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So I have concluded that blogs are for people who are either extremely bored or lonely. Thanks to family and friends who have kept me company over the last few weeks in other destinations, I have found much better things to do than to sit in front of a computer to write blogs all day. But I am not giving up just yet…However …
... Italian trattoria Murivecchi under the recommendation of our host, Davide. This place would definitely rank high in the list of then best Italian restaurants I had the pleasure in dining in. I had the papardelle with beef ragu, the other half had a risotto with mushrooms and we both left with a smile on our faces. Definitely a recommendation if you don't mind having Italian in your Spanish travels.
Late in the evening, after we had another siesta at ...
... You have to check out the pictures! Mom and I hit the gift shop hard and Dad bought a book about Gaudi's life that he graciously read aloud to us at all spare moments. Thanks, Dad!
Another highlight of their visit was the eating! We ate at a few touristy places just to give them a feel of the flavor (and an English menu) but we mostly ate in Gracia and they got a true taste of Catalan dining. Our favorite place was called La Plata in the Born. It opens at ...
... to a jazz bar hidden away in the back streets of the gothic barrio. When we got there there was a group of old men sat with guitars and maracas and it dawned on me that I may have been tricked! Low and behold we had walked into a Cuban salsa band! I then had to endure being forced to perform my recently learned moves while Lotus danced around and wowed the crowd....next time I will look more closely at the venue before committing! The next day we decided ...
... and involvement in the Spanish civil war. Afterwards the tour guide took us to a very traditional Spanish place where you could get a bottle of Cava (a Spanish champagne) for 5 euros as well as various meats and sausages. All of the people on the walking tour decided to go to Montjuic to see the fort and get some nice views of the city. We took the cable car up there but really it was a bit of a waste since the walk was only a few hundred metres uphill. In ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hesperia Presidente Barcelona
We stayed at the hesperia presidente for a two night weekend break 6may to 8may combining a city break with including a football match. Arriving at our destination we were shown to room 901 which was a corner room at the front of the hotel, the windows overlooked the front of the hotel and were triple glazed. The beds were very comfy with pillow menu if required. There was a flat screen tv and mini bar and the room was spotlessly clean with maid service on the 2nd day. There was not a bath but a walk in shower cubicle which was very big(could have stood 6 people in easily)!!! There was a bar which we used in the evenings but we did not eat at the hotel so we cannot comment on the food. The hotel overall is very stylish and clean and i would recommend it to anyone who loves to stay in a high standard hotel with a reasonably priced budget.
As soon as we arrived at the Hotel I was impressed with the good natured staff and very stylish decorated reception area.
We've just returned from a 3-night stay at the Hesperia Presidente, and it was fantastic, one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in.
i cant speak highly enough about this hotel! beautiful rooms! very modern! helpful staff! they gave us a number of free maps when we arrived and even took time to point out the main attractions! top location! top class hotel!
Just got back from staying here with my girlfriend for 2 nights,couldn't agree more than the previous reviewer! Fully refurbished hotel, lovely reception area and upstairs bar, so comfy and a generous helping of Barcardi (and coke!). We had a room on the 10th floor, again not the biggest but a perfect King size bed, plasma tv, walk-in double shower, fantastic water pressure from the shower head and jets!! Lovely views of the city, good safe location although on the main Avenue Diagonal, can't hear the traffic with the windows closed. Did not try the restaurant so cant comment.
This hotel is in an upmarket shopping street in a very safe area. We were in Barcelona for 2 days only and decided to stay here the first night and in the Ramblas area the second night. The hotel is currently being renovated(work to be completed before the Summer). We were gived a room on the 13th floor with a fantastic view of the city! The room, although not large was extremely comfortable and beautifully decorated, in fact it was one of the nicest hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. The bed was soo cosy and the had a pillow menu! There was plenty of closet space, a couch, minibar and plasma TV. The bathroom was great. The walk in shower was huge and had an extra large showerhead as well as a hand held attachment and body jets, with great water pressure. You get lots of complementary toiletries including hairbrushes and razors. The staff in the hotel were really helpful and friendly and seem really proud of the hotel. There is a spanish bar just across the road called Berlin and an Irish bar around the corner called Flann O Briens.
I can recommend the Presidente. Do not be put off by it's very 80's looking exterior. It has been recently refurbished inside. It has a cool looking reception, you really do feel like you're getting a small taste at least of famous Barcelona design.
It's not easy to find hotels which allow 2 adults & 2 children in a family room so this hotel gave us 2 connecting rooms in a little apartment of our own! Both rooms were very modern, spotless, well-kept, etc and the air-conditioning was great. We were very, very impressed. Our deal didn't include breakfast so I can't vouch for the food but the bar/breakfast area was lovely and staff were friendly.
This hotel is badged as 4 star and recently renovated but it was a let down and did not live up to the standard of other 4 star hotels I have stayed in. The twin room we had was smallish but there was good wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom was fine with plently of toiletries provided. The room was very well serviced on a daily basis with a change of bed linen even during our short stay. What let the room down was the furniture which was tired and in need of upgrading. The soft furnishings are a bit floral and garish but obviously reflected the local Spanish colours being a mixture of red and yellow. The location of the hotel is a bit out of the centre of the tourist locations - it is in the heart of the business district so the local taxis were well used as there was very little going on in the locality in the evening. I also considered the food in the hotel restaurant to be a bit overpriced and undercooked. A good point was the views from the higher up floors - either out over the city or over the hills to the rear of the property.
A Magical City
Hotel services excellent in every aspect especially the wonderful breakfast MM! La Ramblas has the most entertaining street artists ever+good places to eat and drink(try all the squares off it).The Harbour,Beach and shops are excellent the but the architecture is amazing,every corner you turn there is something to see. Gaudi`s influence is everywhere but his La Famillies cathedral must be one of the worlds most intricate buildings ever built(still on going).We walked for four days (wear good shoes) but cannot wait to go back and see the rest of it. March and April a lovely time warm but not to hot for site seeing, get a good guide book.