Travel Blogs from Barcelona
-Metro to Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavillion.
-Montjuic Art Museum. Roman restoratons, Gaudi's chairs, as well as multiple other significant art work.
-Olympic Montjuic buildings, including Calatrava's tower/sculpture. See Toyo Ito's building of Fair Trade Centre from a distance, in wine red.
-Back to USTAB
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-Art Museum dedicated to Taipes, a Spanish artist. Deals primarily with materiality and raw textures. Plaster, concrete, hair and wood. Sculptures deal with impressions, voids. Art Museum itself is a regeneration project.
-Walk up Grothius. Toyo Ito's building looks so 2D-like in contrast to the Gaudi buildings on either side of it.
-We catch the metro to Herzog de Mueron's Edifico Forum. Loved the textures, the vertical slices.
-Jose Antonio Martinez Lapena and Elias Torres Esplanade. Massive slab of rock, lifting whole photo-voltaic roof.
-Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Water Centre. Colourful feather-leaves outside, flapping in the wind.
-Casa Batlo, private house. Water-inspired and incredible. The solid forms look like liquid. The attic is awesome: catenary arches, a water-room, light well into very tall space that lights the stairwell. Colours change with movement throughout the building because of play on light.
-Casa Mila. Apartment building, with original furniture. Roof …
-In the morning in Taragona we walk along the beach, and some brave it, going for a swim.
-We then head to Monasterio de Poblet. We get a guided tour of this monastry. one of the finest monastries in Spain.
-We then reach the outskirts of Barcelona, and head to a few projects not walkable to within the city centre. The first is a …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Husa Oriente Barcelona
Youth Hostel Alternative
The hotel is very old. Cleanliness is marginal, but it's a great alternative to a hostel. I believe the price is around the same range.
Great location on Las Ramblas. Very convenient. Walking distance to everything. By U.S. standard, it is 1 1/2 to 2 stars. There is no AC, so if you're going in the summer months...think twice about staying here. Good luck
I stayed here in June 2000 and was very pleased with the service, location, huge bathroom, huge room overlooking the Ramblas, and the breakfast. Because of that great experience, I booked a standard room here despite having read the reviews regarding the construction. We stayed here for two nights in November 2003, and I was again very pleased. Of course, the location is key: approximately the halfway point down the Ramblas between the Plaza de CataluÃ±a and the port, right across from the Plaza Real. Although others have commented that the service was nothing to brag about, I think the service is fantastic! (But maybe that's because I speak Spanish?) Also, we were assigned a newly renovated room - hardwoods throughout, wonderful linens, new furniture, and an AMAZING bathroom (probably one of the best showers I've ever had!). My only complaint was that the room was on the side of the hotel, facing the Liceu Theatre, and did not open out directly to the Ramblas. However, this afforded an interesting view on ballet night, as we saw the ballerinas getting ready before the show! We stayed here for 100 Euros a night, but once this hotel is completely renovated, it is going to be EXPENSIVE due to location and the nice rooms. All in all, a very pleasant stay, and I would highly recommend this hotel.
Choose an air conditioned room
Stayed at the Oriente in August 2003 and was very pleased. For the price, it was centrally located, clean and friendly. The trick seemed to be to book an air conditioned room - these were generally better equipped and better positioned that non-air-conditioned. If you're on a budget but want somewhere central I'd fully recommend the hotel.
Unfortunately, we had booked a room at this hotel for our Barcelona leg of our trip to Catalunya. We arrived at the hotel and were immediately put off by the size of the room, since the bathroom was smaller than our linen closet at home. Our room was under construction (not something we were apprised of) and since the windows were not sealed, we were subjected to the elements and the noise of the Rambla. When we complained to the staff, they were less than courteous, so we would strongly deter anyone from ever staying at this hotel. It is unbelievable that they would house guests in rooms that are as uncomfortable and as dangerous as they were.
During a recent trip to Barcelona, my friends and I lodged at the Hotel Oriente, being centrally located in the main shopping and commencial area and the photos displayed on the web being quite inviting. However, at the time of our stay, the hotel was being renovated. The bedroom which we were given was quite old, with broken ceramic floor tiles, poor quality suspended ceiling, no air-conditioning and the fan provided not working properly. The only window in the room was small and at a high level, providing no view except of the roof, which was at a much higher level than the floor in our room. The approx. 3 metre wide corridor leading to our room was sloping along its width, the difference in level between one side of the corridor and the other being well above the acceptable limit. Also, a number of ceramic tiles in the corridor which had been replaced did not match the remainder of the tiles. We even had some cockroaches visiting our room during the night. Our biggest disappointment was that we could not dine in the banquet room with the 'captivating chandeliers and marvellous sky-light' in which tables are usually placed around an inner circle, pictures of which we had seen on the web, since this room was also being renovated. On the other hand, the rooms were kept very clean and tidy, a big thank you to the cleaners. The breakfast was very good, with a large variety of food and the staff at the hotel was helpful and courteous.
Six weeks ago I spent a week at the Husa Oriente on Las Ramblas. The agent had said it was a 3* hotel and good value for money! When I got there I found that my room had a humidity problem; there was mould on the wall adjacent to my bed, so much so that I had to pull it away from the wall. My window looked onto a backyard that belonged to the Guardia Urbana some doors down - noises plus the blue police lights would disrupt my sleep at night. The room had no a/c either and the fan I was given was not suited for the summer heat. The corridor leading to my room also seemed as if its floor had caved in from one side by at least 20degrees. The sumptious dining room whose photo was featured on the online website was closed down for works since I was told the hotel is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Speaking with some other tourists lodged in a neighbouring room, they said I was lucky that at least I didn't find any cockroaches in my bathroom! Otherwise, the receptionists were quite courteous and the buffet breakfast was wholesome. Luckily I didn't have to spend much time indoors at this hotel, or it would have become too annoying.
Good Location/Reasonable Price
We have just come back from spending two nights at the Oriente. For the price we paid we thought it was a great location. Ok, yes the hotel is a bit dated but our room was large and clean. We found the staff quite friendly and helpful even though a couple of them struggled abit with their english. The breakfast was fine and there was a good choice and we liked the fact that they served breakfast up until 11.00am and unlike alot of hotels there was still a good choice at 10.30am not the ususal dregs that you normally get if you come down lateish..!! If your on a low to medium budget I think most people would find it adequate and as I mentioned earlier the location is excellent.
I were recently lodging at the Hotel Oriente in Barcelona for a week.
I stayed at the Oriente for 3 nights in December 2002 with two young grandaughters.(6 and 11). I found the staff very helpful and friendly and they spoke good english. The girls loved the buffet breakfast and people watching on the balcony, which although small was a good vantage point for the life on the Ramblas. It was a pleasant stroll to the harbour one way and to the shops in Catalunya square the other way and also very handy for La Boqueria, where the fruit is fabulously cheap!!