Travel Blogs from Barcelona
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... amp; long!) lunch with lots of seafood, olive oil and garlic, followed by the typical local dessert – Crema de Catalan – like a crème caramel but softer (more like custard). Everything was delicious, and we enjoyed
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Historical Traveler Reviews Continental Palacete Barcelona
Really Great Little Hotel
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.
The 24-hour complimentary food bar has been mentioned in other reviews and it is even better than reported. In addition to fruits, breads and pastries of eery description, there are teas, coffees, soft drinks, juices, and even beer and wine -- all you can eat in the aforementioned salon, in your room or, pack your backpack and take it "to go". Don't forget to sample the "bon bons" a chewy confection of chocolate and nuts.
The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are a little on the small size (except for the handful of larger ones). The smaller ones have no view (most face an interior "air shaft"); the larger ones have a tiny bit of street noise.
I was surprised to learn that this hotel with its impressive entrance and large salon (seating about 30) has only 19 rooms. (The upper part of the building is not part of the hotel but, I am guessing, it was at one time).
I would stay again at the Palacete with no hesitation.
Loved the Palacete - its a gem
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!!
The location is brilliant, still on La Ramblas but just north of the Placa Catalunya so you're away from the busy stretch, and at the crowds but still within a 5 minute ramble..!!!
Ideal for metro lines, and aerobus stops (we got off at the Universtat on arrival and walked the short distance to the hotel - NB - if returning to the airport catch the bus from outside El Corte Ingles on Placa Catalunya ). Theres a taxi rank directly opposite the hotel too.
The reception staff were very friendly and helpful and could speak really good English - if your Catalan isn't up to much! After our first night we were asked if we'd minded moving rooms, for which we got a discount and nice bottle of bubbly. Which was such a bonus and a nice surprise too.
Our first double room was quite small (which we were aware of when booking) but very comfortable. Neither of the rooms we stayed in had a view, but to be honest, who needs it when the breakfast room/lounge has 3 lovely balconies and you're out most of the day anyway!!
Both rooms were clean, the beds very comfy, air conditioned, and had safe boxes, remote control TV, microwave, and a small fridge (which was soo handy for storing drinks and snacks). No complimentary shampoos though - so be prepared... although there is a soap dispenser thingy in the bath/shower.
The rooms and hotel are very chintzy - lots of pinks and gold, but hey - its in keeping with the grand feel to the place! Check out the massive chandelier in the breakfast lounge!!
The 24hour self service breakfast bar was very handy, stocked with the usual continental style goods - lots of fresh fruit which was nice, breads, and pastries, and if you got up before 12 noon a small selection of hot meats and omelette pieces were available! The best bit was the well stocked drinks chiller - bottled water, fizzy drinks, tonics, low cal versions, and cans of beers... (which was well taken advantage of in the early evening and at the end of night!!!)
The entrance to the Hotel is at street level, but be warned there is a quite steep flight of stairs to get to reception...although there is a lift available.
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I would definitely return here.
Barcelona is great - really loved it, there is soo much to see and do, but if you get the chance go a visit Casa Batllo (which is just 5 mins from the hotel) - its amazing - another Gaudi classic, and if you can take a trip to Montserrat - beautiful scenary, and some fantastic walks.. oh and take the cable car up the mountain (very exhilarating!)..
Perfect location - uncomfortable beds
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.
Nice old-fashioned hotel
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.
It is noisy, as many places in bustling Spanish cities are, but a good pair of ear plugs does the trick.
Our room was pretty small, but we had all the amenities needed and other than no place to stash our bags, it was fine.
As indicated by other reviewers, the all day "breakfast" buffet was a treat. Not only are there breads, cereals etc. available all day, but a chilled cabinet with sodas, water and beer (all free with your room) and a coffee machine dispensing passable espresso drinks as well as regular and decaf coffee, juice, milk etc. too.
Peter, the manager, was very sweet and offered us recommendations for a restaurant for dinner. When we mentioned it was for my birthday, he took care of it for us, and when we got back after that evening there was a bottle of bubbly in the mini bar and 2 champagne glasses in the room with a note wishing me happy birthday.
The hotel looks like an old palace (albeit a small one) with plush public rooms with pretty ceilings and light fittings. One thing to be aware of... entrance to the main lobby involves a flight of stairs. There is an elevator (think it's for disabled use) but we actually carried our (far too heavy) bags up the stairs which was hard work. Other than that, a pretty nice place and a refreshing change from cookie cutter chain hotels to stay in a small, independent hotel like this.
Nice little hotel
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.
They all speak english, although their ability to make dining recommendations was limited. FYI - check out the Cuidad Condal up the street. The tapas is great and the place is always busy. They have an english menu for the less ambitious! Upon our arrival, we were immediately upgraded to a superior room from a standard, which afforded us a sitting area with a view. Warning - This hotel is VERY PINK! If you are a manly man, you might be a little overwhelmed by the feminine nature of the decor. But regardless, the rooms are comfortable, very spacious for a European hotel and were surprisingly quiet even on street side. The hotel also includes a 24-hour self serve buffet, that was adequate, but nothing earth shattering. The breakfast was always the same, so after 5 days it was getting a little boring. They have a cooler with complimentary soda, beer, juice and water. This alone saved us a tremendous amount of money. A bottle of spring water is running about 2 EUR right now, so being able to grab a couple bottles before setting out for the day saved us loads. All rooms have a little television, but only CNN is in english. Our room also had a small refrigerator and microwave, as well as a safe. The bathroom also had a hair dryer. Finally, the rate included all taxes, so there were no hidden charges when we checked out. All these things added up, I would highly recommend this property, and would definately stay here again.
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.
Would not hesitate to return.
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.