In Barcelona we stayed at the Hotel Montecarlo on La Rambla and although it is a fantastic hotel it doesn’t have a guest laundry. Sure they will do your laundry for you but it is quite expensive. So we ventured out to look for coin operated laundries on or close to La Rambla.
The first laundromat we found was one we just stumbled upon after our visit to the Palau de la Música Catalana on our way to the Picasso Museum. We stepped inside to take a look at prices and washing instructions (fortunately it was all in English) and decided to come back the next day to do a wash. That was easier said than done since the streets in that area of Barcelona are like a maze and we couldn’t quite remember where it was but eventually we found it again.
The second time we needed to wash clothes we decided to try a different laundry on the other side of La Rambla. We did a Google search and off we went with our GPS but we never found it. We ended up walking back to the first laundry, so at this point we only have details for one laundry but we have added details for other laundries below that we found during our research. If you have used any other coin operated laundromats in Barcelona then please let us know in the comments below.
- The word laundry is ‘Lavanderia’ in Spanish and ‘Bugaderia’ in the Catalan language.
- If you are looking for a dry cleaner then the word for that is ‘Tintoreria’
- When travelling take a draw string bag with you to carry your laundry in. You can also fill a suitcase – one with wheels preferably and use that to get your clothes to the laundromat.
- Have plenty of coins with you particularly .50€, 1€ and 2€ coins as some laundromats have change machines and some don’t.
Details of the laundromats we used in Barcelona.
1. Wash and Dry
Carrer de Sant Pere Més Baix 24
Telephone Number: +34 93 268 0405
Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- How Much: 4.50€ per load
- Washing Powder: 0.50€ per cup of liquid soap
- Dryer: 2€ per 12 minutes
- Is it manned?: Yes
- English Spoken: Yes, but only a little
- English Instructions: Yes
- Dry Cleaning: Yes
How to Get There
The laundry is just a couple of minutes from the Palace of Catalyn Music (Palau de la Música Catalana) which is a must see when you visit Barcelona so if you know how to get there you can skim down through these directions and follow along from there. These instructions are how to get to the laundromat from the top of La Rambla at Catalunya Plaza (Plaza de Cataluña).
At Plaza de Cataluña at the very top of La Rambla turn right and walk past the Hard Rock Cafe. Take a right at Aunguda Del Portal De L’Angel. You should see the Banco De Espana building on that corner.
You will be walking down a pedestrian mall at this point. Keep to the left hand side of the mall and and turn left at Carrer Comtal (see image below).
Walk right up to the end of that street and you will hit Via Laietana which is a main road. Cross over that road to get to the other side and immediately turn right and then take the first left at Carrer De Sant Pere Mes Alt. Basically you are following the signs to the Palace of Catalyn Music (Palau de la Música Catalana) so you should see it in front of you as soon as you turned that corner.
Once you are in front of the Palace of Catalyn Music (Palau de la Música Catalana) and facing it, turn around and you will see a street called Carrer De Verdaguer i Callis. Walk up that street to the end and turn left at Carrer De Sant Pere Mes Baix.
Just walk up a few metres and the laundromat will be on the right.
This laundromat was about a 10 minute pleasant walk from Hotel Montecarlo on La Rambla and about a couple of minutes from Palau de la Música Catalana.
The laundromat also does dry cleaning and was manned at the time by a nice young lady with limited English who helped us figure out how to use the machine. We also purchased liquid washing soap from her as the machine that dispensed it wasn’t working the first time although it was working on the second visit.
The washing machine washes the clothes in 35 minutes. The dryer was amazing. I have never seen a dryer dry as fast as this one. In 12 minutes the clothes were pretty much dry. We could have gotten away with just the 12 minutes but decided on another 12 to do a proper job.
The area felt safe to be in. We were two women travelling on our own but felt okay walking the streets to and from the laundromat.
There are three Bugamatic Laundromats in central Barcelona. You can find more details on their website here.