Grand Hotel Central

Via Laietana 30, Barcelona, Spain, 08003

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The Grand Hotel Central

By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#19 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
3.8
3.8
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Relaxation

Expert review of Grand Hotel Central

Slick design and a stunning rooftop pool.

Publicity shots of this hotel tend to focus on the amazing view from the rooftop infinity pool, but the entire building is stylish and well thought-out.

Location: 

The Via Laietana is a thoroughfare diving the Born and Barri Gòtic neighbourhoods, and thus many sights are within an easy walk. Public buses for the beach stop near the hotel.

Bedrooms: 

The rooms are comfortable and a good size, although the lighting is a little moody for all but the most devoted fans of modish interior design. Other perks include free soft drinks from the minibar, CD and DVD players, Korres toiletries and a long list of music and films you can borrow. Executive rooms are bigger than Central rooms, and sit at the front of the building, which is noisier but has a more interesting view towards the Barri Gòtic.

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Public areas: 

Corridors, like the bedrooms, are very of the moment (read: dark), but the overall effect is very cool and restful in the warmer months. There is a sitting area downstairs with a stack of books on Barcelona and Spanish design, a couple of computers for guests to use, and oversized noughts and crosses for the kids to play with.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is excellent, if expensive at 21 euros, but you can do what I do and sneak out to the bars of the Santa Caterina market just behind the hotel, which offers a cheaper option.

Leisure facilities: 

The rooftop infinity pool is breathtaking, and there are plenty of loungers from which to soak up the view. There's a well-equipped gym, and guests can also have a massage in the small treatment room (book in advance).

Service: 

Service is generally as you'd expect in a hotel of this type.

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Who stays there: 

In winter months you might see more businessmen, particularly during the week, but in summer it's mostly tourists, drawn to the famous pool.

Price advice: 

There are often offers that include breakfast and upgrade from Central to Executive rooms.

Pros: 
Vertiginous infinity pool
Good-sized rooms
Cons: 
Lighting too shadowy for some

More information on Grand Hotel Central:

Price from:
£71
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Via Laietana 30, Barcelona, Spain, 08003
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Born

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