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...Kim is still in search for those imfamous palm trees. Finally, Kim finds them here in Barcelona! Hace calor aqui! Hot..Hot... it is!!! One thing Kim always admire about Espana is how efficient their public transportation. Two hours flight from London and we are here. It feels like sunny Miami, but the landscape is more interesting and attractive …
Barcelona is a city of arts... Gaudi' and Miro' have made their marks here... and for Figueres, Dali' has made his mark there. Guess what, we are suckers like the rest of the tourists. We are there to stop by Museu Teatre Dali', where he spent the last of his later years there. This city is about 2 hours train ride away. Have we said that the …
...after yesterday, we decide to take a more relax approach and not killing ourselves...
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... is Barcelona's oldest church, having possibly been established in the 9th century.
It's definitely no longer "in the fields" surrounded as it is by the densely packed housing of the Raval district but there is a surprising air of tranquility there on a warm and sunny day and with the trees and palms around it, it feels far less like a city centre location than just about anywhere within several kilometres.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eurostars Monumental Barcelona
Es war auszuhalten!
Ich habe das Eurostars Gaudi gewählt, weil es überwiegend hervorragende Kritiken bekommen hat. Als wir dort waren, haben wir uns gefragt, warum? Die Lage des Hotels ist nicht optimal. Bis zum Passeig de Gracia läuft man gute 15 min, bis zu den Ramblas ist es zu Fuß eigentlich zu weit. OK, die Metrostation "Monument" ist direkt vor der Tür, aber man muß fast immer umsteigen. Außerdem liegt das Hotel direkt an einer sternförmigem Hauptstraße, von der 5 weitere Straßen abgehen. Wenn man das Fenster öffnet, merkt man, daß man direkt auf der Verkehrsinsel wohnt. Weitere Minuspunkte: Wir hatten ein Nichtraucherzimmer, in dem es aber nach kaltem Rauch gerochen hat. Zudem stank es abartig aus der Kanalisation. Permanent! Igitt! Das Zimmer war auch eher klein. Das Frühstück war ok. Nichts besonderes. Sehr überschaubare Auswahl. Alles in allem: Für 130 Euro (Internetrate) war es auszuhalten, aber wir werden dort sicher nicht noch einmal absteigen!
Great Hotel, Maybe a Dodgy Location!!
Having stayed at this hotel at the end of January for 4 nights I thought I would write a review to let you know not only what we thought of the hotel but also our opinion of Barcelona (Although that may be a bit biased)
On arriving we were quickly checked in by a very pleasant male receptionist and went to our room on the 4th floor. Very nice, very clean and a lovely bathroom. Lack of Bedside Cabinet on one side was a bit of a nuisance.(If they had put on in the wardrobe door wouldnt have opened. Any way didnt really matter. I would say beds were a bit on the firm side, but we didnt wake with any pains or aches so they are probably good beds. Shower very good but if you use all jets at once bathroom floor would be flooded!!
Breakfast was a bit of a take on. Eat outside, It is not worth the money and the only reason we had breakfast each morning was that we were convinced we had already paid for it. But apparantly not. Got a bill for 140 euro on departure.
As for location it is fine as tube station is just around the corner and Sagradia Familia a short walk up the hill. We used the tube a lot only 2 stops into Barcelona Centre.
I would like to point out to everyone considering going to Barcelona BE VERY CAREFUL WITH YOUR CREDIT CARDS. We only used our card on 3 occasions and someone copied our details and has used our details to go on a shopping spree around Barcelona and the surrounding areas spending hundreds of euros. Luckily we got our statement a few days after returning home and spotted unauthorised transactions, and were able to get our card stopped. But it is the fact that someone was smiling at us during our transactions and meanwhile copying the details that has made us mad!! And the fact our Card was frozen and we had to wait for a new account to be set up. Plus we are aware of who could have done this. It has put us off Barcelona for life. So everyone reading this review BEWARE. I hope this has been a help to you and doesn't put you off a visit, as Barcelona is a lovely City with plenty to see and do and Eurostars Gaudi is a great base. Just take Great Care and Caution and don't let your Credit Card leave your sight. In a restaurant near the Sagrada Familia our Card was taken away then brought back to be signed. Who Knows? Only the person who did it!!!!!
Can't recommend Eurostars Gaudi enough
I really can't recommend this hotel enough. I stayed at the start of February 06 and it more than lived up to my expectations. The staff are really friendly, the location is excellent and the rooms are just stunning - the shower was the best one I have ever used!
During our stay we used the Metro, and this was about 30 seconds walk, and the Sagrada Familia is a stones throw. As other reviewers state, this hotel really is outstanding and I would advise anyone looking for a base in Barcelona to use it. What a room, what a shower, and what a location!
If I visit Barcelona again, I will be staying here.
Will definitely return to this modern hotel!
I've not long returned from a short break at this hotel with my boyfriend. Again, I like some of the others was guided by the reviews on this website and wasn't disappointed, infact we were extremely impressed hence the reason for writing a review! The hotel itself is very modern both externally and internally and is in a good,slightly quieter location but still within walking distance to La Ramblas and with partial views of the wonderful Sagrada familia Cathedral. Probably a better view of this can be had from rooms on the higher levels within the hotel. We found this a good base from which to explore the city. We had a room on the first floor, very modern with a lovely comfortable, large bed and beautiful bathroom and a fantastic shower - I want one of these!! Again, like mentioned previously, no traffic can be heard from within the rooms even though situated a cross roads.
Staff were extremely helpful, and we were able to leave our bags at reception when we checked out in the morning as our flight wasn't until the evening.
We also found the hotel extremely good value for money - it worked out at approximately £80 per person for three nights.
We didn't use the metro this time during our stay here although there was one nearby. We prefered to walk round the city and use the tour bus for which you can buy a two day ticket and hop on and off at various points - a very good way to see the city!
Would highly recommend this hotel and will be back!
Modern touch in an classic city
We stayed 2 nights at the Gaudi and it was a lovely stay. We have previously stayed in many 4 star hotels all over Europe and were not impressed as they were too small and their beds were like bricks.
The hotel has a metro station right outside it (monumental) this gives you easy access to most tourists attractions in Barcelona. The metro station also has a lift which is convenient if you have a lotof luggage.
The staff at the hotel were really friendly and always willing to help, they had a lot of knowledge about the local area and even recommended the best eats outside La Rambla.
The rooms were spacious and we had more than enough room to move around and store our luggage. I especially liked how the rooms and the hotel were decorated. The beds were large and comfortable and even though the hotel is on a main road you cannot hear any of the traffic.
Bathroom was was pure luxary though I do agree you cant use all of the shower features without flooding the place.
I would definately recommend staying here as I know I will if I ever return to Barcelona.
Great Location & View
We stayed in this hotel, mainly because of the rooms with the balcony and I have to say the view is absolutely breathtaking. Rooms are exactly as pictured in website, very clean, bed is a little bit hard but good size, not many tv channels to watch, they could probably use some pay per view movie channels. Based on the previous reviews and cost, never even took a look at the breakfast, plenty of cheap places for that around. Staff was very helpful and kind. I requested a cot for my baby on the website that I booked it and it was in the room when we got there (good service).Location is good, all sorts of restaurants around the area, metro station right there (although we never used the metro, travelling with an infant decided to go for taxis). Sagrada Familia just steps away. My only major complaint it's the water pressure in the shower and that there seemed to be a foul smell coming from the bathroom (just bring a nice traveling candle that smells close the door, and your good to go). We never did ask the staff about the smell, I guess we found it a little bit funny. All in all the place is good and we enjoyed our visit the the hotel. Hope this is helpful.
Great base from which to explore a great city
It's really hard trying to pick a hotel with so many to choose from so we were guided by the two previous contributors from Aberdeen and Manchester (hence my feeling obliged to return the favour!). We too thought the Eurostars Gaudi was great. It's a compact triangular-shaped hotel with just half-a-dozen rooms per floor on the corner of a typical Barcelona 'block', most if not all the rooms with an open outlook and the upper ones at least with a view of the Sagrada Familia.
Although it [inevitably] faces onto a busy road junction the sound insulation and double glazing was first class, and [as one would expect with a new hotel] I can confirm that the air conditioning was fully operational and controllable (which wasn't the case in either of the two paradors we subsequently stayed in!). Pity they don't clean the windows more often externally, but then most other hotels skimp on this too (just like UK trains and buses).
There was no signage on the building so it's not surprising that most taxi drivers don't know where it is, but a fellow taxi-driver put ours wise and, arriving late from the airport with a couple of suitcases, we thought the 25 euros was well worth it. In the event Monumental metro station is at the southern end of the same block, so if your taxi driver isn't sure just tell him to drop you there and walk the two hundred yards or so!
We certainly agree with Dave from Manchester that the Metro is great, although even better than the 2, 3 or 4 day pass is the T-10 ticket for 6.35 euros which any number of people can share and gives you 10 journeys on the metro, bus or train. We got through three tickets in our three-and-a-half days in Barcelona and our longest wait (when we saw the previous train leave) was five minutes, two minutes being the norm. As mentioned the transport system is integrated so - for less than £1 between us - we travelled back to the airport by metro and train (although in hindsight and if we did it again we would splash out on a [relatively cheap] taxi to save both time and suitcase handling).
As indicated we thought the hotel was conveniently and pleasantly located. It doesn't have any additional facilities whatsoever (we think others may have been confused by those of the several other Eurostars' hotels in the city) but the rooms were fine and all the staff were very pleasant and eager to help. TVs are LCD, well-positioned and have a good range of channels (I'm a huge fan of the Beeb but consider BBC World useless for news). The absence of a bedside cabinet was inconvenient (omitted so that one can open the single wardrobe), but on the plus side a safe was provided big enough to take both a laptop and large handbag. The shower was a little too deluxe for its own good, because the absence of a shower curtain [to augment the glass screen] meant that one couldn't use the multilevel sprays without flooding the bathroom!
Finally I would thank and agree with your other correspondents in relation to the breakfasts. We booked 'room only' on the strength of their comments and from our quick reckie are pleased we did, getting a coffee and roll or bun instead in a tiny croissanterie on the opposite corner of the block.
We liked Barcelona a lot and as with many visitors focussed our attention around the Gaudi sights. It felt safer than we perhaps feared, although probably wise to wear your bum-bag on your front. We would happily stay at Eurostars Gaudi again, although if you're a night owl then it's probably not for you. If you decide to make it your base then we hope you enjoy your visit.
PS As Dave says, don't miss those fountains in front of the Palace at Montjuic (winter times seem to be Fri, Sat only between 7 and 8.30 pm)
Chris & Jean
Just returned from a stay at Eurostars Gaudi [do not confuse with just The Gaudi] and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the location was not quite as close to The Ramblas as stated [bit of a walk 20 mins] it was just 5 mins from the Familia and 1 min from the bull ring [we didnt go].
There is not much around the hotel but this did not detract as just outside the door is a Metro station which we used heavily.
We had 3 rooms all which were very comfortable and nicely furnished in a minilamist style. Couldnt work out the lights so we just unplugged the table lamps????
Air con was great and the marble bathrooms were also great.
All staff were friendly and always said hello and the manager we spoke to most, dont know his name but we think he was German, was extremely helpful and couldnt do enough to help [sorry about the safe]. The hotel staff were also only too pleased to help with ideas or directions.
We never took breakfast at the hotel so cannot comment but it was 14 euros [a bit steep considering prices in the area] and the bar was pricey, but you expect it in a hotel.
Some sites claim this hotel has a pool and jacuzzi and was a factor in our decision to book there. despite our best efforts we didnt find it and they dont. Also on the site is a picture of a sun terrace but we didnt find that either but never asked. If they have one they should signpost it. The disappointment didn't detract from our stay in the slightest though as there is so much to do in the city.
Overall our group enjoyed our stay and all found the hotel great and no problems. Definately reccomend for the price [we paid 98 euros per room per night].
Back to the Metro. How embarrasingly efficient for anyone from the UK.
From the Airport we decided to have an adventure on arrival and use the train. We got the train to the nearest Metro station and 2 trains from there. Took about 1 hour with changes and cost a grand total of 3 euros and 55 cents each. Pretty good for a 15 mile journey. We used the Metro everyday and night and you can go anywhere for 1.15 Euro. My tip is to buy a 2,3 or 4 days pass. We never felt in any danger even up till midnight when it closes [opens till 2 am weekends] and highly recommend it as a cheap way to get around.
Ramblas was good but look out for the restraunts on the seaward half as they rip you off for drinks prices. They all advertise the cost of food but some would not even tell us the price of booze when we asked. The only one that told us [out of 6 asked] was 10 Euros for a glass of lager.
10 steps off the Ramblas we paid 4 euro for half a litre at Flahhertys irish bar. they serve good food and has some great tourist guides in English.
Travel higher up the Ramblas and all the cafes etc become much better class and dont rip you off. Strange, the classier the joint the cheaper it was.
Make sure you go to the magic fountain. Starts at 9.30 evey evening for 2 hours thur, fri, sat, sun. Absolutely brilliant. Even if the show is not on it is worth a trip as the whole place is fantastic and totally free. We all commented that if it were in the UK it would be fenced off and 20 quid to get in.
We loved Barcelona and will be going back ASAP possibly to the Gaudi.
What a view!
Stayed in this hotel at the beginning of August as they had special rates for their opening.
The hotel was quite difficult to find with the taxi driver we got from Placa de Catalunya dropping us off about 3 blocks down the road. However, we found it and were very impressed from the outset. The staff were very friendly, couldn't fault them at all.
The hotel itself is furbished modernly and the rooms all have plasma TVs with satellite TV. The beds are very comfy and there are special touches like big cushions and the such like. From our room we could see the Sagrada Familia which would be well worth paying the normal rate for, it's a lovely view.
The centre of Barcelona is about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel but less than 5 minutes and about 5 euro in a taxi. However, the hotel is the right side of Barcelona for the Parc du Citudella which holds the zoo, cascading fountain, etc. Felt safe enough walking around the streets outside but as always, be aware of pick-pocketers.
The only disappointing side to this hotel is the breakfast. It wasn't included in our rate and cost 14 euro - we had this the first morning and we weren't too impressed by it so ate out the other mornings at the cafe round the corner.