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... a 12th-century cloister.
• C/Sant Pau 101
• Church open for mass only: 8pm Sat, noon Sun; cloister open 10am–1:30pm Tue–Sat,
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... Boy like a dumping wave at Bells Beach. Thankfully Battery Boy surfaced safely after eating his way through savoury heaven.
Video Girl looked at the trailer crossly, as the foie gras dripped down the sides of the trailer, coating the tyres and said, "They were a bit stingy with the portion size. Doesn't matter, just back the trailer up so I can reach it. "Don't worry Video Girl there is a barrel of spicy gazpacho in the rear of the ...
... best; my heart needs to recover before setting foot within it. However, I promise, if not to you, to myself, that I will go back sometime in the near-ish future!
Jumping back on the band wagon for the less-emotional-and-dramatic, we decided to hit up the metro (this gave me the chance to utilise my just-under-premium prowess in the Spanish language) and make our way to Park GŁell! Ha ha ha... Did I mention it was on the top of a hill? For one, I'm ...
... we drove right by our hotel. Our guide said that Spain is a popular vacation site for Europeans because it is so much cheaper than the rest of Europe.
We went to the Sagrada Familia, a large church under continuous construction. I went up one of the towers but Mom said no for her. Then we went to the Abbey of Monserrat, high up on a mountain. We were also able to see and hear "La Escalonia", the oldest boys choir in the world. ...
... for walks into the city, strolling down the beaches, walking around cool parks. We went to visit one park and it reminded me of the flinstones haha. I guess the man that designed the park is actually quite famous. It was beautiful! The beaches here are amazing too. Very fine sand, all sand, no rocks. Which we love. The water is a dark blue mostly; nothing like the Adriatic Sea. There is a boulevard you can walk along by the beach and there are a ton of different shops ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNouvel Hotel Barcelona
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nouvel Hotel Barcelona
I stayed in this Hotel in April 2004 with my family. I have 2 kids and this is the only one in the city center could accommodate us.
The front desk guy was pretty friendly. He directed us to the good Flamenco show and city tour.
The breakfast was ok, pretty basic and simple.
We stayed on the 4th floor left from elevator and I was pretty surprised by the very spacious room. Bathroom was nice and clean.
Location is priceless. You are in the middle of everything.
One thing you have to be aware. This is a tourist hotel and if you traveling with a lot of luggage, you will have big problem to get to the front doors through the busy pedestrian streets. You will need special card to even drive there from La Ramblas. Also nobody helps you with your staff and there were no carriage as well.
Great Hotel for the City Centre
I stayed at the Nouvel Hotel in June 2004. It is true to say that the hotel is not as nice as shown on the web but don't be put off. The hotel
is being refurbished.
The hotel dining room is lovely with beautiful period covings the breakfast was plentlyful and good. There are vending machines in the reception for cold drinks and one for hot drinks, there is no
tea/coffee making facilites in the room.
I stayed on the 3rd floor the bedroom was enormous the bathroom was also big with a shower over the bath and the bath being a jacuzzi. The
room had 2 small balconies. Room 378. I am a heavy sleeper my husband however isn'tand he heard the shops opening up outside.
The staff were pleasant and helpful, the room was cleaned daily and the cleaner couldn't do enough. If you are nice to people they will be nice to you.
If you want a City Centre hotel this hotel is a good choice and will not "break the bank".
When we visit Barcelona again I will not hesitate to book this hotel again and ask for the same room.
Location over comfort
Stayed there with my partner in July 2001. The location is excellent, right off La Rambla, with many eating and entertainment outlets very close by. This must be the reason for the rate because the Hotel itself I would rate a C+. Old bed mattresses, way below average breakfast (included in the rate). The staff seemed to have been picked from a temporary employment agency and on their first day at work - everyday. Beware, if you come early you will have to take your luggage yourself to this impossible hole in the back. The staff member will look at you with an expressionless face while you struggle along. For my next trip I will be looking for somewhere else. Hotel Lleo for instance, not too far away is a much better over all value for your money even if it does not have that old world musty damp charm that Nouvel has but the breakfast at Hotel Lleo is actually good and the staff were a riot.
A Good but not 100% value for money choise
We spent almost 4 days at the Hotel Nouvel. It is true that as it has already been mentioned that "the hotel itself is not as grand as the photographs suggest". However I would suggest it to anyone who wnats to feel what Las Rambas means! The hotel is loacated at the "very center" of the city and next to the metro station. And this fact by its self is very important for a city such as Barcelona. The rooms (ask for the 5th floor) are recently renovated and are above average for a 3 star hotel.
The staff however although polite reminds you of a 2 star hotel personell... Furthermore, there is no roomservice but... who wants to stay in the hotel anyway...? I would not hesitate to suggest that hotel but I think that one should look for better options first.
Wonderful for a city weekend
We spent a wonderful weekend at the Hotel Nouvel. The hotel itself is not as grand as the photographs suggest; it's just a simple, no frills, good value sort of place with enough character and atmosphere to make it feel a bit special. The staff are pleasant (our chambermaid was particularly sweet). The location is superb. You turn out of the hotel into a quiet, pedestrianised street just off La Rambla, the vibrant main street, full of pet stalls with squawking birds, flower stalls and street entertainers, the market La Boqueria, a little way down, bursting with colourful, exotic food, the whole place full of people and humming with life - and this is in February! The breakfast room (and it's so nice to have breakfast provided) is rented out to another company who turn it into a magical restaurant at night, serving delicious food. All in all, highly recommended - if you are not looking for luxury.
Makes me not want to stay in a period hotel again
As we love Art Deco and Art Nouveau, this hotel looked very appealing on the web page and in photos, but in person it is rather shabby. The double rooms are not much larger than the bed and for a room with a balcony, couples need to stay in twin beds. The bath was nice with central heating and the micro telly had only German MTV. The location of the Barri Gothic was good, but the street it is not is not particularly nice. The food was dire. The hotel staff was nice, but you felt like you knew they had to make up for the acomodations. It was like a hotel time forgot.
Hotel looked really nice on the site but were we shocked to see the small, not so clean room (hair on the sheets, bath tub dirty) that looked out on a wall. Luckily the staff wasn't bothered to give us another room (bigger and a terrace). Must admit that the location is just perfect!
Have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Nouvel.Don't be put off by the skip outside- the building works didn't affect us at all.It may not be a luxury hotel, but our rooms were clean, comfortable and quiet, with excellent bathrooms.The staff were very helpful and friendly,and the buffet breakfast good.What couldn't be beaten however was the position- perfect for exploring this vibrant ciyt on foot or by public transport being only 50m from the Ramblas and not much further from the transport hub of Pl Catalunya, yet in a quiet pedestrian road.The hotel's restaurant La Luna does an excellent 3 course lunch and a la carte dinner Good valueWould stay at the Nouvel again and recommend it highly to others
Great location shame about the room
The first impression we had of this hotel wasn't great as there was a shoot leading to a skip placed directly outside the entrance. Ok, work was in progress, this happens. We reached for the glazed door. Filthy.
Oh dear. Reception was ok and the staff pleasant so we were looking forward to seeing our room which was on the third floor via a rather grand staircase. Unfortunately we were disappointed as it was dull, dark and dreary but the bathroom was ok and the air-conditioning worked. Ours was only a short stay and we did have a lovely time in Barcelona but our overall thoughts are "great location, shame about the room."
Great location shame about our view!
The Nouvel Hotel is situated in a pedestrian street off La Rambla and close to the transport hub of Catalunya Square. Excellent fot the Gothic quarter. Plenty of character with original marble and wood and beautiful light fittings in the public areas. Very pleasant and helpful reception staff and good buffet breakfast. Rooms appear mainly to be small as is normal in most city centre hotels, very well equipped bathroom newly refurbished as was the bedroom. The problem we had was that we overlooked an exterior service shaft with soil pipes amongst others running down the walls. It could be a little smelly too. I would have no problem in recommending this hotel but just ask not to be in an outside facing room.