Travel Blogs from Barcelona
We were a group of 8 people who stayed at Barcelona for 4nights and 5 days. When I think of Barcelona, I think of Port Vell/Olimpic. During the day you have beaches and restaurants and during night you club hop in that entire area. Decent crowd and great music and food.
Barcelona Casino is right there, but we gave it amiss.
Las Ramblas is excellent for just chilling during evening with friends and few drinks and tapas. You can find your usual Burger ...
... bullfighting, stay firm, hold your course. Avoid old ladies, though, they are fearless. Respect the pregnant or the infirm.
Bumping is common with no apologies.
Bloody smokers are everywhere.
Personal space is much closer.
It is essential to get that the traffic is coming from the other direction on the other side of the road.
The Spanish practice only a temporary compliance to stop/go pedestrian lights. If there's no traffic you walk regardless of the ...
... to let me play with their puppies and it was a delight.
I would eat tapas every meal if I could, but even the 'authentic' places full of Spaniards have nothing on Movida in Melbourne.
Whoever invented combining sparkling white wine and orange juice deserves a medal.
I really like that your prostitues wear trackies and sneakers. It's charming and way sexier than immobilisingly tight short skirts ...
Guest Writer - Angus
This story starts the night before we left Aix-en-Provence:
Wondering aimlessly through the centre of the city around midnight, we met up with Paola, Davids exchange from three years ago .
Although the train journey from Aix en Provence to Barcelona was not particularly long, there were three changes along the way at Marseille, Montpellier and Figueres. These changes went smoothly and we arrived in Barcelona late in ...
... each side for car traffic, but a large center area for pedestrians and all types of vendors, restaurants, etc. It was well past lunch time so we were parched and starving. It was hot, so rather than sit outside we found an indoor restaurant with a/c, and we enjoyed some tapas and a pitcher of Sangria. We had a table on the second floor by the window so we could do some people watching, which is always so much fun! After lunch we started ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Acevi Villarroel Barcelona
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.
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.
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.
I'd give this hotel a rating of 4/5, as I would class it as above average for hotels 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!!
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 :)