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This was the first time we'd spent Sant Joan's (St. John's) Eve in Barcelona and we chose to do it away from the beaches. Words to follow - photos for now.
... 1700 to pick up our luggage for the airport. In hindsight, there was no need to hurry as our Vueling flight was delayed by 50 minutes.
We checked into our hotel in La Rambla just after 2200, went out for a quick stroll as the street was still very much alive. I think we were still feeling guilty about our indulgent afternoon in Granada but none of the cafes nearby inspired us so we went back to the hotel. We were looking forward to a gourmet breakfast at the Boqueria.
... for tips and can get in trouble. Later we watched the videos and saw how the people in the group that were not performing were always looking around and watching for police. We sauntered back to the flea market for a minute and then heard the music come back on. So we went back to the performance and watched round 2. These guys were super talented. I have to admit, I am a bit jealous. I wish I had skills like that! We tipped them a bit and went ...
Looking back on photos when we first set out on this journey we are shocked at how aged and dishevelled we look currently. Just over four months in we are both feeling very run down and although the trip has been the best experience ever we are becoming more exhausted and less motivated to be tourists. Paul and I believe it may be the colder, wetter weather that's getting us down. Again, feeling the pain of a cold early morning we set out to the ...
On Wednesday, Sept. 25th, we drove to Gata, a nearby little town, known for its handmade baskets. Here we saw lots of attractive baskets, handbags, rugs, etc., all stuff that one would love to buy and bring home. We stopped in at a hat shop where they actually made hats, complete with the hat moulds sitting on the floor by the hat-making machine. Next we checked out the ceramics store, which was full of lots of beautiful dishes, trays, etc. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aparthotel Atenea Barcelona
Stayed at the Aparthotel Atenea for 3 nights in April. The room was lovely and spacious and as described on lastminute/their website. Quite spacious, could easily fit 3 should they allow it. tv has a few English channels and the room was quite clean.
Had tickets for Barcelona FC waiting for us at the reception so they're quite trustworthy and friendly/helpful. They called Barcelona FC to confirm the seats were seated together(as the tickets were seats 137 and 139 but in the Nou camp thats the way they do it!!!)
Very good location, closest tube is less than a minute walk but the city centre is within walking distance(10mins max).
Breakfast was very clean,tasty,cosy but simple.
Would go back 100%.
Great hotel -at a great price
We stayed at the Aparthotel Atenea in April last year for 4 nights. We managed to get a good deal through lastminute.Our hotel room was very spacious - and everything in the bathroom had been sterlised which was great. The rooms were very clean.I think the hotel is a great location as it is not too far away from the centre.The only negative I have to say is that the lock was broken on our hotel room door - however this was sorted out very quickly and they arranged for us to stay in another room immediately.I would defnitely stay here again.
Lovely budget Hotel
This was our fisrt trip to Barcelona. We being three girls, looking for a fab time in barcelona. we were pleasently surprised with the quailty of the hotel, considering we got it so cheap. The staff are not that freindly, but we did'nt come to make friends with the hotel staff. the rooms are adequate and comfortable, with the added bonus of a fridge.
everything you need is available from reception, including the corkscrew to open that essential bottle of wine!! breakfast was great, although the hot breakfast looked a bit suspect!!! Getting around Barcelona was really easy, as the metro station is only a few steps away. great hotel, if you're just looking for somewhere to sleep and have a decent breakfast!!
Great Start to the Day
This hotel is very reminiscent of stark business-type accommodation - no frills at all but clean, neat rooms and a shower/bath that worked better than any other I've experienced in equivalent-price hotels in Europe. The breakfast was fantastic however - a huge buffet is available with good variety of dishes - A great start to your sightseeing day! A word of warning - make SURE you use the safe for any valuables. We had an incident where something was taken from the room.
This seems to be a problem common to a lot of hotels in Barcelona, however. All in all, for the price - I would recommend this hotel.
There is a station down the road so the location is convenient too.
Great shopping around the corner
The hotel is a little out off the beaten track, which means it is quiet, staff were not rude but were not friendly or helpful (a hello or a smile out of them was a struggle )
The room was ok, clean, basic and a nice bathroom and the communal areas extremely nice. Breakfast was very good, better than most cuisine I sampled in Barcelona, under no circumstances have a meal brought to your room unless you have the appetite of a sparrow and the income of Bill Gates!!!
But best of all if you head towards avenue diagonal (left if your coming out the door) from the hotel all the way into town are some very nice shopping centres, which we initially mistook for offices.
The area is also very well serviced by bus and metro....
Barcelona is a beautiful city so you wont need to be in the hotel. If your not looking to make friends outta the staff, it is an ok hotel.and you could do alot worse!!!