Atenea Calabria Apartaments
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We've arrived... 11.30 local time. Friendly taxi ride from the airport cost less than we were expecting; €25 with a tip. Driver was chatty and very appreciative of our stumbling attempts at Spanish. The apartment is spartan in the nouveau style but clean, tasteful and spacious. Photos may follow, but the wifi seems a bit erratic, and a bit slow... Time for bed...
... literally translates to "the *******". Traditionally, the figurine is depicted as a peasant, wearing the traditional Catalan red cap (the "barretina") with his trousers down, showing his bare butt and defecating. The Caganer is a highly popular feature of modern Catalan nativity scenes and is believed to have entered the nativity scene by the late 17th or early 18th century, during the Baroque period. Last stops were Placa del Rei (King's Square) where one of the King's ...
... of Sant Joan for equinoccio night (thanks Cristina!!) There were families everywhere on the beach having picnics, swimming in the sea and getting comfy on blankets and in tents. There were the young and the old and absolutely everyone carted bags and bags and bags of fireworks to the beach! We saw young children lighting their own fireworks and "hitting the dirt" in the beach sand before the crackers went off. We saw grandpas and grandmas lighting off ...
... something felt like it was missing. I honestly think that starting this trip with Portugal definitely skewed all my perceptions of the remaining countries. Obviously, Spain has its beauty with its palaces, senate buildings and beautiful parks, but I've come to realize that I prefer natural wonders the most. The feeling of the sea water hitting the rocks, the sun shinning on my skin, the wind caressing my face and the leaves on the trees.. Now THAT is life, THAT is exploring ...
... get an idea of just how excited I was!) We did walking tour - day 2 and picked up where we left off the first day. Did the downtown Gothic area, saw the home of Picasso, the houses designed by Gaudi (nightmare from an engineering point of view - feckin architects!), and then in the evening went up Montjuic to watch the sun set over the city. The world swimming championships were on so there was a great buzz around this area. There was a water fountain light show ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Atenea Calabria Apartaments Barcelona
For 50 Euros a night myself and my girlfriend got to stay in a quiet Barcelona street, in a hotel with clean and cool rooms, balcony and TV (and small kitchen too if you need a cool beer). Everyone is frienly here and there is a supemarket next door for supplies.
This is not in the Ramblas but you can walk it in 15 minutes and stop off at some local places on the way. Walk a different route each time and see what you find.
I recommend Calabria to anyone who is looking for a clean, comfortable and friendly place to stay and either cant find a place in Ramblas or intentionally goes for a more residential area. It isn't high class (whatever that means), but who wants to waste a fortune on a place to sleep when places like this do it perfectly well?
Great deal for the money!
I just stayed at Aparthotel Calabria for five days and the place is great! The rooms are large and roomy - which is quite a treat for most of the hotels I've stayed at in Europe have small rooms. The location of the property is very convenient. It's just close enough to the sites that you can walk or take the metro, but far enough that you're not stuck in touristville. My husband and I enjoyed the comfort of being in a neighborhood that was quiete and where we were able to experience living among the locals.
A nice hotel family
we did like the service of calabria hotel apartment in barcelona. the hotel is in the very quite street en not so far from the nearest metro station( i think it's more than 3 minuten walking!) we got a very big room (we asked room voor 2 adults en 1 child ). that was really surprising us because they have big kitchen (they provide also electrical cook, boarden, spoon, fork, pannen, etc), a room foor tv en sofa, a big bedroom, big balkon, and a big bath room ! a perfect hotel voor a family with children! the hotel is alos close (next door) to big supermarket en also children playground. but we didn't get the room with AC even the travel agent said that the rooms are with AC. they have only ventilator but didn't work. it was very pity because the room was so hot in the morning and at noon. but not in the evening. the breakfast also very very good. big assortiment of brood and sweet brood. we love to stay there. especially because you can cook for your self and also for the children.
Cheap, but nice
I just stayed there for 4 nights and I really liked the place. It is very close (3min walk) to Rocafort underground station (red line, 3 stops from Placa de Catalunya). The place is quiet (we were on the first floor, but we did not hear anything from the street). The room had a bathroom, a small kitchen, a bedroom and another room with a desk and a sofa (actually, another person could have slept on the sofa). The breakfast was huge: eggs, bacon, sausages, lots of cakes, biscuits, hot drinks, fresh fruits (strawberry for you). Plenty of optional to get: soaps, shampoo, razors, sponges, tissues, toothbrush and toothpasta. I got'em all! It seems strange to me that it does not rank higher in the Tripadvisor chart. We booked it with -----------------------------and we found a nice deal.
Hotel Calabria provided very comfortable and spacious accomodation.We stayed over for a couple of nights with our three teenage children and were entirely happy with the service provided and the cost. There is convenient parking right next door in an underground car park below a supermarket.( Although we parked our landrover in there ok, the height restrictions were a bit touch and go!)The beds were comfy, the view at the back was fascinating...if not very picturesque and the breakfasts as enormous as you wanted them to be!Location was ideal with easy access to metro and walking to Ramblas took only half an hour, taking in the atmosphere along the way!