Travel Blogs from Barcelona
... disappointed. All the food was so cheap and the seafood was so fresh. With €3 mojitos, you'd be silly not to enjoy it. The coolest or most unusual thing we tried were razorfish. It was similar to a mussel but long and thin (there is a photo of Ben with one) they were very tasty. We can't find too much about them but apparently you can only find them in the northern hemisphere. They live in the sand, ...
... better than Monaco. Spacious tanks, a wide variety of cool fish, a tunnel with some big sharks and a few penguins, piranha and iguana!! The market off La Rambla is very colourful...fish, fruit, chocolate, nuts, meat and all beautifully displayed. I am in love with tapas ....a little bit of this and that and share!! And throw in a leafy square and some street ...
... We started with Gaudi's Sangrada Familia, which is by far the most beautiful building I have ever seen in my life, and it isn't even done yet. It is so ornate, so precisely constructed, just so incredible. It's apparently been under construction since 1882, that's like 131 years, and it still has another 15 or so until it's done. You can't get pictures of this thing without cranes in the background unless you digitally remove ...
I was so excited today that I woke up early. Today is THE day that I was so looking forward to. To see La Sagrada Familia! I know, it is probably the most touristic venue in Barcelona, but I don't care, I really wanted to witness the marvel of this beyond crazy creativity by Antoni Gaudi.
I thought, if we get to the site 1 hour before the opening, we probably could have a nice breakfast at some ...
... went to the aquarium. The boys loved the underwater tunnel with sharks and big fish. The were enchanted by an angry octopus who was swimming around his tank trying to fight with another one. They had a great time playing in a mini-submarine, climbing on giant sea turtles, and inside of a whales mouth to see jelly fish.
We stopped at McDonalds after the aquarium and Carson fell off of his chair. Thankfully we were at the end ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Espana Barcelona
I loved this hotel. Great interiors designed by Art Nouveau architect Montaner. Room was simple/clean. Bathroom was good size. Included continental breakfast was okay. Great location right next to La Rambla.
The hotel has English speaking staff. Very smokey hotel (but most of Barcelona is). Excellent location very close to Rambla and metro (subway) station. Charming old hotel. Clean rooms. Breakfast was terrible....prepackaged pastries, coffee or hot chocolate from a vending type machine. Close to a excellent restaurant called Organic on perpendicular side street.
We just returned from Spain (June 2004). After leaving a luxury cruise ship we went to spend a few days in Barcelona. The hotel Espana was a nice change. We felt like we were staying with the locals. Everything was at our fingertips, La Rambles, Food, Metro, Tour busses. We could walk to everything quickly. Take time to look around the hotel, go behind the close doors and discover wonderful remains of its past history. Marble fireplaces, ceramics in the back restaurant on the walls, many unique details throughout the building. The rooms are plain but very clean. From the small balcony you could watch all types of people. This is not an upscale neighborhood, but we felt safe at all times. If you want to see old Spain this is a great place. Day staff speaks English but night staff has limited English, if you are calling for information call during the day in Barcelona (I called at 3AM, EST for details - 6 hours difference)
We stayed at the hotel for five nights and found the hotel very nice and worth the money. Rooms were clean and air conditioning worked well. The location was also very good, about 50 metres from Las Ramblas and the nearest Metro station. Recommended!
My husband and I recently stayed a the Espana hotel and found the rooms small but adequate the room was newly renovated. It is not the smartest of hotels but you only get what you pay for and the hotel was good value and close to all amenities.
I would stay there again, as I visit Barcelona on a regular basis. The staff were friendly and the hotel was clean and bedding and towels changed regularly.
Overall good value, and clean and close to the Rambles.
Great prize in a Good Hotel
I stayed at the hotel on March 26th for 6 nights. I did not see any ants, or another insects you have mentioned. The breakfast was not like a five stars hotel but a nice continental one that you had to serve yourself without limits. The room was big and had good climate, without any water or any other bath problems. So do not hesitate: enjoy Barcelona staying in this old hotel.
It should be mentioned that Hotel Espana got a new lift. Worked perfectly, so don't let that stop you from choosing this hotel. The woman serving your cheap breakfast isn't smiling a lot, but the rest of the staff of this hotel were nice. And they spoke good English. Travelling in smaller groups or as a couple, I think I would rather choose a hostal, but we got this hotel very cheap. And it is VERY central!
For anyone without much money but a lot of love for the creative arts the hotel Espana is a very well kept secret which must be visited and explored at all costs. The architecture and tiling in the restaurant is spectacular and the fireplace in the breakfast room was designed by the same artist responsible for the amazing opera house. There are marvellous panels in the central 'atrium' reminiscent of Mucha and although very basic, the shuttered room I stayed in was very 1920s in atmosphere.... kind of 'film noir'....the sort of place which doesn't exist in England any more. The restaurant provides excellent traditional Catalan food at lunchtime....exquisite fish soup etc.....at pocket money prices...and it is Such a romantic place to sit in. The breakfast is absolute rubbish however and I fear from the other comments that the hotel may have been overmodernised recently....But..
I Stayed at the hotel Espana in October this year (2002) along with 25 other classmates and friends. The holiday itself was a research trip for our art diploma at Milton Keynes College.