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Located directly opposite Barcelona’s central cathedral in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, the Hotel Colón occupies a prime position. The family-run property opened in 1951 and offers commanding views of the cathedral’s elaborate 19th-century neo-Gothic façade, while tables from its restaurant spill out into the elegant Plaça de la Seu.

The main lobby, breakfast room and ground-floor lounge feature classical decor, however, the 135 rooms have all been renovated in a more modern style and offer a high level of comfort. All boast feature windows and the majority have small terraces or balconies overlooking the cathedral. A particular highlight of the hotel is the roof terrace and spa where you can enjoy panoramic views while relaxing in the open-air pool or recharge in the sauna or hammam.

Such a convenient location has meant that Hotel Colón has had many illustrious guests including Ernest Hemingway and Jean Paul Sartre, while Joan Miró lived at the hotel for a period in the late 60s and early 70s.

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Rooms

Purpose built as a hotel, the Hotel Colón makes commanding use of its location. Big windows adorned with French balconies occupy the side of the hotel facing the cathedral and offer views of the neo-Gothic façade. Interior rooms overlook a central courtyard and are slightly quieter. All rooms are decorated in an elegant style and offer plenty of modern comforts from rain showers to air conditioning, Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee machines.

Location

Situated at the entrance to Barcelona’s labyrinthine Gothic Quarter and just a 10-minute walk from La Rambla, the Hotel Colón is perfectly located for exploring the city on foot. The city’s central cathedral is directly opposite the hotel, fronted by the Plaça de la Seu, where you’ll often find a small antiques market or traditional Catalan dancing in progress. The shops and restaurants of El Born are also within easy walking distance along with the Plaça de Catalunya which can be accessed on foot in around 10 minutes.

Food and Drink

A traditional buffet breakfast is served in a room under the main lounge. On the ground floor, the Restaurant Catedral overlooks Plaça de la Seu and the cathedral, its tables spilling out onto the street in a leafy terrace. The menu features a variety of traditional local dishes. Within walking distance you can also find a good selection of tapas restaurants in the nearby Gothic and El Born districts, though we recommend checking with reception for directions.

Facilities and Activities

On the top floor of the hotel is a relaxing spa area complete with a sauna, hammam and rooftop relaxation pool with panoramic views.

Our opinion

We particularly enjoy the unrivalled views of the cathedral and the central location and find that the hotel’s modern renovations have improved the quality of the rooms substantially.

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