Grand Hotel Central
- Style Slick city lookout
- Setting A ramble from Las Ramblas
Bang in the centre of the Barcelona bustle, Grand Hotel Central provides respite for many a weary traveller, shopper or culture-hound. An imposing 1920s façade masks a warm and well-lit modern retreat, where visitors can watch the city unfold from the eighth-storey roof terrace, then swing back down into the urban action, a doorway’s width away.
Need to know
- Rooms 147, including 22 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $208.97 (€152), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.42 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (from €25.30 a person).
- Facilities 24-hour room service, library, laundry service, fitness centre, conference rooms, daily newspapers, airport transfer, WiFi in public areas. In rooms: LCD TV, CD/DVD players, iPod dock, minibar.
- Poolside The roof-top infinity pool perches at the summit of the city, offering an unrivalled view of Barcelona from the sleek wooden sun loungers.
- Check–out 12 noon, but can be later by arrangement.
Children Under-11s stay for free, over-11s require a €61 supplement for an extra bed (excluding VAT). Cots are available for babies, and babysitting can be arranged.
- Eco‐friendly Solar panels on the roof cut down on wasted energy; all food is locally produced.
- Also Massages can be arranged.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Executive rooms are slightly larger than the standard, and both are very spacious. Bigger still are the Loft and Master Suites – the latter packing in a colossal 40 metres squared. Both offer 32” LCD screens and come with freebie goodies: Cava, chocs, and the hotel’s own guidebook to the city. Loft Suites offer mouth-watering views of the Roman walls, while the smaller City rooms occupy the corners of the building and offer the best panoramas of the city (the clue’s in the name).
- Packing tips A handful of tomes on art history and architecture for swotting up on Barcelona’s gorgeous historic buildings and sounding authoritative about Picasso; plenty of euros for splashing out on the Ramblas, the city’s most famous shopping street.
Food and drink at Grand Hotel Central
- Hotel restaurant Grand Central Hotel is home to Avalon, award-laden chef Ramon Freixa’s cosmopolitan eatery. Like Britain’s Blumenthal, Freixa has a wizard’s touch with unexpected flavours, fusing traditional Catalan cuisine and seasonal produce.
- Dress code Spanish city sleek.
- Top table Make sure you get a window seat to watch the world wander by.
- Last orders Dinner is served until 10.30pm and midnight at weekends. The restaurant opens its doors to the public at 11h but hotel guests are welcome for breakfast beforehand.
- Room service A full menu of tasty treats is available at any time.
- Hotel bar Set beside the rooftop pool, the Sky Bar is the best place in Barcelona to sit with a cheeky afternoon cocktail and admire the city skyline. Drinks and snacks are also available in the restaurant throughout the day. During summer, it's open to guests only from 9.30am to 8.30pm, then becomes a cool hangout for hip locals and guests alike until 1.30am.