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... hopped on a tourist bus and begun the 'orange route' that took in the western part of the city. Due to a Harley Davidson parade that was happening in town, we had to miss a couple of stops that sat on top of Montjuic. While it would have been good to see the castle, surrounding gardens and the Olympic stadium that sit atop the hill from up close, we were still able to get a good idea of what it was like from the bus.
We spent the remainder of the morning ...
... suburbs to be a touch dirty, the people cold and costs high. Rome was overcrowded! People and rubbish everywhere, was almost enough to offset the sheer beauty of the artworks and the architecture. However, Barcelona didn't suffer from any of those issues. There was room, it wasn't overly expensive, the people were kind and it was clean and green! It really was somewhere I could live. I arrived late, but made friends within about 2 minutes of arriving and we ...
... to spend the next Saturday at the Sagrada Familia. I had walked past Gaudí's incomplete masterpiece dozens of times and was eager to get inside. The basilica is over 130 years in the making and is projected to be completed in 13 years. Gaudí was commissioned to build this expiatory church by a faction of the Catholic church to atone for the de-christianization of the Barcelonese. He was given no deadline. The 31-year-old architect was known to have said, ...
... favorite was visiting the bar where Hemingway supposedly wrote The Sun Also Rises. They have a little plaque at the bar over the seat he frequented. As this is one of my all-time favorite novels, I was incredibly excited! We also ate at one of his favorite restaurants for dinner and later visited Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore supposedly popular with Hemingway and other great writers.
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... that was directly underneath this statue and booked myself onto a 4pm 15 euro 2 hour walking tour that apparently focussed on the works of Gaudi and other famous architects. That gave me time to go back to the hostel and attempt a nap: however, this proved not particularly fruitful with the loud artists, clapping and shouting from the Placa Real and people coming in and out of my room. After an interlude with an American who didn't understand me when I said the time was '5 past ...
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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!
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.