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... made up for everything last night =P. Alex and Paula (she joined us there) took us to this awesome little restaurant called La Esquinica…not Alex’s family restaurant unfortunately, nor was it on a corner however little…but man the food was just fantastic! Was very cool having the guys just order everything without even looking at the menu, felt very local…if only we didn’t get stares from some the people around us who were probably ...
... no one complains, it's almost expected. August 4th We say our farewells to Carles, and his kids. AJ and I head for Barcelona for the night, we have an early train in the morning, to Paris, France, so we have to be close to the train station. AJ is running a little fever and wants to stay in and relax, so I head out to explore. I signed up to meet a group of travelers at the Placa Nova, in front of the Basilica of Barcelona, Then off to the IceBarcelona ...
... the square. And then a Spanish/polka/reggae band came out. It was pretty great.
Ahh, before I forget, Happy Canada, we tried to find poutine here but it was harder to do than you may believe. Then we thought we would make our own poutine but finding gravy is even hard. So we had to settle for a different Canadian classic, the falafel.
Oh, guess how much beer is here at the supermarket, $1.32 for a 6 ...
... as simple as ducking into a side street and following the maze of dark and twisty alleyways full of nameless historical buildings and tall old-style apartments competing for space), and having Spanish music to listen to all day (thank you Oscar) certainly topped it all off. Despite seeing far less, I felt like I was seeing the city more. And I love this city!
Clearly I haven't learned much from three months away! I'm no good at ticking ...
... pass. In the process I passed out of the arrivals section and was not allowed back without a boarding pass which I could not get until 3 hrs before boarding, approx. 7 am.
I then found some cushioned banquettes at an all-night airport cafe...nicely brightly lit. About this time Juliet found me. She was much more resourceful than I and thought about where I might go and asked if people had seen me. Two of them had and directed her in the right ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Astoria Hotel Barcelona
Very Nice Hotel
We had to spend one night in Barcelons in July 2004 and as usual checked Trip Advisor for info.
This hotel has had mostly good reviews and they were right.
It is a very nice hotel in a very good location. One night is perhaps not long enough to give a proper review but in the time we were there the hotel certainly was well worth the 3 star status it has.
We booked online directly with the hotel and got a very good price (94 euros) and a very clean room with a nice clean bathroom.
The breakfast is an extra 11 euros and,while it is pretty good,you may find better value and choice in one of the many cafes etc. in the area.
We would certainly have no hesitation in choosing this hotel for future trips to what is a fantastic city.
Great place to stay
Great place to stay in Barcelona. Very friendly staff. Rooms are clean, and the housekeepers do a nice job. Nice location. Make sure that you ask for a room with a window (not the airshaft). Can be a bit noisy from streetnoise (as in just about anywhere in Barcelona), but if you are a light sleeper earplugs will do the trick. I would definately stay here again.
The hotel exceeded my expectations of a 3-star hotel. It's location is close to Gaudi's Casa Mila and about 20 min walk from Placa Catalunya.
It's very clean, well equipped and the service is good. Highly recommended
Loved the location!
Stayed here for 3 nights in January. Excellent location. Within walking distance of Las Ramblas - or there's a bus stop right outside the hotel!!! We were lucky, having read other reviews we requested one of the few double rooms which had a great view. Lots of beautiful authentic restaurants near and if you like designer shopping, you couldn't pick a better location.
Stayed here for 4 nights in Jan 04. Room average with poor view but warm & decent amenities. Buffet style continental breakfast - excellent.
5 mins from metro and in an upmarket area with plenty of shopping/restraunts
This hotel was very good - location away from hustle and bustle, but still very convenient. Spacious, clean and airy rooms and lobby. Polite staff.
August 2003 Just got back, had an excellent time, nice to enter into a cool air conditioned Hotel & room from the intense heat outside, decor very impressive,breakfast was a lovely selection of cereals,meats & fruit, plenty of staff on hand to help when necessary.Disappointed there was no cocktails on offer in the evening. Some lovely restaurants nearby, and taxi rank just outside.Hotel location just far enough away from noise and car horns. I would recommend this Hotel to anyone.
Hotel Astoria was Excellent.
Stayed at the Hotel Astoria. The hotel was very nice and all the people very friendly and very accommodating. The only slightly negative item would be that our room was right next door to the cleaning closet and it got a little loud when they started cleaning in the morning. But, everything was very clean and the rooms were great. Barcelona was AWESOME, including the Costa Brava and the nearby mountains. I highly recommend all of it!
Very Mixed (and yes, Bizarre)
We were not very pleased with this hotel. We were given a relatively very expensive room (150 euro/night) that was small, cramped, and had no external window. Instead, the window opened onto a creepy airshaft with very little light or air. We were disappointed, to say the least, and asked to change rooms. The hotel staff were not gracious in handling our request, and it was only when we packed our bags and prepared to stay elsewhere that the staff promised us a room with an outside window the following night. (after refusing to refund our reservation deposit of one night's stay if we did leave). Admittedly, the room we had on the second night was bright and had a view, and the bathrooms were quite nice, although not worth the price charged. We were informed by the hotel staff that there are only 7 double rooms with outside windows in the entire hotel. The rest of the rooms face on the gloomy airshaft. Another disappointment with the Astoria is how difficult it was to get around Barcelona from the location. It took us quite a long time to reach downtown, and we wasted much of our day travelling to and from the hotel and nearby attractions. Overall, not worth it. One of the places down closer to the Cathedral would be a much better bet, and much less of a crunch on the pocket book.
Great location, peculiar service
Yes, this is a great location. Yes, the refurbished rooms have a stylish sense of wit.
Service is bizarre. We were travelling with children and discovered a startled bellboy lurking outside our kids' room at 2 a.m. When we enquired about his business there, he ran away! The car park is a garage in the next block, which is sometimes locked up at, say, 9 in the morning; one must go back to the hotel and wait for a bellboy to find a key in order to retrieve one's car or to park it. Our room was facing the street, but was quiet. Our kids room had a window onto a creepy airshaft. But if you are interested in the modernista Barcelona, the location is unbeatable. If you are driving, it is located just off the Diagonal, and so if convenient for making trips to nearby.