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.


  • Mesmerising city views from the rooftop pool

  • Dynamite Catalan cuisine

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

Smith extra

A bottle of Cava on arrival

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.

Accommodation details


30 Via Laietana, Barcelona, 08003


0.4 mi / 0.7 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Spa
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Pool
  • Room service

Dining information


The hotel is home to Bistro Helena, 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.

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 11am but hotel guests are welcome for breakfast beforehand.

Room Service:

A full menu of tasty treats is available at any time.

Hotel Bar:

Set by the restaurant, Sky 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.

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