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They say that men are from Mars and Women are from Visa. Maybe true, maybe not. I prefer to think that we just look at two sides of the same coin.
Take today for instance. It's breakfast time and we’ve elected to take up the offer of buffet breakfast in the hotel dining area. My plan is to try as many things as I can, so I come back …
We've arrived safely in Zurich. For the first time ever, following recent events, the flight from southeast Asia to Europe was the one that almost had us concerned. We admit we are both a little relieved when wheels hit tarmac, even if it’s too foggy to confirm we are even in the country that we’re supposed to be.
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... room and kitchen was moved into our bedroom, our bathroom or upstairs one day before we left and was set to be put back one day after we returned home. I walked in the door at 5:30 p.m. last Saturday and screamed out an expletive. The patch didn't match and looked awful!!!
Luckily, I was able to reach the movers and cancel Monday. Then I called the ...
... bigger, bathroom has a bath and again it is bigger and it has a decent balcony. We met our steward whose name is Mono and his offsider is I-Ful (pronounced Evil).
We did the usual and walked all over the ship checking out which bar we would call home and were very impressed with the ship. One of the pool areas is enclosed but the roof opens (like etihad's roof). The showroom is huge, 3 tiers, very plush. So having said that it is as nice ...
... so I corked up and started way to early again. And it was the same story basically. Still a lot of fun but I only managed to 3am then I thought it was enough. Next day was a walk again, went up to park guell and had a stroll around there. Then back down to the old city and all the small little walkways there. Sat in a park and played some guitar too but too cold so couldn't stand it for long. Thought I'd take it easy the third night since I thought ...
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Great location & great hotel
Excellent location - 15-20min walk from La Ramblas or 10min on the Metro - close to the hub of action but far enough to get a good night sleep. Owners clearly tried (successfully) to create a Boutique Hotel feel. The terrace on the 7th floor is great for chilling out with a drink after a whole day of sightseeing. Staff is very friendly and helpful. I'd definitely go back.
Just a bad experience !
We have just returned from three days holidays in Barcelona where we stayed at Villa Emilia.
We had a really bad experience because the second night, once back to the hotel, we discovered that our room had not been tidied up. Even if I immediately complained with the reception, nobody did anything to solve the situation and try to help us by offering new towels and amenities. The concierge desk was very arrogant and told us that only the next day they would have informed their manager! The day after we have received only a late check out and nothing else as compensation for the accident.
In addition the hotel is quite small and it does not have all the amenities, services and atmosphere you expect from a four star hotel. The breakfast was good but the table were so close to each other that was very annoying to move around. If you are a person that enjoyed the service and facilities of a four star hotel I would not recommend to choose Villa Emilia. This hotel is only a good 3 star hotel.
Warmly recommend Villa Emilia
Iīve been reading the apraising reviews about Villa Emilia and couldnīt agree more! As exiting and fun it is to plan a trip and look for accomodation through internet, it also feels a bit risky. We planned to stay near The Ramblas but luckily enough, ended up to Villa Emilia. Metrostation was very near and made sight-seeing easy, but the neighborough was so much quiter and more tourist-free area, that we appreciated it. The hotel itself was very stylishly decorated and trendy, yet being cosy and warm in athmosphere! It was also very clean. We loved our comfortable, spacious room! The breakfast (included on offer) was also classy with fresh fruits, baguettes and cold plates etc. We also enjoyed the roof terrace on a sunny day, beautiful! And last but definitely not the least - the staff. Most friendly and helpful people at the reception desk were easy to approach and made us feel really welcomed! We are looking forward to coming back, take our children with us and stay at Villa Emilia in lovely Barcelona again!
Would Recommend Villa Emilia
We stayed at the Emilia for 3 nights at the end of April '07.
This is a fantastic intimate hotel, literally a two minute walk to the Rocafort tube station, then a three minute ride into the centre of Barcelona.
The room was really modern and contempory, spotlessly clean and had a great view over the cross-roads below.
The staff were more than helpful, and although we didn't eat in the Zinc-bar, we did drink at the bar. Drinks seemed very pricey on the pricelist, but we were pleasantly surprised when we payed the bill on checking out and realised we'd actually payed alot less than the pricelist quoted. Not sure why this was, maybe because I stopped them from putting half a glass of vodka in my drink each time!!
All in all, we were very impressed with this place and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. In fact, we'd love to!!
Absouletly loved the Villa Emilia
This was my first visit to Barcelona, we booked the Villa Emila through Spainbookers.com.
We got a fantastic deal we stayed for four nights and the fourth night was free.
Our room was excellent, although the hotel is on a busy crossroads the double glazing keeps out the noise.
The bathrooms are fantastic, there was only a shower but an enormous one. The cleanliness of the room, sheets and bedding changed daily and the whole hotel wasspotlessly clean.
The roof terrace was fantastic what a view you really feel like you are in the heart of the City.
The hotel is situated only two metro stops away from Catalunya, the Rocafort Metro station is just at the bottom of the street .
The hotel staff from owner to chamber maids were all very friendly.
We did not eat at the Hotel , mainly because we had so much to do,but the Zinc bar with resident pianist looked very inviting and the food was reasonably priced.
We would thoroughly recommend this Hotel and I will definately return soon.
We would also recommend the EL Salon resturant in the Barri Gothic, great place to eat.
From Amy and John Stoke-on-Trent
Absolutely Loved The Villa Emilia!
This hotel was the highlight of our Portugal/Spain trip accomodation-wise. The room was boutique modern and had all the amenities that we needed and was of a nice size and cleanand quiet (unlike many other European hotel rooms). The breakfast included in the room price was phenomenal - the artisanal sausages, cheeses, breads, pastries and hams were clearly handpicked and the boil your own egg contraption was darling. The juices were all fresh squeezed and the coffee was good. Also - cava in the morning - who could complain! We loved it so much that we had dinner there on our last night and loved our dinner just as much as the wonderful breakfasts. The location was great - a short half block away from the Rocafort station which is nice and centrally located. Additionally, it was within walking distance to the city center as well as all of the sights in the Eixample. Needless to say, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone needing affordable WONDERFUL accomodation in Barcelona.
We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights with my man. We really enjoyed our stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful (which is not always the case in Spain).
The hotel is very stylish and brand new. The rooms are spacious and modern. Very good hairdryer for the ladies in the bathroom !!!! Not so many channels on TV, but who carres when you are in Barcelona ??
There is a great terrace on the roof also. The breakfast was delicious (pastries, cheese, fresh fruits...). The bar-restaurant area is very nicely decorated as well, with a cheminee.
The hotel is not located exactly in the center by La Ramblas, but it is easy to walk downtown, there is a metro station at the end of the street, and taxis will drive you anywhere for around 5euros.
Check out their website, I consider it a good and fair presentation of the hotel.
Will definitely stay again when I will be back in Barcelona.
Excellent hotel, very stylish
Cant give the hotel enough praise. The rooms are stunning. Really contemporary and stylish. The staff were friendly and welcoming.
Slightly out of town in a more residential area, but 2 mins walk to a metro station and then 5 mins on a train to the centre of the city.
Eating in the reastaurant was the only slightly bad point. The menu was a lot smaller than on the printed version we were given, but this may be because we went in Feb, and out of season. We were the only people eating and it seemed that we took them by suprise.
The food was tasty and well presented but slightly expensive.
You do need to stay in this hotel though, its a great base, we felt like the first people staying in our room, and the roof terrace is a really nice touch.
5 star, can't wait to go back