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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 …
... there when all the palm trees appeared),on through France as the terrain became flatter and drier and conceding defeat we pulled in by the roadside to sleep with about 200km's to go.
When we finally made it into Barcelona we had paid over 100 Euros in tolls!!
As we crossed the boarder into Spain it started raining and John wanted to call this blog "The Rain in Spain.."
In Barcelona it was ...
... mountain ranges dominated the landscape. As we got close to the city, we were amazed at the maze of concrete motorways and junctions. All full of traffic. It is not possible to imagine navigating through this without a GPS! We arrived at our hotel that was located on the Avenida Diagonal (a major thoroughfare of the city) in the Eixample district. We set off on foot to explore the city. Barcelona is of course famous for its architecture by Gaudi. We headed to one of his most ...
... newfound American and English friends. Jake made the most amazing chicken I've ever had while I tried to make spanish rice for an hour and then gave up because the other food was done. This is why I don't make food for anybody other than myself.
That night we learned why the Saint Jordi hostel is the greatest in Barcelona. There are 6 of them spread out throughout the city, but apparently they all have the same spirit. We ...
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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.