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Today, we made a day trip to a catholic monastery near Barcelona called Montserrat.
Montserrat (the name of the hills and the monastery) means serrated rocks (apparently carved by angels with golden saws!) This monastery is famous for the discovery of "La Morenata", a black statue of the virgin, apparently carved by St. Luke …
We started our day leisurely with a walk through the old part of town - called the Barri Gotic. Some of the buildings here are over 800 years old. We even saw some old Roman ruins from the times of Augustus Caesar! This area is full of excellent musicians who set up on the street and play live music, while selling their independent CDs …
Himanshu hurt his back a bit on our travels, so we had an interesting morning looking for an English speaking doctor. The hotel called a doctor who "spoke many languages". It turned out that he spoke only Spanish and French, so we had an interesting conversation with the doc who tried to act out his diagnosis and his prescription :-) …
We flew in to Barcelona and got a taxi to our hotel. We're staying in the center of the city.
Interestingly, we learnt that the people of this region don't even consider themselves Spanish (this region is called Catalonia). This is demonstrated in a lot of cultural rituals, but most notably in the intense rivalry between the …
Barcelona was gorgeous, but we could NOT understand Catalan…it's not even close to Castillian. We got around fine though using our regular Spanish. Memorable dinner of mussels, seafood paella and sangria on the Mediterranean Sea. Also enjoyed folk dancing outside the Cathedral, walking around the harbor and Christopher Columbus monument, …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Granvia Barcelona
Great location, room in need of renovation
Stayed in late November 2003. The location is excellent - convenient to the "Barri Gotic", Rambla, good restaurants and shopping. The mezzanine level boasts an elegant salon (with large TV and computer with always-on internet access), and a lovely, spacious terrace complete with tables, chairs and fountain. Our third-floor room, however, did not live up to the public rooms. Although it had ample closet space, and was okay size-wise, the furniture was tacky and fraying, and we gave up on trying to make the TV work. Also, standard doubles are twin-bedded - not to the liking of this couple.
Below my expectation.
I went there early November. We are recommended by traveller's magazine. Gran Via is nominated as one of the value for money hotels.
Surely the location is amazing. You are easily accessible to the shopping district and a number of Guadi's monument. That's the very reason why you go to Barcelona. However, the hotel itself is pretty old. Not to mention the exterior, the elevator and the hotel lobby, the room itself gives you a very old impression. There is strong chlorine smell from the towels in the bathroom.
Wonderful and next to Plaza Catalunya
We spent 5 days at the Granvia in May, 2003. It was great. The place is pretty, the rooms are comfortable,old fashioned Iit used to be a mansion)and immaculate. The staff was great - we loved and will come back.
Great Value & Location
My wife and I stayed at Gran Via for 2 nights in Sept 2004 before our cruise. Took the train to Placa da Catalunya from the airport( 5 euros for the 2 of us), 5 min walk to the hotel. 110 euros and well worth it. Breakfast buffet was convenient and adequate. The place is a mansion of the past and has character that a new hotel cannot match. Very close to the Ramblas, skip the Ramblas and go 2 blocks north on the Passeig de Gracia. It has upscale shops,dining, and outdoor entertainment that you will not want to leave. We went to our hotel at 1:00 AM and hated to leave because the place is so beautiful and extremely safe.
Gran Via Hotel, Barcelona
Myself and 3 friends stayed at the Gran Via Hotel in Barcelona in a quad room - it was very clean, and so convenient for the city centre. Would rate it very highly, particularly as it worked out at about Euro 40 per night each. This is not a luxurious hotel, but very adequate. Book at room at the back of the hotel (quieter), if possible with a balcony or terrace.
Nice hotel. Was located in a nice area, close to major interest points. Plenty of shops and eating options were close by. Hotel breakfast was a little over priced. Internet availability was also nice.
Great value with charm!
We stayed in Oct 2002 for approx $100 per night for a spacious suite (large entry hallway in the room, living room, bedroom, and large bathroom); it is a little faded but in a very charming way. The common areas are gorgeous. The location is great, since it is very close the La Rambla but without all of the noise. Very nice staff.
Well placed near Placa da Catalunya, the Gran Via has a certain 'faded glory' charm. A double room cost 66 Euros/night (early December) which was good value for a clean, sufficiently spacious room with a decent bathroom.
The breakfast was only adequate, but there are plenty of local alternatives.
The staff were friendly enough and the first floor lounge, which was being used for a fashion photo shoot during my stay, is a thing of extraordinary antique splendour!
Great place to stay
Very nice staff. Large,clean rooms, with recently refurbished baths. Wonderful common areas, large gorgeous patio and large beautifully furnished sitting room. One euro an hour good internet connection in the sitting room. Great location- close to old and new areas of the city.