Mercer Boria BCN
Travel Blogs from Barcelona
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... expression of famous Spanish architect Gaudi, of his Catholic faith. Started in 1889, they are still building it! The projected finish date is 2030, but it is an open ended project.
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... up spaces, and natural light in every room of the house. Even manipulating the placement of rooms to ensure natural light filtered down through the centre of the house.
In many ways I felt like a number of his design features were engineered towards building a home that was sustainable in design and living. Many of the features I saw here, were features we were trying to implement in the Innovation House at Finlay Homes.
I'll let my pictures do the rest ...
Had been looking forward to Barcelona, as had heard a lot from others on the ship.
Barcelona the capital of Catalonia. The language here is Catalan and the people here consider themselves very different from the rest of Spain and are very proud of that, and fought very hard to preserve their own culture and language.
We had booked a ships tour to the La Sagrada Familia church and Parc Guell, both being designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
First stop Parc ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercer Boria BCN Barcelona
Well worth a visit
Have just returned from a 3 day break at the Boria BCN. From the aeroport took the Blue aerobus to placa catalunya which cost 3.60 euros each, then purchased a 3 day travelcard card for just over 12 euros, good value. The hotel has a great location, 100 m from Jaume 1 tube, 5 mins to the Cathedral, 5 mins to the picaso musuem, 10 mins walk to the port, 10 mins from Las ramblas. All in all a great location for exploring the city.
The hotel itself was great, rooms just as they were in the photos. I agrre with previous review that only downside was having to keep the curtains closed most of the time due to being overlooked. Rooms were kept very clean and tidy, staff were very helpful (advised a couple of nice restaurants just down from the cathedral)
Would definately stay again
Loved the Hotel but.........
I stayed at the hotel for a week and it was like staying in a luxurious studio apartment. The downside was the views and that we had to keep our curtains closed all the time as the neighbours have a good view inside your apartment.
The hotel is centrally located 100m from Jaume Metro station and about 5 minutes walk to the Las Ramblas. The staff were welcoming and helpful.
The only downside to this hotel was that you could only use the microwave to warm your food up, as we were travelling with kids this was a bit of a headache.
Other than that a great hotel.
Luxury and what it means
We stayed at the boria for 5 days and what a wonderful place to spend our first visit to Barcelona. The hotel was centrally located and was like staying in a luxurious loft apartment. The junior suite had two large sized bedrooms and kitchen facilities.
The hotel laid on complementary chocolates and wine for when we arrived and flowers were in every room. The staff were fantastic and were always happy to help. The only downside was i travelled with my child, and although they advertise satellite tv, the only English channel was the BBC world news.
I would defintely stay there again.
Four Star Luxury at a Great Price
We were amazed that we could afford to stay at a hotel which looked so modern and luxurious, and were concerned that the reality wouldn't live up to it, but it most certainly did.
When we arrived we were thrilled to find that the Juniour Suite was just as beautiful as the pictures! Everything was exactly as we had requested, and there were many other touches we hadn't expected like complimantary wine in an ice bucket and chocolates. The attention to detail was impressive, flowers and lighting making the rooms look extra special, and they were spotlessly clean.
I would say that if you like you hotels with lots of facilities: restaurant, bars, gym etc, then this isn't the place for you, but you would have known that from the website which was quite accurate as far as we found.
We liked the location; it's close to all the main sights, it took us just 5 - 10 minutes to walk to Las Ramblas for example. The hotel staff were all friendly and helpful, and if we visit Barcelona again I shall certainly be returning to the Boria BCN.
Nice hotel but quite limited
Our room was fantastic particulary for space and flexibility. It was like a home from home having the comfort of seperate areas.
It would have been helpful if there was a "dummy" guide to using the air-con, which we could not seem to operate in the bedroom area. A polite request at the reception for assistance on this, drew little help.
Also, being as we are tea lovers first thing in the morning, we brought good old British tea bags with us. There was no kettle, but never mind we thought we could just put a pan on the cooker top and boil water that way. Anyway, to find that the kitchenette had a fully working cooker top (with a hood & extractor) and no pan, drew blanks also. We asked again at reception, and they could only suggest we run water through the coffee machine (tastes like coffee tainted tea!) or heat water in the microwave. We resorted to the microwave, but it was quite fiddley in the small cups, and the cups were too hot to pick up after being in the microwave. Maybe some day I might figure out why they have a cooker top, but at present I can't think of a reason the room even has it.
Otherwise the shower area was superb, and had a good fairly powerful shower. The bed was very comfortable (we even slept though there was noise outside). We could get BBCWorldNews on the TV, so we could keep up to date with the weather. The reception staff were always very friendly. Good sized fridge, for all your water/beer etc (as it's cheaper to buy locally rather than from the well stocked minibar). Champagne and chocolates on arrival were a nice touch.
Located in the Barrio Gotico
A lovely hotel located in an old building but with a chic modern interior. The suites were very comfortable and contained everything we wanted. The complimentary cava on arrival was a nice touch! We had trouble working out what all the buttons and switches did in the room, so a written guide would have been helpful. Two things which grated slightly was the fact that we always had to buzz the front door to be let in. There were times coming back at night we would have to buzz 3 or 4 times before someone would open the door. Furthermore as with most hotels in this area, the rooms can be rather noisy at night. Noise reverberates in the narrow street in front of hotel and the nightly 1am visit of the dustbin men is annoying.
However, the hotel is well located and very close to the metro station (Jaume). We also thought it was good value for money.
Stylish, charming and friendly.
Stayed in 5 star hotels all over the place, this was the first time I went in a room and said wow.
Staff very friendly and offer personal reccomendations for local dining.
Location is downtown Barcelona, a million things happening and this is slap in the middle.
Downsides? no restaurant but that sends you out in the local streets where memorable meals will be found.
Oh and for what you get , it's really cheap.
You should try it.
A Real Find
We chose this hotel as it offered suites at very reasonable prices (mid-week). As we have a baby who's just learning to walk, we wanted somewhere with plenty of room for him to manoeuvre, particularly as we wouldn't be out sightseeing all the time. The rooms were certainly big and well furnished (although glass coffee tables aren't exactly baby-friendly) and the kitchenette was extremely useful. Everything was kept spotless and the staff were very helpful.
Only a couple of caveats, and they wouldn't apply to everyone. The hotel advertises a Wireless Lan facility (another reason we chose to stay here, as my husband provides IT support) but when we asked at Reception, were told they had no network. Also, the lack of bar and restaurant was a bit disappointing, as the nearest bar outside the hotel was well out of the range of our baby-listener. This meant that we were tied to the hotel in the evening, and as they only had spanish-language terrestrial tv (despite a state of the art flat-panel tv), we pretty much had to make our own amusement.
Stay in style
The hotel is located in the streets of old town barcelona, fairly hidden but close to metro subway. The Hotel is nicely decorated and offers very good amenities, very clean and modern. The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. Very good value for money and recommend for a short break.