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... after all said and done, we went to Pals, which is on the costa Brava. It's very very beautiful and I played soccer on the beach for the first time. The kids were amazed that I don't ever get to go to the beach, but I told them I am from a place that doesn't have any water like the beach. They had no idea what I was talking about. After we came back from Pals, I started my week with the kids. They didn't have school on monday, because it was ...
... the heart grow fonder and we needed some of that, for sure. Patrick was content to relax in the house and I got instructions from our hosts on how to get into the city and studied the map while I waited for my bus. Even though the day was overcast and a bit dreary I soon arrived in Bologna and found it to be not as picture perfect as some of the other places we've visited but appealing nonetheless. The city sidewalks are lined with porticos so that ...
... I mean, why not, right? Certainly beats reality television...
The Projection Shows were also crazy. The front of the gorgeous administrative building of Barcelona becomes a screen for a bizarre movie. They use the windows and columns of the building in the movie. It's quite difficult to explain but in one section, the fašade was transformed into a rainforest and the columns had vines growing on them. In ...
... in Narbonne, which still doesn't account for the much larger city it accommodates. Most of the stalls were closed since it was around 4pm. We still found eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables. The number of cured ham stalls each holding thighs and thighs of different ham was spectacular. There were also a few meat stalls that had interesting cuts of meat some displaying whole animal heads. With as much choice as I had with only a fourth of the stalls open, ...
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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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.