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... of the actual game I got to see (there were so many people and a lot of them were considerably taller than me), but I definitely felt the same excitement, worry, and joy as the people around me. When the match was over and Spain was declared the winner, I couldn't hear or see anything. People were running through the streets, honking their horns, lighting things on fire, screaming at the top of their lungs "VIVA ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Jardi Barcelona
We stayed at the Hotel el Jardi for three nights at the end of September 2010. Had we known about the La Merce festival beforehand, we would have planned accordingly. As it was, our last night in Barcelona was the first night of the festival. We were on our way back to the hotel to pack, when we saw a fireworks display. Then, as we approached the hotel, we heard drumming. A troupe of drummers came marching through the narrow streets, with a large crowd following behind. We stopped to watch, and could not help but be swept up in the moment. The beat was mesmerizing. Later, back in our room, we heard the drumming approaching again. We stepped out onto our tiny balcony, and were entertained for the next hour by an amazing procession of dragons and drummers. Forget about packing... and getting a good night's sleep.
Anyway, about the hotel... We had the tiniest double room I've ever been in, maybe a foot of space on either side of the bed. The bathroom was also small, but included all of the amenities. The breakfast was OK, nothing special. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful. My only complaint about the place is the fact that the reception area is on the second floor, and there is no elevator, except on the upper floors. We had to lug our very heavy luggage up, but our driver carried it down when we left.
This hotel is all about location. It is located in between two sqaures in the Gothic Quarter. The church of Santa Maria del Pi was right outside of our room. We were within easy walking distance to Las Ramblas and the Barcelona Cathedral, and a Metro stop was nearby. This is definitely a no frills hotel, but IMHO well worth the money. Would definitely stay here again, and plan our stay around the festival.
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Jardi Barcelona
Hotel Jardi - not such a good find...
Having read good reviews of this place, we were very disappointed with the reality once we got beyond the promising looking facade. The hotel is very cramped, clean in a sterilised way and totally without charm.
The whole place felt like it was hermetically sealed from the outside world - an old building that had been remodelled inside to give the maximum number of the smallest rooms possible. The first room we were shown to had no natural daylight and had two flimsy looking single beds rather than the double bed we had asked for. Eventually we realised that a white panel on the wall was in fact a totally opaque window opening into the very bottom of a narrow light shaft. When we complained we were moved to a room overlooking the square. This was even smaller, but at least had a proper window. We left the next morning rather than stay for four nights as planned.
Great budget option in the heart of Barcelona
Granted we only stayed here during our trip in Barcelona, but you may not find a better budget hotel in Barcelona. Situated close to Las Ramblas and overlooking the beautiful Plaze del Pi (not all rooms do - ask for one that will), Jardi will be your center of it all. You can walk anywhere in the Barri Gotic and the subway is near. Very clean rooms, but rather small. Yet if room size is of no concern, stay here.
Opt for cafe and a croissant on the plaza.
A great place for a break
A lovely little hotel right in the heart of the old city
Downside Some rooms are a bit small and thats it ! The rest is superb - for the price 80 euros per standard room It is spotlessly clean and it does have air conditioning if you are there in summer. 2 mins fom theRamblas 3 mins from Placa Catalunya 3rd time my wife and I have stayed here
Best budget hotel in Barcelona
Hotel Jardi is a basic hotel in a very central location in Barcelona.
I've stayed there 3 times and will keep going back if I'm able to get a room (the hotel sells out quickly as it is one of the best budget choices in town). It is located in one of the nicest squares in the city, and it is easy to walk to the marina area, shops, bars or the metro station. The hotel is very good value but do not expect all your home comforts - but you're in Barcelona so why sit in your hotel room?!
Stay at the Jardi and spend your money enjoying yourself in the city.
Just do it!
We've just spent a terrific long weekend in Barcelona and, like always, spent ages looking for a nice budget hotel before leaving. And this time we've defenitely found what we have been looking for: a clean and comfortable hotel with friendly staff, a great location for a reasonable price! There's a reasonably priced and safe car parking just one block away (called "palau nou"), the entrance is halfway the Ramblas if you're heading towards Plaza Catalunya. Don't miss it! The exit is a one minute walk away from the hotel! Grreat!No complaints at all about this one. I'd go back there without a doubt!If you've got a car and some time to spend in the region: try the ViaVia Cafe, a beautifully restored farm, 30 minutes away from BCN. This hotel and restaurant is popular with local youth, it has got beautiful rooms, the food is excellent and the garden just lovely! Check ...Enjoy!Kira & Bjorn Belgium
The heart of Barcelona
My husband and I have stayed in this ideally positioned hotel twice and, having subsequently lived and worked in Barcelona, I can honestly say that Hotel Jardi is the best option in the city for good quality budget accommodation. Rooms are basic but more than adequate and as long as you are not expecting home comforts, such as a television or a phone, then hotel jardi cannot be beaten where value for money is concerned. The hotel is in the heart of the Barri Gotic and within easy walking distance of Barcelona's main places of interest. Ask for a room overlooking the Placa del Pi and the higher up the better. If you are looking for a comfortable, clean place to lay your head in a great part of the city at unbeatable prices then I would recommend Hotel Jardi every time!
Lovely place, shame about the noise.
The Jardi is in a great location. The room was small but okay with a lovely view onto the square with its large church, market and Spanish life.
The whole experience was ruined however by the noise from within the building. The walls are paper thin. I could hear next door zipping up their luggage!! The cleaners start early and every knock or shutting of cupbaord seems to richochet around the whole building. At night time, it often felt that some guests had got the wrong room and entered ours by mistake it was that loud! Bizarre really as the double galzing keeps out all the noise from the buskers outside.
Not a place to go if you like a lie in. We slept on average 5 hours a night!
Stayed here June 2003, what fantastic value. Checking other hotel options on the internet I couldnt find much for around 80 euros per room per night region, but a friend recommended this hotel. It's centrally located just off the Ramblas in placa Del Pi. We had a very clean twin room which had three single beds, en-suite bathroom, constant hot water and a very powerful shower, the air conditioning was very welcome at the end of a hot day. While the rooms are a little sparse they have a TV, telephone and most have a balcony overlooking a delightful square which although livley during the day went quiet after 11pm. The staff were very friendly and helpful. This hotel is situated in a pedestrian only area but taxi's are allowed access so you can get a taxi door to door if you wish. The hotel organised one for us to the airport within minutes. At 80 euros per room which sleeps up to three people you cant go wrong here.
Clean little place
I first read about the Hotel Jardi in a book by Margo Classe "Hello Spain" about inexpensive places to stay in Barcelona. This hotel is hard to find but I think worth it. I had a corner room with a balcony overlooking the plaza. The rooms are small, but recently refurbished. It is a clean little hotel. It begins on the second floor. Two sides of it face two different squares. It is about two blocks off the Rambla and close to the Cathedral. I wouldn't waste my time eating there, but there are loads of nice restaurants all around and it is close to everything. The problem is getting there. We took the Blue Bus from the airport to Placa Catalunya. The taxi drivers refused to take us there because it is about a five minute walk from the plaza and the streets are so narrow that cars are not allowed. We had to ask the police how to find the hotel. About 100 feet from the hotel we stopped at a wine bar and asked where to find the hotel, just to make sure we were going the right way. They said that they didn't know, but the square was right in front of us. We stood in the square and looked all around until we looked at the door next to us and noticed the "J" on it. We had arrived.This hotel is not for people who require carpet and other luxuries. It is a clean place to sleep and watch the world go buy on the square.
Tranquil Jardi - a place to discover
I ran a Rotary trip to this hotel last June for 20 people. Location was excellent - barely 100 metres from Ramblas, yet very quiet. Hotel is on the corner of two squares both of which had an outdoor market on the day we arrived - art and fresh produce. Hotel is above average with ensuite and TV. Single rooms seem a bit spartan but the doubles were reported as excellent. Breakfast was taken in a 'communal room' next to reception and was as you would expect basic. However, there are at least four cafes and restaurants around the squares and plenty of shops within metres to offset this. Excellent value for money. Care, though, it is in a pedestrianised area and you have to walk a hundred metres or so from the taxi drop-off point.