with a unique bright panorama thanks to its 5 large windows. Welcome candies. From 30 sqm. King size bed (2 x 2 mts), 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets. We also provide a fully equipped Nespresso coffee machine, daily ice supply, a Welcome gift and late check out (depending on availability).
Superior Twin Room
The same level of amenities and luxuries of our central room with more space to enjoy and located in the parts of the building that offer the best views. Welcome candies. From 28 sqm. Two beds (2 x 1 mts), 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Airport shuttle
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Spa
Solarium
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
Free internet
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

41.3851 2.1776
Area served
Gothic Quarter, City Centre
Nearby airports
El Prat International Airport (12 km)
Area description
Gothic Quarter, City Centre

Nearby points of interest

  • Casa de la Ciutat: 0 mi
  • Chapel of Santa Ágata: 0.1 mi
  • Museu Frederic Marès: 0.1 mi
  • Palau Reial Major: 0.1 mi
  • Temple of Augustus: 0.1 mi
  • Barcelona Cathedral: 0.1 mi
  • Museu Diocesà: 0.1 mi
  • Museo de Historia de Barcelona: 0.1 mi
  • Església de Sants Just i Pastor: 0.1 mi
  • Casa de l’Ardiaca: 0.1 mi
  • Picasso Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Placa Sant Felip Neri: 0.2 mi
  • Carrer de Montcada: 0.2 mi
  • Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya: 0.2 mi
  • Museu Barbier-Mueller d'Art Precolombí: 0.2 mi
  • Casa de la Ciutat: 0 mi
  • Chapel of Santa Ágata: 0.1 mi
  • Museu Frederic Marès: 0.1 mi
  • Palau Reial Major: 0.1 mi
  • Temple of Augustus: 0.1 mi
  • Barcelona Cathedral: 0.1 mi
  • Museu Diocesà: 0.1 mi
  • Museo de Historia de Barcelona: 0.1 mi
  • Església de Sants Just i Pastor: 0.1 mi
  • Casa de l’Ardiaca: 0.1 mi
  • Picasso Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Placa Sant Felip Neri: 0.2 mi
  • Carrer de Montcada: 0.2 mi
  • Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya: 0.2 mi
  • Museu Barbier-Mueller d'Art Precolombí: 0.2 mi
  • Museum of Textiles and Fashion: 0.2 mi
  • Museu d'idees i invents de Barcelona: 0.2 mi
  • Plaça Sant Jaume: 0.2 mi
  • Ancient synagogue: 0.2 mi
  • Palau de la Música Catalana: 0.2 mi
  • Casa Martí: 0.2 mi
  • Mercat Santa Caterina: 0.2 mi
  • Santa Maria del Mar: 0.2 mi
  • Chocolate Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Sant Pere: 0.3 mi
  • Hemp Museum Gallery: 0.3 mi
  • Santa Maria del Pi: 0.3 mi
  • Barcelona Wax Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Escola de la Llotja: 0.3 mi
  • La Ribera: 0.3 mi
  • Santa Anna Church: 0.3 mi
  • Portal de l'Àngel: 0.3 mi
  • Ciutat Vella: 0.3 mi
  • Passeig del Born: 0.3 mi
  • Monasterio de San Pedro de las Puellas: 0.3 mi
  • Esglesia de Betlem: 0.3 mi
  • La Rambla: 0.4 mi
  • Castell dels Tres Dragons: 0.4 mi
  • Plaça del Rei: 0.4 mi
  • La Boqueria: 0.4 mi
  • Teatre Poliorama: 0.4 mi
  • Palau de la Virreina: 0.4 mi
  • Plaça Reial: 0.4 mi
  • Basilica de la Mare de Deu de la Merce: 0.4 mi
  • Ronda de Sant Pere: 0.4 mi

Dining

AVALON
AVALON Restaurant is managed by the prestigious chef Ramon Freixa, selected as the best chef in the country a few years ago and internationally recognised for his imagination and talent. Breakfast or dinner become an opportunity to enjoy fresh, Mediterranean dishes with just the right measure of fun and imagination. All of this in a warm and modern space that simply invites you to enjoy a dining experience using your 5 senses any time of day. As Ramn Freixa says "I have been wanting to mix the best of our cuisine with flavours, techniques and products from other lands for a long time. This is how AVALON came about".
CITY BAR
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.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
At Grand Hotel Central, we have thought of every last detail to ensure your event is a complete success. From private dinning to business meeting for up to 70 people, our collection of four comfortable meeting rooms, all fully equipped with the latest technology, together with our spectacular rooftop terrace & infinity pool provide a discreet and exclusive venue for meetings, conferences and corporate entertaining.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (63)

Ratings and reviews for Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
63 out of 63
Amenities:
4.2
Room cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.5
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.8
Value:
4

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
New York
Jul 18, 2011

good boutique hotel

- location was great, just behind the cathedral and adjacent to the up-coming Born district. - roof-top pool provided a extremely nice venue for a relaxed drink and dip in the evening. - reception was helpful in securing reservations in restaurants. - room was on the smaller side and double glazed windows were not very effective at protecting from street noise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
New York
Jul 18, 2011

good boutique hotel

- location was great, just behind the cathedral and adjacent to the up-coming Born district. - roof-top pool provided a extremely nice venue for a relaxed drink and dip in the evening. - reception was helpful in securing reservations in restaurants. - room was on the smaller side and double glazed windows were not very effective at protecting from street noise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Las Vegas, NV
Jul 9, 2011

Interesting hotel w/ contemporary style

From check in to check out, very nice place. Location can't be beat if you like exploring and walking through the Barcelona streets with shops everywhere! The roof pool deck was amazing and expectingly busy on a warm summer day and afternoon.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Las Vegas, NV
Jul 9, 2011

Interesting hotel w/ contemporary style

From check in to check out, very nice place. Location can't be beat if you like exploring and walking through the Barcelona streets with shops everywhere! The roof pool deck was amazing and expectingly busy on a warm summer day and afternoon.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Thomas and Denise DeStefano
Fernandina Beach Florida
May 23, 2011

A really Grand Hotel

The hotel was right in the middle of everything. Great restaurants all around. Hotel staff was great!!!! Everyone went out of their way to help.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Geneva
May 23, 2011

Not bad but...

+ Very quiet Very good location Very good bed sheets - Small rooms No view Overrated roof terrasse

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Stawl along the streets of Bario Gotico - beautiful

Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Geneva
May 23, 2011

Not bad but...

+ Very quiet Very good location Very good bed sheets - Small rooms No view Overrated roof terrasse

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Stawl along the streets of Bario Gotico - beautiful

Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Thomas and Denise DeStefano
Fernandina Beach Florida
May 23, 2011

A really Grand Hotel

The hotel was right in the middle of everything. Great restaurants all around. Hotel staff was great!!!! Everyone went out of their way to help.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MrsP
London
Apr 19, 2011

Dark, but lovely

The hotel was centrally located within easy walking distance of the gothic quater, Born, Las Ramblas (horrible) and the lovely harbour and beach. The staff were really helpful. We had a loft room with extra bed. It had a big walk in shower with extra bath/shower next door. Huge main bed, plenty of storage. The mini bar is stocked with water, orange juice, coke and cava and is refilled each day free of charge! We also got 3 yummy mini muffins each day aswell - a lovely touch. The rooftop pool area is really cool with plenty of sunbeds - the pool itself was freezing but refreshing! The interior of the hotel is really dark - a bit strange but not a problem. Breakfast is pricey but buffet so you can fill up for the day. All in all a really good base for exploring lovely Barcelona.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

The bus from the airport to the hotel was 5 euros each and drops you about a 10 min easy walk from the hotel - taxi is about 33 euros.

Review of Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Unhappy in Barcelona
Business
New York, New York
Mar 25, 2011

Not recommend

This was one of the worst hotel experiences I have ever had, and I would most definitely not recommend staying here, particularly for business. The room was very small, noisy, and more surprising without heat. The hotel staff, promptly responded by bringing us a portable heater fan, which was incredibly noisy. I didn't sleep. The staff was pretentious. Not to mention a 21 euro breakfast didn't even include hot food. In addition, internet access is not free as advertised, and there was no wireless available. The only good thing about this hotel is the pool on the roof, which is what the hotel is noted for. So maybe for swimming it is great, but for anything else, look elsewhere.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

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