Travel Blogs from Barcelona
Wiith only two full days here, we will try and see as much as we can. The city is quite spread out and we again opt for the tourist hop on, hop off buses. There are three routes to take so we do a circuit on the blue route and while we go past many places of interest, there is nothing that we need to get off for (we know some people will think we …
For us, nothing beats wandering the streets. We set off around nine with a short journey on the underground. The Metro here, whilst not as clean as Lisbon, is very easy to navigate and a quick, inexpensive way to get from one side of the city to the other. Or in our case this morning, one side, to the other side, to the other side. Stops with …
We leave Lisbon knowing that while we have seen a lot, we really have only scratched the surface, but very glad we came!
Leaving Lisbon and arriving in Barcelona was one of the easiest airport transfers we've ever made.
We leave our hotel in Lisbon and walk across the road to the Metro station. Down two escalators, board a train. Up two …
... I have had the chance to explore the inside of. I had Beef Tartare for dinner (eeeeekk!!!). Followed by gelato and macarons! Topped off the night with a ferris wheel ride. The Rhone River on my right, the city walls on my left...bliss! I was also lucky enough to have a double bed...that was quite a bonus. On the way out of town we stopped at the Pont du Gard. Am amazing bridge/aqeduct built in the 1st century!! It's a bloody big structure and amazingto think that ...
... ready next week) and pick up my packet including class schedule, etc. He tried to sell me a lock for some ridiculous price like 59 Euro, when later I saw what looked like the same lock for Euro 7.50! In any case, for now, I will do my best to go dressed and ready with my card/id around my neck. Then I won't need a locker. Hope to go around 7 am Monday through Friday and afternoons twice a week for classes. Weekends are open later, so it will depend on my ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cram Barcelona
Fantastic Hotel Cram
My boyfriend and I just spent 4 days in Barcelona and stayed at Hotel Cram. We booked the hotel via the Tablet Hotels on the Internet and received a great deal that slashed nearly 50% of the normal room rate and included a buffet breakfast everyday.
When we arrived at the hotel we requested a room at the back of the hotel because the hotel is on a busy intersection and we suspected noise. Our request was easily granted and we were given a lovely room at the back of the hotel that included a balcony (although it was a rather unsightly view of other people's balconies and their washing. However, the window was in a rather obscure part of the room and the unsightly view posed no problem.
The room itself was clean, modern and although not large, we didn't feel cramped. The bed was large with a firm matress and nice eqyptian cotton bedding. There was also a massive flat screen tv mounted on the wall that could be viewed while lying in bed. The bedside tables were equipped with a funky lighting system - although it took a while to work out all the lighting options. The room had plenty closet space, an easy to work safe and a mini fridge with tasty beer at an affordable price.
The bathroom was the highlight of the room. It was circular in shape and featured a great 'rain-style' shower and a funky invisible draining system.
The included buffet breakfast was great. There was heaps of food choices and the buffet was avavilable till 11am which meant that you didn't have to rise too early before you missed it.
We also spent an evening dining at Restaurant Gaig (Michelin star restaurant located within the hotel's premises). The service was pleasant although the staff had trouble trying to converse in English and our broken Spanish. The meals were modern interpretations of Catalan classics and the Gaig interpretation of Creme Brulee was simply delicius. The only downside to the restaurant is the price with 3 courses for 2 people plus wine equating to roughly 160 euros. But it's one of those dining experiences and true food lovers would enjoy it.
We thought that the hotel was perfectly situated for being able to access essential tourist attractions in Barcelona. We walked to La Sagrada Familia from the hotel (it took about 15 mins). The main shopping strips of Rambla de Catalunya and Avenue Diagonal are also a short stroll away. Rambla de Catalunya and the streets running off it also house some fantastic restaurants so you don't have to travel to La Rambla for a fed. We found that the restaurants around the Rambla de Catalunya were filled with lots of locals and we had our best meals in these areas.
To take a taxi down to the Barri Gotic area or La Rambla should cost you no more than 6 euros. Beware to watch the taxi meters throughout the trip and particularly at the end as some taxi drivers quickly turn off the meter as soon as they have stopped the vehicle and then report a different price than the figure that the metre stopped at.
I stayed with my wife in this hotel for a weekend. We loved it. I had been worried after reading the other reviews, but there was no need to be.
We had a superior room which was bigger than a standard double (140 Euro including breakfast) The Staff were friendly and attentive.
There is a roof top pool and sun deck area on the 7th floor with views over Barcelona (sagrada familia, sea in distance, mountains) Nice
Breakfast was served in basement until 11am and the quality of food was excellent. Staff all spoke english and always went out of their way to help.
There is a bakery next door and i bought some cake to have in our room. Bar staff made coffees to accompany them even supplying plates napkins and forks, then placing all on a tray to take to our room. They really could not have been nicer.
we checked out at noon and left our bags behind - when we went to collect them a coach party had arrived. But the concierge took time out to get our bags and get us a taxi - rather than wait for the whole coach party to disappear.
Location was good - 10 mins walk to casa batllo/paseo de gracia and 15 mins down to plaza catalunya. Lots of bars/tapas bars/restaurants in area
I would go back.
Nice trendy hotel
This is a stylish hotel. Despite the negative comments on customer service, we must say that we got treated very well. The standard double bedroom is a bit too small and the location (although near the main train station) is a bit too far from Las Ramblas (15 to 20mn walk). Otherwise nothing to complain about although I much prefer the "human" atmosphere of Casa Camper which I LOVED (although more expensive) !
Not only it tries way too far to be a cool place but I had some trouble with my reservation and the treatment I received from the staff icluding the manager of the hotel, was unacceptable. I don't think in this hotel they care at all about their clients, too worried being "fashion".
Really liked this place.
I was worried about The Cram from previous reviews but we stayed there as our sister company booked us there. It is a stylish oasis of calm in the heat of Barcelona. The internal architecture is impressive. The rooftop pool is small but welcome, with wooden decking, lots of loungers and tables. A great place to unwind after shopping or working. Its open all night if you fancy a dip at 3am. The rooms are well air conditoned, although not large .Nice big flat screen tv and lots of storage. the shower is fabulous and the wireless internet is free! Yes free!. The bar on the ground floor is a great air conditioned place to meet people and have a cocktail, although the restaurant was closed (possibly the August holidays). The staff are courteous and helpful in the extreme. It is very centrally located also but you avoid the tacky tourist hell of the Ramblas. Try to get a room on the Calle Arago side of the building that have balconies. Good for a business trip but i would take my other half there too.
Not that bad!
We stayed here for 2 nites. Ok, so our hotel room cardkey didnt work on the first day and the corridors were boiling hot but once in our room, it was great. plasma tv, modern shower and bathroom, luxurious beddings and curtains and our own little balcony. Breakfast was not too bad either, with eggs, bread, cold cuts, cereals, muffins and hot and cold drinks. The hotel is located 2 streets away from paseo de gracia (the main shopping street leading to las ramblas) and there are several gd restaurants in the area as well.
Not all so bad!
We have lived there for one week and could tell that hotel is new and funny.
Stuff is polite and helpfull.Food is normal.Cleaning of our room was not good really.The swimming pool didn't work.But not all so bad!
No, no no....
Three words of advice: DON'T GO HERE. We stayed there over Easter weekend, and the place barely functioned - they had no record of our internet booking, the much-vaunted Michelin-starred restaurant was inexplicably closed, there was no room service at all (bad news for my pregnant partner), the breakfast waiter had unquenchable B.O. and was ignorant of opening times and rude with it, the house music played in the airless basement dungeon for breakfast was relentless and unwelcome, the bathroom fixtures and fittings are superficially impressive but fundamentally defective, the rooftop pool was literally a dirty dark green and had no loungers for sunbathing, the bar was permanently shut, the 'city view' consisted of an intimate window onto neighbouring apartments' scruffy terraces, and I'm guessing they have spent more on the pointless lighting features in their cramped little rooms than on their 'luxury' service remit (ie. no advertised solarium, cigars, cocktail bar or VOD.) All in all, as a 4 star hotel at these prices....not a memorable weekend.