Hotels in Barcelona, capital of Cataluña, Spain
Best of Barcelona, Catalonian Capital of Spain by Beatriz
Located on the northeastern coast
of Spain is the intoxicating city of Barcelona. Set against the Mediterranean
Sea, this multifaceted jewel rewards visitors and locals alike with mesmerizing
architecture, impressive museums, outstanding cuisine and more... read
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FEATURED HOTELS - L'EIXAMPLE AREA INFORMATION
L'Eixample Area Hotels
|The Eixample (Catalan for
"extension", Spanish: Ensanche) is a district of Barcelona between the
old city (Ciutat Vella) and what were once surrounding small towns (Sants,
Gràcia, Sant Andreu etc.), constructed in the 19th and early 20th
L'Eixample Area Hotels
The Eixample is characterized by
long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and
square blocks with chamfered corners (named illes in Catalan, manzanas
in Spanish). This was a visionary, pioneering design by Ildefons Cerdà,
who considered traffic and transport along with sunlight and ventilation
in coming up with his characteristic octagonal blocks, where the streets
broaden at every intersection making for greater visibility, better ventilation
and (today) some short-stay parking space. The grid pattern remains as
a hallmark of Barcelona, but many of his other provisions were unfortunately
ignored: the four sides of the blocks and the inner space were built instead
of the planned two or three sides around a garden; the streets were narrower;
only one of the two diagonal avenues was carried out; the inhabitants were
of a higher class than the mixed composition dreamed of by Cerdà.
The important needs of the inhabitants were incorporated into his plan,
which called for markets, schools, hospitals every so many blocks. Today,
most of the markets remain open in the spots they have been from the beginning.
Some parts of the Eixample were influenced
by Modernista architects, chief among whom was Antoni Gaudí. His
work in the Eixample includes the Casa Milà (nicknamed La
Pedrera) and the Casa Batlló, both of which are on the wide Passeig
de Gràcia, as well as the Sagrada Família. Other architects
who made highly significant, and certainly more numerous, contributions
to giving the Eixample its characteristic appearance include Josep Puig
i Cadafalch, Josep Domènech i Estapà, Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas
and perhaps above all Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia, responsible for a total
of over 500 buildings in the city (not all of them in the Eixample).
The Casa Terrades, better known as
Casa de les Punxes, is a spectacular building replete with Mediaeval allusions
that stands at the junction of Av. Diagonal with Carrer Rosselló.
It was built in 1903-5 by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch,
who used Nordic Gothic and Spanish Plateresque resources side by side,
along with traditional Catalan motifs.
The Casa Batlló is
part of a block called the Illa de la Discòrdia, along with two
other notable Modernista works, Lluís Domènech i Montaner's
Casa Lleó Morera and Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller. The
block is so named due to the visual clash between the buildings; its Spanish
name, Manzana de la Discordia, is also a pun on Eris's Apple of Discord
- manzana means both "apple" and "city block".
|Casa Battló - L'Eixample
|The magical world of Casa Battló
- designed by Antoni Gaudí for the Battló family. More
than a building, it is a legend of art and the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí.
The Modernist facade represents the waves of a calm sea - the roof tiles
look like fanciful scales. The attics and chimneys never fail to
delight and fascinate. As Gaudí was known to say ".. the
only straight line is the horizon..."
|Originally the architect was asked
by the textile magnate Josep Batlló to demolish a nondescript building
designed in the 1870s by Emilio Sala Cortés and create a new house.
But Gaudí convinced Batlló that he could keep the existing
structural framework and remodel it into a masterpiece that would both
shock and delight fin de siècle Barcelona. Casa Batlló is
situated on the Paseo de Gracia in L'Eixample, one of Barcelona's most
exclusive neighborhoods. Also on this so-called "block of discord" are
the houses of other prominent industrialist families such as the Amattlers
and the Lleós. At the turn of the century these families were engaged
in a battle to "keep up with the Joneses."
|If one house featured tile, the
next house would incorporate more elaborate tile. If one family hired a
particular architect, the next family to build would hire a more prominent
|Gaudí was the last architect
in this competitive sequence to build in the notorious block of discord.
By the time he arrived, the stakes were high, and he needed to produce
something spectacular. His success is evident; the Batlló house
represents a creative tour de force. It is one of Gaudí's last private
commissions before he grew more reclusive and dedicated his energies to
the Sagrada Familia.
L'Eixample Area Hotels
|Casa Milà - La Pedrera
- L'Eixample Area:
|"Casa Milà - La Pedrera"
(1906-1912). In the late 19th and early 20th century the
district of Eixample (Passeig de Gràcia and the surrounding areas)
became the hub of Barcelona's expansion. Antoni Gaudí was
commissioned by the industrialist, Pere Milà, to construct a building
on the boundary of Barcelona and Gràcia, as both a family residence
and also to be leased as separate dwellings.
|Owing to the way its facade appears
to be carved out of rock, the Casa Milà was nicknamed "La Pedrera",
which means stone quarry. In 1984, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage
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Center Hotel, Barcelona
The Barcelona Center Hotel
is located in the Eixample district of central Barcelona, Spain, 300 metres
from the designer boutiques of historic Passeig de Gracia avenue. Barcelona's
Museum of Modern Art, the lively promenades of Las Ramblas and Gaudi's
La Sagrada Familia cathedral are within one-and-a-half kilometres.
The Barcelona Center Hotel's lobby has large windows, striped sofas and
orange-and-brown furnishings. There is a sun terrace, and guests can receive
sightseeing advice from staff at the 24-hour front desk. International
and local cuisine is served in the modern Balmes 103 Restaurant. Guests
can relax on the sofas in the Lobby Bar. In summer, cocktails are served
at the alfresco Terrace Bar. The hotel offers meeting rooms, business
services and computer rental. There are complimentary high-speed
Internet connections in public areas. The hotel has a well-equipped
fitness centre and a sauna.
& Breakfast Barcelona
The Bed and Breakfast Barcelona
is located in Barcelona, Spain, 1.5 kilometres from Gaudi's La Pedrera
and Las Ramblas. The nearest railway station is 500 metres from the hotel.
This four-storey hotel is set in a period building from 1894. The 24-hour
front desk has multilingual staff who can offer tour assistance and concierge
services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the air-
conditioned public areas and a complimentary continental breakfast is served
every morning. The 15 guestrooms are decorated in earth tones and
have contemporary furnishings and balconies. All are equipped with televisions
and complimentary wireless Internet access. Other standard amenities include
tea and coffee facilities and air-conditioning. Bathrooms have designer
toiletries and hair dryers.
Gaudi Hotel, Barcelona
The Eurostars Gaudi is located
in the center of the Eixample District in Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is
500 meters from Sagrada Familia, the unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni
Gaudi. The Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum and shopping at Las Ramblas are
within three miles of the hotel. Olympic Village and Barceloneta Beach
are six kilometers away. Patterned marble floors, red chairs and
modern lighting accent the hotel's lobby. Buffet-style breakfasts are available
daily, while drinks are served in the bar. The hotel's sun terrace offers
views of Barcelona. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Although
the hotel faces a busy street, guestrooms are soundproofed to minimize
distractions from inside and outside. Guestrooms at the Eurostars
Gaudi are decorated with wood floors and contemporary artwork.
The contemporary Hotel Alexandra
is located in central Barcelona, Spain, surrounded by the upmarket boutiques
of the Eixample district and two blocks from Gaudi's La Pedrera (Casa Mila).
The lively promenades of Las Ramblas, the Picasso Museum and La Barceloneta
beach are within two-and-a-half kilometres. The Da Luca Ristorante is an
Italian restaurant from the region of Liguria, featuring Genovese dishes.
Drinks and snacks are served all day at the quiet Lounge Bar on the mezzanine
level. The hotel offers a boardroom for up to 8 people and a banqueting
hall for receptions of up to 100 people. AXB Restaurant also features private
function rooms. A high-speed Internet connection is available in the lobby
(surcharge). The Hotel Alexandra's 109 air-conditioned, sound-proofed
guestrooms are decorated in soft, neutral shades with cherrywood furnishings.
The modern Hotel Claris
is located in the Eixample district of central Barcelona, Spain, 50 metres
from the Egyptian Museum and 300 metres from the modernist architecture
of Gaudi's La Pedrera. Passeig de Gracia's designer boutiques and the Old
Town are within one kilometre. Passeig de Gracia metro station is 200 metres
from the hotel. Hotel Claris occupies a 19th-century building that has
a contemporary interior, and is filled with both modern art and antiques.
Andy Warhol prints adorn the walls of modern East 47 Bar and Restaurant.
Creative fusion dishes include game and fresh caviar. In summer, La Terraza
del Claris offers international and local dishes, and has a resident DJ.
Drinks are served in the Hotel Claris bar. The hotel has an outdoor
pool, sauna and fitness centre.
HCC Regente, Barcelona
Housed in a modernist building
built in 1913, the HCC Regente is a modern hotel sitting 150 metres from
the sculptures, paintings and library of the Antoni Tàpies. Located
in the upscale Eixample district, this historic hotel is three blocks from
Gaudí's La Pedrera and about two km (one mile) from the Barcelona
Museum of Contemporary Art. The roof terrace is open during the summer
months and features a bar, swimming pool, and solarium. The raised deck
offers fantastic views of Barcelona, including the spires of La Sagrada
Família, Montjuic, and the distant Tibidabo. The bar at end of the
lobby has a modernist stained glass window and still has the original 1913
cash register behind the counter, though nowadays it sits next to a computer.
A TV sits in the corner and a large cubist style mural depicts the city.
Drinks and light snacks are served all day.
The hotel is 100 metres
from La Pedrera, the Casa Mila designed by renowned architect Gaudi, and
Passeig de Gracia's wide boulevards and boutiques. The lively promenades
of Las Ramblas, the Gothic quarter and La Sagrada Familia Cathedral are
all within one kilometre. The Diagonal metro station is 100 metres from
the hotel. Moo Restaurant is decorated in black-and-white tones with contemporary
art and serves local Catalan specialties and fine wines. Moovida Restaurant
offers seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can take in panoramic city
views and drinks at the poolside bar with roof terrace. The Omm hotel's
nightclub stages live performances and music. The rooftop pool has wooden
decking, and a terrace with views of Gaudi's Casa Mila. The health centre
includes massage areas, water treatments and hair salon. Decorated in light,
neutral colours with modern furnishings, the Omm hotel's 91 air-conditioned
guestrooms have balconies and parquet floors.
The hotel is located in
the elegant Paseo de Gracia, where you can find some of the most famous
representatives of Catalan Modernist architecture, such as the Casa Batllo
and Pedrera, both by Antonio Gaudi. This area has been chosen by some of
the leading international labels , which makes the Paseo de Gracia a must
for shooping. The bedrooms are small but and tastefully decorated
with modern and classic furnishings. The en-suite bathrooms are completely
marbled. The hotel has been totally renovated to a very high standard.
Majestic hotel has 2 restaurants in total, The Majestic buffet meal served
on the ground floor for breakfast, lunch and supper. And the Restaurant
Drolma considered one of the city's best haute cuisine restaurants in Barcelona.
Majestic hotel also offers a business center, exterior pool and fitness
center including gym, massages, sauna and steam bath.
RAMBLAS / LA RAMBLA / LES RAMBLES, BARCELONA FEATURED HOTELS
|Las Ramblas, or La Rambla
is a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals
alike. A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian mall in the Barri Gòtic,
it connects Plaça Catalunya in the center with the Christopher Columbus
monument at Port Vell.
|La Rambla can be considered a series
of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural forms Las
Ramblas (Spanish) and les Rambles (Catalan). From the Plaça de Catalunya
toward the harbor, the street is successively the Rambla de Canaletes,
the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins,
and the Rambla de Santa Monica. Construction of the Maremàgnum in
the early 1990s resulted in a continuation of La Rambla on a wooden walkway
into the harbor, the Rambla de Mar.
|La Rambla can be crowded, especially
during prime time tourist season. Most of the time, there are many more
tourists than locals occupying las Ramblas -- this has changed the shopping
selection, as well as the character of the street in general. For this
reason also, it has become a prime target for pickpocketing.
|Spanish poet Federico García
Lorca once said that La Rambla was "the only street in the world which
I wish would never end".
|The name rambla means, in Catalan,
but also in Spanish, an intermittent water flow, and is derived from the
Arabic 'ramla' which means 'sandy riverbed'.
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Ramblas Boquería, Barcelona
The Eurostars Ramblas Boquería
is an exclusive boutique hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, one of
the most exciting cities in the world. This select hotel is set in a 19th
century building which has kept its façade but has been completely
renovated inside. All its guestrooms enjoy privileged views of two
of the most characteristic landmarks in the city: the legendary Ramblas
avenue and the historical market known as the Boquería. Contrasting
very kindly with the majestic façade, the interior decoration is
modern in style, with minimalist lines and relaxing colours.One of the
greatest advantages of the Eurostars Ramblas Boquería is its privileged
location. The hotel is set in the heart of the historical city hub, the
shopping and tourist centre of Barcelona.
Situated on the lively Las
Ramblas Street in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain, Hotel 1898 is
a refurbished 19th-century property housed in the former head offices of
the Philippines Tobacco Company. Guests are within walking distance of
Rambla de les Flors, the famous flower-lined street, as well as the Cathedral
and Moja Palace. The Picasso Museum, Olympic Stadium and Barceloneta Beach
are all within two kilometers of the property. Guests can enjoy the rooftop
pool's panoramic city views or visit the spa for relaxing steam and spa
baths, saunas or massages. Fitness fans can work out in the on-site gym.
During colder weather, guests can lounge in the solarium, swim laps in
the indoor pool or visit the reading room and enjoy a book from one of
the hotel's two libraries. The colonial-style 1898 Restaurant serves a
modern fusion of Catalan and Spanish dishes, while the 1898 Bar offers
drinks and light snacks, including tapas and sandwiches.
Arc la Rambla, Barcelona
The Hotel Arc La Rambla
is located in the heart of Barcelona, on the Ramblas, a picturesque promenade
linking the centre of Barcelona with the sea. From here, you are
within walking distance of such unmissable places as the Liceu Opera House,
the Cathedral, the City Hall and the Statue of Columbus. No-one ever
leaves Barcelona without seeing the Ramblas. With all kinds of people
strolling up and down, both night and day, La Rambla is a magical place
where you can go shopping while taking in the history of Barcelona.
In Hotel Arc La Rambla you are sure to find the kind of room that suits
you. We offer a choice of 98, 36 of which have balconies with views over
La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona.
Duquesa de Cardona, Barcelona
The Duquesa de Cardona is
a sixteenth century hotel located in the centre of Barcelona in the Gothic
Quarter, only 100 meters from the cafes of Las Ramblas. Numerous cafes,
bars and attractions, such as the Picasso Museum, the Sagrada Familia,
Marina and Catalunya Square can be found within three kilometres. In the
restaurant La Duquesa guests can sample Catalan and international dishes
and wines in an intimate dining room with original 1850s features. The
room has columns and arched high ceilings, long windows and tiled floors
with contemporary décor and furnishings in warm colours. During
the day, guests can swim in the small outdoor pool on the roof terrace,
or simply sunbathe with a drink from the roof terrace bar. Relaxing massage
treatments are also on offer and guests can take advantage of 24-hour room
Flor Parks, Barcelona
Hotel Flor Parks is located
in Barcelona, Spain, on Las Ramblas, 50 metres from Liceu Metro station.
The Gothic Quarter and the Grand Royal Palace are both 300 metres away.
The five-storey Hotel Flor Parks has a solarium and sun terrace and a bar
serving drinks and snacks. Wireless Internet access and complimentary newspapers
are available, and multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can secure
valuables in the safe-deposit box. Parking is available nearby. Lirica
Restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes in a modern setting. Breakfast is
available daily for a surcharge. Hotel Flor Parks offers meeting
facilities on site. The 26 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Flor
Parks have light modern decor, with wooden furnishings and tiled marble
floors. Amenities include satellite television, direct-dial phones, wireless
Internet access, minibars, and safes.
The Husa Oriente is a 19th
century hotel in Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is 200 meters from the Liceo
Theater and the Gothic Quarter. The Picasso Museum is 500 meters from the
hotel. Barcelona's El Prat Airport is 18.0 kilometers from the hotel.
A former convent, the Husa Oriente offers complimentary newspapers. La
Poma restaurant offers pizza and pasta and Atic restaurant serves Mediterranean
dishes for lunches and dinners. The Oriente Bar serves snacks and drinks
inside or on La Rambla boulevard outside. High-speed Internet access is
available for a fee. The 142 guestrooms in the Husa Oriente's five
floors include in-room safes and private bathrooms. All accommodations
offer Internet access.
Le Meridien is a luxury
hotel, located nine miles from El Prat Airport, in the center of the city.
The only five-star hotel located on the Ramblas, Le Meridien is a haven
of peace in the heart of Barcelona. Built in the classic Modernismo
style in 1956, it was originally called the Hotel Manila. The guest
rooms and public areas were all renovated in 2000-2001 to add a Mediterranean
feel to the whole property. In today's Barcelona, all places of interest
are minutes away from the hotel's doorstep. Fine Catalan and Mediterrean
cuisine can be enjoyed in the Le Patio restaurant, followed by a cocktail
in the Piano Bar. Le Meridien is a few minutes to fine dining, shopping
and entertainment venues. The guest rooms are spacious, comfortable
and have double glazed windows to keep the rooms quiet and peaceful. The
suites offer some of the best views of the historic quarter of Barcelona.
Palace Opera Garden, Barcelona
Petit Palace Opera Garden
is a restored property with a contemporary interior and courtyard garden
situated in Barcelona city centre, 100 metres from Las Ramblas and 500
metres from the cathedral. Guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet
(surcharge), surf the Internet, and relax over drinks in the bar. Multilingual
staff at the 24-hour front desk can store valuables in the safe-deposit
box for peace of mind. The hotel also offers a business centre, room service,
and nearby parking. The 61 air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated
in a contemporary style with modern art and include cable television, direct-dial
phones, minibars, and complimentary wireless Internet with use of a laptop.
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