Travel Blogs from Barcelona
... care. This sort of apathy reminded me of the lull American politics sometimes falls into. But what distinguished this apathy from its American counterpart is that it was more widespread and more hollow. When people said in Portugal they didn’t care about politics or know anything about what was going on they meant it. Usually in America, even if most people will only vote during presidential elections, a lot of people know significant things about ...
... into a building. Also the guide told us that one of the theories why Gaudi was the most famous out of the three architects is because his name was easy to pronounce. While I think is partly true, but also because of his total break from convention. The story of his death due to a tram accident, and the fact that nobody wished to save him because they thought he was a beggar is really a wake up call for our society. Whenever I hear these stories I always feel like I will ...
... his passion for natural forms really took flight – to the point where the artificial almost seems more natural than the natural. Just inside the main entrance on Carrer d’Olot, immediately recognisable by the two Hansel-and-Gretel gatehouses, is the park’s newly refurbished Centre d’Interpretaciò, in the Pavelló de Consergeria, which is a typically curvaceous former porter’s home that hosts a display on Gaudí’s building methods ...
... too much. There were several others of our group eating there as well, probably not wanting to go far in the rain.
We found the church again without trouble and went into the chapel about 9:00. We sat with Rosario and Virginia. It was a very intimate venue. Xavier Coll has played all over the world including Cairo and at the UN in New York. He came out with a small instrument in his hands and introduced everything in Spanish and English. ...
... and around the cathedral, that make you feel as though you're wandering through a maze from another century. Because you are, I suppose. Go get lost in them. It's wonderful. And while we're talking locations, avoid Las Ramblas, that main vein running through the city. It's much less fascinating and much more of a tourist trap, so unless you really need to stock up on your fridge magnets or you simply prefer to pay double the price for your glass of wine ...
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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.