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... Gretel. The unusual construction of the 2 houses at the gate of Park Guell marks the iconic works of yet another magnificent structure of Antonio Gaudi. The park allows only a certain number of visitors per 30mins for visiting the monumental area so it is recommended to buy tickets online in advance. The price for the entrance is 7 euros online and 8 euros at the entrance. The best time of the day to photograph the ginger bread houses from the top is at late ...
... big thing on the street is the large open-air market called La Boqueria. Similar in concept to a farmer's market, this place sold literally any kind of food I could imagine; we passed stands that had anything from fresh fruit and smoothies, to ice cream, pizza, seafood, and pig legs. Basically, we made this our lunch/dinner (I don't really know what it is in Spain because it was like 4:00 in the afternoon), going from stand to stand ordering ...
... the mid-1800's when the old medieval walls just couldn't hold the expanding population. The grid-like pattern of wide boulevards is made more interesting because each street corner is cut diagonally, creating eight-sided squares at every intersection. Rich, artsy folks bought up plots of land and the majority of the new buildings in the Eixample were designed and built in the ...
... another creation like something out of Dr Seuss. Cooler today thank goodness. We ate paella and patatas bravas in La Rambla, busy with Sunday strollers and tourists. We have used bus and metro to get around quite easily. It's a bigger city than I thought, 1.6 million pop plus visitors. Hotel is out of the centre in a local residential area, nice ...
... enthusiastic than Jacqui about the Baroque and Renaissance sections but I loved the Modern art section.
We went from the museum to CaixaForum. Opened in 1913 as a factory but built in the Art Nouveau fashion by one of the three giants of the movement, Puig i Cadaflch who along with Gaudi and Monttaner turned architecture on its head. It has since been converted to a social and cultural centre for the city.
Off we headed for the Arenas, a modern and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bonic Barcelona
Der perfekte Ort im Herzen von Barcelona
Ich verbrachte hier ein paar Nächte mit meinem Freund ... es war eine tolle Überraschung, ein solch schöne Hotel vorzufinden. Bonic ist mehr als nur eine Pension. Es ist eine freundliche Unterkunft und man kann Barcelona geniessen. Der Eigentümer ist höchst freundlich und aufmerksam. Alles ist äußerst sauber und die Einrichtung ist sehr geschmackvoll. Das Frühstück ist sehr lecker und vollkommen. Solch ein Frühstück bekommt man noch nicht einmal in 3-Sterne Hotels.
Alles war immer frisch und sauber, die Handtücher, Bademäntel und Bettwäsche. Die Zimmer waren selbstverständlich nicht sehr groß und man muss sich das Badezimmer teilen (die werden allerdings mehrmals pro Tag gereinigt) .. aber das findet man halt in einer Pension ... überall! Und hier bekommt man den Service eines Hotels zu den Preisen einer Pension, kostenloses Internet und der Eigentümer vorsorgt einen mit all den Informationen, die man so benötigt - zum Einkaufen, Museum, Strand, was man auch wissen möchte, er kennt sich in der Stadt sehr gut aus!
Ich kann diesen Ort nur empfehlen!!!! Wenn Sie nach einem guten Preis und ausgezeichnetem Service suchen, dann müssen Sie ins Bonic fahren.
Wir waren zwei Tage lang in einem Doppelzimmer mit Terrasse. Ich hatte an dieser Pension nichts auszusetzen und der freundliche Service machten das Wochenende ganz perfekt. Man wird vom Eigentümer mit einem kalten Bier und einem Platz auf der Terrasse unter freiem Himmel empfangen. Die Zimmer waren ganz toll eingerichtet, das gilt auch für das ganze Haus. Die Lage ist toll, man kann am Abend gut ausgehen und kommt sehr leicht zum Strand (zwei Gehminuten). Ich würde hier zweifelsfrei wieder unterkommen!!!!
Perfect location, safe, clean and friendly
Location! Location! Location! If that is what you are looking for, Bonic is the best place to be. Conveniently located next to the Ramblas, and Drassanas Metro Station, but just far enough to be quiet. Walking distance from most sightseeing, shopping and beach. Next to the perfect location, the safety of the place and area are also excellent. I travelled there as a single woman on my own, and felt safe every second of my stay. And all the positive things that are said in previous comments are true... Rooms are nicely decorated (their website www.bonic-barcelona.com shows how they really are), clean place, friendly people, good breakfast,... Can really recommend Bonic Barcelona.
The perfect place in the heart of Barcelona
I stayed there with my boyfriend for a couple of nights...it was a great surprise to see such a nice place. Bonic is more than a Bed & Breakfast. Is a friendly place to stay while you enjoy Barcelona. The owner is simply the most kind and attentive person I ever met on a B&B type of hotel. Everything extremely clean and the decoration is very tastefull. The breakfast is delicious and complete! Not even 3 * hotels can serve such a well made bkfast. Towels, robe, linnen...everything so clean and fresh! Of couse the rooms are not big and you do need to share the bathrooms (that are cleanned several times a day)...but that's what a B&B is...everywhere! And this one has the real hotel service with a B&B price...free internet...and the owner gives you all the instructions needed...for shpping...museum...beach...whatever you need to know..he is totally aware of the city! I highly recommend the place!!!! If you are looking for good price and excellent service...then you MUST go to BONIC.
Friendly, with little luxuries at a very reasonable price
Stay with Fernando and you will not be disappointed. This is a wonderfully central location but on a quiet side street. Easy access walking to things or the Metro. I liked that the Bonic is not marked as a hotel on the outside. It is like staying in a beautiful, recently restored flat. Fernando has great taste and the decorations are lovely throughout. The rooms are small but comfortable. The bathrooms are beautiful. To a traveler, nice robes and plush towels are a luxury. There is a complete and very tasty breakfast including treats from the bakery downstairs and excellent coffee (a rarity when traveling). It tided me over nicely until the Spanish lunch hour at 2 p.m. The bowl of apples in the hall was also welcome. Fernando was very helpful with the rest of my itinerary and speaks quite a few languages fluently. Free Internet access. Several reviews mention the courtyard downstairs. It is not elaborate but I would not call it scary. I would highly recommend the Bonic.
We stayed in a double room with a terrace for two nights. I couldn't fault this B&B at all and the friendly service made the weekend absolutly perfect. You are greated by the owner with a cool beer and a seat in the open aired terrace. The rooms are stunningly decorated as is the whole house. Location is perfect for evenings out or to access the beach (a two minute walk). I would not hesitate to stay here again !!!
Nice little place to relax for the night
I stayed for 2 nights in a single rm. A stay here felt a little like visiting with distant friend/relative in their house rather than a commercial hotel.
First of all, the location is both good and bad. It's a few steps from the Drassane Metro stop at the bottom of Las Ramblas, which makes it very easy to get to and from. The downside is that the entrance (to this 1st flr apartment) is on a dark side street that felt kind of spooky. (Be sure to get instructions on how to locate the front door via email before-hand). On a weekend night, there were lots of high school age drunks on the street. However, if you can overlook this, the atmosphere inside is quite nice (as are the 2 owners who I met during the stay).
Inside, it's like a apartment with multiple bedrooms. I booked a single and was given a choice of 2 rooms (both have no windows and are quite small). Furnishings inside the bedroom as well as the apartment are simple but the decor is quite tasteful. 3 baths are shared by the 8 rooms. While I was there, only 2 other rooms were occupied (both by mature couples). The bathrooms were kept extremely clean and it seemed that it was freshened up several times a day. I was fortunate in that my neighbors were all very considerate and quiet during my stay. Noise in the apartment does tend to propagate with the hard floors. So your stay can depend greatly on whoelse is there at the moment.
Despite the sm size of the room, which is sufficient if all you do is sleep, the bed (EU full size) was really comfortable with fresh linen and blanket. A robe is supplied to help you go back and forth to the bathroom, as well as large and sm towels (These were all very clean and fresh).
Breakfast was very artfully put together and included juice, yogurt, toast, and a plate of bagette, ham, cheese, biscuit, etc. It reflected the care and attention to details taken by the proprietors of the hotel.
I would not hesitate to stay here again, but would probably miss a private bathroom if the length of stay was longer.
Feel at home
Once passed the courtyard which is certainly not in a good state...what a nice surprise: The owner welcomed us (me and my colleague on a shopping trip) at his nice place with a lovely smile and a free breakfast. Gracias! Just the best way to start a 2-day stay in Barcelona.
We stayed in a small, but nicely furnished and clean twin room. Too bad there is only bathrooms to share, but as they apparently never rent more than 4 of their 8 rooms at a time, the bathrooms should not be too crowded and were very clean.
Thanks also to Fernando, the owner, for the great advice concerning restaurants and for the extraordinary help to catch a cab in the pooring rain on our departure.
Fantastic Place to Stay
I stayed at Bonic B&B for 3 nights in October. It was very clean, the proprietors were extremely friendly, welcoming, and informative, and the setting was relaxing and comfortable. I stayed in a single room which had a full-sized bed. Unfortunately the room was without a window but it still felt quaint and comfortable; the bed was perfect for a great night's sleep. The B&B is located just off the south end of Las Ramblas so it's walking distance to many tourist activities, the beach, and many great restaurants and bars yet it is very quiet for that great night's sleep.
All in all, I highly recommend this place for couples and singles. As many people are out seeing the sights, I didn't find it to be a great place to socialize with others who were staying there but loved it's location, loved the accomodations, and enjoyed the experience.
I recently stayed a the Bonic for 3 nights and found it to be a great place.
It's located about 1 minutes walk from one end of La Rambla (near the Drassanes metro station), in the El Born area, so is close to the action and there are lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance. However, the Bonic is within an old style apartment (like a tenement), which faces the back, so it is nice and quiet. This also has the added benefit of being accessed by an intercom door entry system (only residents of the Bonic and other apartments in the block have keys), so it felt secure too.
I loved the decor, which was Moorish style. I don't think that any of the rooms are very big, but big enough for what you need and very clean, as were the bathrooms.
We only saw 2 members of staff/owners, who were both really friendly. On arrival we were met by the owner, Fernando, who chatted with us for half an hour about things to do/places to go, whilst keeping us topped up with ice cold beer (which we wern't charged for).
Breakfast was fine - continental style, enough to fill you up for the morning.
The atmosphere was relaxing and laid-back and you can come and go as you please.
The website (bonic-barelona) is a good representation of the place.
Just one thing - make sure you take the full address, including the floor/apartment number, as they don't have a sign outside.
I would definitely stay here again.