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... boho chic crowd. A stark contrast that works beautifully. The city was bustling (but in a low key casual kind of way) until late into the evening. I could see myself being happy in this uber cool place. And with a population of 200000 (16000 within the city walls) it wasn't so overwhelming . So we spent some time in the Palace of the Popes (the actual popes lived there for 67 years before going to the Vatican!!). That was very impressive, and was really the ...
... some miniature paintings with me as gifts and Oliver chose one of my favorites--the Redlands, CA home at 203 E. Olive Street. That leaves 6 left for some lucky Spanish or Italian hosts, etc. to choose from.
Signing up for the Gym is a Breeze!
Even though the man at the nearby gym spoke no English, I was pleasantly surprised to have fairly easily managed in Spanish to sign up for 2 months, pay my dues, get my photo ID card (minus the photo, which ...
... looks like it just came straight from the ocean. There were octopus, lobsters, shrimp, sea urchin, etc. Every part of a pig and lamb you can imagine including its head. (It's brains are sold separately, literally) Next we went for walking tour which started in the gothic quarter. She started in Plaza del reine which houses the royal palace. This is the place where Christopher Columbus returned after discovering the new world, ...
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Small but perfectly formed...
Stayed there October 2003. Great wee hotel- a real find. It is a minute from both Place de Catalunya and la Ramblas- yet because it is in a wee alley, it was pretty quiet. Clean, well kept room. Friendly staff. For breakfast you get some melba toast, coffee a croissant and jam. Not a huge breakfast but enough to keep you going in a city where breakfast isn't usually included in the price. I'd go back there in a second for the price. Enjoy your holiday.
Learn how to use the heating!
Although I am British and an EU passport holder, I am of Chinese origin from Singapore. My wife is Welsh and British. I was concerned that a previous reviewer had found the staff racist. Nothing could be further from the truth! Remember that Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya, and the inhabitants regard themselves as Catalans, and, in some cases, grudgingly accept that they are also Spanish. A small knowledge of the language also helps. It will not hurt to know the laws of the country either-hoteliers are obliged to view passports and in certain parts of Spain are OBLIGED to keep your passport for 24 hours, especially if you are not an EU citizen. The hotel is excellent value for money, excellent location, and the rooms are very clean. However, make sure you understand how to activate the heating/air conditioning! The breakfast is rubbish, hence I have given it 4 out of 5.
Fantastic hotel for the price
My wife and I have just returned from Hotel Cortes where we had a wonderful break. The hotel is in an excellent position, just off the Ramblas. The rooms are basic but spotless and the restaurant was great.
We would most definitely go back and have recommended it to family and friends. Very impressive for the money.
Stayed her for our honeymoon. very basic hotel but we were on a v tight budget when booking it and weren't expecting much. it was neat and tidy and the little restuarant was great. Staff were v friendly (except for one man who was a bit gruff but I think it was just his manner) they also held on to our passports for a couple of days which was odd. Room was on the top floor - literally just had a bed, table and bathroom. we were one of 3 rooms with a balcony - bliss to be able to sit out and sunbathe in the middle of November! was a bit of a pain not to be able to open a window at night as it was v stuffy and hot. (just had double doors leading to the balcony) Cleaning staff didn't always come on time and a couple of days we came back to an untouched room at 4pm. not a major issue as we didn't spend that much time there. all shops literally on your doorstep and stay open til 9pm which was great. found a couple of Irish pubs to hang out it! all in all a very good stay.
would defo go back to barcelona althought would try a more upmarket hotel next time, just for the sheer luxury of it!!
My friend and I (all non-white/european) had an unpleasant experience in Hotel Cortes when the hotel front desk manager told us they need to keep our passports.
Since we were all pretty tired after a long journey, we didn't kick up a fuss until we had a chance to shower, rest and generally got our brains working again.
This is the first hotel that tried to hold on to our passports -- despite our paying in advance the full sum of payment. The hotel front desk manager was not the friendiest of persons either. In the end, we went and spoke to the night manager (a different and much kinder person altogether!) who returned our passports immediately and apologised.
So yes, the hotel itself was fine, clean, good amenities and great location. But racist staff is never good for business -- particularly when you are in the *hotel* line.
Excellent Location and Value
Located on a side street off Las Ramblas one block from Placa Catalunya. Short walk to Barri Gothic area. Take the blue airport shuttle (3.40 Euro) to Placa Catalunya - less than 5 minute walk to hotel. Our twin room (on the third floor) was clean, safe, relatively quiet, with a modern bathroom having good water pressure and great hot water. Excellent value for a 2 star hotel at $93 a night for our twin room (included all taxes in rate). Amenities included room safe, tv, small writing desk, some hair dryers available at the front desk, and hotel restaurant. Hotel staff was helpful and spoke good english.
Very nice hotel
Very close to the shops, the Ramblas and the Catalunya Square and metro station. So location is good. The hotel is a 2-star but my room was cleaned every day, had air con, tv, safe and the staff were very helpful so I wouldn't be put off by the star rating at all. All in all a great place to stay.
Great value in a pricy city
One block exactly from the Plaza Catalunya and 100 metres from Las Ramblas. Very helpful staff. Euros 123 for a triple room. No airco.
Double glazing blocks out street noise.
Good choice Cortes
Very nice place, and close to Ramblas yet not noisy. Got room P1 facing the street and great to people watch from the balcony. Nice big room.
Clean, cool and bright. Lots of eating places close by. They ask for payment in advance. Safe and quite modern after the remodelling.
After forgetting to prebook our last night in the hotel I was staying disaster struck when I found out Barcelona was booked out (long bank holdiay weekend). We found Hotel Cortes just across La Ramblas from where we were staying (street just behind Placa de Catalunya & Hard Rock Cafe!!). It was extremely reasonably priced (at the time I think it was £17 pp per night). Large, bright, clean rooms with marble floors. Lovely bathroom with shower. The staff were very helpful. The resturant was quite nice if not a little cramped but served a good variety of food.
Overall for value for money and standard, I would recommend this hotel (as I have to my friends).