Where to Stay in Barcelona During the MWC

The Mobile World Congress, better known as MWC Barcelona, is one of the premier exhibitions of its type anywhere on the planet. The event often features some of the most prominent industry executives and designers in the world of mobile technology and content providers. As it is such a large trade fair, it means that comfortable footwear is advisable if you want to explore all of it. That said, the event’s organisers recommend an MWC dress code that is reasonably professional with smart casual clothes or business attire being expected. It began in 1987 and is now one of the busiest times of the year for a business traveler to come to the city. Therefore, finding hotels near MWC Barcelona can be tricky. What business travel tips do you need to know before attending?

Where Is MWC Barcelona?

The prestigious Fira de Barcelona is the venue for MWC. It hosts around 120 exhibitions each year with MWC being among the largest in its calendar. The 400,000 square metres that make up the exhibition space is split into two distinct venues, both large. Firstly, there is the iconic Fira Montjuïc and then there is the modern-looking Fira Gran Via. The former is easily accessed by lines L1, L3 of the city’s efficient metro system as well as L8 Espanya Station. Gran Via can be accessed most easily via line L9, alighting at Fira station. A rapid transit direct service links the two exhibition halls.

If you have asked yourself, “How do I get to MWC from the airport?” then the metro service from there runs about every half an hour along line L9. The venue lies approximately midway between Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport and the city centre so you don’t have to travel far with your luggage if you intend on attending the trade fair directly after landing. Alternatively, you could book one of the hotels close to the Barcelona Exhibition Centre and freshen up before you continue your journey.

Which MWC Hotel Is Best for Me?

The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza is in the heart of Barcelona’s exhibition district on Plaza de España, which is one of the city’s most important squares. In fact, it was constructed to host the 1929 International Exposition. It has its own metro station and lies in a short distance from the Montjuïc hall. One of the key attractions of this establishment is that it boasts no less than three restaurants serving a wide range of cuisine. The hotel has several different room types for budgets of all sorts including triple occupancy accommodation.

The Gran Via BCN hotel is just down the road from the exhibition centre but also affords convenient access to the city centre, whether you choose to stroll to the Ramblas or take a taxi there. It boasts a small, but perfectly well-maintained, swimming pool deck to cool off in. This establishment would suit business visitors who also want to take the opportunity to unwind a little in the evening. It only has 63 rooms so guest numbers are not that high even when the hotel is full. The BCN hotel also has a well-equipped gym that guests can use.

Situated just to the north of the Plaza de España is the Catalonia Roma Hotel. It makes a great base for visiting the MWC and, due to its proximity to Sants Station, the hotel would also constitute a good choice if you have business in other parts of the city – or the country, for that matter – to attend to. There is a rooftop pool which is sometimes described as one of the most relaxing oases of calm in the city. In addition, the hotel specialises in Japanese cuisine, a good option if you like sushi boxes, for example. There is a bar and other standard services, such as free Wi-Fi and room safes, too.

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