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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.
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Barcelona was part of the Roman Empire) and taught us about Catalan culture
(and that their language is not a ‘dialect’ of Spanish). He also told us about
the Independence movement happening within the state, where Catalans want
independence from Spain, particularly as they are wealthier than the rest of
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... jamon and figs, and then had dinner which was well represented by fish and beast. Our meal was accompanied, of course, with a pitcher of sparkling cava sangria and some lovely vino tinto (red wine). Our desserts were equally amazing: lime/basil sorbet, a fresh fig custard with Carmelites sugar and a house made chocolate mousse layer cake. And more cookies for the girls outside as they ...
... denying that what people come here to see is the same. Pilgrims are still travelling and queuing to see the black madonna, some people come for the views and walking trails and many (including me) want to see and hear the boys choir perform in the chapel. One just had to turn a blind eye to the disrespectful, who think it's more important to get at least a dozen photos and videos of the event. Exceptionally ...
... on Hop Off bus checking out the other corners of this historic city. So we are now holed up in our hotel too weary to move, too tired to eat and preparing to repack the bulging suitcases in preparation for our flight tomorrow afternoon to Dubai. I guess this means we will officially be pointing in the direction of home. However we will suffer through the 39 degrees in Dubai for a few days first before we officially declare the onset of 'the end of holiday blues'.
... expensive meal of the holiday but probably because we were drinking spirits as opposed to sangria! Gill says her leg feels like its about to cramp so NEEDS Gin & Tonic for medicinal purposes! He he he Anyhoot..... That's it now folks! We are back at the hotel and all packed up for our flight home tomorrow morning! It's been a lovely, relaxing break, with some sightseeing and delicious food and drink - perfecto! Thanks for reading :-) Xxxx Love Ele & ...