Travel Blogs from Barcelona
So after a 10:30 hour flight from LAX to Frankfurt, Germany, a 2 hour layover in Germany, a two hour flight to Barcelona, we finally made it to Spain and shortly there after to our hotel.
We met up with our guide Frank at the hotel, he helped us get checked in and then went over the weeks itinerary Should have seen the look on the girls …
... We head for the Crow’s Nest Lounge at the bow to embark from Barcelona. With a little guitar music in the background we were on our journey.
Holland America has a funny dining program which is sort of a class system. The general population can dine in the Lido or a couple of small cafes cafeteria style. For 10 bucks a guest can upgrade to the Italian theme restaurant, for $20 one can dine in style in the ...
... Well Mark and I visited "La Pedrera", his ultimate completed building which was a block of apartments built in 1906. It was like visiting the moon! I say, completed building, because although he died in 1926, one of his buildings, La Sagrada is still being built.....a massive church, which when it is completed in 30 years time will not look like any other church in the world, will instantly become a UNESCO Heritage site and will be a drawcard for tourists ...
... for Parc Guell and Casa Vicens (Gaudy's first major/"important" work). But it would be a real shame not to take some time to enjoy the streets of Gràcia themselves. As we walked towards Casa Vicens, taking our time and taking it in, we stumbled across a real gem (see "More Photos"): First it was the barrels of wine (complete with taps) which caught my attention. Then I heard the Catalan (follow local tongues when travelling and you'll seldom be disappointed) and I ...
... Lorraine went for the Mountain chicken and rice. We shared seafood paella. The three had café con leche with tiramisu and flan. Now to tell you we are punch drunk is an understatement. This day has been filled with laughter at each other. Linda placed a 1 euro coin in what she insisted was her purse but it turns out she had her purse sideways and never put it in her purse. Mercedes would hear weird words not in the sentence. Lorraine and I cannot stop ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews B-Hotel Barcelona
What a great little hotel!!
Just back from a really fantastic 9 day holiday stay in Barcelona with my 9 yr old daughter.
We loved the city and we loved the hotel - the price was good value / the room really nice - modern and neat / we were on the 6th floor so no major noise / only spanish tv or bbc world servcie on tv so take your portable dvd player and a load movies like we did / the help we got from the hotel staff was excellent - they always helped out each morning and evening when we were off on our travels each day / the pool is nice - on the roof over looking the plaza below - bit small and a funny shape but just what you need at the end of the hot and sticky day.
Recommend you come here if coming to Barca for a holiday or biz trip - the hotel is just next to the ultra efficient air con metro and 5 mins to centre and 20 - 30 mins max to most places in Barca. 10 mins to Saints station which is 25 mins from airport / there's also an "Open cor" supermarket 1 min away down the Gran Via road as well to stock up on drinks / water / food / crisps / chocs / virtually anything you need.
Great hotel, were there first week of august 2005. Good location, right next to Metro Espanya - three or four stops to major sites at Liceu, Passeig de Gracia and Catalunya.
And yes : absolutely fabulous pool at the roof, though it closes rather early, at 8PM.
Smart design furniture and nice rooms, though cleanliness could be better. As others said before, it's true the lighting is a bit complicated to use in the beginning. Nice to know is that the shades between the bathroom and the bedroom can be closed automaticaly (small button in the bathroom).
Be carefull : environment rather noisy for the moment, huge building sites going on, one in front of the hotel, another right next to it, and they start quite early in the morning (but then again, they stop early too). (The building site on the beautiful Plaza des Torros or Bull Ring is transforming it into a shopping mall - brrrrr !). We easily got used to it, 'cause we've been living in the centre of Brussels for years, and there's always building sites going on too.
Another nice tip for your staying : we spent a wonderful evening (night) in a winebar right in front of church Santa Maria del Mar in the Born quarter - the kind of bar where they serve over 2 or 300 wines, one better than the the other. Great tapas too, and real cool terrace on the square in front of the church. For young people, couple of nice clothing shops, shoes, shirts, in the streets between the church and the sea front.
B is for Bliss
I'm just back from a 2 night stay at the B-Hotel in Barcelona. First impressions were 'WOW!'. The cool, marbled foyer is all clean lines and calmness. The seating area is like a trendy furniture store.
My room was beautiful. Lots of space and light. The en-suite was impressive with a full length, almost sunken bath. The lighting system was a bit tricky to use, but I got the hang of it. Ditto with the shower / bath. Too much modern technology! There was a flat screen TV, but it was a pity there wasn't more of a selection of channels. I was disappointed that there was no stereo / CD player. Beds were very comfortable.
The piece de resistance in the B-Hotel is the roof top pool. When I was there is was between 36 and 38 degrees so it was fantastic to cool off in the pool (even if it is only 1 metre deep!). Very quiet area where I happily stayed for a whole day. It was funny seeing peoples reactions to this area for the firat time - everyone was in awe.
Breakfast was good - but was included in my reservation, so as another poster mentioned I'm not sure it would be worth €12. I was surprised at how cheap room service and mini bar rates were. Staff were excellent at all times.
Location is great too. Only 2 metro stops away from the Place Catalunya.
I'm surprised that it is only a 3 star, deffo should be more. I can't wait to return to the B-Hotel.
Great time at b-hotel
we enjoyed our time in b-hotel.rooms have minimal design and the pool is great.after walking in the city all day,being able to swim at the roof pool and watch the city was a good treat.room service was also good.try it,you will enjoy it for sure:)
Wow: B-hotel was fantastic
We decided to stay at the B-Hotel after looking at the pictures on the web. This is a new hotel, so didn't have alot of reviews to go on. In the end, it was an excellent choice. The hotel did not disappoint and the real thing was even better than the pictures.
The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were very modern, clean and beautifully designed. They have nice dark hardwood floors and a modern bathroom. Most enjoyable was the roof deck pool - a nice way to relax after a day walking through an incredible city.
The hotel is very close to the subway that will get you to all the major attractions throughout Barcelona and close to the train station. We recommend checking out the Magic Fountains right across the street. There are alot of really nice cafes to eat breakfast right around the hotel and there's a convenience store only a block away and a supermarket (that's very reasonably priced) two blocks away.
Excellent location away from the major tourist area and felt very safe.
Unique Hotel Experience
This hotel was everything I hoped it would be. The decor is really modern and the lighting & amenities all touch-button operated, or by sensor outside the rooms. The roof-top is unique - seemingly without walls, the view is straight down onto the Place D'Espanya - and you can swim to the edge in the pool and look right over. There is a bar service, but no discernible bar, although the area is in place on the ground floor. Breakfast costs 12 euros which is expensive compared to the many local cafes & patisseries, but the mini-bar prices are not too outrageous. The staff, apart from one on the front desk, were friendly and helpful. The hotel is well-situated for the many tourist attractions in Barcelona, especially if you appreciate the joy of walking in a foreign city. It is also extremely close to the airport - the 3.60 euro aerobus stops virtually outside. I loved the uniqueness of the B-Hotel and it was excellent value for money.
wonderfull staff, in particular all front desk, they are very helpfull. Nice rooms and very quiet. A modern building open in April 2005. I suggest to visit it.
Just come back from Barcelona. B hotel was lovely. Although not completed yet it did not affect our stay at all. Rooms very modern and large. Staff very helpful. Pool on the roof is very impressive would definitly recommend. Great value for money spent.
Very Nice Hotel
I stayed in B-hotel in April when it had just opened.
While not fully completed at the time i.e. no bar yet, I found it to be a very nice hotel. The rooms are very modern, clean and spacious and the staff friendly and very helpful.
The area is safe and not very touristy, which I liked. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes near by and it is only a 20 min walk to La Rambla.
I would definetly recommend it as I had a very enjoyable stay there at reasonable prices.
We stayed in the new B-Hotel In May and although I was worried about it only just being built, it turned out to be a great choice. It is in a great location, 5 min walk to the tube and very safe to walk around the area -even late at night. The rooms are all contemporary and although we did not get breakfast included, the hotel does have a great rooftop pool and sauna etc. which made up for it. The only bad point was that I booked a double room and we got given a twin. Apart from that I would definitely stay there again.