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Barcelona – Day 1 – Monday 24th August – Took off for Barcelona today, driving through the Pyrenees Mountains and making a stop in Andorra for some duty free shopping on the way.
Andorra is the capital of the small country of Andorra in the Pyrenees where people go to duty free shop or to ski. It is about 2 ½ …
... and are today remembered in the names of the five consecutive Ramblas that make up the great avenue. As time passed, the riverbed was gradually filled in. In the 1770's, the old city wall was torn down, grand houses began to be built, trees planted and La Rambla became a fashionable place along which to stroll. In 1835 an outbreak of anticlerical arson, and expropriations of church land just afterwards, swept away La Rambla's last ...
... host and get a sense of what they're expectations are. Ask specific questions about things like towels, sheets, rules and restrictions. For example, many do not allow any outside "guests". Remember that you're only looking for a place to sleep, keep your things safe and wash up. So what you should really be paying attention to is location - which as you can see, in our case, is pretty ...
... to watch how they dart in and out of traffic which is moving at a high speed. Looks scary to us, but to the natives here its a way of life. We grabbed a subway and went up to Mt. Juic' . We saw the Olympic stadium and gardens and the whole area over looking Barcelona. What a beautiful city much larger than we
Back at our little appt. we had a pizza from a little grocery down the ...
... on again. A few minutes later the Captain came on the tanoy to apologise for the” power outage which has now been fixed”.
There are many things that you don’t want to happen whilst at sea and one of them is a power outage. The Deputy Cruise Director was on the ship that was adrift for 3 days after losing power a couple of years. He said the terror felt on board will never leave him and the stench from the
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.