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... It is certainly a very unique building. When it nears completion, all shops and other buildings to the frontage of it are to be demolished in order to created a major park / plaza in front of it. In the meantime, the shops are certainly cashing in on the tourism Euro.
In addition to this, we visited the Gothic quarter of the city (the old part of the city), including the Passeig de Gracia, the major city centre Cathedral. We went to the ...
... bus system yet, and was running late for my
reservation at the Picasso Museum, so I grabbed a Taxi. What a great
experience, so well presented, and even though I had seen some of it at SAM’s
exhibit a few years ago, I was inspired anew, and humbled by his work. During
those two hours I began to feel grateful and to remember the reasons I am doing
For the first few days, because I was a lost and confused
... I want to stop in and have an espresso. It doesn’t help that there is a cafe on every corner and just about every other shop between.
The hostel when booking reservations must try and put all the same nationalities together as of the 8 bunk beds, 6 are filled with Americans. It might also be that most Europeans consider us to be load and obnoxious and didn’t want to sully the experience of the other travelers staying here. ...
... next day.
The next morning we actually got to sleep in for a little bit! We got ready for the day and headed out for our "tourist" day in Barcelona! We started by of course, jumping onto the metro. We headed for lunch at a famous sandwich shop but got caught up in a riot on the way there. I'm not sure what it was about but it was still entertaining to watch people yelling and screaming. We finally made it to the well known sandwich place, "Bó de B's". It was honestly so good ...
... 50min from airport to our hotel near Glories station via bus, train and foot. Dinner for our first night was at a tapas restaurant down the road called Canas y Tapas. Overall, it was a bit disappointing, boring bland and poorly presented.
Today was a good day. We crammed in three cathedrals; The Sagrada Familia Church, the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and Cathedral of the Holy Cross. We also wandered the Gothic quarter and Les ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Acevi Villarroel Barcelona
Acevi - good allrounder !
Getting to the Aveci using public transport couldn't be easier. The closest Metro station is URGELL on Line 1 (exit to the right on the Metro platform for Ca. Villarroel when travelling from Sants) From here it's a 5 minute walk to the hotel - take a left on Ca. Villarroel when you come above ground.
Service was efficient and friendly - I had problems with my room safe and reception promised it would be sorted out within 15 minutes and sure enough the odd job man came as promised after quarter of an hour. (in my experience 15 minutes = 45 minutes when asking hotel receptionists for an ETA !)
I stayed in twin room overlooking the rear of the hotel, which was by no means tiny but not overly spacious either. The decor is modern and the bathroom was particulary nicely finished off. The room was a little gloomy with little natural daylight. However, because of the way buildings are laid out in Barcelona, apparently this is not unusual.
The facilities are a very good - a small, basic fitness room, sauna and jacuzzi (which was out of action and in the middle of being repaired during my stay - which was a pity). The hotel has a small outdoor pool and large decked area for sunbathing - great for catching a siesta between sight seeing and getting ready for an evening meal.
I didn't use the hotel restaurant or breakfast at the hotel either so cannot comment on the food/service. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel (some of which are considerably cheaper) For a quick light breakfast try the bakery across the road - I can recommend an expresso and a delicious cheese and tomato pastry !
The Acevi Hotel is well situated in the Eixample area and is a stones throw away from the heart of gay Eixample - in fact literally around the corner - so if don't be surprised if you accidently find yourself in a gay restaurant or bar. However, no need to be concerned as the locals are very friendly.
All in all, I would definately recommend the Aveci Hotel - easy access to all the sights of the city by Metro whilst keeping a comfortable distance away from the usual tourist traps and located in a friendly and colourful neighbourhood.
A hotel with class
We booked this hotel after reading reviews of it on this site. It was a wonderful experience. I have stayed in hotels in Barcelona on many occassions and this is by far the best. It is close to the centre yet far away enough to be nice and quiet at night. Our rooms were upgraded to duplex (bedroom and shower and downstairs a lounge area). The room was very modern and clean with great facilties including a safe, hi-fi with DVD player. The free internet access on each floor was a real bonus. The pool was great to cool down in and the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi were great to chill out in after a busy day being a tourist. The staff were very kind and helpful.
There is a bus (number 14) right opposite the hotel that takes you straight into the city and down the Ramblas! I would certianly go back to stay at the hotel and would recommend it to anyone. I got a good deal which came to £46 per night for a single person-you couldnt get that in the UK and to such a high quality.
Great Hotel for the Money
My husband and I stayed at the Acevi for four nights in late July and I must say everything was great- the room and bathroom were very modern and spacious (had a room facing the back and it was very quiet), the staff were extremely helpful and the location was a 15-25 minute walk to Plaza de Espana and Plaza Catalunya. There are also public buses a block away or so that will take you all over town. Try the little Italian restaurant across the street - great Pizza. There are also a lot of little local cafes to have coffee and light sandwiches and tortillas. A steal at 70 dollars per night.
The Acevi Villaroel is a superb hotel with great facilities in a good location. I would highly recommend it especially at the rate of 75 euro per night. As mentioned it is about 15 mins to Rambla (try Attic Restaurant) and 30 mins walk to Port Vell (try the boat bar Luz Gas). All in all a great hotel in a great city!
I can only concur with the other reviews, we paid 85 euros a night and its great value for a top class hotel. This hotel is a very high standard, deserving its 4* status. It is situated in a quiter area, but perfectly safe to walk to and from all the main areas - about a 15 minute walk (if that) to Ramblas district and the subsequent hot spots. Metro located a few blocks down. Outside pool, whilst only shallow is more than adequate for cooling off if not for serious swimming, whilst the pool area is clean, moderm and because of its location - quite peaceful, even in the height of the season - there were no more than a dozen people round it at any time, with a relaxing spa facility in the pool. Indoor there is spa, sauna and some gym equipment, once again very clean and rarely busy.
The rooms are very modern, (no ironing facilities though, they will iron for you at 5 euros a shot, so take your iron) nice bathrooms and each floor has 2 free internet access PC's . Staff are friendly and helpful. It was a great base from which to see Barcelona - and a nice haven away from the sometimes hectic main areas - if you looking for that.
Shame about the staff.
I'd give this hotel a rating of 4/5, as I would class it as above average for hotels in Barcelona.
Firstly, I've got to say that it's a nice area where this hotel is situated. If you like your sleep, then this is the area for you! When you went for your night-cap, there wasn't a sound to be heard. It was lovely and quiet. It was also the most convenient hotel you could get outside those hotels in the central area like Las Rambla etc., because of the bus stop opposite the hotel. My advice is to take these local buses (at 4.70 euros for a day pass), instead of the 17.50 euros for a day pass on the bus turistic! The tourist bus is a rip-off. Tried it for a day, and you don't get much commentary like you would expect, and they can't speak good English either!
The bus drivers on the local buses don't speak good English (so take a map to point where you want to go!), but at least it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the the tourist bus, and you're heading towards the same places! Be warned however, on the way back, the buses rarely drop you off where you left off opposite the hotel! Maybe it's to do with all the one way streets, but they usually end up dropping you one or two streets before the hotel street, usually on Casanova, so always carry a map with you!
The staff really let this hotel down. Shortly after we arrived, we asked the hotel staff on reception for various directions such as what bus we should take to get to such and such tourist attraction, and they were useless. They gave us the wrong information each time giving us a bus number that didn't exist etc, or saying they didn't understand what we were saying, or they didn't know, with long faces. They were clueless, and not interested in helping. We also enquired why my emails wouldn't send. They couldn't help us with that either. Eventually we gave up and just found our own way around the city without asking the hotel staff anything.
In the hotel the room was very spacious and very modern. What was ridiculous, was there was no bin in the room, apart from a tiny little peddle bin in the bathroom, so we ended up just putting all our rubbish in a plastic bag in the corner of the room, some of it overflowing and ending up on the floor.
The bathroom was fantastic!, very luxurious. Better than any other bathroom I've been in! It was pure green marble, with a large mirror etc. There are a couple of computers with internet access on each floor. However I was extremely disappointed with the swimming pool. It was so small, and so shallow, that I felt ridiculous in it, and I'm only 5ft 3" ! Inside, they had a jacuzzi and a gym, sauna's etc.
For breakfast we usually went to one of the numerous cafe's around the corner from the hotel, which were very reasonable. There is one restaurant in the hotel called Bo, which I was very impressed with. We went to eat there one evening. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent. They are open practically all day, every day. It is quite expensive, so we didn't eat there every night, but there are a few restaurants in the local area from which you can choose from.
All in all we had a good time, and I'm proud to say I came home with my handbag too! (which is more than I can say for a lot of people I've heard of, who've had their's grabbed from them in broad daylight.) My advice? Put your bag strap across you diagonally. If they take your bag, they would have to take you also! Don't carry a handheld bag, or the strap over one of your shoulders, it's easier for them to grab.
Hope this review has helped. Have a good time in Barcelona!
Expectations were exceeded
Well this hotel I would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxed stay in the beautiful city of Barcelona. The rooms and hotel was to the highest standard, the staff extremely friendly and helpful and for the price it was an excellent choice!! The Spa fascilities and gym equipment are free to use downstairs so if, like us, you wanted to soothe those aching joints after the long days out then this perfect.....Our only slight complaint was the size of the bin in our room, there was only one little peddle bin, but this isnt any biggy! Overall, if you can get this at a cheap rate like we did around 110euros per night, then its amazing value for money and classy to boot!!
Very nice hotel
This is a nice hotel which has classy furniture and fittings in a larger than average room. It is well located near the tube station and in walking distance of the Ramblas. It feels more like a business hotel than tourist. There is free internet access on all floors which was great - bring your e mail addresses with you to send regular updates home. The breakfast was varied and the staff friendly. I have only one gripe - they allow smoking in the breakfast buffett which is not only revolting but shows Spain years behind western countries in some of its attitudes. Perhaps I feel more strongly because we had a 2 year old in tow, but honestly...smoking over a buffet when I felt rough from all the cerveza...not on. Still, this did not detract from a great weekend in a good hotel....recommended
We were very impressed by the Acevi Villaroel for the price we paid. The rooms are modern and clean, the staff friendly and helpful and the breakfast pretty good.
It is well located about 10mins walk from Passeig de Gracia and Casa Batllo, but in a fairly quiet area of the city.
Would definitely go back.
Acevi Villarroel is one of the best value hotels I have ever stayed in.
We paid €80 per night which is a steal for a four star hotel in Barcelona.
The hotel was in a quiet part of the city but close to all the tourist hotspots.
We had a lovely double room with everything ranging from a cd player to a bottle opener for a nice bottle of rioja.
Every floor had computers with free internet access which was a nice touch and the staff were always hospitable.
If only every hotel were as nice as Acevi :)