More about Rafaelhoteles Casanova
A perfect break
We booked this hotel after reading all the positive reviews and we were not disappointed. We can confirm the friendly staff and the excellent breakfast, which was available until 10.30 a.m. Our room was a standard room but was very well appointed and with plenty of space. Even though we were overlooking the main road the noise was not a problem apart from the sirens of the emergency vehicles passing by but we could hear these all over Barcelona anyway. Thankfully either I slept soundly or the sirens did not operate after midnight because I did not have a disturbed sleep.
If you arrive at Barcelona airport then the aerobus outside each terminal is worth taking into the Plaza Catalunya as they depart every 6 minutes and only take 15- 20 minutes to get there for a modest €3.90. When you arrive in the centre go back to the other side of the square and you will see the Cafe Zurich at the top of La Rambla - keep this on your right hand side and walk up Calle Pelai and you will see the University at the top. Turn left and the hotel is 2 blocks on the right hand side. An easy 10 -15 minute walk at most.
good hotel barcelona
Just come back from 3 night break in Barcelona, 13 adults, we stayed at the Rafael Casanova Hotel. The hotel was very good and only a short walk to the centre of the city. The rooms were modern and very comfortable the only downside was the hotel is on a very busy road and consequently the noise from the traffic could be heard throughout the night. I would still recommend the hotel but request a room on the back of the hotel if you are a light sleeper.
We ate in the hotel restaurant twice and the food was very good, the staff are pleasant and helpful. The hotel has a nice bar and lounge area and was an ideal meeting area to start the evening or to round off the evening and very comfortable, We drank copious amounts here !
Overall a great weekend.
The hotel is really good. For the price we have paid it was overal very good. The point that we missed was that there wasn't a swimming pool, but I think when they would have a swimming pool this hotel certainly would get a 5 star. And would be more expensive.
The hotel has a very good orientation, near plaza catalunya and Ramblas so the shopping area. The hotel staff was very friendly and the rooms were always okay.
The hotel even maid our trip to cava freixenet, they have made the booking for us (group of 7)
The triple room was bigger then we thought.
Overal a good hotel, and I have read that many persons complain about the noise, but you have to remind that you make a citytrip, and a city where is much to do, there is more noice. But I have nothing noticed at all, and had a quiet sleep!
stylish but bad experience
The hotel is located convenient to the main street, the interior is clean and stylish, the price didn't feel overly expensive; however a big problem was safety.
The door didn't have a dead bolt, which from a US resident standpoint a bit worrysome but some may say normal for a European hotel. One night, there was a group of very drunk young men who were basically kicking and screaming in the hallway just outside of our room. Then actually one guy was able to open our room door with his card key! Right after that we went downstairs to the front desk, and the front desk manager deactivated the keys and re-issued us the refreshed set of card keys. A security guy said that he didn't see anyone suspicious.
The durnk men continued to kick and scream (seemed that they were staying next door to us), so we called the front desk, but it didn't feel like any intervention was made.
It could have been just a small mistake at the card key installation point, but as it was combined with a group of drunk people, it unfortunately turned out to be a bad experience. Otherwise the room was cleaned neatly every day.
Another 4 * in Barcelona
Stayed for a few nights on a bed & breakfast basis between Christmas and New Year and chose the hotel after reading TA reviews. The hotel has a lovely facade and is on the Gran Via and an easy 5-10 minute walk to Placa Catalunya. Nearest metro is Universitat a couple of minutes away. Once through he doors its like a lot of the newer or refurbished hotels in the city, very modern (lime green and chocolate) with well appointed bathrooms and bedrooms. The room on the 7th floor faced the Gran Via and yes you could hear street noise and the sirens from the emergency vehicles which would be disturbing if you had the balcony door open but in December that wasn't a problem.
Reception staff were good and helpful and service in the lounge bar area was efficient but the area lacks any atmosphere, similarly the restaurant on the 1st floor which was used for breakfast. The breakfasts were disappointing. No hot food on offer. Okay there was the usual selection of fruits, yogurts, meats and cheeses but most now offer at least hot scrambled eggs and Spanish bacon but not here. Didn't eat in at night preferring to walk down town and eat at some of the restaurants there. The hotel is fine - not inspiring but fine and we enjoyed the stay.
With the metro so close getting around was easy. Buy a T10 card if you are going to travel this way which costs 6.90 euros and gives you 10 metro trips.
Being on the Gran Via taxis are plentiful. You could walk to Universitat square where there is a taxi rank but they drive past the hotel every few minutes so if you need a cab you should be able to hail one within a few minutes as we did to take us back to the airport. Fare depending on the traffic around 18 euros.
Stayed here for 3 nights with another couple - both rooms were modern, clean and great bathrooms. Hotel is in a great location just 10 mins walk to the crowds at Las Ramblas so in a good area with quiet a few cafe's nearby for breakfast options and snacks. Street is quiet busy but on the 3rd floor we didnt hear anything. Reception staff were pleasant but one guy in particular helped us out a lot with booking a flamenco show for us and recommended 3 great restaurants which we tried out - one for a special birthday dinner whcih was great. The bar area was great for relaxing with a glass of wine while deciding where to go next and to meet our friends. Overall a nice relaxing experience at a very good price - we paid just over £350 each incl flights from Scotland for the 3 night stay. Excellent value and a good location as we had been to Barcelona before but stayed right off Las Ramblas, Hotel Ambassador which was also okay but we preferred this location away from the tourist traps.
Modern lovely hotel
I stayed at this hotel with my bf and his parents for 5 days in January 2008. When we first walked into the hotel the staff were very friendly and most helpful, their Englinsh was very good.
As the hotel was not busy they even asked us if we would like to be upgraded to a Queensize room! The rooms were lovely, and absolutly spotless. The fluffy dressing gown and slippers are a nnice touch. The bathroom is a semi wet room which was a little bit strange for us not being used to it, but the shower was really good. One of our party had also had a bath in their room.
Our room faced onto the Main Street and had a little balconey. We could hear some of the traffic at night - things like police sierns and alarms but this is to be expected in any city and it didnt disturb us.
Breakfast was excellent - full continental. the waiters also offered eggs adn bacon. The fresh fruit was lovely and catered well for vegetarians.
We didnt eat in the restaurentat night as we felt that there wasnt enough selection.
The location of the hotel is also very good. There are two metro stops close by and the Ramblas is an easy walk away. Barcelona is such a big city that there is always going to be a lot of walking involved.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. If I was to return to barcelona I would stay here again.
A comfortable, stylish and friendly hotel
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-night break at the Casanova, having returned on 7 March. Wheelchair users will find a ramp to the foyer and then everywhere else is on the level. Although our B&B package was for a standard room we had the use of a larger bedroom with excellent access to the superbly-equipped bathroom. This was at the back of the hotel overlooking a very unusual, but nice, courtyard and next to the spa. It was very quiet.
The room was spotlessly clean and serviced twice a day. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke English well.
The Aerobus from the airport has low access with a ramp and you can get off at a stop about 100 metres from the hotel.
The journey back to the airport though has to be from Placa Catalunya, about a ten minute walk away.
The central location makes it easy to walk to the major Gaudi landmarks and also down La Rambla to the attractive harbour. Bars & restaurants abound - tapas being very popular and often good value.
I just came back from a short stay in Rafelshotel Casanova. Already the first impression was a very positive surprise as the hotel entrance and lobby are very stylish and elegant. Our room was very clean and modern. The bathroom is new and stylish, with bathrobes and slippers. All the staff, from the reception to the restaurant was very friendly and helpful. We had breakfast included as well, the buffet is offering something for everybody: cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruits, pastry, cheese and meat.
The hotel is only about 20 minutes from the airport and within the walking distance to Placa Catalunya and La Rambla (5-10 minutes)
I would definitely go back to this hotel again as it really contributed to a very nice holiday and it was well worth the money, even though not too expensive.
Great hotel, great location!
Stylish hotel, great location! A bus station is right in front of the hotel and the subway station (University) is a couple of minutes away. However, walking down the street towards Placa Catalunya is very nice and along the way, you'll encounter many stores like Zara, Topshop, Bershkin etc. The famous quarter- Las Ramblas- is also very close which makes this hotel the best choice for tourists. The room is well equipped and the staff is very nice, offering info along with maps for those who wanna check out this marvelous city. Right in Placa Catalunya there is a touristic info center from where you can book a tour of the city by bus, which I highly recommend. Also, this is the place where you can take the bus to take you to the airport, cheap and fast. We did not have any breakfast, but next to the hotel there's a pastry shop where you can buy sandwiches and croissants. Other than that, Barcelona is full of places to eat so this wasn't a problem for us. I would definetely come back to this hotel!