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... on it until 5 minutes before it pulled away from the station. At this point we went to wait outside of the train station waiting room until 5am when it opened. Our last train left at 6am. We got to Riva, after 36 hours of non-stop traveling, at 9:12am and took speed showers before our class which now started at 10am. Apparently there is some famous saying "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" but we think it should be "The pain in Spain comes mainly from the trains."
... got the room key and tried again. Doesn't the hotel have a car park? Yes, it does. May we use the car park? Yes, you may. Where is it? Turns out we were in the right place and we finally got it straightened out that we only needed to hit the button and the door would open. Wow, not totally very secure. BUT the room was free with our Marriott points and we had insurance to cover the car in case anything happened to it so we should be good.
Back to the ...
... Barcelona life around us while planning the end of the day. Just lovely!!!! (as Betz would say!) I am pretty sure we mentioned "this does NOT suck" once or twice today! After a rest we had our legs back and used them to walk the remaining blocks to the MOST INCREDIBLE CHURCH EVER SEEN! It's called Sagrada Familia and was/is the brain child of Gaudi....again. Problem is that he started it in 1882 and died with only a ...
... meeting place for musicians and artists. Picasso, at age 17, had his first exhibition here and one of his works was used as the cover for the menu. After some snacks and champagne, we leave this charming tavern and beautiful city.
As we set sail from Barcelona, the end of our transatlantic crossing, we embark on our next journey, known as the Mediterranean Palette, where we will finish in Instanbul, Turkey and add one more continent to our ...
We drove south much of the day through Poitiers to the home
of our last February 2011 house sit friends, Bill and Celia, in
Clussais-Pommeroi. We arrived about mid-afternoon, and along with a lovely dinner
and some nice chats, managed a bit of business such as an oil change for the
van, a bit of clean-up for our shower ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel
Great Hotel - Great Location
Just arrived back from this hotel. I have always found this site helpful in the past so when I was taking my girlfriend to Barcelona for xmas I looked for good reviews. I wasnt let down. This hotel is superb. Great spacious rooms, excellent friendly staff and plenty to eat @ breakfast. The fast & efficient Metro system stops literaly outside the hotel and is four stops from Placa de Catelonia (where its all at) Taxi from Las Ramblas = 6euro/ Airport 26euro. The Airbus again stops outside and is 4euros to the airport. I'll stop going on, but i hope this helps. I'd recommend this hotel to young/old......anyone and everyone. Enjoy!
Lived up to all the good reviews
We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of July, and had a large triple room for the 3 of us (11 year old son). I had checked the Tripadvisor reviews carefully before choosing a hotel, and chose this one because it had a rooftop pool, and sounded as if a triple room would be larger here than in the older central hotels.
It lived up to all the reviews and met all of our expectations. The metro is just outside the front door, and it is a quick journey into the centre. We also took a bus to and from the centre. It is also the first stop for the airport bus, which was very easy to use (and airconditioned). The breakfast buffet is huge and very varied. It was very hot in Barcelona, so an airconditioned room was essential. We can recommend the open-top tourist buses (hop on - hop off), which were a great way of seeing the city in very hot weather.
Helpful staff, busy hotel
We stayed at this huge hotel for 10 nights in June 2005. It seemed to cater for large parties, including schools, sports teams and business trips and it was exceptionally busy while we were there. The bedrooms are small but very clean and well equipped with satellite TV, hairdryer, minibar etc. There was maid service twice a day and all of the staff were eager to help. The snacks served in the bar/ cafeteria are good value and the Piano Bar is a lovely oasis of calm. The rooftop pool area is small, with around 30 sun loungers which didn't seem to be enough for the 300+ rooms. We found that the pool and terrace area was quiet throughout the day but got really busy from around 5pm when the school trips etc returned and it all got a bit rowdy.
The views from the roof over Montjuic and the 'Musical Fountains' are amazing but there is always a lot of traffic noise and this means that it's not the best place to relax.
As other reviewers have mentioned the hotel is ideally placed for local transport and a late night taxi home from the bottom end of La Rambla is not too expensive (approx. 7-10 Euros). As a short stay city break hotel this is perfect but I probably wouldn't recommend it for longer than a few days.
I'll be back again next year
excellent hotel! excellent location! excellent breakfast!
i cant think of a bad word to say about this immaculately kept hotel! the staff were friendly and on hand at all hours of the day!
the metro is literally less than a minutes walk away from the hotel so you can wake up in the morning, have a shower(which is very powerful, unlike a lot of hotels i have stayed in in the past) stroll down to breakfast, which is a variety of pastries, cooked breakfast, cold meat, cereal and fruit and then be on your way for a lovely day out seeing all of the sites in the town. if you want to go for a drink in the local area close to the hotel, i would recommend Club Ibiza, the staff are friendly and you will have a good night! i will be back next year.
I've just got back from a Business Studies school trip to Barcelona. We stayed at Barcelona Plaza & i have to say it was really good. It had an amazing location, with the Metro on the doorstep, literally. There were bus stops gallore within a short vacinity. The view from the front of the hotel and the rooftop swimming pool were spectacular, you could see the magic fountain & the Palace; along with the rest of Barcelona.
It is classed as a 4* hotel (not 3*) as this website suggests. It is exactly what i'd expect from a 4*. I'd reccommend staying here to anyone going to Barcelona in the future.
The hotel is in a great location. First stop off from the A1 airport bus, next to a subway stop and next to a Barcelona Tourism bus.
The only problem is that the room smelled of smoke. Turning on the A/C didn't help so we left the window open most evenings.
Although the hotel is next to a major intersection the rooms are insulated for sound extremely well.
Exceptional staff - friendly and courteous. If I were to grade the hotel it's about a 3.5 star hotel. Rooms were very clean, it's the smoke in the air that bothered us.
Great Hotel at a Great Price
I travel to Barcelona 4 or 5 times a year, always stay at the Plaza. Highly Recommended.
Fantastic Value Sept 04
We stayed here for four nights and found all the facilities to be of the highest quality.
Although not in the centre of the city there is a metro station outside the front door and you can get to anywhere in the city wihin minutes.
Breakfast buffet was excellent and we had an evening meal in the bar on one occasion which we found very good value.
All in all an excellent hotel which I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone
Absolutely Loved it!!!
I would absolutely recommend anyone and everyone to stay at this hotel. The hotels area is amazing and is in the center of everythig. The staff is nice and the hotel has everything you need to acomodate anyone.