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Today is our last full day in Barcelona i woke early so i could speak to the boys. Jackson loves watching himself on the webcam, Maxi got a bit sad I just wanted to hug them both. But Im so glad we have all this technology while we travel. I love being able to see th kids faces.
Emily snd I had lovely breakfast.... so much for her Gluten free diet, too much yummy donuts and chocolate croissants and we havent hit Paris yet. After Breakfast ...
... and go out again. It shows how bad we felt when 3 blokes can go shopping for 3 hours.
We went out in the late afternoon, getting to the water around 6pm and Richard suggested a beer in one of the cafés along the beach. A beautiful afternoon and many people were still on the beach, apparently it is lively right up until midnight. We were thoroughly entertained by two groups. One was a group of about 8 women ...
... Epic fail!
We wandered across the park to see a familiar site. Hard Rock Cafe'. Yep. Jack got a magnet. We were also at the top of La Rambla, the most popular street in the city. But more on that tomorrow.
We made our way back to the neighborhood, stopped for some pizza and headed back to the hotel. I had a nightcap Cafe' Americano in the bar and it was up to bed. Our first night in Spain. Yep. That's in Europe! ...
... of wine. Total 50 euros, prices here include 21% VAT. Interesting bunch of five at the next table. Language I did not recognize, blue collar work clothes, and very sophisticated food tastes.Knew something was going on when five guys had their own table, linen napkins, and Steins of San Miguel. Ordered off menu, well behaved. I was totally fascinated. We now have a good relationship with our waiter (ex-cruise ship, well trained, Philippino, Spanish speaking), had a bet. ...
... all lined with trees, and there are childrens parks and green areas , the traffic is hectic and almost every footpath is lined with rows and rows of motor bikes, making it 'just another big city!!!'
We have yet to see anything that takes our fancy to buy, and I am most disappointed by all the shoe shops I have seen. The shoes are ugly with a capital F!!! - it is also amazing how many people wear Crocs! ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews H10 Raco Del Pi Barcelona
Trawled the internet to find a last minute deal for Barcelona and ended up at the Raco Del Pi a bit by default.
The Taxi driver said he couldn't drop us off at the hotel door as it was a pedestrian street but the hotel is just a short 5 minute walk.
After our "welcome" cava drink we were given our room. Placed on the top floor with a small window and a sky light wasn't a problem for us given all the other pluses to this hotel.
It was really centrally located the cathedral just 2 streets away and the nightlife a short stroll. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. If you are looking for a central hotel which is very comfortable and reasonably priced I don't think you can do much better!!
Shame about the showers
Well situated but plenty of problem with the showers which were barely warm. If you were late using them expect them to be cool. Fine in summer but not so nice in a cool February. Despite letting staff know and it being 'fixed' the temperature did not alter at all. It spoilt the stay. The first night we were moved to another hotel as there had been a leak in 'our' room so I believe they do have a boiler/heating/water problem.
This hotel is superbly located - less than five minutes walk from La Rambla and a Metro stop, and just around the corner from the Cathedral.
From this hotel, it is easy to explore all the main sites of the city, and retains a lot of character amid the squares and charm of the gothic quarter. The hotel itself is simple and stylish and, whilst not luxurious, provides everything for the tourist looking for something far beyond the basic. Although the rooms are not the largest, they are well furnished with high standards of cleanliness, hygiene and comfort.
The hot and cold buffet breakfast provides a good choice, with a high level of care taken for the quality and presentation. The service offered in all areas was always prompt and polite. Overall - an excellent base to explore the city.
Fantastic location, fantastic staff
Went to Barcelona for a last minute Christmas break. The H10 Raco Del Pi is in the Gothic Quarter, without doubt the lovliest area of the city. It's a great hotel, lovely rooms (get one that faces the central courtyard if you can), quiet, and the desk staff are wonderful. They all speak perfect English, and are always happy to recommend (and book) restaurants etc. We were only there for 3 nights but felt like we could have stayed for weeks! (P.S. don't bother with Ramblas - it's good as a central point for getting your bearings, but far too touristy and expensive. Stick to the Gothic Quarter, explore the narrow streets and find all the beautiful little squares filled with friendly cafes, restaurants and quirky little shops!)
Good location and competent staff
On our arrival they gave us a small room on 4th floor. The day after we asked and obtained to move to a bigger room on the same floor. Seems like all the rooms on 4th floor have windows at the floor level.
There's a free internet access at the bar. The staff, especially Martin, was kind and competent.
Excellent hotel, central location, goods service, contemporary bedrooms and decent bathrooms. Good value for money.
By the end of our stay we loved this little hotel but we had some reservations initially. It is 2 blocks from the main road on a mainly pedestrian street. Our taxi driver would not or could not drive to the hotel and dropped us two blocks away. The area around the hotel in the Barri Gothic looked unsafe and unsavory. The very friendly and helpful staff assured us that is was safe. It turned out to be safe and a fantastic location of narrow winding streets with historic treasures around every corner. The hotel itself is small but architectually fasanating. We had two rooms, 1 was large 1 was smaller. They weren't the cleanest rooms we've had but were tolerable. A/C was fine when it got going. You need to leave the room key in a slot to work the electric which means you can't run the a/c when you're out of the room.
Included breakfast was good and sociable. For the price, thi was a great bargain. By the time we left, we felt like it was our home. Also, the staff had no problem having a taxi pick us up at the door. I would call ahead to make sure that your taxi can drop you at the door - we may have just had a bad taxi driver.