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Tuesdays stress me out. That's my busiest day of the week: morning women's devotional, a student that I have to travel to the church building in Novoli for in the morning, rush back to be late for lunch, another student here at the school, walk 20 minutes to the elementary school and teach English to a class of fourteen third-graders (this is most …
... for a tapas bar, but there were enough interesting options that we still ordered more food than necessary.
We started with the meat and cheese plate, wanting to try the famous jambon (cured ham). We were actually served slices of jambon, chorizo, and salami. All three types were very good. The cheese was also good, I think it was manchego. We accompanied the meat and cheese with bread covered in a thin tomato sauce. The rest of our tapas arrive ...
... that I was not going to waste any time just because I was out until 7am and probably didn't get to bed until 7.45am. I got up at 9.20am ran to my room got changed ran downstairs got a bread roll for breakfast and followed everyone to the bus to head for the walking tour. I was the only one out of the group of us who went to Opium who made it on the bus to go on the walking tour. I will talk about the walking tour in the next blog because technically it was on the 4th of ...
... see massive displays of chocolate formed into various scenes. Really cool. Plus I had to get a hot chocolate after that.
Sunday, I got up and went for a run. And found the coolest place ever. It's called Las jardins de...something. But anyway, its a park that is full of like hidden staircases, vineyards, fountains, roses. It's pretty overgrown but honestly one of the prettiest small parks I've seen. Then when I ...
... I went to explore the possibility of attending a match on Saturday. The cheapest tickets were 59 Euros. Something to first think about. Back at the Pension by 15hoo, I first gave my feet , and body, a rest and at 6hoo I took a stroll down La Rambla. Back in my room at 19hoo to have my supper - tuna on toast. I just can't get myself to sit at one of the restaurants all on my own. There will be enough time for that once my other half joins ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Aranea Barcelona
Good hotel,shame about breakfast
If your room rate does not include breakfast dont buy at the hotel. The cost of 10.70euros is not worth it. Each day we had to request milk for cereals and on both days the scrambled eggs were all gone by 8.45 and were not replenished for 25 minutes!!
A good choice but.............
We were not disappointed by this hotel . Everything was modern and new and the bedrooms were clean & bright with wood laminate floors and nicely appointed fully tiled bathrooms. Linen and towels were changed daily.
The Ramblas is a good 25 minute walk from the hotel ( about 1.5 miles ) , however, the Girona metro is only 200 yards away. The neighbourhood is safe and relatively quiet with many cafes and restaurants in the area.
Our only complaint was the poor breakfast selection and the slowness of the waitress staff to replenish food which ran out on many occasions.
We stayed at Apsis Aranea hotel for three nights in September 2004. Excellent new hotel, good accomodations, helpful staff. Very close(2 block) to metro Girona and 11 blocks to Passiage de Gracia. Nice beautiful quiet neighborhood. We would come back.
Well worth a stay
Going on the great advice from this website, I booked this hotel directly through their own website and got the best deal (including breakfast at a 50% reduction - worth it).
Was very pleased with this place. Convenient location, safe neighbourhood, close to sights. Found the best way to get around was by using the buses - nearer than the metro which is only 5-7 min walk anyway. Very comfortable room, just as other reviews described. Solaruim/sundeck on the roof was great, including the shower stand to cool off - no need to head to beach to touch up the tan!
Would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Fantastic hotel, the staff were extremely accommodating to my needs and that of my sidekick partner. Being a soccer mad guy the hotel offered me the use of their meeting room with the large screen television for my viewing pleasure, and the bar service for added company. The Hotel is in a very nice area and indeed is very well maintained. The staff must be commended upon ther language skills and customer service. I truly reccomend this hotel to anyone wishing to visit Barcelona.
The hotel is in a good area - not far from subway and bus stops. It is very clean, the room design is modern and the staff is friendly and helpful. We booked it directly through the hotel and got a cheaper rate than expedia and hotel (the hotel is relatively new).
The hotel is conveniently located close to the Sagrada Familia (10 minute walk) in a safe neighbourhood. The price was quite reasonable (79 and 99 euros for different days) and the size was decent for european standards. They even fit a small cot for our daughter. The service was excellent, I wanted to stay an extra night and as the hotel was fully booked they offered to send me to a partner 4-star hotel for the same price; in the end they managed to give me the extra night in the same hotel. The only minuses is that the breakfast buffet is a bit expensive for what it is and that we were next to rooms with smokers (in general it looks like in Spain they do not know the concept of no smoking!); but other than that the hotel is quite good.
Safe, Quiet Neighborhood
New hotel just opened in October '03 and offering low room rates during its break-in phase. In a fairly quiet and safe yet conveniently located residential neighborhood (in the Eixample). Within walking distance of four different Metro stops and 10-15 minute walk to RENFE/FGC station Passeig de Gracia. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Free internet access. Rooms are clean and well kept. Fresh linens and towels daily and a box ful of complimentary amenities beyond shampoo and soap.
Although the hotel offers breakfast in a lovely breakfast room, we preferred the local cafes and bars. BTW, best rate came from hotel's own website.