Hotel Acta Splendid
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Good for the money..
Stayed here for 3 nights over the new year, was happy with how clean and modern the rooms were and the staff were friendly. 10 minutes walk to Place Catalunya and there is a small 24h grocery store at the top of the street.
The main streets were safe at night but later on some of the side streets looked a bit seedy.
Great Hotel for the Money
For the value, this is a great hotel to stay. Stayed for 9 nights, staff members are extemely friendly and accomodating. From the cleaning staff, front desk, and breakfast bar staff, they were very kind. Room was clean, nice and modern furnishings. The bathroom was clean and beautiful, all in marble. I would say this is one of the top 3 star hotels I have stayed in. Barcelona, I think set hight standsards for their 3 star hotels in general. Location was great, on a quiet street and close to the universidad metro. I walked around the neighborhood late night and found it relatively safe when I went out alone (39 yr male). Of course, I recommend safety precautions for all travlers.
Tip: I booked online at apsishotel. They are a small chain and you can get better rates and web discounts. Also check out there other hotels if you are looking for a different area in barcelona or want to stay at their 4 star hotels.
Good value for the money
Stayed for 4 nightes in August 2004. The hotel is very quite and clean. 10 minuets walk from la Rambla. We ordered via the web and got great return for the money.
p.s. the hotel has changed its name from "Best Western Hotel Splendid"
Now called the Apsis Hotel Splendid
A group of 4 couples stayed in the Splendid to celebrate a couple of our 40th Birthdays. We found it to be very clean and the staff helpful. My wife and I had a Junior Suite which was excellent for us meeting together as a group. Bathrooms were particularly "splendid". Mini bar prices were reasonable. It took us about 10 minutes walk to the top of the Ramblas/Catalunya Square via main streets. I would not advise using side streets late at night but stick to main routes where we felt totally safe. There were some restaurants nearby, we ate in a Chinese which was very good. There is a 24 hr supermarket on same street as hotel (2 mins walk). All in all a great base at reasonable cost and I would recommend it to others.
Stayed at this hotel just before Christmas 2003.
The hotel is very clean and comfortable and the staff very friendly and helpful. They arranged for tickets to see Barcelona FC including a car from door to stadium and back again.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Barcelona, It's only 5/10 minutes from Placa de Catalunya.
Great location,helpful staff,and unusually quiet.Perfect!
The hotel is only a few minutes walk from Playa de catalunya and la Rambla,but once inside our room it was very quiet.There was no view as such from the window but this was more than made up in the care and attention the stuff gave us.
Buffet style breakfast was reasonable,even for a vegetarian.We were amazed that every day our room was serviced(we really became quite lazy). Only one small complaint though, on rainy days and we had several there were not any English speaking tv channels (except CNN), and of course the ones you have to pay for!
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Change of plan
Following yesterday's queues we decided to change our plans, skip the Spanish Village and take the cable car from Barceloneta over the port and up to the Miramar on MontjuÔc. The only problem was that the first cable car didn't run until 11:00. This gave us the unexpected opportunity to stroll along the promenade by the beach, watching shooting stars, surfers in the water, dogs on the beach and the old ...
... the crowd in. BANG! the first explosion and suddenly, the square is shoulder to shoulder. I have done a rough count and I would suggest that 10,000 people are in the square, by the end of the evening.
There are giants. Massive papier-m‚chť effigies of three kings and queens. One couple being Moorish and the others in the style of the 1600's, as described in the text above.
There are dragons and fire-breathing animals of myth and legend.
... was a nice respite from the city heat.
That evening we went to view a traditional Flamenco dance. It was quite impressive despite not knowing exactly what the back story was.The night was of course finished by lounging by the pool on the roof.
My 3 years of high school Spanish paid off in Barcelona as I probably said maybe 3 simple Spanish sentences.
... the top of a mountain well we had loads of stairs to walk up to get there. Interesting enough to get to Park GuŽll they have escalators outside (confused face).
Living in London you see many escalators but never seen one outside, well I guess they would need it for elders to go up to their homes.
Finally we go there and what a beautiful view of the city we captured. We could see everything truly wonderful.
And so the journey home began with a 9:15am flight from Santiago to Barcelona. The journey home...physically, spiritually and emotionally. Am I ready for the inevitable transition into 'normality'? Are others ready? When I bade Kate and Nigel farewell yesterday at Cape Finisterre Kate's parting words to me were "the real Camino starts when you return home dear". I think she may be on to something because I can sense it already... Flying to Barcelona...tears flowed ...