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... finish my sangria! So tomorrow we will walk up to look at la Pedrera also known as Casa Mila another of Gaudi's buildings. Originally a set of apartments but now more of a museum Himself has never been to so many galleries, cathedrals, palaces and museums in his life but has managed pretty well provided I allow him a nana nap daily! I may have to peruse a few shops tomorrow haven't really done that yet but have to work out where to leave him in the meantime? Next stop Zagreb, ...
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... The path was easy to follow, but not so easy to climb with the park being at the top of a hill with steps interspersed with escalators up the road to ease the pain a little.
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... but of course now it was light out. We had a cute breakfast at a cafe place and then walked through the park and saw the famous fountain. There was some sun but the whole weekend mostly consisted of rain which sucked. That also made the wifi not work. Then we went to the beach and I went into the water. It was cold but definitely warmer than the Atlantic. Then we just walked around Barcelona and saw lots of other stuff. I ...
... visited La Pedrera (my second visit) and walked around the free exhibition. My second field trip was better and very interesting. We went to the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, which was the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. It was awesome to visit because we have been learning about it in class and looking at the pictures online, so to be able to actually stand in the building itself was really neat. We ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Petit Palace Opera Garden Ramblas Barcelona
Located at the top end of Las Ramblas near to Catalunya square, this was a great location. Slightly dodgy in terms of the entrance being up a side street . Interior had obviously been refurbished and was very modernistic but clean, basic and comfortable. Perhaps slightly on the clinical side. A couple of years of wear and tear might see this look not being so great as the furnishings weren't that expensive. Bathroom facility had hydro massage showers. Main complaints - No room service and no atmospheric place to sit and have a drink in the hotel itself. Very little tourist information kept in the hotel to browse through. Breakfast was expensive for what it offered and the mini - bar was poor. However, it was so near to a variety of restaurants that this did not really matter. We only stayed in the city for three nights and this was ideal for our needs. Stayed in a family room which was fine. Staff were reasonably friendly.
Good but not polished
The other reviews in late October sum up the postives and negatives very well, so I'll not repeat them again.
After reading here about limited television, I emailed the hotel before leaving and they gave me a list of 5 English speaking tv channels but we were disappointed to find Eurosport was the only one. Hardly high tech!
I'd recommend the hotel for its location and cleanliness. However, I'd be very wary about the condition of the roms in months to come, as the workmanship wasn't very good and it won't be long before the flimsy fixtures and fittings start to wear.
To sum up in one sentence - the hotels rooms were designed to look at, but not to use!
The review below ("Central in Barca") could almost have been written by me - I agree on more or less all the points.
We stayed with two children in a family room in the Petit Palace in late October. The major pluses of the hotel are
The hotel is wonderfully centrally located. Just step out of the door and you are in the lively old town. A perfect place to stay if you are going to visit the Liceu Opera house.
Great Location in the middle of Las Ramblas
3 Girls on a shopping trip rooms were very clean everything was
spotless, bed linen, towels etc. Didn't eat in the Hotel so can't comment on the food. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We had a family room which consisted of twin beds pushed together and two bunk beds very comfortable. The bathroom was spotless and cleaned everyday . The rooms were a little bit small but perfect for a short stay. The location was very central, easy to get to from the Airport €25.00 for Taxi.
We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. We checked in the day the business opened it´s doors for trade and while it´s appearance was on the surface so slick, the veneer was micron thin.... However, despite the amazing number of things that went wrong, and given our amazing willingness to smile through the tears, and because of the hotel staff´s faultless ability to sooth without obvious correction, we still had quite a good time here... and worse still... under certain circumstances, we may even give it another whirl.....
Me and my girlfriend chose Petit palace through Late rooms because we wanted something close to the Ramblas, with a reasonable price and 4 star. Unfortunately what we got was a cupboard for a bedroom, a leaking toilet ,and a less than helpful and unaccomodating staff. The stay was only for 1 night and the only plus was that the location was fantastic.
We booked a four night trip to Barcelona, staying at the Petit Palace Opera Garden Ramblas, (on a side street off La Rambla; this is a new hotel that we were told was opening on the 16th of August) through bargain holidays who confirmed our hotel booking. When we arrived at the hotel we were met by a member of the hotel staff at the door, who told us that the due to some problem with them passing their electricity inspection the hotel was not yet open! When we had a look inside however the interior of the building looked less than half complete, so I doubt very much that it was only a last minute problem with the electricity!! The hotel made NO EFFORT to contact us before we arrived there to inform us of the situation. A senior member of staff then came and spoke to us and told us they had arranged another hotel for us but this hotel was about 15/20mins out of the centre by taxi!!! Our main reasons for choosing this hotel was that we were looking for a 4* hotel very near the Ramblas area, so this alternative hotel arrangment out of the centre was not acceptable as we had booked and paid for a hotel in the centre, but the STAFF WERE VERY UNACCOMODATING AND UNHELPFUL in finding us a hotel in the Ramblas area and also REFUSED to give us a refund!!! Eventually they agreed to pay for our travel to and from the hotel into the centre but this didnt materialise!!! After having to chase it up a number of times they gave us a bus ticket that we could only use for ONE DAY!!!