Travel Blogs from Barcelona
Today was another great day in Barcelona. While I did start my morning (and early afternoon) off with a set schedule at Camp Nou, I spent the rest of my day wandering the streets and taking in the culture of Catalunya.
Camp Nou was everything I thought it would be. My one and only regret (and it is a HUGE regeret) is that I was unable to see Barca play a match while I was here. I can only imagine what that would be like to experience....Well at least the Camp Nou ...
... of Catalunya today. In addition, the feeling of Catalan identity grew even more with the world fairs. They added to the feeling that Catalunya is great on its own and does not need Madrid to govern over it. Finally, the development and attention Barcelona received after this allowed it to grow into the industrially powerful and architecturally beautiful city it is today. Thanks to these fairs Barcelona is the “City of ...
How lucky are we – we get to enjoy this marvelous city for two days.
We ventured out in the crisp sunshine, heading off to the World Trade Centre to catch the Hop On Hop Off bus – we purchased a two day pass as there's two, three hour routes to discover. Travelling to the west of the city, we saw some stunning architecture. Just when we thought we’d seen the prettiest building ever, an even better one was waiting around ...
Saying goodbye to Michelle was NOT fun! We tried not to have any waterworks, but it happened a little and Kevin laughed at us. I then had to say goodbye to Roxanne (Roxy) who was our trusty cooler who traveled with us. Best thing you could buy for a euro. I couldn't believe the trip was almost over and I was traveling on my own. It's very exciting, but I felt like it was forgetting something....Michelle! It's like I lost ...
... was fresh (great) but not prepared for some weary travellers to take away and eat :( Eventually, the old Gothic quarter yielded some food and we ate a late lunch near the cathedral (commenced in the 12thC). By now it was the time when only mad dogs and englishmen would be out in the sun so back on the bus, passed the old Olympic village, now apartment complexes, to the eastern end of Barcelona that has become a commercial centre. Siesta in our ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Inglaterra Hotel Barcelona
Great value, great location
Great find, small sister hotel of the more exclusive Hotel Majestic. Just down from Playa Catalunia, five minutes walk from top of The Ramblas but far enough away so not too noisy. Great boutique style rooms, big for a European city, spotless bathrooms, small balconies. Graded a 3 star as no bar or concierge but cant fault it on anything. Would definitely stay again, great value.
Check-in went fine, English speaking front desk person and was given two connecting rooms for myself, wife and two small children as promised. Was disappointed in the size of the rooms, dirty carpets, and lack of any drawer or shelf space for clothes. Size of the room only allowed a shorter than normal bed that would not accommodate my 6'-4" size. We went looking for another hotel that afternoon that offered more space and a more comfortable accommodation. Spent one night and wasn't charged for the other three nights of our reservation.
Worth Looking At
The Inglaterra is definetly worth looking at... After the warm reception i.e. Our room was ready when we got there at 9:00am! A real plus. The staff was courteous and helpful, the rooms were very clean although on the small side, and it really is RIGHT in the middle of Barcelona. We were pleasantly suprised. For a first timer in Barcelona it truly was a great starting point. Better yet, the price was exellent. We booked on Venere. In fact we had made reservations at the Ritz for 4 nights and decided to cancel because we found this hotel to be more centrally located.
Good value for money
In July '03 we stayed a couple of days at the Inglaterra, just a short stroll from Catalunya Plaza. A neat well kept place with all the usually stuff, clean and efficient. Don't know much about breakfirst, best idea is to get to the bar next door, they serve good ham and eggs! The rooms are quite and spotless clean, with air con, cable tv, bath tub and mini bar etc. But, it lacks a little bit of atmosphere. Overall good value for your money, in a hard to beat central location.
Clean, modern well-placed but not cheap
Nice, clean, modern hotel very well located near Ramblas, Old Town and main attaractions as well as near the University underground station. Hotel staff were helpful when asked for assistance.
May be a bit unpersonal (no Spanish feel but some Japanese touches) and a bit expensive. Next door cafe provides cheaper alternative to the hotel breakfast option.
Brochures and websites would have you believe that this hotel is the lap of luxury, but in truth we found it to be pretty basic. There was just one bar/cafe area, which when we visited had just two other guests reading so we felt pretty uncomfortable talking as there was no background music, or general atmosphere. We also had to go looking for someone to serve us a drink.
The room was nothing special either, although we couldn't get one with a balcony so maybe this made a difference. It was quite basic, with twin beds instead of the double we'd asked for. We'd already had to switch rooms because the first room we were given hadn't been cleaned so we didn't ask to move again.
The staff weren't particurlarly friendly. With the exception of the guy who had checked us in on the first night, nobody said hello or goodbye to us anytime we passed through reception, although we always did to them. Also, until we started putting up the "Do not disturb" sign we were being woken at ten every morning by the housekeepers, then again every fifteen minutes (or so it felt) until we got up and left for the day.
In all, I'd say the hotel was nothing special, apart from the convenience of the location. There was nothing Spanish feeling about it, in fact it lacked any character in general. It was very clean and "new" feeling but not quite in league with other hotels of the same standard. For a lot less money we could have stayed in a 'pension' just as central and enjoyed a much warmer and pleasanter atmosphere.