$205 Avg/night
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Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

5 stars
Via Laietana, 30, Barcelona, 08003
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
39 reviews
Spain Getaway

My overall experience at this hotel was good. Very Friendly staff; they speak English, Spanish and... See full review

  • lostangels01
  • Sep 3, 2014
XMAS getaway

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

  • IESR
  • Jan 3, 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)

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Grand Hotel Central Barcelona Rooms

Junior Suite
From 38 sqm, Views to ancient wall, Free access to the Thermal Suite, 45 circuit (under request), Welcome gift and late check out (depending on availability, please ask reception), Fully equipped Nespresso coffee machine (with capsuls) and daily ice supply, Complimentary tea and infusions set.King size bed (2 x 2 mts), Large bathroom with independent bathtub and walk-in shower, Loewe TV from 40 with more than 100 international TV channels, Media Hub (to plug all your devices to the high quality image & sound TV set), Free broadband WIFI.
Central Twin
From 24 sqm, Two beds 2 x 1 mts, Complimentary tea and infusions set, Fully equipped minibar, Free broadband WIFI, Free shoe cleaning service, Toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames, Loewe TV from 32 with more than 100 international TV channels, Media Hub (to plug all your devices to the high quality image & sound TV set.
Central Double
From 24 sqm,King Size bed (2 x 2 mts), Complimentary tea and infusions set, Fully equipped minibar, Free broadband WIFI, Free shoe cleaning service, Toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames, Loewe TV from 32 with more than 100 international TV channels, Media Hub (to plug all your devices to the high quality image & sound TV set.
Superior Twin
From 28 sqm, Two beds (2 x 1 mts), Fully equipped Nespresso coffee machine (with capsuls), Complimentary tea and infusions set. Loewe TV from 32 with more than 100 international TV channels, Media Hub (to plug all your devices to the high quality image & sound TV set), Free broadband WIFI, 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.
Superior Double
From 28 sqm, King size bed (2 x 2 mts), Fully equipped Nespresso coffee machine (with capsuls), Complimentary tea and infusions set. Loewe TV from 32 with more than 100 international TV channels, Media Hub (to plug all your devices to the high quality image & sound TV set), Free broadband WIFI, 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.
Deluxe City View
From 30m2, Views to ancient wall, Late check out (depending on availability, please ask reception), King size bed (2 x 2 mts), Fully equipped Nespresso coffee machine (with capsuls), Complimentary tea and infusions set. Loewe TV from 32 with more than 100 international TV channels, Media Hub (to plug all your devices to the high quality image & sound TV set), Free broadband WIFI.
Triple Room
From 28 sqm, Three beds, Fully equipped Nespresso coffee machine (with capsuls), Complimentary tea and infusions set. Loewe TV from 32 with more than 100 international TV channels, Media Hub (to plug all your devices to the high quality image & sound TV set), Free broadband WIFI, 4 pillows and 100% Egyptian cotton sheets.
Family Room
Private space is, without doubt, one of the trends of modern luxury in city hotels. Our Master Suite offers a glamorous proposal of amenities and service with two separate spaces that allow our privileged guests to have their own private lounge with comfortable sofas separated from the bedroom. Its also the perfect room to enjoy the city as a family with its two separate areas where you can accommodate your children

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

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

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.

Dining

THE GALLERY
Our art space perfect for private events.
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.

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 (39)

Ratings and reviews for Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

Overall score

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
39 out of 39
Amenities:
4.2
Room cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.1

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Marchie
Austin, TX
Sep 11, 2012

Great Couples Hotel

The hotel was in a great location, close to everything. It was very clean and more upscale than I thought it would be. Our only issue was the noise from the toilets flushing so they moved us up to the 7th floor and never heard it again. I loved the rooftop terrace - it's very comfortable and relaxing. Overall, I would say this hotel was a great choice and would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Take a sidecar tour from Brightside Side Car tour. It was worth the money and super fun!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York, NY
Mar 17, 2010

Wonderful hotel

I really liked the hotel experience. The room was sleek and had top class amenities. The location was second to none. I highly recommend to all first time visitors to Barcelona.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Buy a week subway pass. It will save you money and time!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Stamford, CT
Mar 12, 2010

Great hotel. Great location

This was one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at in Europe and it was a pleasure to stay there 6 nights in mid-March. The hotel is very modern inside (blacks, greys, mood lighting etc) and was kept spotless. The hotel staff was super helpful and fluent in English. The rooms were good sized and had nice lighting, hardwood floors and very comfortable beds. The room also had blackout shades that really worked so we slept in later than we thought several mornings. The bathrooms had a nice shower/tub and very good water pressure as well as lots of hot water.The hotel re-stocked free water and a few beverages in a mini-fridge daily and a comfy robe and flip flops for relaxing in the room or heading up to the pool (in nice weather). It also had a great gym and a beautiful rooftop Infiniti pool, although it was too cool to swim when we were there. One of the nicest things about the hotel was, as it's name suggests, was its central location. It was just a short walk to restaurants and many sites and, for those farther away, the metro stop was just a few steps outside the hotel. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to other travelers in a heartbeat and, if I get back to Barcelona, it will be nice to return to the Grand Hotel again.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Don't miss going up to the site of the '92 Olympics up on Mont Juic. You can take the Metro or the cable car up there.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Marco Island, Florida
Feb 13, 2010

Great location, small dark room

Great location and helpful staff who speak English well. The hotel is an old building which has been nicely renovated in a very modern and attractive style. However, the room was VERY small and the designer could have used some help on lighting. There were few lights and it was difficult to read anything. The room rate was not at all expensive. However, parking was €28 per day (about $42), breakfast was €21 (about $30) and internet access was €14 per day (about $20). We thought the cost of the extras was unreasonable and ruined a good deal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Fodor got it right when they recommended Taller de Tapas as a great tapas bar. Great dishes and good port.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Orr & Nancy
Business
Miami, FL
Jan 3, 2010

Awesome time in Barcelona, Spain

The Grand Hotel Central Barcelona is an upscale hotel with all up-to-date state-of-the-art amenities in an older building with a lot of charm and character. It is right across the old Barcelona wall from the Roman times and the location couldnt be better. Very close to the major old sections of the city: Gothic and Born. Easy walk to La Rambla. The staff is simply terrific. Multi-lingual and very efficient and knowledgeable. If there is one thing we would have liked is better lighting in the room. The behind-the mirrors' lighting strip was inoperative; but overall a superb place.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

All dining in the old section of Barcelona is simply very good; however, we found some great ones in the Born and Gothic sectors. The very best lunch is at Viena on La rambla. Simply the best Iberico Ham sandwich ever had. And the servers at the counter are fun and efficient

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lonely Wolf
Business
Athens, GA
Dec 31, 2009

Great location

First impression was great. I was able to check in at 10 am just after arriving in the city. Location is convenient for almost everything. Complementary mini bar keeps the day refreshed and charged. Last but not least the restaurant downstairs, 'Avalon' is awesome. They served the best meal I had during the entire trip.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Jaume 1 station is right across the street, making it easy to use public transportation for long distance travels and the hotel is close to Catalunya, the city center. Also, if anyone plans on going to the Picasso Museum or anywhere near Barcelonetta, it is within walking distance.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Yogini Traveler
Business
USA
Dec 5, 2009

A classy stay in the heart of it all...

In between the Gothic Quarter and Born, this swank hotel, with candles every evening in the lobby, is an oasis of comfort. Included breakfast was a diverse variety of food. Rooms all with electronic window blinds.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Directly cross the street and moments away is the medieval Cathedral and the original surrounding walls of "Barcina," as the Romans named it. The opposite side is Born, full of eclectic shops and galleries. For tapas, try Cal Pep's in Born, just down from Plaza de Born. Very famous and, if you can wait a bit, worth it.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Airmont, new york
Nov 17, 2009

hotel

Hotel restaurant wasn't open early enough on the weekend

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
suffolk,va
Oct 13, 2009

Great Hotel

We were there to see Barcelona. We arrived 3 hours early but hotel checked us in no problem. They advised us since we were there only 2 days the best places to go see and even arranged transportation to those places.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

This hotel is a short walk from everything. Beach is close, shopping is close and the old city is directly across the street.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Cruz Domingos
Business
Lisbon, Portugal
May 2, 2009

Great Hotel Souvenir!

We stayed there for a couple of nights and we keep an extraordinary goos impression of this hotel!

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

Business

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