Grand Hotel Central

Grand Hotel Central

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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.

Highlights:

  • Mesmerising city views from the rooftop pool

  • Dynamite Catalan cuisine

  • The height of relaxation in the heart of the culture quarter

Smith extra

Free welcome drink on arrival (a glass of cava or wine, soft drinks or water), a €15 voucher for the hotel's thermal suite and late check-out (subject to availability)

In the know

Also need to know:

Massages can be arranged.

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.

Dress code:

Spanish city sleek.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

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, t

Accommodation details

Address:

30 Via Laietana, Barcelona, 08003
Barcelona
Spain

Location:

0.4 mi / 0.7 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

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.

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.

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