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... squarish statues & use of light is glorious & Grant comments very futurist for a guy from the 18th century. Donations are made & our admission fee goes towards the continuing building of the church. It's got another 12,years to go. Will have taken over 100 years by the time it's finished. It's catholic the Pope consecrated it in 2010. Do not miss this church if you visit Barcelona. I want to come back when it's complete. ...
... and just buy ones out there if a need one.
I much prefer boots than shoes but they take up a lot of space, gonna have to travel in them next time or buy some shoes :(
The Aerobus in Barcelona is fantastic and at 5.90 Euro per person compared to 30 Euro for a taxi (fixed rate from the airport to the city centre) it's excellent value. They run every 20 minutes and only take 10 minutes to get to the city centre and from there you ...
... for us I say.
We learnt that George Lucas, director of Star Wars, took a lot of ideas from Gaudi's artwork. In fact Darth Vader's mask is almost a replica of what Gaudi had created.
Gaudi insulted the people who hired him to build/enhance their private properties; he always overspent and always took longer than first thought to complete. He even included insulting images into his ...
... it was out again en route to the Gracia suburb for a whole suburb street party. It was amazing to we how jovial and into the party everyone was, and a completely different vibe to that of home. Stopping to chat to a store owner who proudly displayed a panorama of (what he told us was) Australia before heading into an awesome tapas bar where you stood around what looked like normal bar mixed with a sushi train, and ate tapas as the plates arrived fresh from the kitchen. It was ...
... with the rest of Spain, however the atmosphere of Barcelona is great! Although in all fairness I prefer Madrid more, yes I know Barcelona is very bohemian and a great place for young people, but for some reason I felt more at home when I was in Madrid. Now I leave you with a song by Lluis Llach, a poet, composer and most importantly a political fighter, who joined the struggle of the left during the Francoist years. The song is called "L'Estaca" which you can find at the end of my pictures. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Catalonia Born Barcelona
Very nice hotel
The hotel is clean and the staff are very friendly and polite. The buffet breakfast was BRILLIANT! It was included in the price of the room when we stayed. They did ham, eggs etc. everything!
The rooms are a little small but the bathroom is very nice. The shower cubicle is big and the bathroom has a marble floor.
The location of the hotel is also very good. Its within walking distance of all the attractions. The rail station is a 2 min walk away so it is easy to get to the hotel from the airport.
This hotel is recommended.
I stayed in this hotel for 5 nights, it was a great find. Excellent breakfast and services, friendly staff, reasonable room rates. And it is in a great location, within easy walking distance to many restaurants and tourist sights. I would choose this place again.
We spent 4 nights here and everything was as we excepted. Relatively cheap, clean hotel within walking distance from many interesting tourist attractions and only few minutes to metro. Nice and helpfull staff. Good breakfast.
Walking from Barri Gothic to the hotel can be scary at night because of the narrow and dark alleys, but we had any problems with that. (you can walk via main streets if you want...)
We would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a cheap and clean hotel.
Not so Great Outside but Great Inside
My husband and I stayed there for 2 nights before going on a Mediterranean cruise. From the outside the area looks a bit run down but the hotel is modern and clean inside. The rooms are a bit small but its adequate and the bathroom was quite new and well appropriated. The breakfast buffet is good and we just walked every where. I wouldn't walk in the inside streets at night but I would definitely stay there again.
Its not 5 star but for the price, its a very good hotel.
Very clean Hotel with helpful friendly staff. Situated in an area which seems to be both residential and commercial with loads of small interesting shops selling just about everything. Very close to Arc de Triomf station (200 mtrs). Area looks a bit run down on approach but the hotel is very modern. Rooms a bit on the small side but clean and adequate. Nice bathrooms with good showers/baths. Very well placed for walking to La Rambla, Place de Cataluyna and loads of other places. Breakfast buffet is superb. Tends to be bit of noise in early morning (around 0600 hrs) when local businesses put out their bins and put up the shutters of their shops. Also seems to be a local habit around this time to converse with your neighbour in as loud a voice as possible!
Normal "big city" security awareness is required but we had no problems. It was quite refreshing that during the whole stay no one pestered us trying to sell something.
Would I go back to the same Hotel -- YES
Would I recommend it to friends -- YES.
NB -- evening meal in Hotel is great value.
Good for the price
If you are put in a room at the back of the hotel be aware you will be woken every night at 3 am by the gabage truck collecting refuse, ask for a room at the front of the hotel. Hotel menu very small eat out. Apart from the afore mentioned hotel clean and comfortable.
Stayed here April 2003. Appreciated the 20 minutes direct from airport to metro/train station Arc de Triunfa just across the street. Room was good, breakfast excellent and hotel is very near for Gothic quarter, Ramblas etc
Nice location but room small and dark
Stayed here in July 2003 and the location was perfect - just round the corner to Arc de Triomphe and within walking distance of some great eating places. I had a fabulous time in Barcelona and fell in love with the place would tell everyone to visit this fabulous city. However, our room was small and dark. There wasn't really room to swing a cat and we had a tiny little window on a lower floor that looked out into an enclosed dark area. Thankfully we were that enchanted with Barca that we didn't spend much time in the room. I felt claustrophobic in this teeny-tiny room!
Nice, clean, spacious rooms, a little out the way though. Friendly staff who helped us out when our on-line booking was mishandled!
Nice Hotel, Nice People
I was concerned about booking a hotel here due to the lack of information and pictures that existed on the place. The inside of the hotel was very nice & modern. The hotel staff spoke very good English and were of tremendous help to us. The room itself was on the small side, but the bathroom had two showers with very hot water. The hotel itself is on a street called REC Comtal, not Comtal, so it is farther away than we were hoping for. The neighborhood felt safe during the day, but was a bit sketchy at night. A little further away from things than I wanted to be, but the walk to the beach and the touristy sites is doable. Overall a nice experience & would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to get away from the noise of Las Ramblas - as long as you're willing to spring 3 or 4 Euros for the cab ride back late at night. Also relatively close to the Metro.