Big spa with many pools and treatments, including Roman-style thermal baths
Seasonal outdoor pool
On-site restaurant serves great food
Free Wi-Fi and breakfast
5-minute walk from the Garriga train station
24-hour room service
Well outside Barcelona
Rooms are somewhat dated
Parking at a cost
Located in Garriga, a small town on the outskirts of Barcelona, the Gran Hotel Balneario Blancafort is a spa retreat ideal for travelers looking to escape the city. Surrounded by mountains, the property's grounds are nearly covered in all sorts of trees and plants to maintain a relaxing atmosphere. Rooms deliver French-inspired decor in a blue color scheme. Those looking to get pampered will enjoy the hotel's spa and wellness programing, which focuses on the healing characteristics of thermal water.
The property's leafy exterior and the surrounding mountains set a very serene backdrop to the hotel's robust wellness offerings, which ranges from Roman-style thermal baths and deep tissue massages to a well-stocked fitness center, making Gran Hotel Balneario Blancafort a spa enthusiast's dream. But the simple and elegant lobby bar and on-property restaurants are equally top-notch.
The hotel is about a half-hour drive from Barcelona and just under an hour by train. (There is a train station five minutes away by walking from the hotel.) The property is a great relaxing home-base for exploring the area surrounding Barcelona. There’s an 18-hole pitch and putt golf course eight minutes by car. And wine enthusiasts can also reach the Bruguer Vineyards in just a 10-minute drive. A bit further away is the Montseny Natural Park, which can be reached by car in about an hour.
The 155 air-conditioned rooms, including 15 suites, are simple with a design palette built around French blue and white furnishings. There are flat-screen TVs, minibars and safes, as well as robes and slippers for use in the spa. The Jacaranda Suite has a large sitting area and a balcony overlooking the garden. The balcony in the Rubi suite has an outdoor hot tub. All rooms have large marble bathrooms featuring double sinks, makeup mirrors, hairdryers and shower-tub combos; suites have separate stall showers.
The extensive spa facilities are the property's most renowned amenity. Located in different parts of the hotel, the spa's offerings include two different thermal areas, Roman baths, water beds, a large pool with several different jets, and a jacuzzi. There’s a large menu of services, including massages, facials, body peels and wraps. There’s also an outdoor pool that’s open during warmer months and a large gym with several workout machines. The food at the Ors Gourmet Restaurant, which serves Mediterranean lunch and dinner, has been popular with guests. El Olivo restaurant serves a buffet breakfast with plenty of healthy options. The hotel also offers 24-hour room service.
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