Luxury hotel holiday Grand Hotel Central Barcelona Barcelona

The five-star Grand Hotel Central Barcelona is marvelously placed for exploring the city, sat on Via Laietana which connects the seafront to the old town. Interiors are eclectic and modern, whilst the exterior architecture harks back to the building's 1920s beginning. A rooftop terrace boasts a chic infinity pool that maximises outstanding urban views, and by night this area is lit by neon blue hues as Skybar comes to life.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barcelona
  • Optional private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona is a luxury 5-star hotel in an excellent city centre location. Excellent spa facilities, delicious cuisine and stunning rooftop pool make it an ideal spot to recuperate after a day enjoying the city's sights.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is next to the cathedral and about 15 minutes' walk to the seafront.

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Barcelona

Distance from airport The hotel is 20-minutes' drive from Barcelona Airport

Closest railway station Barcelona Sants Train Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 15-minutes' drive from Barcelona Sants station

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant and Café, Bar, Rooftop Terrace, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Wellness Centre, Fitness Centre, Library, WiFi, Concierge, 24-hour Laundry, 24-hour Room Service, Airport transfer upon request, 24-hour Car Park.

Out and about nearby

Located in the centre of Barcelona near to the Cathedral and the Picasso museum. The central location means that it is within easy reach of Barcelona's many other sites including Las Ramblas, Gaudi's buildings and the beach.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Central twin or king room for 3 nights

From about

£920 low season

£1,090 high season

Holiday Code EXH1051

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

Perfect for a stylish city break to the artistic city of Barcelona, the five-star Grand Hotel Central embodies a sophisticated aura that harks back to the building's 1920s beginning. Having been sympathetically renovated to complement the building's original style, Grand Hotel Central now strikes a compromise between old and new. Grand doorways open to reveal spaces that blend chic modern décor with original features. Bold blocks of colour, contemporary lighting and a minimalist scattering of statement features contrast high, coffered ceilings and soaring columns. Each of the 147 guestrooms is minimal and comfortable, decked with fine linen, top quality fittings and soothing colour schemes to create a relaxing space in which to unwind after a day travelling this most vibrant Spanish city. Situated beside Barcelona Cathedral, the Grand Hotel Central occupies a prime location for exploring the city. Stroll out the hotel's doors and find yourself on Via Laietana, which runs from the seafront to the old town. When you get tired of exploring by foot, guests at the Grand Hotel Central can retreat to a rooftop terrace to gain an aerial perspective of Barcelona. A chic and sophisticated space, it is without a doubt the statement piece of the entire hotel. Here, a slick infinity pool stretches to a spine-tingling drop at the building's edge, providing vast, one-of-a-kind views over the city. Skybar is a marvellous addition that reflects the sleepless city's cosmopolitan appeal, with its stylish and contemporary atmosphere. Angular wooden benches are angled towards each other to create intimate booths that are lit by candlelight and mood lighting. Neon blue lighting can be seen to mirror the city lights that surround this rooftop spot. Avalon Restaurant and Café is another location in which to indulge at the Grand Hotel Central. Overseen by the two-Michelin starred chef Ramon Friexa, divine cuisine is served in a fashionable and sleek space decorated in a deep colour palette. The hotel's Wellness Suite offers an altogether different menu of sensory and indulgent experiences. Enter this aromatic space and be pampered after a tiring day of exploration. A stylish, modern hotel in an excellent location for exploring the city.

Room descriptions

The Grand Hotel Central Barcelona has 147 rooms, each with DVD and CD facilities, satellite TV, Ipod docking station, safe, free minibar, Wi-Fi and hairdryer. Connecting rooms are available on request.

Standard Twin or King Room
Executive Twin or King Room
Superior Twin or King Room
Deluxe City View Room
Junior Suite
Suite can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children
Grand Suite can accommodate 2 adults only
Apartment made up of a Grand Suite and Superior Twin

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Central twin or king room for 3 nights

From about

£920 low season

£1,090 high season

Holiday Code EXH1051

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Grand Hotel Central Barcelona, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Barcelona. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet, Jet2 and TUI for example. We can arrange this for you. The hotel can then be reached by taxi from the airport in about 20-30 minutes (or ask us to book a private car transfer for you). There is a train every 30 minutes from the airport at Terminal 2 to five stations in the city centre and the journey time is about 20 to 25 minutes. There is also a fast shuttle bus from the airport to Placa de Catalunya and the journey time is about 35 minutes. If you are combining a stay in Barcelona with another region, then onward travel may be by train or hire-car. We will arrange this for you.

Additional information

Children: Cots are available on request and free of charge for infants up to 3 years old. Extra beds can be added to selected suites for a supplement. Connectin rooms available upon request.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Central twin or king room for 3 nights

From about

£920 low season

£1,090 high season

Holiday Code EXH1051

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to the Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona

About Barcelona

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Barcelona include the very best four and five star hotels in the city, all of which provide a superb base for a short city break or as the starting point for your holiday to Catalonia. First founded by the Romans, Barcelona is now a dynamic and cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean coast which is charming and exciting all at once. The capital of Catalonia is famed for its staggering concentration of Gothic architecture as well as surreal wonders such as the Sagrada Familia, making it one of the most visited cities in Europe. Previously a relatively overlooked industrial city, Spain’s second city played host to the Olympic Games in 1992, prompting a period of extensive regeneration and leading to its reinvention as a lively holiday destination. Unique architecture, a rich culture with art galleries and museums abound, gourmet restaurants, lively bars, designer boutiques, golden beaches, parks and gardens – Barcelona has it all. An exhilarating destination for a city break, with much more to discover...

Highlights of Barcelona

There are a huge number of day trips and excursions which those on holiday in Barcelona can enjoy. These include: The Monastery of Montserrat, a religious complex in a spectacular setting atop craggy mountains with chapels, hermits’ caves and numerous nature trails, reached by a one hour train journey followed by an exhilarating cable-car ride; Wineries in towns such as Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès, both around one hour away by train; Catalan towns and cities including Tarragona (a port city with fascinating Roman remains), Girona (an ancient walled city with a fascinating history), Vic (a quintessentially Catalan town with an outstanding market) and Figueres (home to the renowned Dalí Theatre-Museum), all of which can be easily reached by train or bus.

Cultural highlights of Barcelona

There are numerous places of interest that visitors should see during their luxury holiday in Barcelona: La Rambla, Spain’s most famous street which is busy at almost any time of the day or night with flower stalls, tarot readers, musicians and mime artists lining the wide walkway which is shaded by trees. The Gothic quarter, a maze of narrow streets and plazas in the old town with architecture dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. This historic area is home to Catalonia’s government building, the town hall, a former royal palace and the imposing and intricately-decorated La Seu Cathedral, which includes a beautiful cloister. Montjuic, a fortress-topped hill in the south of the city with museums, art galleries and restaurants dotted throughout the spacious gardens. This is also the setting of the 1992 Olympic stadium, the large open space enjoys panoramic views of the city and sea, and is accessible by cable car from the port, by funicular from the base of the hill, by bus or on foot. The harbour area, where almost 3 miles of sandy beaches meet the Olympic port and the older area of Barceloneta, known for its numerous fish restaurants. Parc de la Ciutatella, a popular park with gardens, a boating lake, a zoo, several museums and the striking Catalan Parliament building. Eixample District, a vast area towards the north of the city which was built according to a grid system and is full of unique buildings which were designed in a ‘Modernista’ (Catalan Art Nouveau) style by the famous Antoni Gaudí and his contemporaries. The most famous building which was designed by Gaudí is the Sagrada Familia, an unconventional church building which is filled with symbolism but is still unfinished. Other famous works of art which feature Gaudí’s trademark curved lines, decorated chimneys, elaborate wrought iron and mosaic decorations include Parc Guell, a colourful park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Casa Batlió, a house with a fascinating interior and exterior and La Pedrera, a curved apartment building.

Gastronomy in Barcelona

Cuisine in Barcelona is similar to the rest of Catalonia, taking inspiration from both nearby France and from central Spain whilst making use of local ingredients available including seafood, fresh vegetables, meat and game. Typical dishes include ‘Crema Catalana’ (a Catalan version of a Crème Brûlée), ‘Pa amb tomàquet’ (bread smeared with tomato, oil and garlic), ‘Fideuá’ (a variant of Paella which uses pasta in place of rice), ‘Zarzuela’ (a seafood stew which is made with fish, prawns, squid and mussels), ‘Escudella’ (a stew containing vegetables, meat, rice and pasta) and unusual ‘sea and mountain’ combinations which use both meat and seafood. Barcelona is home to some of Spain’s best restaurants, with gastronomic chefs creating innovative cuisine and over 20 boasting at least one Michelin star. The best fish and seafood can be found in restaurants in the Barceloneta district, or if you want to buy some local produce yourself then head to the busy La Boqueria market on La Rambla.

Climate in Barcelona

Late spring and early autumn are the best times to go on holiday to Barcelona, as the weather is warm with temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade. Summer is often unbearably hot with some shops and restaurants closing in August as locals leave the city to get away from the heat. Winter is mild with occasional rain and average temperatures of 10 degrees but is an enjoyable time to visit as Christmas markets are held and many celebrations take place.

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