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... is not really done in Spain, so there is no option to add a tip as you pay by credit or debit. We then continued our walk and slowly made our way back to Sagrada Familia. This is an amazing building which has been under construction for decades and, as I mentioned earlier, will not be completed for another 12 years. It is interesting to learn that Gaudi used structures he observed in nature as architectural principles in his designs. My photographs ...
... his vision (see U Tube). The first side entrance, which he did before he died, depicts Jesus's birth/life and is bursting with life (as only he could depict it). The second side entrance depicts Jesus's death. This is the work of another architect/sculptor Subirachs, who was entrusted by a nervous town of devotees to 'think like Gaudi'. Gaudi's giant trusses are like stretched tendons and Subiac delivered with a frieze that is unlike the birth entrance, yet ...
... checking in to our rustic, yet cozy bed and breakfast, I was reunited with Hailey by a fountain at the opening of the happein' street called Las Ramblas. Casual.
She took us to a favorite "tapas" restaurant of hers with an assortment of Spanish appetizers and we each had the traditional Spanish dish called a Paella. We then walked to Port Vell and sat on the beach, staring passed the waves at would be the West Coast of Italy in the distance.
As the three of ...
... our unscathed car at the Barcelona airport (we loved that Renault Megane, the best car we had!) and took the airport bus (€10 round trip ea) into Placa de Catalunya, a short walk from our apartment. The apartment was great, modern, clean, with all the amenities of home, including a washer and, yay! an elevator. It was very central to everything, easy walking distance to the Ramblas, subway stations, shopping ...
... half a flight of stairs, took a left, went to the end of the hallway, took a right and saw a dead end. We circled and looked three times going up and down those stairs before we opened this really old door that was actually a really old and rickety elevator. Bingo! It had buttons for the third floor through sixth. This elevator was smaller than the first so it was Sara, me, and one piece of luggage. We pushed 3, the doors closed, and the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel America Barcelona
Great stylish hotel
We are just back from a 5 night stay at the Hotel America in Barcelona. It is a very nice modern, stylish hotel. Good staff, with english speaking. Small bar, not really a 'hotel' bar, but more of somewhere to sit and have a drink while staying there. Room service was good and they deliver to the pool terrace in the roof, which is an excellent find. You can sit up on the roof enjoying the sunshine.
Hotel has an excellent location, you are two streets across from La Pedrera and this is where there is the Barcelona tourist Bus, which I would recommend if you want a quick tour of where everything is in the city.
Fantastic Location, Brilliant Service
I stayed at this hotel at the beginning of May04 and was very impressed. The hotel is small, modern and in a superb location, being just a couple of minutes walk to the metro and a couple more minutes to the bus stop where you can the open top tourist bus (this stop allows you to catch a bus for the north or south route).
The hotel staff were friendly and extremely helpful. The rooms were very clean and modern and they had duvets (a welcome alternative to old fashioned sheets & blankets)!
The roof top pool was just fab!
I plan to visit Barcelona again and will certainly stay at the Hotel America.
Super hotel, fantastic location!
I stayed in this hotel from April 2 - 4 2004 and I thought it was excellent.
The staff were so friendly, professional and helpful - I can't say enough positive comments about them.
The rooftop pool was a bonus, sadly the weather wasn't always on our side, but when the sun was out we found ourselves drinking by the pool.
I would also recommend checking out the Mauri patisseria approx 2 blocks from the hotel (Rbla. Catalunya 102-103) - lovely pastries/sandwiches if you can decide which one/s to pick!
You wont be disappointed if you stay here...
Excellent hotel, great breakfast
We stayed here from 3 to 8 April 2004. The hotel was very, very clean, the staff are friendly and helpful. It is located 15 Minutes walk from the Ramblas but only 5 minuyes from La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. The tourist bus stops outside La Pedrera and is worth using. Around the hotel there are plenty of places to eat and drink and all the top shops. The pool on the roof is on the small side but my sons used it and found it OK, the sun deck next to it is a great option to read your paper, rather than in your room. Oh, and go for the continental breakfast, it's help yourself and the choice is amazing.
........what can I say, an excellant hotel. We have just returned from Barcelona, prior to our trip I struggled for ages trying to find a suitable hotel that had good reviews and a good base. This is definately the one, just a couple of blocks away from La Ramblas de Catalunya which then led down to the port via La Ramblas and Catalunya Plaza. The hotel is modern, fresh, comfortable and very clean, the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The price was a little bit more than I initially wanted to pay, but that said, well worth it. I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a central base away from the main tourist area but in an area where there are good bars, restaurants and shops. An excellant and memorable holiday.
Location, location, location!
This Hotel could not be better situated for the budding explorer of Barcelona. It is only a ten minute walk from the main tourist bus routes - essential if you haven't worked out your itinerry in advance.
The staff at the hotel are excellent and all speak English well enough for you to do away with the phrase book. The food is great but the gym is very small and the beds too firm for a comfortable night's sleep.
Also, the bar closed at midnight but there are many alternatives in the area, particularly RAMPLAX which is just across the square. The welcome could not be warmer (ask for Ramon) and the service better - a veritable port in a storm. Definitely going back!
Modern, clean and light
Stayed here for 4 nights in Feb, booked with expedia.com, therefore had very good rates but breakfast not included. Rooms were very modern, clean and light, however there were no tea/coffee making facilities provided (and that is my only criticism of the hotel!). Swimming pool on top looked lovely but a bit too chilly to make use of it. We didn't get round to finding gym and sauna as too much to do in barcelona. Took around 15mins to walk to Placa Catalunya, (agree with other comment, would have been better to use metro/taxi with cases on arrival, however it is possible to walk!) and 40 mins to Port Vell. We caught Aerobus from airport which departs every 15 mins, and takes around 15 mins to get to Placa Catalunya (Cost 3.45 euros per person,each way). Hotel situated very close to Gaudi's Casa Mila (La Perdreda). Reception staff very friendly and helpful. Oh and hotel charges 15% to change money/travellers cheques (as I'm sure any hotel does) but banks rates are better. We found the tourist buses a good way to see the city, as you can get on and off wherever there is an attraction, and they are very frequent (cost 20 euros each for 2 days). Be careful crossing roads!!
Love the bamboo plants!
I stayed at Hotel America in January 2003 for 2 nights. It was a thoroughly enjoyable birthday surprise. I loved both the hotel, the city, the tapas & the cheap sangria.
The hotel looked very new and was in a quiet, safe business area. There was a tube station nearby to get to the attractions throughout the city. Catalunya square was in walking distance, but it did take about 15mins. I would recommend if you get the bus from the airport to the square you get the metro or a taxi to the hotel with your cases rather than walk.
The rooms were immaculately clean & well decorated, the hotel had really friendly staff and a great all you can eat breakfast to set you up for the day. There was a nice bar area in the hotel, which had good drinks prices for a hotel & was decorated in a modern style. I loved the bamboo plants in the bar area & was inspired to try & create that look at home when I got back!
It's a really nice modern hotel and I would definitely recommend anybody to stay there.
Barcelona - I want to go back!
Barcelona was beautiful, lots to see and do. People were very friendly.
Food was wonderful. Shopping not so good. The Hotel America was very good but because it was so new not many taxi drivers knew where it was (pretty central though). However five days/four nights were not enough to see everything that Barcelona has to offer. A return visit is essential.
Barcelona's Best Kept Secret
In June of 2002 my husband and I spent time at the Hotel America -- at the time there wasn't much in the way of photos on Expedia and I had to do a lot of on-line searching to find out more on this lil' gem. Well, were we pleasantly surprised! It is a cute new modern 10 floor boutique hotel a quick cab ride from Las Ramblas (unless you prefer the subway or buses 1-2 blocks away) but in the heart of many Gaudi tours for all the architecture fans (La Pedrera is 2 blocks up on the same street).The room-- clean, sleek, simple and as gorgeous as the pictures you'll find on-line (with huge windows that actually open). The staff? Amazing, esp. Nuria and Leonard! We ended up having to stay an additional 2 days due the air controllers strike and they were quick to accommodate us. And the roof top pool was great-- we weren't exactly keen on the beach so this pool worked out perfectly for us. Food was ok, but there are so many great restaurants nearby (Marco y Marco for example, great Italian!) that it didn't make a difference. Be prepared to eat dinner after 8 or 9 though, that's just way the locals do :)To sum it-- wonderful little hotel that you'd pay double for anywhere else, it's so worth it.