Hotel Silken Ramblas BarcelonaEl Raval, Barcelona, Spain
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A bustling, attractive spot with a modern feel
The building dates back to the 1960s, and the hotel's simple, lovely facade is studded with big windows and a Basque-inspired balcony. The Silken Ramblas opened in 1992, and hosted the famous basketball "dream team" that same year.
The lobby is spacious and decorated in a minimalist, modern style, with a large circle-shaped fixture, whose shape is echoed by two spherical sculptures, and sleek, low, blond leather couches.
The hotel’s central location means it is often busy and flooded with a crowd of tourist couples, families, and friends, and the lobby bar gets crowded and boisterous. It’s an attractive place to hang out; deep purple chairs, a funky golden chandelier, and an iron-detailed bar gives the space personality and charm.
A centrally located spot right off Las Ramblas, in the heart of Barcelona
The hotel is located in the Raval on the Carrer Del Pintor Fortuny (named after the famous artist). It’s a busy neighborhood, full of bookstores, art galleries, museums, shops, bars, and cafes. Las Ramblas and the buzzing Boquería market are right out the door, and MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) and the Plaza Catalunya are a five- to seven-minute walk away. The Liceu metro station is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
The rooms here have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars, but can get quite noisy.
Rooms at the Silken Ramblas have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars. The rooms can get noisy, and some look out over brick walls, while others have lovely private balconies. Rooms on higher floors get plenty of sunlight and picturesque views. Bathrooms have a selection of toiletries as well as bathtubs and bidets. For a hotel in this price range, details like cracks in the super-thin walls may surprise and disappoint. Furniture is sleek and modern, but unremarkable, and generic chain hotel-esque art hangs on the walls.
The Silken Ramblas has a restaurant, a rooftop pool and sauna, and a lovely terrace.
The Silken Ramblas is home to a restaurant featuring local, seasonal ingredients sourced from the nearby Boqueria market. A spacious terrace has a swimming pool, whirlpool, and sauna, plus room to lounge and soak up the sun, with the pretty city below. A garage is an unusual perk in Barcelona. At the lobby bar, guests can sip cocktails, and in the warmer months, they can dine on the terrace. Three meetings rooms can host events from 30 to 250 people. Wi-Fi is free and room service is offered.