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Hotel España Barcelona


Sant Pau 9-11, Barcelona, Spain

Outstanding, 4.5
Based on 1001 Guest reviews
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Cozy 4-star hotel nestled in Barcelona city centre, next to Las Ramblas, the Gran Teatre del Liceu and La Boquería market.

The Hotel España Barcelona is a stunning 4-star hotel with an unbeatable location in the city centre of Barcelona, perfectly located next to Las Ramblas and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. This hotel is the ideal base for exploring the historical centre of this vibrant city and all that it has to offer.

The España Hotel Barcelona first opened in 1859 under the name ‘Fonda de España’ and was later refurbished by the well-known modernist architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner with the help of Eusebi Arnau and Ramon Casas. The new design earned the recognition of Barcelona’s City Council who, in 1904 awarded the architect with an Honorary Diploma, naming the hotel ‘The establishment with the best artistic-ornamental décor’. Currently, the hotel is considered an architectural masterpiece of Catalan modernism. It provides an optimal design and comfort, offering exquisite and personalized service.

The luxurious rooms at Hotel España in Barcelona boast a relaxing classic decor and a refined atmosphere. The hotel offers its guests a pleasant and a unique ambiance along with a privileged location right in the city centre, ideal for business and leisure travelers visiting Barcelona. A wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants can easily be reached on foot and several bus and metro stations allow for quick and easy access to the rest of Barcelona.

The hotel is perfectly located next to Barcelona most famous sights, including the Rambla, the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house, La Boquería market, the Portal de l'Àngel shopping street, Plaza Catalunya, Paseo Colón, the MACBA (Barcelona Modern Art Museum), the Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter and a long list of places of interest that make Barcelona one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

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Outstanding, 4.5
1001 Guest reviews
  • Location 5
  • Value 4
  • Rooms 4
  • Service 4.5
  • Cleanliness 4.5
  • Sleep quality 4.5
sylvain g Montreal Spouse/partner September 2012 traveller
 "Pre-Cruise stay in Barcelona"
Stayed at Hotel Espana for two nights before our departure on a Cruise. Location was perfect, small street, 50 meters from la Ramblas and to the subway station. Rate was so low, we did not know what to expect.. it was AMAZING. Very modern, extremely clean, staff very friendly and helpfull. Definitely likely the best value out there. We are used to 4 and 5 start resorts and this one is a definitely a 4+. Probably the best kept secret in Barcelona ;).Only drawback is that we had to 'squeeze' in to get in the shower (for some reason, the door was opening toward the shower, thus leaving little room to squeeze in between the shower wall. Maybe something that was specific for our room (room 402)). Other than that, highly recommended !!!
S R Boston Spouse/partner April 2012 traveller
 "Sort of a great location but no windows, otherwise clean and comfortable."
This 4-star hotel is definitely in an overall great location, the famous "Las Ramblas". It is close to the waterfront, close to Paseo de Gracia (main commercial area) and next to the gothic quarter - all within a 5-10 minute walk. There are plenty of good tapas bars, and Plaza Real is minutes away where you can find great nightlife too. The hotel is modern and clean, and the amenities available are good. The staff is also very friendly and helpful. However, beware, since the specific location of the hotel is not great. The hotel is on Sant Pau street, an alley street off of one of the main Ramblas. Speaking to many of the locals, they mentioned that "Las Ramblas" is a commercial area, but at night becomes one of the more dangerous areas in the city, especially the streets off of the main Ramblas (in other words, the tiny alleys where the hotel is located). During the day and afternoon we felt safe, but at night, especially coming back from a late dinner, we didn't really feel safe at all walking to the hotel. We ended up spending money on cabs a few times because walking was not a smart idea. The rooms were on the smaller side but clean. Since most of the time you won't be in the room, the size was not a problem. However, most of the rooms have no windows. They have a wall with large square lightning that is sort of a fake window, but it gets frustrating not being able to see outside. The only windows you can find are looking into the hotel hallways or to tiny yards surrounded by tall walls. Looking at the hotel building, it shares walls with buildings on both sides and the back, so there are really no real windows in any rooms except the ones on the front face, and those look into the alley. The bar was nice but the food is way too expensive for the quality. You can find an open tapas bar within 5-10 minutes that would serve much better food for 1/2 the price. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The hotel price was reasonable, but they charge for in-room wifi, local phone use and a few of the TV channels. Overall, we liked the feel of the hotel but not the location or the window-less rooms (it becomes a problem in the morning when it will be dark unless you turn the wall lighting on). We ended up cutting our stay short and moving to a better 4-star hotel in the L'eixample neighborhood. We are probably not going to stay at Hotel España again. Staying in a hotel on Paseo de Gracia, L'eixapmle or the water front would be a better choice.
Janice C Atlanta, GA Spouse/partner April 2012 traveller
 "Nice Hotel"
We liked the hotel and location. We did not receive the wake up call that we requested. Luckily we woke up and did not miss our flight.
Anonymous United Kingdom Spouse/partner September 2011 traveller
 "Perfect location and excellent hotel"
Pros: Perfect location and excellent hotel.
Irina Drabkin South Africa Spouse/partner September 2011 traveller
 "Good location"
Pros: Good location.rooms are modern and clean.
Anonymous Australia Family with older children August 2011 traveller
 "Fantastic hotel beautifully restored in a great location and excellent..."
Pros: Fantastic hotel beautifully restored in a great location and excellent value for money - loved it
Cons: Not a thing
Anonymous United States Family with older children July 2011 traveller
Anonymous United Kingdom Individual traveler March 2011 traveller
 "Beautiful hotel design, friendly & helpful staff, spcial offer we used was..."
Pros: Beautiful hotel design, friendly & helpful staff, spcial offer we used was excellent value for money
Cons: The rooms a bit too small
Anonymous Cyprus Spouse/partner February 2011 traveller
Anonymous Israel Spouse/partner February 2010 traveller
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 Check-in: From 14:00 Check-out: Until 12:00
 Payment:           Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Visa Debit, Visa Electron
Note: the hotel can pre-authorize your card before arrival; they check for sufficient funds in order to guarantee your booking.
 Internet: Wi-Fi Internet free of charge in all rooms and general areas (lobby/reception etc.)
Wired Internet at additional cost in the rooms only
 Pet policy: Pets are not allowed.
Rooms: 82
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Wake-up calls
  • Fax service
  • Luggage storage
  • Room service - limited hour
  • Tourist information
General facilities:
  • Elevator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Multilingual staff
  • Fireplace
  • City maps
  • Historic building
  • Safe at front desk
Extra common areas:
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Terrace
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Social meeting rooms
Wellness facilities:
  • Solarium (terrace)
Food & beverage:

Fonda España Restaurant
Do you want to eat authentic traditional Spanish dishes? Fonda España restaurant offers modern cuisine with traditional roots, creatively presented and elaborated with the best products on the market. Martin Berasategui aims to bring his acclaimed concept of culinary cuisine to those searching for simple, balanced and succulent dishes that pay tribute to the renowned chefs origins.

Important information & conditions:

From 1st November 2012 a tourist tax of EUR 1.25 per person (from the age of 16) per night applies, with a maximum of 7 nights' charge per person.

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