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&*(@#$%^UI!!! What a day……first we are sad to say goodbye to Hash and the beautiful Marrakech. Then small issues at the airport. We check in and find our luggage over weight (no real surprise) , however we have to go to another part of the airport to pay the fees and then go back to ticket …
We have spent almost 2 weeks together. I loved the shopping trip to the Corte Ingles. Interesting events from the start. The dog run, the parking garage in Toledo,fish and chips at Gibralter, rental car return in Algeciras, initial walk to the Riad in Rabat, camels, snakes and monkeys in Marrakech, lost luggage ( maybe not as interesting as …
The last day in Barcelona we took a trip to Figueres to see the Dali museum (http://www.salvador-dali.org/museus/fi gueres/en_visita-virtual.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal%C3%AD_ Theatre_and_Museum). The trip was quite interesting. We rode on a bullet train for the first time (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVE). The train travels up to 300 …
... a garden designed by Antoni Gaudi. The park was lined with cavern-like walkways and colorful mosaics. The entrance was through two gingerbread-looking houses. After, we saw the Cathedral and did a bit of shopping until it started raining. We got a late Mexican dinner and then hung out at the hostel until it was time to head back to the train station for our 1am bus to Narbonnes, France.
It was pouring and the bus came an hour late, resulting in us arriving in ...
... like the dragon from the Saint George and the Dragon story (Saint George is the city's patron saint) and has the scales and everything. On the inside the house is made for light, cool spaces and practicality. Even the window knobs are made especially to fit the human hand.
On the third day we went to Gaudi's park. He built two outdoor spaces. One was supposed to be a market and I have no idea what the other could possibly ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCasa Fuster Hotel Barcelona
Evreything was wonderful EXCEPT the WIFI. Ruined the end of every day. I will not stay there again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Fuster Hotel Barcelona
I stayed in the Casa Fuster for two nights in June for my boyfriend's birthday and it was a real treat. The hotel is beautifully decorated and situated in a great location. The staff were all incredibly friendly and couldn't do enough to help, paying real attention to detail.
We stayed in a deluxe room which was really big, the bathroom was gorgeous and with a hydromassage bath and separate shower and our own balcony.
I would highly reccomend this hotel, one of the best I have stayed in.
5 star hotel but not exactly
We just got back from a 2 night stay at Casa Fuster. The hotel was beautiful, great location though if you are looking to stay closer to La Rambla, it is about a 15 minute walk. The staff were all super friendly, though not super competent. That is where our problems were. On the first night there, they took us into our room with our luggage. Only problem was somebody was already staying in that room. They finally found another room but it didn't have a safe...which we really like having especially traveling to another country. By then it was 11:30 at night so we'd take anything. The room was beautiful...nice size for European standards. What we didn't like was it was 2 double beds pushed together but made up seperately so my husband and I either slept on seperate beds or had to sleep on 1 together. Would have been nicer with a king size. The next day when we came back to our room, the key wouldn't work - it came up red rather than green. Following day the same thing happened. That became annoying. Another problem was we booked a taxi through the hotel for 9 at ngiht when our dinner reservations were at 9:15. What we didn't know is they didn't book us one but tried to flag one down for us after we stood in the queue. So we finally got a taxi at 9:20. Normally when we book a taxi at a hotel, it's usually prebooked and the taxi shows up at that time. Again, the hotel was beautiful, the lounge was great. The only food we ate there was a veal hamburger which was quite good. When the little problems add up over a 2 night stay, it didn't ruin our stay but annoyed us some.
An absolute gem
I don't know where to start - loved it! We stayed at this hotel after the cruise for two days, one of which was my birthday. The check-in could've been smoother, I admit (the girl receptionist needs some customer relations coaching, as she appeared to be very aloof and unsympathetic), so we had to wait for the room we actually requested...But once we were in, the surroundings made up for everything. It's plush and modern, with an opulent bathroom (side to side shower is an experience), flat screen TVs, beautiful linens, funky furniture...The hotel is housed in this 19th Century white palace that attracts passers by just by its sheer magnificence. We also had a step out balcony, which is a little room by itself 'cause it's closed up with another set of windows. One odd thing is that their better rooms look out into the street - there are no inside superior rooms whatsover. I'm sure it's good for the view, but not so good for the traffic noise, although it does come down considerably by nighttime. The view is beautiful, though (we were on the 5th floor), so I didn't mind, even though I usually sleep with the windows open.
One other thing - they told us that breakfast was included, but didn't tell us it was only continental brakfast. So we went ahead and ordered eggs and other stuff, which turned out to be not included. They deffinitely need to be more upfront about that. Still, even that could not spoil the experience.
Nice hotel but not a 5 star
We recently visited Barcelona (November 2005) with our 3 year old daughter and stayed at the Hotel Arts for 3 nights and Casa Fuster for 3 nights. Casa Fuster was a pretty hotel (it was a mansion turned hotel)and they did try to make the most of what they had but everything was just on a small scale. The lobby was pretty tiny. The gym was small and the pool was more like a jacuzzi. The rooms were nicely appointed but a little small compared to the Ritz. They did have some nice touches like robes, chocolates at night and water bottles at turndown. Although it seemed to us like more of a business hotel. It was an easy walk to get to lots of different areas in Barcelona but we found most of Barcelona to be pretty walkable. In comparison the Hotel Arts was everything you would expect of a Ritz and more. We paid similar rates for both hotels ($300 ish) so I would def recommend the Hotel Arts. Casa Fuster is a nice, clean, 4 star hotel. You won't be disappointed unless you see the Hotel Arts.
Opulent, luxurious, good value, great location - recommended
The Casa Fuster hotel is located at the very top of the Passeig De Gracia, listed as a 5 star luxury hotel and a "Landmark Building". It doesn't disappoint, as the hotel projects a modernist atmosphere with traditional restoration elements of the original building.
We had a superior room, tastefully decorated and equipped with a modern flat screen TV - receiving international news cable channels, excellent and quiet air conditioning and a fabulous marbled and spacious bathroom. The interior of the hotel is sumptuously decorated and renovated, with marble columns, velour chairs maintaining the hotels traditional history.
As for the hotel amenities, staff at reception were helpful, friendly and multi-lingual. On the roof is the hotel terrace which was quiet, clean and a nice environment to relax for a few hours after a long day in Barcelona itself. There is a smallish pool on the roof along with a small but well equipped gym. I didn't sample the hotel's breakfast nor restaurant but have read good things about it in the local press and several Barcelona style guides during the visit.
The service in the hotel was exemplary with bath towels, robes, etc changed frequently and a bottle of water left daily was a nice touch.
Although the location of the hotel is a little out of Barcelona's main hustle and bustle I think this is a positive. It means that the leisurely strolls back to the hotel are just that; quiet and more relaxed. There is a Metro station within 5 minutes walk of the Hotel, named Diagonal which gives access to all the major sightseeing destinations and I would recommend picking up an inclusive (and fabulous value) travel pass for the duration of your visit: Take the green route to Lessops for Parc Guell, blue to Sagrada Familia , green again to Paral-lel for the Castle, Olympic Stadium and Fundacio Miro, and blue to Collblanc for Nou Camp and the home of FC Barcelona . Take green and change at Passeig de Gracia station onto yellow for Jaume I and the Gothic Quarter, Port Vello, Barceloneta and Villa Olimpica for the Olympic Port. Gaudi's two other notable projects, the Casa Batllo and Casa Mila are both within walking distance of the hotel and reside upon the same street, the Passeig De Gracia. If shopping if your thing than the Passeig De Gracia offers a range of chic boutiques and the best in designer branded fashion and accessories.
As for recommended eating I would visit Barceloneta for a range of excellent seafood and other cuisine restaurants, "Citrus" on the Passeig De Gracia for a modern blend of international cuisine - but my favourite was a small tapas bar called Princesa 23 located on the Calle Princesa not far from Jaume I metro station. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the food excellent. Avoids? Well, if you don't wish to be reminded of a standard Ibiza, Majorca, etc seafront area with touts, awful bars and restaurants, etc then avoid the Olympic Port at night.
Weve just returned after staying 6 nights in the fabulous Casa Fuster for the duration of our honeymoon, what a fabulous hotel!!
I did quite a lot of research before we booked and almost stumbled on the Casa Fuster by accident. On trip advisor it doesn't have a large number of reviews probably because it is a relatively new hotel so we took a leap of faith ignoring the more recognised hotels in favour of something slightly different.
I Emailed the hotel direct and was given a complimentary upgrade to a superior room to reflect the fact that it was our honeymoon.
From the immaculately presented staff on reception to the fastidious cleaners each of the hotel employees we encountered bent over backwards to make our stay not only enjoyable but memorable.
The hotel itself is virtually brand new, it was sympathetically renovated in 2004 with breathtaking results. It is situated in a great position in the Gracia region of the city away from the hussle and bustle of Las Ramblas, yet is near to the shopping area, tourist bus and only a short walk from Catalunya Square.
I've stayed in the Hotel Arts before and this Hotel is just as good but at a fraction of the cost. I'll definitely return!!
Absolutely the Best Hotel We've Stayed In
A simply outstanding facility. The staff was incredibly helpful and supportive. The building is beautiful and well situated on Passeig de Gracia (main shopping area, and only a few blocks from the Block of Discord and La Rambla). The facilities are so elegant and upscale. Our room was a king standard, and incredibly luxurious! Highlights included the flatscreen TV, wonderful whirlpool bath, and plush bedding. Rooftop business center, lounge, and pool great (awesome views of the city!). All in all, we didn´t want to leave the building, let alone the city!
This is a real 5 star hotel - My favorite from now on in Barcelona
We stayed at the Casa Fuster from the 19th to the 20th of May, and knew nothing about the hotel so we had just ordered one single night here, and then had to change to another hotel again since everything was prepaid and arranged for in advance.
After staying here at the Casa Fuster the Hotel Majestic was a real turn-off, overrated in all aspects. From now on the Casa Fuster is our nr#1 in Barcelona. Great location too.
What an experience... I have traveled a lot, stayed at some of the top hotels in Europe, but the Casa Fuster now stands in a class for itself, one of the very best if I compare all factors.
A experience of complete satisfaction with the hotel as such, the service and friendliness and professional staff is above 5 star really. Everything was designed to match together with each other the arhitecture, style, colours, the art, lights, mirrors, the background music everything. All the little details that made the stay WOW (we want to go back again), a lovely sunbath/swiminpool area on the roof. Quality furniture and large flat panel television in the room.
Most old classy 5 star hotels I have experienced is "fat and lazy", and tries to live on the history. But here, sorry if i repeat myself, they have understood what it takes to be a real 5 star hotel and what that little extra service means.
The service, attention and friendlyness from all of the staff we where in contact with puts the 5 star standard on a test, this was outside the scale.. real good.
Many thanks again for making our stay in Barcelona so much more worth. We will come back again, even if living up to the first experience with you will be challenging. ;-)
Good alternative to pricier 5 star hotels
We decided to take this one in a leap of faith for 3 nights in June, being unable to find an independent review of this hotel (does nobody stay there?!), having been dissuaded from our shortlist of the Ritz & Majestic by some of the comments suggesting these are trading on past glory. Overall, we felt Fuster was the right choice. Location wise it is further away from the Plaza Catalunya, & 7/10 minutes leisurely walk, than the Majestic. However certainly still very accessible on foot, (or a cheap taxi), and you stroll past the 2 main Gaudi mansions on your way back and forth. Also if you take opentop bus tour and pass, the Casa Pedrera stop is very close by. Having spent time in the noisy Ramblas, definitely far prefer the Paseo de Gracia location of this hotel. Attractive large art deco style bar, very tastefully furnished. Rooms also art deco style; recently renovated and all linen etc felt fresh and new. Room quite small, but that seems par for the course in Barcelona. Beds very comfortable, and excellent bathrooms. From pictures around of other similar standard hotels, the rooms seemed at least up to par if not better. Our room had a sweet little balcony that attracted a good deal of sun, and a view of the Sagrada spires (if not much else), but nevertheless was nice to have a little bit of outdoor space. Staff all charm personified, concierge very keen to make suggestions of sights to see, and good recommendation of an Italian restaurant (Bice). Downsides were the breakfast we took through laziness in room on last day, horribly overpriced (24/27 euros) for packet cereals, average pastries and indifferent hot food. Certainly better to take this elsewhere in a street cafe. Didn't try the other meals. We had a non-smoking room, there only seemed to be one floor of these, so may be in short supply when the hotel is full. And other gripe was the pool/ terrace shut for refurbishment without any notice so couldn't see and thus can't comment on this; fortunately enough to do in Barcelona for this not to be a problem, but aggravating that the normal rate is charged when a hotel is not fully functional. Overall though, based on what we saw of other short listed hotels, would recommend this one, assuming price stays competitive.
We are a British married couple who plan an annual weekend away without the children. Having visited lots of european cities (including Madrid last year) we booked into Hotel Condes de Barcelona a 4* hotel. Midnight on the evening before our 6am flight we telephoned Condes de Barcelona only to discover they had cancelled our reservation and moved us to Hotel Casa Fuster 5*. What may have been a nightmare turned out to be an absolute blessing. From our initial call to them on the evening before we left (to check we actually had a room) to the day we checked out we were delighted with the experience.
The hotel is immaculate. The large entrance lobby has a porter who welcomes you into a large impressive black double height marble lobby.
Our deluxe room was superb. The room was large with no adjacent or corridor noise.The decor was modern and spotless with a LCD tv for entertainment. The sound of which came from the speakers in the bathroom. Sheets were changed both nights we were there. The beds turned back with some little chocolates and dressing gowns on the bed each night.
The bathroom and separate shower room was large and imaculate. The toileteries were branded and very high quality. These were replaced every day.
Their lounge bar is huge,very chic but slightly expensive. That said the ambience was worth it.
On the 6th floor they have a fantastic roof terrace with tables and chairs where you can sit with your drink and get a great view of the city.
The staff could not do enough and booked us into two excellent restaurants.
We have stayed in many hotels and at this moment I would have no reservation about recommending this hotel.