Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel
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... will depict the origin and end of human beings and the roads that will lead to fulfillment and glory. Gaudi had left drawings and models for the whole construction with specific dimensions for every statue, every column, every tower, every door, every window and so it continues to be built according to his vision. If the outside wasn't remarkable enough, then its interior is breathtaking - Beautiful stained ...
So we're now in unbelievably hot Barcelona today after our first train journey. Madrid was beautiful though and we were really sad to leave. On the first night the hostel organised free Sangria and drinking games and we met some Americans who had just got back from Afghanistan. We went out to some bars that night with them and some hilarious German boys. The next day we explored more ...
... the desk was kind enough to take a picture of me. Before heading there, I stopped at the church across the street and said I few prayers. Earlier in the evening there was a procession for Palm Sunday.
The flamenco show at Tablao Cordoba was AWESOME! It wasn't just the dancing, but the guitar players and the singers and how they fed off the audience. The male singers/clappers were dressed in all black, as well as the guitarists. I could not believe ...
... it. From the pictures online it looks like a church but just wait until I upload pictures of it. It is one of the craziest buildings I have ever seen. I wandered around some more, then headed back to the restaurant where I drank more tea and read Eat, Pray, Love (in Spanish- yay!) until it was time to meet Anton. He helped me with my luggage (thank god.. 5 flights of narrow, uneven stairs- what was I thinking?) and we decided to stay in for dinner. He cooked pasta and I did dishes. ...
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My Spanish Civilization and Culture class that afternoon was brief- basically my partner and I did our final presentation to the class (it was on the daily life during the Spanish Civil War) and then I was whisked away to do my final exam for that class since right after that, I’d be doing my International Marketing exam. I felt very confident after taking the Spanish exam! The ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRey Juan Carlos I Hotel Barcelona
Way better than I expected - only issue is a little far from port
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel Barcelona
The hotel is basically a massive characterless hulk - almost vulgar.
The service was fine but robotic.
The leisure facilities are quite good overall and the use of them provides a nice way to relax if you have had a busy day of sight-seeing downtown.
I stay in many hotels with work and I would say, as a business hotel, this is fine for one night. For tourists, it does'nt feel quite right to me, though I have not stayed in town at an equivalent hotel so I can't really compare. At least the Juan Carlos has space and is a haven of peace after the jungle of central Barca.
The Metro into town is very easy: you just sit there for 20 minutes and then you are suddenly there at Dressanes (tube station at the southern end of La Rambla) and you are right in the middle of everything!
Breakfast is good; other meals and also the bar drinks are expensive, with no immediate options close by.
I probably would'nt go there again, though if you can negotiate a good price it's worth considering as when I went it was about a third of the price of the 'Arts'.
Great hotel, but too far out
Stayed one night at the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos. Rooms are fantastic. Bathroom was large, modern and very clean--much better than the Arts, where I thought the bathrooms needed renovating.
Only problem is this hotel is 20-30 mins by taxi from the city centre. If you want to be in the heart of the action, beware.
Peace and quiet in a hectic city
Visited Barcelona from 23rd-25th Sept. Had not realised that this was the weekend of the big festival! The city was busier than usual and so there was no chance of getting a taxi in the evenings. The one and only problem with this hotel is the distance from all the action, it took approx 25 mins on the metro. The hotel was very smart and clean with a great buffet breakfast. It was very quiet, I can imagine that the hotels in the centre of the city would have been noisy, making it difficult to sleep.
Tropical Resort in the City
We stayed at this hotel for a congress in August. The rooms were very nice and had beautiful marble bathes with a separate shower, tub and toilet area. The grounds, gardens and pools are truly beautiful, like a tropical resort in the middle of the city. The spa and work out facility were also very nice and first rate, except that due to vacations, they only had one therapist working so it was impossible to get a treatment. The hotel itself was beautiful but the front desk and concierge staff were not up to par with what I would consider 5 star service. However, the doormen, waitstaff and room service staff were quick and very helpful. Also, request a room away from the elevators as the ding when they arrive on a floor (it is an open atruim type lobby) and it can be heard in your room.
My fiance and I stayed at the hotel and we had a splendid time. We had a room that had a beautiful view of the hotel grounds and the port. The breakfast was gourmet; delicous eggs and freshly made waffles, and of course, a fresh fruit, cereal and danishes. We visited the spa and pools everyday and even got a chocolate massage! I 100% recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to visit Barcelona.
Appauling service not worthy of 5 star
Appauling service not worthy of 5 stars in my opinion. I have stayed in a fair amount of hotels over the past few years all picked from the leading hotels of the world brochure and in my opinion this hotel should be taken off their lists beacause of the terrible front desk staff. We arrived to check in and there was no one in front of us at the desk, however the staff made us wait 15 mins before they could show us to our room or even deem to speak to us. I had booked a double room and was shown to a twin room. Room service was virtually non existant and indeed the brochures with the menu were withdrawn from all rooms on our 2nd night. We asked the concierge questions about what to do and where to eat and everything seemed too much trouble. In all the places I have stayed this hotel comes way below the bottom of the list. The only redeeming factor is that it is a beautiful setting and looks great on photos.
Poor value for money
I booked this hotel as part of a conference package for the sole reason that it was close to the conference location. The room cost approximately E.270 a night for a double and we stayed for 5 nights.
The hotel is located away from the center of town. It costs about E.25 from the airport by taxi. There is a metro stop 'Zona Universitat' that takes you within a couple of blocks of the hotel. It takes about half hour to get to La Rambla by metro from the hotel.
The room was small for the price and the shower was TINY --- less than a meter square. The internet service (both wired and wireless) died at the end of the first night and the hotel desk said that it would be out for "at least a month"! When we asked for an iron, they refused and asked us to use their exorbitant ironing service. The breakfast costs E.25 for some pastries and coffee.
All in all, the hotel is terrible value for money. Its poorly located and the staff is unhelpful and snooty. You can find much better hotels for less than half the price in Barcelona.
Good hotel let down by service
I stayed there as part of a conference. The hotel was very good, the rooms are modern and spotless and very large by barcelona standards. The food was good as was room sevice. My only gripe is the staff, they seemed a bit cold and stuck up.
Optimal conference hotel
Booked it as part of conference package. Good connections (end of tube line nearby and close to Bernabeu Stadium) but out of city centre.
Wonderful large rooms and nice garden. Separate outside pool (good!) and inside pool with gym; latter one not included in usual conference package. Nice restaurants and conference rooms. And reasonably friendly staff, nothing to complain really!
Hotel lovely, service average
Beautiful hotel set a little out of Barcelona (costs about 25€ in a taxi into the harbour area). The highlight of the hotel is the beautiful Royal Fitness Suite - which you have to pay extra for - There is an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with jacuzzi seats. There is also another outdoor pool that you don't have to pay extra to use.
The atrium of the hotel is lovely and feels very luxurious and the rooms are comfortably furnished.
But I would say the service lets this place down. The staff seem to be a little snooty and everything seems a little too much effort....a smile doesn't cost anything (although you do have to pay for EVERYTHING at this hotel so maybe that's why none of the staff smile ever!)
Generally a lovely experience but maybe the staff need lessons on customer service and focus!