Travel Blogs from Barcelona
From Valencia we headed to Barcelona and pulled in for lunch at Cambrils de Mar, a picturesque little port renowned for its good eating places. Within five minutes we found a picturesque restaurant on the harbor front. We stopped in a metered public parking zone, close to the beach and a family picnic area.
Unfortunately, during these few …
We are going to a botanical garden this morning and driving to Barcelona this afternoon for a great weekend of art and architecture. More later. Okay we walked (?) up hill miles to the Cap Roig Botanical Garden this morning, which holds one of the most prestigious summer music festivals. The Garden was developed by Nicolai Woevodosky, a Russian …
... the past and also has a moped at school. It was kind of cool to have the wind blowing in your face as you drive through Barcelona looking at gaudi architecture and the beautiful beaches and street markets. We saw a lot of gaudis works including la sagrada familia which was a lot of fun and is beautiful. It's weird to think that it has taken about two hundred years and is still being built and we will be able to say we were alive during that ...
... a bit later, later enough that I'm not going to get to the main station on time to get the AVE to Madrid!!! Panic!!! TAXI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's ok. I made it, with not a lot to spare, but it's a lesson learned, and these Dudes haven't lost their Super status, and I'll miss them nearly as much as Danko. I stole this from their Stalkbook page! Grącies, arigato, adéu, sayonara!!
... granizats on Placa de Sol. We weren't sure how much to use, so used quite a lot, which seemed to be a good idea. As with the previous evening we gravitated to Placa de la Vila de Gracia where a large crowd was enjoying some more local rock music. There was an interlude when the grallers of the Gracia Castellers came on stage to play a medley of well know pop tunes (ABBA, Village People and so on) to great approval from the audience. I think we made it back to the hotel at about 3 a.m.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Caledonian Hotel Barcelona
I really like this hotel
I use to come to Barcelona quite often, and I like to try different hotels.
I enjoyed this hotel.it's the perfect size, only 50 rooms. so, the staff at the front desk is always available and helpul.
The room was ok.anyway, I've seen larger rooms but the price is reasonable for what I got.this hotel is 3 stars, but it can be 4 stars.
The breakfast was quite good.
Staff very helpful and they speak a lot of languages.
The location is great.Right in the center of the city and 5 minutes walk from la Rambla. Just 100 meters from the airport bus, great, only 3.5 euros”””
The hotel is very very clean.For me it's the most important thing.
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a good location, good price and a hotel with a personal service, impossible to find in a 300 rooms hotel, for example. this is what I'd call a boutique hotel. I love it.
Have just spent 3 lovely nights in this inviting 3 star hotel with my husband and 9 year old daughter.
It is centrally located, not far from Las Ramblas, and the Metro station Universitat. It is on a very busy wide Avenue but our bedroom was at the rear and noise was not a problem.
The decor is modern and attractive having been recently refurbished I believe. The rooms do tend to be fairly narrow but are comfortable with carpeting and airconditioning. The modern, attractive bathroom was fully tiled with bath and shower over.
We opted for the Hotel breakfast. It was pretty good for a 3 star Hotel. It provided a choice of 3 cereals, small plate of cold meat and cheese, continental style breads, cakes, fruit, yogurt and on one of our 3 days, there was scrambled egg and sausage (my daughter was disappointed that they had no ketchup!). Teas and coffees were self service from a machine.
The staff were friendly and we were able to leave our luggage with them after vacating our room.
For a short vacation, I would strongly recommend this hotel.
If you fancy a siesta, forget it!
A pleasant enough hotel, recently refurbished, clean and in a central location. Our room was at the back of the hotel and was free from traffic noise, but at the time of our stay (April 2005), there was major demolition work going on right next door. The unbearable noise started at 8.00am and did not stop until after 6.00pm. The Spanish eat late so early nights are not an option. We were woken early by drilling and falling masonry (our room was literally shaking!), and after a morning's sightseeing and a good lunch, a siesta was out of the question! The hotel staff were not particularly sympathetic and naturally, if we had been warned in advance, we would not have stayed here.
Would go back
We went to barcelona for 3 nights and had a great time. will go back but for longer next time and in the summer. We did find some of the locals quite ignorant and did not speak english and a lot of menus were not in english. i know that when you go to a foreign country you should not expect the locals to speak your language but in most places i have been to they do speak english.
Expect your legs and body to ache if you are not used to walking la rambla is a good hike from top to bottom.
to get around take the tour buses a must if you want to see all the sights and you can get of and on when and where the bus stops.
we stayed at the caldonian hotel on Gran via les corts about 5 min walk from playa catalonia which is at top of la rambla.
we paid £220 for a double room with ensuite for 3 nights and was very impressed, nice quite location 5 mins walk from la rambla.
the breakfast was supposed to be hot continental but was cold continental but that was no problem. we really did enjoy our stay in barcelona but did find some of the locals very ignorant and there are a lot of beggers most of them are on the pavements begging and dont really bother you, but there are women with small children who follow you pestering.
Dont eat on les rambla it is very expensive there are many side streets that lead off la rambla with some nice restaurants that are resonably priced, do try the tapas it is small dishes of different foods anfd very cheap, tapas is very much like the greek meze.
If you are going to Barcelona before the summer months take warm clothing, when the sun comes out it is warm but you still need a coat, and the nights get very cold.
A good hotel
We stayed at this hotel in late October and were very pleased with what we got. It is described as a three star, superior, and that is a good description. We were given a double room at the front of the hotel which was of a perfectly adequate size. It was spotlessly cleaned each day by friendly staff. Beware, if you like more than one pillow, you need to ask for more. The noise from the main road could be eliminated by shutting both sliding doors to the (very small) balcony and the air conditioning was efficient. The breakfast was not the most extensive that we have had in a hotel, but was perfectly adequate, catering for all tastes. It is totally self-service including hot drinks (from a machine). The one disappointment was that on the Monday that we were there, the cooked breakfast (bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs) was not available - presumably the cook was on his day off. As stated in other reviews the hotel is in a good central location, just a five minute walk to the Ramblas and the Placa Cataluna. The aerobus stops at the Placa Universitat (100m from the hotel) on the way from the airport, but you have to walk to the Placa Cataluna for the trip back to the airport. We can recommend this hotel and would stay there again.
Stayed Saturday 25th September. Single room was claustrophobic and at the rear with noise from kitchens. Air conditioning off or freeze. Bathroom good. Bed hard as nails. Breakfast good and small dining area had good ambience. Staff helpful. Good location by University as just far enough away from the main placa where end of Forum celebrations/concerts took place so away from noise. Wouldnt stay there again if had to have a single room. Otherwise fine.
All you could want...
Great hotel near Placa Universitat and the top of La Ramblas. Great location - 2 mins walk to nearest Metro stop & 5 mins to Placa Catalunya.
Room was spotlessly clean, very smart and with lovely bathroom & small balcony. Despite being on bustling street, quiet at night too.
Hotel staff very helpful, spoke excellent English. Good breakfast with wide choice of food available.
Pleased with this hotel
We were very happy with the Caledonian. Rooms were small but clean and stylish and impressively quiet at night. The location is very good--walking distance to good restaurants and to Las Ramblas and 1 block from a metro stop that will take you to other popular sites. Desk staff were very helpful and spoke fluent English. Breakfast was convenient and included in our room rate which was quite reasonable for Barcelona--we booked directly through their website. Only caveat: there is a 3 euro charge per day for the use of the safe. Nonetheless, would stay there again.
Good location, clean rooms and very comfortable beds. Quiet at night.
Lacked any facilities for making tea or coffee and rather on the pricey side for what we got. Beware, at the time of booking we were told the price included breakfast but when we arrived we were told that the price did not include breakfast and were charged 12 euros each for it pushng the price up even further.
A great little hotel
A great little hotel, close to the heart of Barcelona. As with most hotels near Las Ramblas it didn't look much from the outside but the interior was quite classy.
The food was very good and the service excellent. Our own room was very comfortable - a good size bath that was needed after a day sight seeing.
The location was excellent - central to the tourist bus route and only a short walk to a wealth of good resteraunts.
We would highly recommend this hotel!