Barcelona, Spain

Grand Hotel Central

Rates from (ex tax)$226.82

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR203.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Slick city lookout


A ramble from Las Ramblas

Behind a towering 1920s façade in the heart of Barcelona, Grand Hotel Central is a modern and minimal retreat with an eighth-floor roof terrace. Buzzy city life – tapas restaurants, elegant bars, boutique stores – is on the doorstep of this handsome hideaway.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A free bottle of Cava on arrival, €15 voucher for the hotel's thermal suite and late check-out (subject to availability)


Photos Grand Hotel Central facilities

Need to know


145, including 13 suites.


12 noon, but can be later by arrangement. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $227.38 (€185), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.48 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR185.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (from €26 a person) and soft drinks and snacks (replenished daily) from the minibar.

At the hotel

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, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

The Superior rooms are very spacious. Bigger still are the Master and Grand Suites – the latter more than 60sq m. Both offer 40” 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).


The roof-top infinity pool perches at the summit of the city, offering an unrivalled view of Barcelona from the sleek wooden sun loungers.

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.


Massages can be arranged.


Under-11s stay for free, over-11s require a €60 supplement for an extra bed (excluding VAT). Cots are available for babies, and babysitting can be arranged.


Solar panels on the roof cut down on wasted energy; all food is locally produced.

Food and Drink

Photos Grand Hotel Central food and drink

Top Table

Make sure you get a window seat to watch the world wander by.

Dress Code

Spanish city sleek.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel is home to City Bar & Restaurant, a sleek slate-grey and chartreuse space, where the menu is furnished with an impressive range of gourmet hamburgers (including a vegan burger) and sophisticated Mediterranean dishes. Sharing dishes are a speciality, and the soundtrack is carefully curated.

Hotel bar

Set by the restaurant, City Bar has a tapas menu that's almost as impressive as its cocktail menu. The ham, cheese and truffle croquettes, and the honey-drizzled aubergine tempura caught our eye. Secure a sofa in the middle of the bar if you're there to be seen, or book a table by the side for a little more intimacy.

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.


Photos Grand Hotel Central location
Grand Hotel Central
30 Via Laietana


Fly with EasyJet ( or Spanair ( to Barcelona Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. You can grab a taxi for roughly €25. It’s around €3 for a single Aerobus ticket to the centre of Barcelona (buses leave the airport every 15 minutes), and a train runs every 30 minutes from Terminal A.


For travelling around Barcelona itself, there’s an extensive metro and bus system. For trips further afield, take the train to Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza or Bilbao from Barcelona’s main railway station, Estació de Sants.


You can drive to Barcelona via the AP-7 from the French border, or from Madrid via the A2. Parking is available at a reduced price near the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Near Grand Hotel Central, Las Ramblas is one of the city's busiest and most famous shopping areas, packed with street entertainers every day. Set your sights for the narrow streets of El Born district if you're after designer bars and restaurants, a perfect evening's entertainment after a culture-fuelled trip to the Museu Picasso.


Photos Grand Hotel Central reviews
Charlotte Northedge

Anonymous review

Sitting by the rooftop infinity pool at Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, watching the evening light disappear, we feel serene and just a little smug. Surely no one else in this crowded city can be watching the pink sun sink into water on this particular evening? The evening in question, just a few days before Valentine’s Day, is on the chilly side for Barcelona, which explains why we have the rooftop, and seemingly the whole city, entirely to ourselves.

The Grand Hotel Central is, as its name suggests, right at the heart of Barcelona. But while the streets outside thrum with office workers, tourists idling past shops and cars dodging bikes, the hotel feels like an isolated retreat. A very high-end, minimalist retreat that is – all low-level mahogany furniture and candles flickering in glass holders. Designers Sandra Tarruella and Isabel López have incorporated original features, such as an old-fashioned lift shaft and marble staircase, from the 1920s apartment block the hotel was hewn from into their modern scheme of muted greys and browns, and sleek, dark furniture.

Stylish rather than opulent, our city suite with its bare walls and large, empty surfaces feels like an elegant backdrop for the real feature: huge windows facing directly onto the city’s fairytale cathedral, floodlit in the evening light. Reclining on the king-size bed, complimentary cava in one hand and chocolate in the other, I feel like a princess. My prince, however, is busy checking out the massaging power shower and ‘amazing lighting solutions’ in our en suite (we have just finished decorating our bathroom at home, so no detail escapes his designer’s eye), and delights in the fact he is able to operate each individual light, window blind, and the MP3, CD and DVD players from the comfort of bed. In fact, leaving this super-convenient, soothing environment at any point during the weekend is invariably a shock to the system; and so, we resolve sagely, we should stay in the room as much as possible. This is, after all, a romantic weekend.

Eventually, though, hunger drives us down to the hotel’s restaurant, Ávalon, a secluded spot in the basement with equally soft and seductive lighting. Here, we indulge in three courses of award-winning chef Ramón Freixa’s twist on traditional Catalan food. Mr Smith is dubious about his Catalan sausage, which comes parcelled in filo pastry and tastes ‘a bit like haggis’. But this is a man who generally turns his nose up at fish, seafood and any meat that isn’t chicken, and rejects tapas on the basis that he ‘likes to have his own dinner on his own plate’. He won’t even try my heavenly sea bass.

After dinner, we feel in need of a stroll. Having only visited Barcelona in the humid, tourist-packed summer months, we discover a winter-evening vibe that is quieter, more authentically Spanish and certainly more romantic. I had been advised by friends who know the city that the Born district is the place to be seen, so we head straight for the main street, Passeig del Born, and some expertly mixed mojitos at bustling Pitin. The bar staff seem impressed by our cocktail-drinking abilities – Spanish revellers are, we note, infinitely more civilised than their English counterparts, and seem able to make one drink last an entire evening. ‘We’re just doing our bit for queen and country,’ says Mr Smith plaintively.

The next day, after breakfast in bed (you just mark your choices on the menu hanging on your door), we meander towards the seafront, taking in craft markets, an outdoor ballet performance in Plaça Real and even a full-blown saint’s day carnival. And then, with only a short detour to the shops on Las Ramblas, we head for the beach in Barceloneta. It’s easy to forget that Barcelona is a beach city, but even in February, the combination of winter sun, die-hard surfers and fresh seafood in one of Barceloneta’s outdoor cafés, immediately gets us into that two-week-beach-holiday kind of mood. Mr Smith, predictably, does not share my enthusiasm for seafood tapas, and as I tuck into wonderfully tender calamari, sardines and cuttlefish, he joyfully takes delivery of an omelette – which, at least, comes on its own plate.

Since I’ve had my choice of lunch venue, Mr Smith insists, with a glint in his eye, on taking a cable-car trip across the port to Montjuïc, a scenic hilly area rejuvenated for the 1992 Olympics. A vertigo sufferer, I start to feel faint in the queue, and the German teenagers who find it hilarious to wobble the car as we set off are silenced by my look of unadulterated terror (Mr Smith, unfortunately, has photographic evidence). But by the time I am kissing the ground at the other end, I have to agree that it has been worth facing my fear for the stunning views over the city.

After another early evening of stargazing back at the hotel, we head out for dinner at a typically British hour. However, by the time we agree on a restaurant, it is approaching the more local mealtime of 10pm. Mr Smith’s ‘anything-but-tapas’ edict is limiting to say the least, but we finally find a pizza restaurant that fits his requirements and my ‘authentic-atmosphere’ criteria. Any disagreements are soon forgotten over pizza and a carafe of wine and, by the time we head back, we are more than ready for another night in that enormous bed.

I often find that city breaks don’t give me enough time to wind down; too much marching around with guidebooks, Mr Smith trailing petulantly in my wake. But with the rooftop pool, luxurious suite and the beach just a 20-minute wander away, our weekend at the Grand Hotel Central feels like more like a mini-holiday. We may not have packed in many sights, but we’ve absorbed Barcelona’s laid-back atmosphere. We’ll just have to come back to take in the rest of the city, perhaps when it’s warm enough to make full use of that infinity pool.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Grand Hotel Central’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The rooftop terrace with a plunge pool and beautiful views. The concierge was great with tips.

Don’t expect

Cheap breakfast.


Stayed on 5 Oct 2017

We loved

Skybar, the downstairs bar and the staff in bottom bar. The reception staff were lovely and very helpful. The room was clean and had a wonderful bed. The restaurant was amazing.

Don’t expect

Cheap spirits in the bars; they were overly expensive.


Stayed on 19 Aug 2017

We loved

The rooms were beautiful and considering that we faced the street, very quiet. The rooftop pool/bar was also beautiful and well staffed.


Stayed on 4 Aug 2017

We loved

The location and the view from the rooftop pool and bar.

Don’t expect

Nothing short of amazing.


Stayed on 3 May 2017

We loved

The staff.

Don’t expect

An ironing board.


Stayed on 14 Apr 2017

We loved

Beautiful customer service.

Don’t expect

...large rooms.


Stayed on 25 Mar 2017

We loved

The friendly and helpful staff, the roof terrace, the room with a view. Recommend the sea platter and Estrella at Las Ramblas Market, the Boqueria is 3 minutes away, amazing experience. 

Don’t expect

Anything but the very best in everything


Stayed on 29 Aug 2016

We loved

The view from the rooftop pool was excellent and the location was very convenient. Barcelona has so much going on that we didn't spend a ton of time in the hotel, but we made sure to carve out some time to spend in the rooftop pool! The room was a very nice relaxing place to crash into bed after a full day of exploring the city! La Sagrada Familia was a can't miss and our favorite meals were found by wandering and finding tapas places and looking at the menus!

Don’t expect

Beach access. If you are looking for a hotel on the beach this is not it. If you are looking to explore the city however this is a great location with easy access to the metro.


Stayed on 8 Jul 2016

We loved

The rooftop pool and bar. El Nacional Restaurant

Don’t expect

To get a sunbed on the roof if you wake up late...


Stayed on 6 Jul 2016

We loved

The hotel location, the staff were charming and the infinity pool sundeck was a cool place to chill out after a hard days shopping and sightseeing. The food market in Las Rambalas is a must visit

Don’t expect

Quiet rooms as the hotel is situated in the centre of town


Stayed on 27 May 2016

We loved

Location, very central, roof top bar and pool is great - fab views and cocktails, a terrific combination! Colleagues are very helpful and friendly despite our many questions.

Don’t expect

Large bedrooms - comfortable but not roomy, good a/c in gym - it was very warm.


Stayed on 13 May 2016

We loved

The position of the hotel and the pool deck and bar. Barcaloneta beach worth a visit for the people watching.

Don’t expect

Anything less than 5 star service


Stayed on 31 Mar 2016

We loved

The staff - it's what makes this hotel really good! The location is perfect, as is the restaurant, great food and very reasonable too! Visit "The Sagrada Familia Church" one of Gaudí's masterpieces, it's very impressive!

Don’t expect

The rooms to be as nice as you think - the finishing isn't that good and the furniture isn't what you would expect in a 5. I think this is what lets the hotel down the most. The Internet connection is slow too..


Stayed on 25 Feb 2016

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