If you are planning a group trip, especially for a group of more than 15 people, you will find that there are several things to keep in mind. You may need to organize a business meeting, a conference, an intensive course, a sports meeting, or a conference, but what is clear is that moving around and staying with large groups is not easy. In this post we explain the 5 aspects that you must take into account when organizing your stay in Barcelona as a group.
Read on to find out what services a hostel or hotel should have to accommodate a large group. To answer you, we rely on our Centre Esplai Hostel, in El Prat de Llobregat, which is a perfect accommodation for groups. In fact, we’ll give you a little spoiler … We have a super-equipped games room where you can have a good time between activity and activity. But shhh … it’s a secret!
1. Large capacity rooms
It is important to choose accommodation with rooms of different capacities… in the Centre Esplai Hostel we have 124 rooms to accommodate from 1 to 6 people, with different configurations. However, especially if it is a business meeting, a conference, a day or an intensive course, it is crucial that all rooms have a private bathroom, a desk, natural light and a balcony or exit to the outside. All this will bring comfort to the stay.
2. Wheelchair accessibility
Another very important thing to keep in mind when looking for a hotel or hostel for groups is that it has to be 100% accessible, as there may be people in the group with reduced mobility. The space must therefore be adapted with ramps, lifts, toilets, signs, a swimming pool crane, accesses, parking, etc. in accordance with the regulations of Accessibility in the establishments and services of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
If we are organizing a conference, meeting or working meeting with people from different fields or regions, it is essential that the hostel or hotel itself has an auditorium with large screens and a stage to make good presentations, exhibitions and debates. At the Centre Esplai Hostel we have a large auditorium with 285 seats that meets all professional requirements. It even has audiovisual control booths and simultaneous translation!
4. Multifunctional rooms and work rooms
If we travel in a group for work or training reasons, we must take into account some very, very relevant elements: the multifunctional rooms and work rooms. These spaces can have sofas, tables, chairs, televisions, plugs, etc. They are essential for users or groups to have the freedom to work or study without problems, along with Wi-Fi connectivity that works perfectly! These areas will allow our group to use their free time in the way that suits us best, with endless possibilities!
5. Restaurant for groups
The hotel or hostel will have a spacious restaurant with large tables so we can go in groups! In this way we will save ourselves the difficult task of organizing all the people in the group to go to the restaurant in turns. In addition to this very important attribute, we can also keep in mind that it is a restaurant with local products, ecological and that we can prepare snacks and picnics in case we want to go hiking around!
6. Hostel location
When we decide to travel in a group of more than 15 people there is a key factor that we cannot pass up! The location of the hotel or hostel is essential for the organization to work and have no problems. Therefore, it is important that the place where we stay is close to the main city and its airport. If we are preparing a conference in Barcelona, a key place where we can do these meetings, work, etc. is in El Prat de Llobregat, as it is just 10 minutes from Barcelona and 5 minutes from the airport!
7. Other services
We may have already mentioned other services or secondary facilities in the previous points, but just in case we revisit some elements, in addition to the main ones, which we also consider important for a hotel or a hostel when making our group stay: Wi-Fi connectivity, games rooms, free parking, 24-hour left-luggage office, an ecological and sustainable hotel / hostel and some exclusive discounts for groups!
Do you think there are other services or facilities that a hotel or hostel should have to make it more comfortable for groups? If so we would love you to share it with us!