Tips for the best hotel/apartment situation and getting around Barcelona

Tips for the best hotel/apartment situation and getting around Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress

Here is a bit of guidance as to where in the city to book your hotel or apartment. In terms of easy access to the convention center and Barcelona attractions, I would suggest the following:

Plaça Europa area: If you can get one of the half-dozen hotels near the venue, you’ll be within walking distance.

Plaça Espanya area: The only Barcelona neighborhood with quick, nonstop train service to the Fira, as well as being close to everything Barcelona has to offer. Expect an 6-minute commute from Plaça Espanya.

Near the Gran Via, Plaça Universitat and Plaça Catalunya: Hotels along Metro Line 1 between Plaça Espanya and Plaça Catalunya offer quick Metro and bus access to the Fira, as well as being close to major sights and shopping. If you want to stay in the old city, try to be near the Plaça Catalunya, Universitat or Urquinaona metro stops. The commute from these parts of the city should be 25 to 30 minutes.

Sarrià: This quiet, upscale neighborhood has several small, affordable hotels. The #72 bus connects some of them directly to the Fira. That’s also about a 25-minute commute.

Elsewhere: Try to be near Metro lines 1 or 3, which connect at Plaça Espanya to the train to the show. Otherwise, try to be near the Gran Via, which has a direct bus link. Hotels in other locations, such as Vila Olimpica and Diagonal Mar, will take significantly more time getting to and from the venue than others.  Shuttle service works well with larger groups of 10 or more in the same or multiple locations.  Shuttle service can be provied for 13 pax, 24 pax, 60 pax and larger buses.  These can be scheduled for service in 4 hour segments (perhaps in the morning and one segment in the afternoon), single trips, and longer segments can be contracted as well.  Private hire car service and the smaller shuttles are in high demand during this time period so it is best to book in advance.

If you’re bringing a large group or a family, you may want to consider an apartment rental. We have a number of apartments and buildings with multiple units available.

This year we are offering a Mobile Wives Weekend and Mobile Wives Week.  For more information on this exciting new addition to our offerings, please contact us.  Spaces are limited and filling up quickly.  Feel free to contact us at

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