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... the skills and technicques that we needed, how the pinya was put together, the history of castellers and the history and make up of the Castellers de Vilafranca. I was interested to find out that they actually have an English member who flies out frequently to take part. His enthusiasm was infectious and he was very knowledgeable about the social status and make-up of the group and how the impact of the recession in Spain is dealt with so that castellers from all walks of life and ...
... they come once an hour aren't doing it right! A bus was coming so we hopped over to the line and got on it.
Once you buy your ticket, you get a map and a good little brochure that tells what each stop is and what to see if you get off. We hopped onto the red line and this bus company had three lines. We saw that we really wanted the blue line which meant to get there; we would have to ride the bus almost all the way around the red line before ...
... we had once we were inside! We are right off the stairs lobby, convenient. We have a king bed and sofa, spacious. We headed right out to our veranda where our neighbors to the left can't be seen due to their room being set back, private. We noticed treats in our room--a bottle of champagne, fruit basket, bottled water, a pitcher of red iced tea, and a plate of canapés, upgrade. Within minutes we realized our Aqua Class splurge ...
We had no tour, no schedule, nothing. We slept in and sauntered to town around 2pm. The driver of the shuttle bus was as excited about his job and to see us, as I am about buffets. We have been blessed to be in Barcelona before, so we just sauntered. We discovered a square, much like St Marco's in Venice: Piaza Reila, where we watched street performers and had lunch.
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Love the Ramblas
I stayed at the Ramblas during the second week of March and was more than happy with the hotel overall. The decor is phenomenal and allows for numerous meeting places if you are travelling with other people. The rooms are beautiful and very modern. There is a lot of space for two people to move around quite comfortably and the overall look and feel of the rooms is quite modern. I especially loved the washroom area. There was no bathtub in my room. Instead, there was a very large shower with not one but two shower heads. The water pressure was excellent and the towel heaters provided in the shower are a very nice touch. I had absolutely no trouble with staff and they seemed more than happy to accomodate and help us whenever possible. Definitly try the breakfast as it was delicious and there was a ton of choices for a typical European (not North American) breakfast.
If I had to complain about anything it would only be that at times, there was a certain unpleasant odour that would sometimes linger in the bathroom area. After travelling throughout Spain I have discovered that this smell is quite common. Some rooms in the hotel were worse than others. I guess it was just hit and miss. Hope that you don't get one with the smell, but if you do, spray some room spray or put out an air freshener of some kind.
Overall though, I will be definitly staying at Ramblas the next time I travel to Barcelona.
In the heart of the action
This modern hotel is steps from the Rambla, offering surprisingly quiet, comfortable rooms in the midst of lively Barcelona. You are convenient to tons of restaurants, bars, shops, etc. yet once you are inside the hotel, you would never know it! Rooms were quiet, decent-sized and clean, staff was quite friendly. The bathrooms were a bit strange - the shower was gigantic and had huge "downpour" showerheads - unfortunately the water pressure was not so good and the drains were slow, so it didn't quite live up to the looks.
The hotel has a small bar that is a good meeting spot if you are staying with others, and the lobby itself is very airy, with plenty of plush couches to sit on. The only downside to this place was a strange obsession with vacuuming the hallways at all hours, which kept me awake on occasion. And not that you will be spending much time watching tv, but the English channel selection was pretty poor. Otherwise, this is a great choice if you want to be in the middle of a bustling neighborhood but still get some value for your money.
Would stay there again!
Just got back from an 8-day stay in Barcelona at the Catalonia Ramblas . Overall, a good experience. The rooms were spotlessly clean, and the staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast is fantastic--try to get a package which includes breakfast. Excellent location--just off La Ramblas, within a 2 minute walk of Metro Station. Although the area around the hotel is always EXTREMELY busy, the hotel itself was quiet, and we had no problems getting a good night's sleep. The bed was HUGE and comfortable. A few downsides--there is very little storage space for clothing, etc. as there is no dresser. The closet area is a bit small, and the hotel's hangers were huge and thick, so it was a bit difficult for 2 people to hang a week's worth of clothing. Tip-if you have a lot to hang, maybe bring a few of your own plastic hangers. Next time, I would. Ordered room service one night-hamburger and sandwich--and it was adequate--not great, but adequate. Delivered promptly, too. Had no problems with the bill on checkout--everything was clearly itemized and correct. We sent laundry and dry cleaning, and were STUNNED at how quickly the laundry was brought back. We dropped it off at reception at 8:30, and it was done perfectly and returned to our room by 11:00. However, on two occasions, I had put out the Do Not Disturb sign, and the laundry delivery staff knocked anyway. Weekend breakfast was quite busy. We were there for a business convention, and we will most likely stay in the Catalonia Ramblas during next year's convention.
Peaceful haven in a very noisy city
We were initially staying at a different hotel just up the road from the Catalonia Ramblas but had to move due to the noise from the road and poor soundproofing. This is a problem in many of the city's hotels whatever the star rating.
We were actually going to book the Catalonia Ramblas at a very good B&B rate before our stay but unfortunately the mixed reviews put us off.
At the Catalonia Ramblas we had a ground floor room and could not hear any traffic noise or internal noise from adjoining rooms which was a huge relief. The rooms and hotel were clean, sleek, modern and had excellent soundproofing.
Despite some poor reviews on trip advisor we found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating (we were travelling with a baby but this did not pose a problem).
We did not try the breakfast as it is quite expensive at 15 euros unless you book for B&B and also the Spa is not yet operational but that did not pose a problem for us on this occasion.
This is a fantastic hotel in a great city and we will definitely be returning.
Bad value for money:great location rotten customer service
Was in barcelona for business and stayed there for 7 nights.
Location: great. Right next to las ramblas and good restaurants.
Hotel facilities: Bad. Gym and sauna was not available, and the excuse was that it was new. For a 4 star hotel, this was inexcusable.
Reception was a nightmare. Refused to help my colleague get a taxi from the airport to the hotel even though they agreed to do it before he left. He arrived in Barcelona at 1am and they called at the airport that they can't help him get a taxi. They got my bills wrong twice! And have an unexplained 10Euro charge from them that I have not signed for. Word of caution, pls. check your bills thoroughly with this crew since they are completely unreliable.
Room: New, spacious and fresh. Insulation is bad, though. I got a room above the breakfast dining hall (ground floor) and the noise from the 4am daily cleaning woke me up. Also, only spanish channels on TV with only 2 english channels: CNN and BBC.
Breakfast: slightly below average quality. Meagre breakfast buffet. If you can find breakfast outside the hotel, do so. It costs 15Euros for the breakfast at the hotel, and it's the only kitchen that I know that serves DEFROSTED hard-boiled eggs. Half-boiled eggs are unavailable.
Buen hotel, moderno y completo.
Estuve una sola noche, pero la impresión fue muy buena.
El hotel dispone de un hall con bar muy cómodo y espacioso; la habitación completa y grande (tv de lcd, cafetera, parquet, muebles de diseño, baño muy grande y elegante), y el personal muy correcto.
El único "pero" es que no dispone de internet wireless gratuito sino de pago (aunque pude pillar una red vecina abierta).
Sin duda, para la gente que quiera un hotel céntrico, moderno y completo, es una muy buena elección.
Bar the lack of advertised Sauna, a nice hotel
Well, it is a new hotel and advertised as a four star outside. It is certainly a sleek, clean, modern hotel and if you're not staying at the weekend (we were there Saturday through Tuesday) it is nice and relaxing. The rooms were fairly big and the windows were doubled so you could shut both frames to keep the noise out. Our room had a litte corridor to it's bathroom which seemed a little odd until we realised that this meant it had two doors so it was possible to keep the usual hotel bustle noise out in the morning.
However, it is unacceptable that a hotel that is selling itself as a four star with various facilities still does not have the advertised sauna. When questioned a member of staff expalined it away saying it was because they were only open two months. Two days, two weeks might have been acceptable but not two months. Don't advertise your facilities until you have them!!
It did have a nice outdoor pool which was fairly small but had plenty of loungers and a nice bar outside. However we got lucky with the weather and went to the beach (10 minutes on the Metro) instead.
We got a good rate of 119 euro which for it's great location, (check out behind it for bakeries, cafes and tapas, or in front for high street shopping) and the fact that it was very clean and new was a bargain. If the Sauna was operational as advertised, we would have given it 4 stars and said it was above average.
If you have no need/use for a Sauna it is a very central, modern hotel and one most travellers should find more than acceptable.
New hotel, still in the works, worst customer service
I've just returned from a trip to Spain in which I spent 5 nights at the Catalonia Ramblas Hotel in Barcelona. On one hand, the hotel is new and slick, with a modern and minimalist decor. The location is great: 2 blocks from Plaza Catalunia with a metro station just across the street. The breakfast buffet (included in my rate) was amazing. On the other hand, the staff at this hotel is unexperienced and borderline rude. Here's my experience: We arrived on a hot afternoon and after checking-in, went to our room and turned the air conditioning on. To our surprise, the room wouldn't get any cooler. We talked to the front desk on our way out and they said that they were working on some problems with the A/C. We returned that evening and before getting back into our room, we checked with the front desk on the A/C and they assured us that all problems had been fixed. However, after several minutes in our room, we noticed that the A/C was still not blowing cold air. We tried to call the front desk (since we were already in our pajamas) but we couldn't since there was no phone in our room! I got dressed and got down to the front desk to complain about the A/C. They looked surprised that the A/C wasn't working and sent someone to check it. After determining that it wasn't working the guy apologized arguing that it's a new hotel and they still have a number of issues that they're working on and they have no management on duty on weekends. I told hime that I didn't care, since I was paying full rate, not "beta testing" rate. They moved us to a new room (note that we had to re-pack our bags, get dressed, and move) with the promise that the A/C was working. To our surprise, the A/C wasn't working in the new room either. On top of things, after taking a shower, I found a pond of water coming our our front door! At this point we were so tired, and it was so late, that went to bed with no more complaints. The next morning I found out that the whole hotel had been without A/C! No one at the front desk ever apologized for this not offered to discount our rate for that "hot" night. The next day, the A/C was fixed, but we didn't have hot water! After another call to the front desk, they promised that they had just fixed this problem and that I should let the water run for a few minutes to get it hot. I did that, but after 20 min, the water was still cold. Another call to the front desk resulted in nothing. The other couple of days were uneventful. Finally, at check-out, I noticed that they were charging me for a bottle of water from the mini-bar that I hadn't drunk. It seems that the maid saw the empty bottle that we brought in from outside and thought that we had taken it from the mini-bar. After 5 minutes of arguing at the front dest for Euro2.5, the rude woman reluctantly decided to take it out of my bill. At that point, I noticed that they were charging me twice the arranged rate! When I complained again, she claimed (and was very adamant about it) that since we were 2 people, we should get charged twice the rate! At that point I was so outraged that I called for a manager. One came and saw the mistake. The woman didn't even apologize for trying to overcharge me. I paid my bill, but I swore I would never return to this hotel.