With a rooftop pool and bar, this restored 19th-century travellers’ lodge is a surprise gem, hidden a few strides from Barcelona’s main drag, La Rambla. Look out for period features such as bronze coach lamps and Catalan inscriptions etched into the ground floor walls. The theme continues in the Fonda España restaurant, celebrated as much for its splendid Modernist murals as its Catalan cooking.
Hotel Espana Ramblas’ rooms have less architectural interest but are neat, functional and spacious enough with comfortable beds and high windows; the attractively tiled floors are their best feature. The contents of the mini bars are free, as is Wi-Fi and international and national newspapers for smartphones and tablets.
You’ll want to explore the shared spaces to get the full measure of this property’s restored Art Nouveau grandeur. Along with the cavorting mermaids in those exuberant dining room murals, don't miss the antique sculpted marble mantelpiece in the bar. A slightly creaky lift serving the four floors adds to the impression of a pleasant trip back in time to old Barcelona. From May-October, guests can head up to the rooftop for live music and cocktails or a take dip in the open-air pool.
At Fonda España, chef Xavier Sender updates Catalan classics with a lighter touch: pork trotters sit on the plate with sea cucumbers, for example, or meatballs alongside cuttlefish.
Located off a less seedy stretch of La Rambla, the hotel is within an easy walk of the Gothic Quarter, the heart of old Barcelona, and sights such as the La Boquería Market and the ornate Canaletes Fountain.
From the press:
"Evokes the heyday of Barcelonan modernisme" -- Frommer's
"Lushly ornate dining room" -- Fodor's
"Deservedly famous for the stunning Modernist decor" -- Condé Nast Traveller
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
Gym / fitness center
24-hour front desk
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Baby-sitting service on request
Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
Chauffeur service (fees apply)
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Safe in reception (fees apply)
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Public car park (fees apply)
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
Accessible pool area
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 12pm.
Children and additional guests
Infant's cot/crib available on request free of charge for children aged 2 and under. There is no extra beds available for older children and adults.
No pets allowed.
City tax not included: 1.21€ per person, per night, payable at the hotel.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
The pool is open from May to September. The Restaurant Fonda is closed on Sundays (for dinner service).
The hotel is around 40 minutes by taxi from Barcelona Airport, or you could catch a train or bus to central Barcelona and walk or take a taxi on to the hotel.
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