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The profound darkness of our room left us a little disoriented when we awoke. I grabbed my phone to check the time, please to see that it was just before 8:00. We had 11:00 AM tickets to tour the famed La Pedrera building and had plenty of time to enjoy our breakfast and stroll through the Eixample district of Barcelona on our way there.
After we got home from Leroy Merlin we realized that we had forgotten to get some big storage tubs and, more importantly, the base for the shower. We realized that we probably couldn't have gotten them in the car anyway, so I made a point to make one final trip back to San Giovanni Teatino for the last of our items. The trip was thankfully straight …
It was a cool day in Barcelona, but perfect for touring about on foot! We began the day with the hote'ls yummy breakfast...lots of fruits and breads, plus ham and cheeses and coffee that packed the punch we both needed. By 9 we were out the door headed back to the cathedral. Groups of school kids on field trips were everywhere! The church is dedicated to St. Eulalia, who died at 13 and suffered 13 torments. There are always ...
... a lively spot and got fresh grilled fish as we like it.
After more touring of the the market, we wandered the Gotic (the old quarter) for a bit and then back up the Ramblas to the Placa de Catalunya to catch the bus to the southern part of the city. We love these trips as you become oriented and are able to get around by the metro afterwards, knowing destinations and areas. This journey showed us the architectural grand splendour of the ...
... and I thought I would look for a couple of things for Shawna and the kids. I quickly changed my mind when I saw a cute little dress that I though Paige would like with its 110€ price tag. This pretty much concluded our free time and we reconvened with the group. Our supper reservation was at 7:30 pm at a restaurant called .......... Here, we ate very tasty chicken wings, potatoes, and a lemon custard dessert. The manager of the restaurant was very friendly and offered to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Continental Palacete Barcelona
This hotel is 2 blocks north of the Placa de Catalunya -- the center of Barcelona and the 'drop off' point for the airport bus and airport train. MOST CONVENIENT. In addition, it is within a few blocks walk of two of Gaudi's most famous buildings and 2 blocks to the beginning of the Ramblas -- the great "walk street" of shops, restaurants and 'street entertainment'. It's also 2 blocks to the metro. You can't be in a more convenient place. The hotel is a former palace and the entrance is a sweeping staircase from the street level (aided part of the way by an optional elevator). There is a room adjacent to the reception area with huge ceilings, antique flourishes and French doors opening onto small terraces that oerlook the street. This room is furnished with tables and comfortable seats and is used as a lounging area for the hotel as well as it's breakfast (and all other meals) room. It is a most pleasant place in which to relax and have a snack.
We stayed here in September 04 for 5 nights, and what a fab place! We'd originally tried booking into their sister hotel 'Hotel Continental' but as they were full they suggested trying the Palacette instead. I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel - it's a gem!!
This hotel could not be better located for a first visit to Barcelona - within walking distance to many sites, across the street from a taxi stand, near metro stops and two blocks from Placa de Catalunya with the bus stop to the airport and the train. The staff was very pleasant, the sitting room was a great place to catch your breath and watch the street scene, and the cooler filled with chilled drinks was most welcome. Our rooms were very small and all 3 of us suffered back aches after the first night's sleep. Our beds were short and uncomfortably stiff, so I am torn about recommending this hotel. We had hoped to upgrade to a larger room, but were unable to. I might try this hotel in the future if I were to get a larger room. In addition, a booking problem created in part by me was rectified swiftly, efficiently and to my satisfaction.
This hotel suited us just fine
We (parents and two teenage boys) stayed here for three days in February. A friend had recommended the sister hotel The Continental but they had no vacancies so we took a chance on the Palacete. It was more than fine - good location, impressive building, comfy rooms and a laid-back attitude from the staff. In fact we hardly saw anyone - only the recepionist when we arrived and the (English) man on the desk when we left. Theall-day buffet wa very welcome, but I'm not sure about the eggs - I thought they were hard-boiled but obviously not.
We stayed 3 nights here at the beginning of our recent trip to Spain. Great location, on the Rambla de Catalunya within easy walking distance of many things. Taxi stand directly across the street.
My sister and I stayed at the Hotel Continental Palacete from 16-21 January 2004. The hotel is in a great location, and can be reached very easily from the Placa Catalunya. We took the train from the airport, and once we got our bearings, we found the hotel fairly quickly. The hotel is within minutes of both the Passeig de Gracia and Placa Catalunya metro stations. Between the two, you can pretty much get to all lines on the metro. There is also a taxi stand right outside the hotel, so if that is your preferred method of transportation, it is easy to catch a cab. For the most part, the staff was very helpful.
Wish we stayed longer
The stay was superb. Rooms were small, but the 24 hour breakfast buffet compensated for any inconvenience. Loved having breakfast on the intimate balconies overlooking the street. Wonderfully close to so much, walked everywhere.
Prompted to write review after seeing referrence to poor review on this site. We stayed 4 days in early May, 2002. Of course the weather was beautiful and we did not notice lack of A/C at the time. As of TODAY (18 June '03) I understand there IS A/C. The small reception area is on the 2nd ("first") floor and reached by a tall stairway (the elevator is now functioning). We were warmly greeted and our reservations were as we had booked on the internet. Our room was large and airy with high ceiling, overlooking las Ramblas. Wardrobe and bathroom were very cleverly added to this freshly decorated old "'palace" room. The mattress was very comfortable, especially after our long flight. The breakfast buffet was served from a cafeteria like area across the hall from the dining room. There were a variety of cereals available as well as toast, eggs, muffins sweet rolls and croisants. Coffee was from a restaurant size urn - you did have to push a button - but it was good. The dining room was palacial with beautiful crystal chandeliers and French doors leading to a balcony. Wonderful for people watching on las Ramblas. Convenient for walking and public transit We plan to stay again next month.
Three stars and no A/C?
There is no functioning air conditioning in this hotel and, at $100+ for a single room, I found this surprising. (The staff told me to open my door because it would allow some "cooler" air in from the hallway.) Their breakfast includes a self-service, push-button coffeee machine. Perhaps this adds to their idea of three stars? Note: I told the desk that they should make it clear on their website that there is no a/c at this hotel.
Continental Palacette Another Great Option
Also check out the Continental's sister hotel, the Continental Palacette. We just stayed there and it was fantastic. The decor, true enough, was a little cheezy, but the room was quiet, clean and comfortable. The bed was outstanding. The location was great, just two blocks north of Plaza Catalunya. And the people working there were cheerful and so helpful. It was one of the least expensive places we found and it really made our stay in Barcleona great.