Grand Hotel Central
What We Love
- The rooftop infinity pool with 360-degree views of Barcelona
- Avalon, the Catalonian-style restaurant by multi-Michelin-starred wonderchef Róman Freixa
- The central location in sight of the cathedral and a 2,000-year-old slice of Roman wall
What To Know
- Via Laietana is one of the city’s busiest streets, but the rooms are soundproofed, so noise is kept to a minimum
- The rooftop Sky Bar is open March through November
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Set in an eight-story 1920s building in downtown Barcelona, the Grand Hotel Central melds modern boutique style — think chrome lamps, modish sofas and mood lighting in the lobby — with period features, including a ’20s-style glass elevator. The real scene-stealer, though, is the sweeping neoclassical staircase, which runs through the center of this former bank.
Bed and Bath
Expect pine wood floors, jumbo beds that could swallow you whole, and tubs with room enough for two. All come with the usual amenities: flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi, a DVD player, an iPod docking station and a sound system. Oh, and not forgetting the natty hotel stationery. The high ceilings and natural light, in most of the rooms, are especially welcome.
The seventh floor has a Thermal Suite (you can rent out the sauna and steam rooms privately for 45-minute sessions) as well as a reasonably well equipped gym. The 30-foot infinity pool on the eighth floor may not be the place to keep fit, but the 360-degree views are second to none. The downstairs bar is great, but the Sky Bar on the roof is amazing (open March through November), and the Avalon restaurant serves flavorful Catalan cuisine created by multi-Michelin-starred wonderchef Róman Freixa.
In the Area
Head to Dry Martini, in the Eixample District, to sip one of the signature cocktails before heading to the Harlem Jazz Club for some soulful tunes. You can rent a car or bicycle from the front desk in the morning, and the Born district, with its huge selection of shops and restaurants, is just a three-minute walk away. Culture vultures will be pleased to know that the Sagrada Família is also just a short walk.
How to Get There
We only stayed one night as we decided to move around Spain on a short trip.
This venue was outstanding, the service was on point and food was fantastic.
I would highly recommended this venue for anyone looking for a centrally based hotel.
We had a very pleasant stay at Grand Hotel Central. The best service and nice rooms. Very good breakfast and drinks in the bar. The location is very good, near to everything, we walked everywhere. The area have nice small boutiques.
My husband and I flew to Barcelona at a time of extreme chaos in the city. People were shutting the streets down and closing down the airport. Grand Hotel Central’s Susana Marti had arranged for my husband and I to be picked up from the airport that morning. As dozens of people sat at the airport curb waiting for taxis that wouldn’t come, our driver drove us as far as he could - 25 minutes walking from the hotel. All major streets closed down, Susana and another from the hotel walked to where we would have been stranded. The young man took most of our luggage and sped off to the hotel while Susana took the remaining luggage and walked with my husband and myself to the Grand Central Hotel. This was so far above anything I could imagine from a hotel. Then our stay was so amazing. The room was so comfortable, the food and drink up at the top of the hotel pool bar delicious and such a wonderful atmosphere. A really professional welcoming hotel. I will never forget this experience which could have been so awful. Thank you Susana and the Grand Hotel Central!!