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... on the bus to continue our exploration of Barcelona on our way to Montserrat, to visit the Chapel of our Lady to see (and touch) the black Virgin Mary. Once back in Barcelona we went back to go inside the breathtaking structure. Up the lift we went into one of the towers on the top of the building and then a spiral stair case was our way down. Words cannot describe what it is like, so please see the attached photos. ...
... later, it came back down Passeig die Born turned on Calle de Rec and passed right in front of our apartment. We snapped as many photos from our little balcony as we could! So much fun. Most of the participants wore the same costume, red with black embellishments. The people playing instruments wore orange. They lit fireworks and the drums were beating. Cool and funky tradition! We would have missed this if we’d gone to the concert.
Must sleep ...
... also includes the first week of September. We couldn’t find anyone to pamper us.
Since we didn’t accomplish our mission of lovely toes, we decided to go shoe shopping instead.
I picked out the cutest strappy sandals that would be perfect for a day of teaching but transfer easily to casual nighttime wear (again, Judes has taught me so well). I asked the sales lady in my most perfect Spanish if she had them in a size 38. She ...
... looking at me. :( I thought I would faint. Multiple times. And reminded me of one of the reasons why I had stopped eating meat for 2 years (and now I'm back eating again...shame on me.) I admit, buying a nicely prepared/sliced meat somewhat detaches you from being conscious about where it came from and what kind of sacrifice was made. Not to mention the cruel conditions those animals were raised in. Well, this topic will trigger a long discussion and deep thoughts, ...
... for the Camino, and I felt like I had walked as much as Robyn and Carmel must have at this point in time. We got home to share views, feelings and a glass of beer with Pâté de Faisan with Olive Oil bought from our Colombian compatriots. Loud laughter continues to characterise our group... Anita, Alex and Michelle did something else that afternoon and have quite an adventure of their own.... But I will let them tell you their own ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Paral.lel Barcelona
My single room was clean, the bathroom was fine, the little balcony outside a nice extra. My only complaint was, the phone in my room didn't seem to receive incoming calls, so people arriving for me had to come up and knock. When I asked for a wake-up call the next day at 7:00 am, they sent someone to knock on the door promptly at 7:30. (It wasn't a disaster, just an annoyance.) Still, everyone was nice, housekeeping was immaculate, and the price is right. The tv got BBC news, which was nice. Free internet in the lobby, although it's only one computer and is often being used, so you'd have to wait your turn. The location was great, too--near a major subway stop, walking distance to Las Ramblas, near the labyrinthine, interesting, easy-to-get-lost-in Barri Gotic.
This was a much nicer hotel than we expected! My boyfriend and I had also been in Amsterdam and Paris on this vacation, and had booked a less expensive hotel in Barcelona since we weren't staying there as long. Hotel Parallel actually turned out to be the nicest place we stayed! The staff members were very friendly and some spoke quite good English. The location was also great - very close to the Metro, which is definitely the best way to get around (and it's much easier to figure out than some rail systems!) I would definitely stay there again!
Just came back from a weekend in Barcelona and found this 2 star hotel to be well placed (near the Rambla walkway) and very comfortable. 100 euros for a double room - breakfast was a bit much at 8 euros each. Recommend going to the market if its not too hot.
We found the hotel to be clean, modern and well appointed and with friendly staff. Our room was a decent size and the air conditioning fantastic. Although we looked out onto some scruffy apartments it didn't matter as we were out all day!. Slightly dodgy area but not a long walk to the ramblas and the port. Breakfast okay but quite expensive - possibly worth making the effort to find somewhere else for this.
Recommend this Hotel
I booked 4 rooms here for my hen night. When we arrived the hotel had double booked but they made up for it by putting us in a larger room and letting us have the mini bar and breakfast free. Like someone else has said it is like a travel lodge in the UK. It's clean, not too far from Las Ramblas and the staff are very friendly and helpful. For the price we paid everyone was extremely happy.
Met my basic needs
Parallel Hotel is very clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The accomodations are basic, but included everything I needed, as I was out sightseeing during most of the days I was there. For such a reasonable price, the accomodations were super clean and neat. I am a gay traveler and found that most of the clubs/bars were about 1 metro stop away or a 20 minute walk. I loved this hotel but I would rather have been located farther up Las Ramblas near Catalunya Square to be closer to the action.
Value for Money & great location
We went to barcelona for easter weekend and we found the hotel very easy to find and we coudl walk to the ramblas for dinner and also good for the funicular..
the rooms were like travelinns in uk
Good if you just want to sightsee and need a cheap bed!
Value for money
I found this hotel on the internet and it was cheaper than many others in Barcelona. This is because it's about a 5 minute walk from La Ramblas.
The Hotel was clean, the rooms were not huge, but not tiny and they had a TV, safe, air conditioning. What more could you want for the price, definatley value for money!
Small and Basic
I was given a small room on the second floor, which made for a loud night considering this hotel is on a major thoroughfare. Perhaps that is where they put those that purchase on the discount wed sites? Located a short walk to La Rambla and the port, the location was great. The room was small but very clean, and they had free internet access in the lobby. The ambiance is antiseptic and minimal - not what you would expect in Gaudi Barcelona.
Clean and basic accomodations
We chose this place mainly for its basic service after returning from a week-long cruise. This is a good place for average accommodations - clean and comfortable. The staff was very helpful. Note that you have to carry your own baggage to and from your room. Although no taxis are waiting out front, the desk clerk can call and a taxi will arrive in less than five minutes. It is a 20 to 30 minute walk to Las Ramblas and Port Vell area. A taxi ride to the Museo Picasso was approximately 5 minutes. We only stayed one-night, but would consider it a good value if you only need a place to sleep and shower - a decent place to allow one to explore the city of Barcelona. It did not seem very close to restaurants that I would want to go to, but again we were only there for one night.