Travel Blogs from Barcelona
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 …
We arrived in Barcelona on time and our transfer was there waiting for us...hallelujah. Sunny and 16C today. We are staying at the Caledonia Hotel near Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian street in the old town. The hotel is very nice, small rooms but very modern and clean. The staff are lovely. And they have a bar for our evening happy hours!
As old Charles Dickens said, ´It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness´.
Today was one of those days. It was bookended by stunning driving through a Provence sunrise on the way to drop the car back at the TGV station, and sitting at a pavement cafe in Barcelona …
Wow are we exhausted. 14 hours of traveling can wear a girl out. So we decided to get tickets to the hop on/hop off bus which has three different routes throughout the city. We got a two day pass and jumped on the red route which went by all the major sights. Basically, Barcelona is known for it's modernist architecture. Gothic too, or course, but …
A lora. So. Today we left at 11:50 for Pamplona, Spain for the Running of the Bulls. I personally have been waiting to do this for about 15 years now. Amanda and I planned this MONTHS ago, and I decided to give this weekend to her as a graduation present. Pamplona is a difficult place to get to from Torino, unless you want to pay a million dollars …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Caledonian Hotel Barcelona
I use to come to Barcelona quite often, and I like to try different hotels.
Have just spent 3 lovely nights in this inviting 3 star hotel with my husband and 9 year old daughter.
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.
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.
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!