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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 …
... Another note - one thing I dislike about churches is all their gold embellishments. I guess people think the house of God requires gold trimmed ceilings and gold sculptures, but I find it hypocritical for a church to be filled with gold decorations and ostentatious (my personal opinion, sorry if I'm offending). I like how the Sagrada Familia's beauty comes primarily from the building design itself, as opposed to gold ornamentation, which is (thankfully) kept at a ...
... that during the civil war both sides had done unspeakable things and that there are still mass graves being dug up now. This period also links to the Catalonia independence movement which is very visible in the streets of Barcelona. The Catalans were the longest to hold out to Franco's fascist forces. With the help of Hitler and Mussolini, Barcelona was bombed tipping the balance of the civil war to Franco. The Catalans then had their language banned ...
We all woke up fairly early today... Had a decent night's stay at the Principal Hotel. We ventured out to this amazing market we had passed the night before and purchased glasses of fresh fruit juice and large cups of fresh cut fruit. It was all delicious. We also stopped at a local bakery and sampled their goods... They too were delicious. Alex and I opted for savory... She had a ham and cheese croissant while I had some thing similar but the ...
... lit up. It changed colors and was really cool. The fountain was right in front of an art museum, and there were tons of little fountains near it. It was actually built for the international expo in 1929, then redone with lights for the Olympics in the 1990s. We got more churros and thick hot chocolate to dip them in (it's a thing they do in Spain). It was a great night as we sipped our drinks and watched the fountain. I thought it ended too ...
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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.