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We thought we might get a bit of bird watching done with a free day in the city but decided not to rush things and started of the day at the bar of Café Joan in the Mercat Santa Caterina for coffee, orange juice (fresh, of course) and sandwiches. There are many worse places to start the day than this lively corner of the colourful market. …
Today was the big day in the Santa Eulalia programme although we didn't quite have the energy to get ourselves up for the early morning "matinada de grallers" by the cathedral. We could hear them, though, even from the hotel room,
The 100montaditos website said that there was a branch on Placa d'Urquinaona which was a short walk away so I …
We've been aware that Barcelona celebrates the Festa of the patron saint of the city's cathedral, Santa Eulalia for some time but we haven't really had much chance to give it a try before. A few days we got the opportunity, found some inexpensive flights, got a good deal on a city centre hotel, printed off the programme and set off.
Well after a good nights rest sort of. The Streets are pretty noisy at night, but I still slept until almost Noon here. I am adjusting to the time, but it may take a few days. Apart from my training and diet being the worst it has been in 3 years I am doing good.
I got up and immediately started looking for places to stay. I found a place …
Well after 20 hours of travel from Houston to Barcelona via Istanbul. I have made it. The weather here is a little chilly but all that walking makes you shed the layers quite fine.
I left the airport via taxi and found out first hand that they really don't like the "dollar" here in Spain. I told the taxi driver he would take the dollar or …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Confortel Almirante Barcelona
We stayed in the hotel 24th Dec - 27th Dec 2005 - The room we were given was on the 7th floor facing the street. When we booked the hotel it said it looked onto the the old Cathedral which isn't exactly true as you could only see the very top of it and we thought we were in the square facing it.
The staff are polite and very helpful - rooms are very clean - bathroom very large with toothbrushes-soap-razors etc all provided for you, towels were changed everyday, rooms cleaned everday.
The hotel is slightly dated but i would go back again as i couldn't fault anything about it.
Breakfast was fine - eggs - cheese - ham - toast - cereal - etc.
Hayley and Simon - Durham, England
Great location, but truly overrated (no 4*)
The Guitart Almirante Hotel is said to be a 4* hotel. The service is more like a 3* hotel. Breakfast surely looks better than it tastes. Allthoug we've already paid for it, we decided to have breakfast elswhere.
Our room was at the 7th floor, clean, quite spacious whit a lovely view over Barcelona. However we had to keep the balconydoor closed, because of the smell of a kitchen.
All flours are paved with marble. It looks better than it sounds.
Conclusion, nice hotel on really great location. Don't expect 4* service and amninities. We probally wouldn't go there again.
Great location, good standard
We stayed here early November (for a birthday celebration) and would definitely go again. The hotel was ideally situated just on the edge of the Barri Gothic and in easy walking distance to the placa de catalunya, Las Ramblas, shopping, marina, la ribera etc etc. The staff were very very helpful and always spoke good english (despite out poor attempts at Spanish!). There is a metro stop very close to the hotel too.
One word of warning - The first room we were given (on arrival in the early hours of the morning) was internal with a window opening into a narrow shaft. It had no natural light and was fairly small - tho otherwise was perfectly fine - decorated well, clean and nice bathroom etc. We decided to ask to change (we prefer to have a window so you can check on the weather before heading out!) and the staff were very obliging and switched us to a room on the front street with a balcony. It was huge and again done out to a good standard. There was a little traffic noise despite double glazing but we much preferred it. The staff even moved our bags while we were out for the day. But anyway just worth bearing in mind if you have a preference one way or another.
The breakfast looked fairly basic continental style but perfectly adequate from a quick glance one morning - tho we preferred to opt for coffee and croissant at a local cafe (there are lots of good ones nearby) so can't really comment. Overall I would recommend the hotel to anyone wanting a good location, and a clean bed all for a reasonable price.
I stayed here for my birthday in September 2004. The room looks impressive and so does the bathroom, however, I was disappointed that the bath was dirty with other peoples hairs...errr. The shower attachment came out like using a hosepipe. One night I was feeling chilly and used one of the blankets from the wardrobe, I was half asleep when I did it and didn't inspect the blanket, woke up to find there was excrement on the blanket, and I had been using it all night!!!
The hotel was in a good location, however, I would not stay there again. My experience of this hotel was a bad one.
Great hotel with a top location
I stayed here in June 2004 with a group of girlfriends and throughly enjoyed my stay. We had a varied selection of rooms and some admittedly were better than others. The were all very clean and showers worked well, always hot water! Would recommend that you request a room with a view at the front otherwise the rooms are a little dark and you see nothing much apart from inside of other people's apartments! Breakfast was great, a good selection of pastries, cheese, cereals, bread, fruit, the lot really... and its on till 10.30 which is a bonus if fancy a lie in. The location of the hotel is fantastic, good access to Barri Gotic and a very short cab ride to Port Olympic for great restaurants, good nightlife and of course the beach. Whilst I would say the hotel is overrated for a 4* it is fantastic value and I would recommend it to anyone.
Great location, but don't expect luxury
We stayed in this hotel in April 2004. I agree with a previous statement 'it's more 3 than 4 star', so don't expect too many thrills. It is relatively cheap though, and for what you get it is very good: a great location, which is a good start (10 mins from Ramblas, PLaza Cataluna, Marina etc..) Metro stations are close by which make life easy. The breakfast is generous and varied, and the staff were lovely (and spoke English if you need). The rooms are simple and clean with all the usual requirements: TV, minibar. Generously sized, and with great bathrooms.The hotel had a bar, though I didn't have the need to use it: there are so many bars and restaurants nearby.In all, it's not luxury but at Â£100 it is safe and clean.
More 3 star than 4 star
Stayed in the hotel in March 2004. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, and spoke good English - but in reality this is not even close to having 4 star facilities, either in the rooms or the tiny public areas. It is however significantly cheaper than a true 4 star hotel so we were willing to accept this - up to a point. However after 2 days without hot water we were unfortunately obliged to ask to be moved - which the hotel arranged without complaint.
I stumbled on the Almirante in 1997, and every time I'm in Barcelona, I head back. It is very small, and not stylish by any means, but it is in a perfect location, the staff are very warm and friendly.
The hotel is on a busy street near the Gothic Quarter and about a 10 minute walk from Las Ramblas and the waterfront. Several metro lines are close, and there is a parking garage 2 blocks south of the hotel.
Convenience, convenience, convenience.
They have TVs with both British and Spanish programs, hair dryers in the rooms, and the beds are more comfortable than similar hotels in Spain. The staff is knowledgable about not only Barcelona but also the countryside (the clerk directed us to Montserrat) and they put on a breakfast each morning...consisting of tortilla, breads, pastries, juices, fruit, and some meat or fish dishes. It is definatley not gourmet, but it is edible and tastes good and a good way to start the day.
The staff doesn't really speak English (some try, some don't) but if you've had 2-3 years of Castillian Spanish, you should be fine.
Prices were about $65 per person the last time I was there which (for the location and the services you get) is outstanding. The youth hostels in Barcelona are $35!
Small smart hotel/good location
We stayed in the Guitart Almirante about a year ago so hopefully things won't have changed to much...!!!! This was a fairly small hotel but smartly decorated and quite modern. The rooms were a decent size and clean. The breakfasts were fine with a good choice the only quibble we had was the breakfast room was rather small with hardly any room to manoeuvre around the tables but we didn't end up with anyones breakfasts on our heads.. !! The staff weren't overly friendly and their english wasn't great but we didn't find this to much of a problem. The hotels in a good location and central for everything and we would certainly stay there again.