Barcelona Hotels: Hotel del Mar Review

For years, I’ve had heard great things about Barcelona and how it surprises a lot of foreign visitors, especially when it comes to the gastronomy and architectural aspects. Much to my surprise, this city is more than meets the eyes. Let me share with you my experience in staying at Barcelona’s remarkable hotel – Hotel del Mar.

Train from Madrid to Barcelona
Train from Madrid to Barcelona

From afar, I saw our driver waiving a whiteboard with our names on it – and that’s the time I finally realized, I was already in Barcelona. It took approximately 4 hours to reach Barcelona from Madrid via Eurail, but the scenic view from my window made the trip less dull. Thanks to my pocket Wi-Fi, I was able to work and keep myself occupied while en route to Barcelona.


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Our Driver in Barcelona
Our Driver in Barcelona

I can’t help but get all giddy upon stepping foot in Barcelona. There’s plenty of things going through my mind from activities to do at daylight and at nighttime, where to sip the finest Catalan wines, and best views to take that Instagram-worthy shot.

Our visit to Barcelona was part of a 12-day Spain familiarization trip sponsored by Spain Tourism Board and Turkish Airlines.

From Barcelona Sants train station, we proceeded to Hotel del Mar – our official home in Barcelona.

Finally Arrived at Hotel Del Mar in Barcelona
Finally Arrived at Hotel Del Mar in Barcelona

Hotel Location

Hotel del Mar (hotel info) is conveniently located in the heart of Barcelona, a 5-minute walk from the touristy El Born district and Ciutadella Park where shopping and other restaurants can be found, and probably one of the locals’ most favorite areas in Barcelona.

Hotel Del Mar Barcelona
Hotel Del Mar Barcelona

What makes this hotel more convenient for travelers is its accessibility to a nearby bus, train and metro lines allowing you to travel around the city easily. But of course, Barcelona is a perfect city to do a walking tour and that’s what we did most of the time.

Nearby places of interest

If you’re just planning your itinerary in Barcelona, here are some suggestions which might be of help:

  • Barcelona Port: 50 m
  • Moll de Fusta: 150 m
  • The Ramblas of Barcelona: 200 m
  • Ciutadella Park: 450 m
  • The Cathedral: 800 m
  • Maremagnum shopping center: 1 km

How to get to Hotel del Mar Barcelona

Since UBER services is suspended in the city, there are other options on how you can reach Hotel de Mar like the following:

  • By car or taxi: the airport is 14 km from the center and the journey takes about 13 minutes.
  • By train: from the airport take the train to Passeig de Gràcia station and from there, take another train to Estació de França (in the same platform). The hotel is located 100 meters far away.
Barcelona Tour Bus
Barcelona Tour Bus

Public transport nearby

For those who want to skip riding the taxi and want to experience commuting around the city, check out some public transport below:

  • Metro: Barceloneta is 230 m away (3-minute walk)
  • Train: Francia Station is 350 m away (4-minute walk)
  • Tourist bus: there is a stop in the same square where the hotel is located. You will also find several bus stops nearby.

Arrival Experience

Hotel del Mar Barcelona Lobby
Hotel del Mar Barcelona Lobby

Hotel del Mar may be a 3-star hotel, but its façade, services, amenities, and facilities does not disappoint. Its main entrance is located behind the Roman-styled pillars, with an ornate wrought iron balcony. Its overall façade is impressive with a maritime theme and elements going around, with lots of blue and nautical memorabilia and harbor front maps.

My Barcelona Press Card
My Barcelona Press Card

The building is obviously old but is elegantly designed. The lobby is not that huge since it maintained its original design. Upon arrival, an English speaking attendant helped us in the check-in process and it was seamless. They also assisted us in bringing our luggage to our rooms.

Rooms

Hotel del Mar is a 3-star hotel with 72 comfortable and bright rooms boasting an elegant and cozy decoration. Some of the rooms are built with a terrace, giving its guests a view of the astonishing landscape of Barcelona.

Twin Room with Terrace
Twin Room with Terrace
Hotel del Mar Barcelona
Hotel del Mar Barcelona

I stayed in room 409 located on the highest floor, and it has a beautiful terrace with a beautiful view of the nearby parks and historic buildings. The experience was made more exciting as I stayed with Monette, a good friend who visited me all the way from Switzerland. We definitely got the vast room, composed of two beds and enough to accommodate two more people.

Triple Bed Room at Del Mar Hotel Barcelona
Triple Bed Room at Del Mar Hotel Barcelona

All rooms feature the following: heating and air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, safe (with extra charge), bathroom with hairdryer and amenities.

Hotel Terrace at Del Mar Hotel Barcelona
Hotel Terrace at Del Mar Hotel Barcelona

Food

Breakfast at Hotel del Mar
Breakfast at Hotel del Mar

Another thing about Hotel del Mar is that they have vending machines available at the breakfast floor. The spread of buffet breakfast is available from 7 a.m to 10:30 a.m. We had an amazing buffet with pretty amazing food selection, from local to western breakfast staples. The restaurant interior remained consistent with the hotel themes of blue and brown hues, which makes dining homier and more comfortable.

Resort Facilities

If you plan on staying longer in Barcelona but you have few clothes with you, worry not, as this hotel offers laundry and ironing service. To those who travel for business purposes, Hotel del Mar also has a fast and reliable WiFi you can count on.

Departure

Since we are just staying in the hotel for one night, they allowed us to leave our luggage while we continue touring the city. It was a pleasant hotel with a very nice location. I would love to stay longer but we are scheduled to visit Logrono the next day for the continuation of our familiarization trip.

Final Verdict

With Monette at Hotel del Mar Balcony
With Monette at Hotel del Mar Balcony

There are three things that I love about the hotel is their helpful and polite staff, good location and their beautiful terrace. I have a fascination with hotel rooms with beautiful terraces and view. It is a recommended hotel especially for those who want to explore more restaurants as much as possible. A number of restaurants are within close proximity making food trip more convenient if you stay here. It may not suit those looking for a truly cosmopolitan experience of Barcelona but in terms of convenience, the hotel offers a resting place close to the train station in relaxed surroundings.

Hotel del Mar
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Address: Pla de Palau, 19, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 933 19 33 02

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