Travel Blogs from Barcelona
After the beautiful blue skies yesterday, we awoke to some grey clouds and light rain. It was still warm and we weren't going to let a few drops of water spoil our day. We made our way back to the Placa Espanya as it was our nearest stop for the hop-on/hop-off tour. We did a complete loop of the Red Route around the city to get our bearings and see …
An early morning and back into economy for our flight from Dubai to Barcelona. While waiting for our baggage Diane managed to spot a couple of Harvest bags so we have already met Tony, Norma and Beverley from Queensland. It was after 3pm by the time we were settling in to our hotel. We're in amongst the locals with a lovely view from our window. …
At the end of my previous blog I mentioned that the next morning I would be flying to Spain, my final European country for the next few months. In Dublin I'd returned to the hostel I stayed at previously for one reason - it was €10 night and they offer a free bus to the airport which is normally €6. The hostel (Paddy's Palace) itself is pretty bad and I'd advise staying elsewhere if you're visiting Dublin. But free airport bus! My time at the airport was uneventful other ...
... where we decided not to go to the other big club Opium (entry was 20 euros) and instead walked along the beach in pitch black. It was cold and windy but I loved it. We were in Spain, walking along the beach in Barcelona!
We arrived back at the hotel at 4:30am and knew for sure we were going to die from lack of sleep the next day. But I didn't-- and don't-- regret a ...
... whacking the head off an enormous salmon. Her bloodied apron told me that's how she'd spent most of her day. The only shrimp they had was (unlike my neighbor) fully "clothed". Head on, tail on, legs on. Some of them may still have been alive for all I know... Now, I would have happily peeled the tails off the little guys but I worried that beheading them would bring some bad karma into my apartment so I decided to ask the vendor if she had any "ready to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pestana Arena Barcelona
Vincci Arena -NOT near Convention Ctr despite Hotels.com map
Beware Hotels.com finder to landmark booking feature; Vincci Arena is NOT "0.5 Miles From Barcelona Convention Center ". Despite also showing on Hotels.com location finder tab, this hotel is miles from conference center so couldn't practically attend conference in the evenings.
Vincci Arena is IKEA modern (lime & purple colors, drop pendant lights, drapey sheers on windows), firm beds, modern bathroom fixtures but noticeable corners have been cut that don't put Vincci in the same class as AC Barcelona Hotel.
The staff have very limited English with only 1 or 2 people at the front desk, would not place collect calls for me to report stolen purse to cancel cards, wouldn't call police for me to make police report, air conditioning was NOT functioning and no one fixed it - not able to sleep due to excessive HEAT in room. The heat outside was around 80 combined with the hallways which are stifling due to 5 foot tall deco lights of room numbers heating the hallway combined with no ventilation caused the rooms to be very hot. My guess is the hotel simple has turned the air conditioning completely off due to it being October.
No concierge to assist in directions, restaurant, attractions, etc. Also parking is so narrow it's like driving down a spiral staircase; I know how to drive a small car w/stick shift and I had barely 2 inches from the walls as I drove down the extremely narrow spiral, steep driveway. Others had left parts of their cars on the walls I could clearly see, so unless one is driving a LeCar, the parking is difficult.
Fitness center - really poor: 2 bikes & 1 treadmill in a 12' by 12 foot room. Again it is nothing like the multi-machine, free weights, airy, wall of windows at the AC Barcelona fitness center with roof top pool.
Good 4 star hotel
I spent just 2 nights at the Vincci Arena and i can say that is a good 4 stars hotel.
The hotel is located just 1 block from subway line 1 ( Tarragona ) and line 3 ( Espana ).
My room, as showed on website, was clean, modern with an excellent bed.
Staff very helpfull.
I will be back at the Vincci
We just spent 3 nights and wish we would of booked for a full week here.
The location was perfect, just a block from the rapid transit station. Also close to lots of cheap local restaurants that had great food.
The hotel staff was very helpful and friendly. The airlines lost our luggage and the staff was so helpful in making the calls to help locate it for us. They all spoke excellent English.
I loved the modern decor in our room, everything was very comfortable. The lighting was a bit different and took a few minutes to get it all figured out. The rooms were very quiet, no outside noise. We would certainly stay here again.
Well, I have to say if you are traveling for buisiness to Barcelona...do not stay here. There is no internet in rooms, only available in the lobby, so you can imagine if you are doing buisiness then that is a big problem...
Room service stops at 11:00 PM, thus there is no 24 hour service which is rather odd for a hotel that claims to be 4 stars...
Service was good, there was a gentleman by the name of Javier who was very helpful and went out of his way to make the stay as pleasent and comfortable as possible. Unfortunately although the service was good the lack of in room internet and 24 hour room service makes this short of a 4 star hotel...
Very Clean, Great Location
Just returned from a one night stay at the end of a cruise. We had two rooms (both on the small side, and one slightly smaller than the other) and the overall experience was great. Fantastic location, quite close to the metro and the train station (5 minute walk to either). We thought the beds were very hard, but given that the air conditioning worked so well (unusual in Europe) we could forgive them this. Rooms were very quiet. I was quite surprise to learn that the hotel had no iron available for pressing clothes and the shower only reached a lukewarm temperature. But, the staff was very friendly and the hallways being uncooled was really no big deal.
Encore un petit effort...
Nous passé trois nuits dans cet hôtel la semaine dernière. Nous avions réservé deux chambres. Celles-ci bénéficient d'une très belle décoration, peut-être un peu lugubre parfois, mais très design. C'est un lieu calme et agréable qui offre les "facilities" des grands établissements. Je dirais même que les salles de bains sont remarquablement bien équipées et agréables. Il y manque pourtant un minimum de climatisation dans le couloir et, plus embêtant, un accueil souriant. Le personnel est carrément désagréable, ce qui correspond bien à l'emplacement de la réception, dans un coin du hall d'entrée et dissimulée derrière des plantes. Nous n'avons pas eu un seul sourire, nous avons eu du mal à nous faire comprendre (nous ne parlions pas espagnol, mais anglais et français...) et l'une des deux chambres que nous avions réservées par Internet était déjà occupée (une petite erreur vite réglée et dont je ne parlerais pas ici si le sourire et les explications avaient été à la hauteur du nombre d'étoiles posées sur la façade de l'établissement). Le petit déjeuner n'est pas compris dans le prix de la chambre et il n'est pas donné. En revanche, le buffet est riche et varié, à deux détails près : sa réfrigération qui laisse à désirer (le fromage qui transpire, c'est l'horreur...) et le café qui est limite imbuvable (préférer le thé...) Un bel hôtel, bien situé donc, mais qui devrait soigner les détails, car chacun connaît l'histoire du détail qui tue...
I stayed at this hotel with my partner and we both want to rush back. The slight niggle first. The hotel is situated on carrer central de cent which is a street split in two by parc juan miro. most taxi drivers have not discovered this new hotel yet ... so they more often than not try the other side of the street (not surprisingly as it is the longer portion). The hotel is extremely well situated near to the plaza espana - about 1 min walk away and within 1 min walk of two metro stations. The hotel is exceptionally modern in design and furnishings. The staff were extemely helpful and went out of their way to help us. The rooms are spacious with excellent lighting, air conditioning and very comfortable beds. The bathrooms are amazing - so cool and relaxing. The corridors leading to the rooms are very warm due to some strange green lights outside each guest room - but how long do you spend in the corridor? The breakfast is not expensive in my view for what you get - there is a good range of options and the waiting staff are incredibly friendly. i would have preferred there to have been an option of a restaurant in the hotel - but there are some amazing places to eat in barcelona. i can not recommend this hotel highly enough.
We just return from Barcelona where we stay at Da Vincci Arena for 3 nights. General comment is that hotel is very new and that I would stay there again. Rooms are nicely decorated, ligths can be adjusted on 1000 ways, bathroom is very nice, location is very good (few minutes walking distance from Plaza Espana), air conditioner worked excellent.
Problem was with coridors which are not air conditioned and it was very hot. Also when I came to the room I found door of mini bar open, so all drinks been warm. There was nothing to open beer with. I found breakfast quite expensive (14 Euros). For 12 Euros you can have nice breakfast for 2 people 150m from hotel on your way to Plaza Espana.
Great hotel, still new but a few growing pains
I stayed at the Vincci Arena for 3 nights in May, 2006 with my girlfriend. I decided to try it out since it was a new hotel and looked great from the website.
The room is a good size and brand new! What can I say...everything was brand new..so you can't complain about something being dirty or having any funny odors. The beds were nice and firm, all the sheets and towels were replaced daily. There's a nice LG LCD screen to watch tv when you're in the room.
This hotel is brand new and it appears that they are still working on things. It does get a bit dusty in the hallways when they are still working on a room on your floor. Other than that, there was no noise from neighboring rooms, so I guess everything was soundproofed very well!
The reception desk in the hotel is a bit oddly placed. As soon as you walk through the entrance, it is on the right hand side, and a bit small and hidden by a plant.
It is about 2-3 mins walking distance to the nearest metro station. From there, it is only about 3 stops to get to Placa Espana for shopping and walking along La Ramblas.
Anyhow, I have no problems with this hotel. It is brand new and was a good value. I've attached some pix of the room I stayed in to give everyone an idea. I would stay there again, no problem.
Pick up a map
As I am apparently the first to write a review of this hotel, I shall be fairly concise and offer what I would consider to be a reasonably fair assessment.
The staff were most pleasant and helpful catering to all of our needs when required.
The hotel appeared to be both clean and efficiently run.
The rooms seemed to me to have a slight sophistication about them although a little on the small side and were quite tastefully designed with an eye for detail.
The hotel is fairly well situated with easy access to shops cafe bars etc.
You WILL require a taxi if intending to go to Las Ramblas as it is some distance.
Be aware however if catching a taxi on the way back, ensure you have the hotel address and if neccessary a MAP of the area which you can obtain free of charge from the lobby.
The vast majority of Spanish/catalan people are extreemely warm and freindly,however taxi drivers in Barcelona have this uncanny habit of conveniently forgetting where they may find your hotel, particularly in the early hours when their passengers may be a little worse for wear.
Anyhow I would certainly stay at this hotel if returning to Barcelona.