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We took a three-hour Gaudi tour which included Casa Batllo,designed by Gaudi, where the roof resembles a dragon's back and the balconies are sculpted in the form of carnival masks, depicting the skulls of the dragon's victims. The fašade reveals Gaudi's remarkable use of color and texture. We also toured the incredibly impressive Sagrada Familia, …
... that the walking tour started soon, so I left and gave myself enough time to get lost before the start of the tour (and I did.) When I got there I found Kelly with her roommates, said hello, and decided that a little human interaction would be enjoyable after my morning alone. She seemed to stay with me more than her roommates, which I was fine with. Turns out she was only traveling with them because it was convenient, she actually didn't know anyone else in Barca. So ...
... in the dreary weather and explore the Harbour and part way up the Ramblas. Funny thing was that they could care less about getting wet and fully planned to get soaked on the Segways! Adriano was our guide for the 2 hour Segway tour. We had a thorough tour of the Gothic area including Roman walls and ancient fountains, squares and baths. We also went back to the Barcelonetta area which was fine because Adriano was so full of stories to more ...
... great people. We saw the old Palace including the square that Christopher Columbus walked into after finding America when we was suppose to be going to India for gold and spices! Their building were vert pretty and all had so much history, they have excavated down below the current building to find the Roman ruins. We didn't have time to go down there but from the street level you can see some of the walls. Their cathedral was also really interesting and pretty as we learnt about ...
... stores like Chanel, Gucci, Carolina Herrera Loewes and all the others. The hotel is well conditioned with swimming pool sauna, gym. etc., and close to bus stops and metro stations. After freshing up a little we took off for the Camp Nou, a magnificent stadium where we met thousands of people paying through the nose to get in to see the empy stadium, but Wito says it is worth it. It is in fact a whole show with ...
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I stayed three nights in a Executive Room with the usual benefits such as comp breakfast and refreshments. The staff (in all areas) are friendly and very helpful which for me is the most important thing. The hotel itself is a fairly modern building in a prime business location on Ave Diagonal close to shopping and a Euro 15 taxi ride to the seafront and main square. Conference facilities are superb with a multitude of function rooms and services.
Now to the things I was not impressed with:
The rooms are well equiped and modern (although a bit small) but the cleanliness could be improved. The fruit in the room consisted of one (1) apple which was not really fresh when I checked in.
Club Lounge: Nice and spacious with friendly staff however the snacks provided are not really exciting and of average quality. The lounge furniture also looks a bit "greasy"
Internet access will cost you 30 Euros per 24 hours which to me is very expensive. Personally I think this should be free of charge if you pay for Executive Room.
Bars/Restaurants are OK but nothing special, you will be able to find many nice Tapas bars close to the hotel instead.
Execellent hotel in commercial district
Hilton Barcelona is a great American style hotel in Barcelona, 15-mins from the ariport by taxi (20 Euro). I stayed there one night with my wife and two kids (6 & 3). Staff is english-speaking, very accomodating and friendly. The rooms are smaller though about the same size as hotels in NYC. We had the exeuctive room and the hospitaslity-suit was always stocked well with good food and drinks. The metro is about 2.5 blocks from the hotel and connects to all the sight-seeing in Barcelona. very convenient. My kids loved the hotel. I'd definitely stay there again when visitng Barcelona.
One of the "new generation" Hiltons, with stylish contemporary design and very comfrotable rooms. A refreshing change from stuffy hotel chain design. The service was effecient but nothing special. Location is a bit far from the action but close to transportation.
Terrible. The staff are very unhelpful and that has an effect on the whole hotel. The rooms are quite modern, but we ended up moving to the Grand Marina instead.
Just returned (Nov 2004) from an awesome weekend in Barcelona for my sons 9th birthday. Hopefully he will remember for the rest of his life the 100,000 fans in the Nou Camp Stadium cheer on Barca's 3-0 win over their old rivals Real Madrid.
The Hilton in Barcelona was only 15 minutes walk to the stadium and was a great base for our weekend. It is not in the centre, but taxis are very cheap and it was less than 10euros to the central area. It is also only 20euros from the airport...dont use the hotel to pre-book a transfer...this will set you back 63 euros!!!!
We obtained an upgrade to a king bedded room on the 11th floor. Views are not much to write about....only a busy main road, but we did not hear anything apart from the car/moped horns after the soccer match. Barcelona is full of mopeds!
This is a very modern hotel, with the rooms furbished in a contempory design. The room was not large, but was spacious enough for a massive and very comfortable bed, a separate area for a study desk and a good sized bathroom.......excellent shower.
The strawberries dipped in chocolate was a good touch from the Hotel Manager.
The executive lounge is very good, with both continental and full american breakfast served up to 10.30am, snacks/cakes and soft/alcoholic drinks served all day up to 10.30pm and also some warm snacks served from 7pm. However, one side of the room is smoking and the other is non-smoking, not ideal if you are a non-smoker as the room can fill with smoke. The executive lounge receptionists were all brilliant and could not do enough to help us.
We also used the main resturant for breakfast which appeared to be very slow on the Sunday morning, then the staff seemed to change on the Monday and was ultra efficient. Possible difference in service for leisure guests at weekends and business in midweek. Sunday service was terrible and food was cold!
I would recommend this hotel if on a business trip and also if you do not like being in a noisy city centre when on a leisure break.
A good day our is to go up into the mountain above the city and visit Tibidabo, the old tram ride up and the views of the city are awesome. The amusement park is good fun, but it is not disney or universal.
We also ate at the Hard Rock Cafe in the centre of the city....this was terrible, food poor and service was the slowest we have ever experienced. But when you have a 9 year old that only eats chicken nuggets and only really wanted to be in the Nou Camp, you need to eat at this places!
A great hotel, everything we expected. Reasonable price - it was included in the deal. Very helpful and polite servis. Clean and beautiful rooms, well equiped. Wonderful bed. Though not central, we had no trouble getting around, there is a subway station 7 min walk away. First class breakfast.
Nothing to complain about, we enjoyed this hotel a lot/
I just returned from Barcelona where I was for a big convention. Our company had probably booked one third of the hotels' rooms. Although we generated a lot of revenue, we were a big, sometimes noisy crowd that crowded the lobby bar at any time. But staff never lost their friendliness.
The Executive floor rooms are very modern but not as spacious as other reviewers mentioned. The bathroom is spacious though. The Clubroom is by far not as exclusive and comfortable as i.e. the one at the Prague Hilton. This one is a dark spot with tables lined up as in a cheap restaurant. Not worth it.
Some points to be mentioned: room service breakfast is fully charged, even if your rate already includes breakfast.
And, a colleague has been robbed (briefcase with wallet, laptop) at the reception while checking out. So, keep an eye on your stuff, and not only in the hotel. This happened to many participants of the convention during their stay in Barcelona. Not such a safe city.
A Class Act!
We stayed here during the last week of May 2004 and it was a great experience! We used Hilton Points which made our stay entirely free. We were given priority service, even though we weren't paying a thing. If you are a gold or diamond HHonors member, it goes a long way at this hotel. For starters, you check in on the executive level where they serve a very nice complimentary breakfast in the mornings. Snacks are provided in the evenings along with beer/wine, etc. It seemed that many travelers had a good time chatting and sharing their experiences in the evenings. Also, we were upgraded to a small suite that had a loveseat and table. A small plate of cookies awaited us on arrival!
The rooms are nice and spacious. The decor is modern. It reminded me a little bit of the W hotels found mostly in the U.S., except it looked as if they shopped for furniture at IKEA. The bathrooms are huge by European standards. The tubs are deep and are a nice treat after pounding your feet on the Barcelona pavement seeing the sights. My only complaint is that we could hear EVERYTHING our neighbors next door said. I even could hear them sigh. The walls must be paper-thin.
Every staff member at the hotel is unfailingly nice and helpful. They are all fluent in English. Downstairs is the business center where e-mail is available for a fee. There a gift shop on the first floor.
The hotel is not in the city-center, but it is two blocks from the subway which will whisk you anywhere you want to go in 10-15 minutes. Also, a tram runs down Avenguda Diagonal, but we never figured out where it went. Also, the hotel is close to a freeway if you choose to rent a car and explore outside Barcelona.
Right next door is the popular Mexican chain Carlos N' Charlie's which we did not think was as good as the ones in Mexico. They are opening a Starbucks right next door to the hotel and there are already 2 a few blocks away. However, I certainly recommend a cafe con leche from ANY small cafe over Starbucks. After all, you're in Europe- where the coffee is sensational! But hey, we all get homesick on occasion. Another location bonus is the hotel's proximity to El Corte Ingles (Spain's omnipresent department store). We did not go into this particular location but we believe it includes a grocery store which is handy for drinks/snacks. I also saw more shopping down Avenguda Diagonal (towards the city center) in case you want to check out Spanish fashions.
My wife and I accompanied by our 2.5 years old daughter have just returned from Barcelona staying in the Hilton. The hotel is in an upmarket part of the city with excellent shopping, a fair smattering of good eateries and above all is in a very safe area frequented by lots of Spanish families. The welcome at the Hilton was truly first class.
Lots of smiling faces and a welcome gift for our daughter which was a really nice touch. We ended up on a business floor (not sure what the standard floors are like) which included a very well equipped gym. The rooms are not large but still spacious enough to take a cot and are modern and well equipped (mini bar, coffee machine, marble bathroom, satellite tv with movies). Complimentary tea, coffee, mineral water and apples strangely enough. The hotel is set back from the main road and traffic noise is not a problem indeed we had 3 excellent nights sleep which I wish I could replicate at home! The breakfast buffet was included and very good. % stars might be stretching things a little but I would rate this hotel as an excellent 4 star with 5 star staff and a relaxing location with good links to the main sights (excellent tourist bus at 19 euros for 2 days unlimited travel is just 10 minutes away).
One word of caution. We took a taxi from the airport and we were ripped off by an English speaking driver supposedly from Girona who was very friendly and long on small talk. He charged 35 euros for a 17 euros trip. Thankfully the hotel arranged our return taxi which cost 17 euros.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
The room was REALLY over pticed but the service was world class.
Chocolate dipped strawberries (not standard unless youre HHonors Gold/Diamond) greeted me in a comfortable room. The lobby was spacious and the location is ideal for buisness as it is close to the airport.
It is also right on the line for the tour bus. The executive lounge was one of the best I've been to.