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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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