Hostal Grau

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The "Hostal Grau" should actually be called "Hostal Grün", because it is a green oasis in the middle of the vibrant city of Barcelona. A place in the beautiful old town (Ciutat Vella) to rest and recharge your batteries for further exploration. Spacious, bright rooms and lush plants ensure immediate relaxation. Add to that the hospitality of a family that has been welcoming guests with a great deal of enthusiasm and personality for decades. And which makes it very easy to feel at home.

The building was built in 1862 and has been in the family since 1925. The Grau family had operated a bar on the ground floor since the 1940s, famous for grandmother's vermouth. The bar was so well known that it appeared in books by Josep Pla and Roberto Bolaño. From 1960 the guest house was remodeled and renamed "Hosteria Grau". Since then, the building has continued to develop - towards sustainable accommodation for travellers. Bright rooms, beautiful wood and wicker furniture, carpets and textiles made from natural materials, lots of plants, new bathrooms, historical tiles, charming details such as personal messages to the guests and cheerful, sunny yellow accessories round off the modern and sustainable furnishing style.

Different sized double rooms and apartments also invite to longer stays. The so-called "off-room" ensures optimal relaxation thanks to the complete reduction of electromagnetic radiation. Special biological mattresses were used in all rooms. There is a small hotel shop in the foyer, and coffee, cake and fruit are available all day in the cozy lounge. Small, urban and green is written on the wall and that hits the nail on the head.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom95 €
Apartmentfrom160 €


ArchitectureConverting the historic building according to sustainable criteria was a major challenge. The so-called "LEED Green Building" certification is based on a strict rating system that measures the environmental and health status of buildings and was achieved with a lot of commitment and initiative.

FoodSince the beginning of 2023, breakfast with homemade ingredients from the region is offered.

The host of Hostal Grau cooperates with some local organizations and thus supports them. For example, some furniture and decorative objects were developed in collaboration with an association that works with people with disabilities. Other organizations are Fundació Josep Carreres, Fundació Tallers, Sant Joan de Deu Pediatric, GreenPeace and Tot Raval.

EnvironmentThe hostal features eco-friendly design, energy-efficient lighting, a waste and water recycling system, and uses renewable or green energy. The wall paints and furniture used are all made from pure natural products, which are also certified. The ecological care products are specially made for the "Hostal Grau". The vertical garden supplies the city with oxygen.


  • "Live like a local" in the middle of the beautiful old town (Ciutat Vella) of Barcelona
  • In a sustainably renovated guest house from 1862
  • Bar on the ground floor, run by the hosts since the 1940s
  • Countless restaurant and shopping opportunities in the immediate vicinity
  • Just 200 meters from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya
  • The MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona), the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Miro Park, the zoo and the sea are within walking distance
  • The nearby market hall "Mercat de la Boqueria" offers everything a foodie's heart desires

Guesthouse20 rooms + 6 apartmentsOwn cooking facilities in the apartmentsChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessno PoolPets allowed


  • Guesthouse with 20 rooms of different sizes and 6 apartments
  • All apartments with their own cooking facilities
  • Breakfast offer
  • Off-grid rooms with electromagnetic radiation shielding
  • Some rooms/apartments with private balcony
  • Coffee, tea, fruit and cake in the lounge free of charge
  • In-house bike rental
  • Long term rental possible

Certificates + Awards

LEED Green Building


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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom95 €
Apartmentfrom160 €

Location + Directions

With public transport

The Hostal Grau is very centrally located in a pedestrian zone in Barcelona. The nearest metro stations are Plaça Catalunya (300 meters away) and Plaça Universitat (450 meters away). The exact address can be found on the website.