Hesperia Del Mar
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Hello from sunny Spain! Writing from an internet place on Avinguda Diagonal, on the afternoon of what is our second day here. We rolled into town on Sunday afternoon, and found our parking spot no bother at all which was a real bonus. The Hotel is all we hoped it would be, and we´re enjoying the luxury while it lasts. Since my last update from …
... and Christina to do a bike tour of the city. I was finally going to see all of the main sights so I could stop feeling like a bad tourist! I loved riding my bike everywhere in Madison last summer so I was ready to hop on and this is a way better way to see a city than hiding down in the metro from place to place! We started in the Gothic quarter which as you can infer is one of the oldest sections of the city. The town hall was situated in the plaza that we met in and it was a ...
On Wednesday, Sept. 25th, we drove to Gata, a nearby little town, known for its handmade baskets. Here we saw lots of attractive baskets, handbags, rugs, etc., all stuff that one would love to buy and bring home. We stopped in at a hat shop where they actually made hats, complete with the hat moulds sitting on the floor by the hat-making machine. Next we checked out the ceramics store, which was full of lots of beautiful dishes, trays, etc. ...
... ones], tons of tourists, very multicultural, awesome food [early days, but seems like the best food of any country we have been to], great architecture, great graffiti on every shutter [over shop windows when shut], bars and restaurants everywhere, nights start at about 8.30, parts near us full of skateboards and students, great shops of cheap through to upmarket [not that we are tempted to buy as we were in Turkey], terrific ...
... crazy to say the least. Some of the highlights of Barcelona for me were the Magic Fountain, Parc Guell and Sangrada Familia. The Sangrada Familia was spectacular. Since it is still under construction, we were able to learn about the stages of building and the timeline (it is expected to be complete in 2040). The entire church is dedicated to the Holy family. There is one side that depicts Christmas and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hesperia Del Mar Barcelona
Great hotel with great staff with somewhat inconvenient location
The hotel was fairly new, very modern and upscale decor. Staff was great and very helpful! Only drawback: Location was a bit incovenient in that is is located away from the main tourist hubs. Near the beach which was just so-so. Subway is 15 minute walk away, which easily takes you wherever you want to go -- just don't expect walking distances to all the attractions! If that doesn't bother you, would definitely recommend this hotel!
OK, not great
This was a good hotel, except that they advertize that they have a pool but they do not. This was a major disappointment because we were specifically looking for a hotel with a pool to relax in since we were going to be coming off a long overseas flight. Also, a strange feature of this hotel is that the main desk is about a dozen steps below ground level. Arriving with suitcases poses a problem because you have to either carry your bags down the stairs or take a small, difficult elevator down. There is no one who comes to the door to offer to take your bags down the stairs. This hotel is not actually on the water, but you can see the ocean if you have the right room.
We stayed three days at this hotel and found it to be very clean and the employees very helpful. The only bad thing about this hotel is that it is far from the downtown area and tourist attactions. On the first day we tried using taxi transportation but because of their outrageous fees we opted to use the metro and bus instead. We soon ran into some young girls (whom we were told were gypsies) who liked to stick their had into your pant pocket and steal your wallet. My brother, who is 73 years of age had two young girls (one of them several months pregnant) pickpocket him. Lucky for him the first time he had his wallet in the other pocket and the second time the girl got ahold of his wallet when he grabbed her hand. I helped him to get her to release the hold on the wallet and then she fled. We notified metro's security and they told us not to look like tourists and to be careful because Barcelona has been invaded with thieves from different European and African countries.
Spent a week at this hotel. Read the reviews published here before I went and was worried I had make a mistake booking this hotel. But the stay was great!
The hotel is slightly out, but perfect if you want the beach. Its just a short walk to Port Olimpic where there is loads of bars and places to eat.
The staff here were really nice and friendly and the rooms were lovely.
Overall I was very pleased with this hotel, it was just what we were after. Great stay!
While I was checking into the hotel this past July 2005, I was robbed of my carryon bag with my wallet, my prescription eye glasses, my computer, CD player, my favorite CD's and several other valuable items. This happened right in the lobby of this hotel. I stepped two steps to the counter to give my passport to the clerk and write my name and address on the copy and when I turned back, my bag with all my personal possessions was gone.
Basic business hoel
Spent one night in October enroute to a cruise ship. Hotel room very comfortable, and breakfast good, although I had expected the price to be included in room rate. Staff were very helpful, but would not recommend it as a "family" hotel. Mainly geared to business people. Be that as it may, still enjoyed the room after a long overseas flight.