What We Love
- Plenty of original 19th-century features
- Bright, open-plan living areas for hanging out in
- A large terrace with plenty of shade
- WiFi is free
- The best rooms are on the Gran Via
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- There’s no restaurant, but basic snacks and drinks are available
- Heating and air conditioning are (rather frustratingly) controlled from reception
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Built in 1870 as the grand residence of Lady Dorotea de Chopitea, who dedicated her life to helping Barcelona’s poor and needy, Hotel Granvia is a characterful crash pad with a stellar location close to the Passieg de Gràcia. It became a hotel in 1935, and under the thoughtful eye of local designer Rosa Rossellón it has been fully revamped without losing its sense of place. Many original features remain, including an ornate plaster ceiling in the dining room, a grand central staircase and a first-floor gallery, but the space has been opened up and refreshed in a hipster palette of olive-green, lichen-gray and snowdrop-white.
Bed and Bath
Opened in June 2013 by Nuñez i Navarro, this petite 53-room hotel is already hugely popular for its reasonable rates and sleek decor. The guestrooms were inspired by New York lofts, with pale blond wood floors, flat-screen TVs and white tiled bathrooms (about half of the rooms have tubs). For the price they’re gems, though the duvets are a little thin in the winter and the double beds a little narrow. Guests who value space will be most comfortable in a twin room or in the Junior Suite, which has a four-poster bed and a sofa.
A lot of thought has gone into creature comforts at the Granvia. The breakfast room is designed for lingering, with sofas and armchairs flanking the dining tables, and free tea- and coffeemaking facilities provided 24/7. The library has a large communal table and long leather sofas surrounded by bookshelves. Tall patio doors open onto a large terrace with tables and chairs arranged within shady cabins, and there’s a secluded sunbathing area. Outdoor showers and a bar are due to be installed in time for summer 2014.
In the Area
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Passieg de Gràcia, the home of several of Barcelona’s most important Modernisme edifices, including Gaudí’s jewelbox Casa Batlló and his eye-boggling apartment building La Pedrera. It’s also the main hub of the city’s flagship designer stores and some of its best restaurants. Head for Tapas24 for stellar snacks by celebrity chef Carles Abellan, sample the country’s best wines at Monvinic, and feast on new wave Catalan cuisine at Cinc Sentits.
How to Get There
We were a little concerned about booking this hotel sight unseen but were incredibly pleasantly surprised. The hotel is located extremely conveniently - very close to Las Ramblas. Within easy walking distance of some of Gaudi's wonderful work and the amazing market - La Bouqueria - and Las Ramblas itself is an experience. The rooms at the hotel were well appointed. The breakfast in the beautiful dining room was fabulous, as was tea and goodies on the lovely patio in the afternoon before dinner. The staff were helpful and friendly and a special shout out must be given to Karen who's cheerful demeanour always got the day off to a great start. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this hotel.
Very clean hotel with good we’ll trained staff. Excellent outside terrace with comfortable sun beds, room air con could be better. Location is very good right next to metro. Free coffee and water available all day.
The hotel is well located and the bed was comfortable. The AC was ice cold and our stay was excellent. They have tea time every day with snacks and the staff is very accommodating. They are willing to help with any issues that come up. Also they have computers and a reading library as well as an outdoor space. One of our nicest stays in Europe. We will be staying here again next time in Barcelona!
This hotel is in a great location to see the sites in Barcelona and the Metro stop is very convenient! The staff is excellent from welcoming us to helping us when my phone was stolen the first day! The women who serve breakfast/ food area were so nice and made you feel right at home! The rooms are nicely appointed and beds comfortable! Stay here for a great stay!
My family just stayed at Hotel Granvia. The room was huge. Service amazing. The front desk Marc was super helpful. The location is just amazing. Walking distance from so many places. The hotel itself is beautiful and breakfast was outstanding.