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... beautiful (Johns favourite). Unfortunately I had to use my iPhone to take photos though as someone (John) had been given the responsibility of carrying the bag today and after I had packed the camera into the bag, for some unknown reason he had unpacked it and left it sitting in our hotel room. This tour guide was a lot better than the previous one and gave us lots of info into the history and making of it. ...
... a cute little balcony on the forth floor overlooking the cathedral.
Tonight we had paella in the street and it was warm and pleasant.
Fireworks are happening as it is a holiday today.
The Sagada Famillia was all lit up at night and looked spectacular.
... so that stinks too. Im resting up and I think we are going to go out tonight. They seem really nice and my hostel is nice too.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Petit Palace Opera Garden Ramblas Barcelona
Good Location and interesting interior
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!
Spot on...if the price is right
The review below ("Central in Barca") could almost have been written by me - I agree on more or less all the points.
Key points for me:
- excellent location. Half way along La Ramblas, next to a metro stop, in the Gothic Quarter, etc, etc
- managed to check in as soon as we arrived (10am) at their suggestion - a real plus for us
- as mentioned, the bunk beds don't have safety sides, and the top one is very high up (~6ft). We had just enough room to put the mattress on the floor each night for our own peace of mind
- breakfast wasn't too popular with anyone, coffee awful - that is when they (the staff!) could work out how to use it!
- decor is very, well, black. Unfortunately cheaply done - places looking a little grubby already where it's got bashed. I don't know what constitutes a 4* in Spain - I think I would class it as a good 3 *.
- A few teething problems - the front door has a mind of its own, and we had to leave at least once by the back door! The showers on the fourth floor have no water pressure and assume you're 4ft tall. The hydro-bath didn't work either.
- free safe in the room which I didn't recall being advertised was very useful
This reveiw makes it sound a little negative - it isn't by any means. However, we got a discount of about 55% - good value at that price and would definitely stay again, but not sure I'd ever want to pay the full price.
Central in Barca
We stayed with two children in a family room in the Petit Palace in late October. The major pluses of the hotel are
# location (literally 50 yards off Las Ramblas)
# the staff (very helpful)
# free internet access.
Now to the dowsides. The Hotel is relatively new so lets say we are talking about teething problems, but:-
# the rooms are absurdly small. We stayed in a family room, but it was exceptionally small. In addition, the foldaway bunk beds had no safety bars to the side, so the upper bunk represented quite a challenge for a child who might roll around in the bed during the night.
# adding to this, in terms of family safety, our room was fairly high up the hotel. If you opened the window, the balcony was a bit of a magnet for our 4 year old. There is an opportunity for an accident! Don't open the window if you are here with kids!
# the shower is not at all well thought out. Aside from water pressure issues (i.e. there isn't any) it would be a bad idea to put on all the water jets - you run the risk of soaking the floor. We felt the flooring and walls would deteriorate over time because of the water, and the black patch on the roof suggested this process was underway.
# the glass door in the toilet illuminates the room if you are up at all through the night. Something of an issue in a small room!
# the Garden isn't finished. Not too big an issue for us, but the Hotel website should at the very least advise that this feature (and they do play on the garden as a feature in their advertising) is not currently open.
# standard of finish is generally poor. We had 3 screws showing through our toilet wall. Luckily high up, but still not something you'd expect to see in a new hotel. My view was they had rushed to finish, and attention to detail had slipped.
# absolutely no UK TV (other than periodic bursts of Eurosport).
# the hotel breakfast is expensive for what you get and the choice is pretty limited.
So, to summarise, if you want to stay centrally, its an ok choice if you can get a decent rate. The hotel is absolutely no use for families in my view, but of course this is something of an issue across Spain - the provision of family rooms seems to be an entirely alien concept to the hotel industry!
Great location, stylish hotel
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.
The hotel has a great atmosphere, very stylish modern interior design in an old building.
We had the standard room on the 4th floor. The room was nicely decorated but rather small ( bed as well). To illustrate: there was no place to put our suitecase on the floor. There are however bigger rooms available at a higher rate. Bathroom was large enough and had a nice big fancy shower.
The hotel itself cannot be reached by car, but it is just a few steps away from the Rambla. Breakfast offered a nice selection of cheeses, hams and sweet stuff. In the lobby are two internet computers available that can be used free of charge. Staff was helpfull enough when asked for information , but could be a bit more polite and friendly.
5 Day stay Petit Palace - Review
Just returned from a 5 Day stay at Petit Palace. As it's a new hotel, I'll try and share as much info as I can.
Positives (Executive Room)
Location for Ramblas was execellent. Very central.
Very Clean. Room cleaned & beds changed daily. Mini bar replemished daily.
Room included hotel lap top with free internet service
Large comfortable beds!!
Free electronic Safe - Reception suggest use a credit card (MMm, the very thing I want to put in the safe!!). Suggestion here - Use your Tesco Club Card or Sainsbury Reward Card - works just as well - You'll see what I mean when you get there!!)
(sorry all, trying to rack my thoughts on more positives.. ...!!)
Room was a bit small. (couple of bruises negotiating the furniture during the night)
Mini bar didn't contain much - A couple of bottles of water, coke & a Fanta!.
No room service (sandwiches, snacks etc - Kinda grown to expect this from a 4 Star!)
No tea/coffee making facilities.
No Garden - Still under construction
Builders - Very noisy first thing in the morning.
Bathroom. - Placed with a smoked glass swinging door in the middle of the room at the end of the bed. Not very practical for the middle of the night (switching the light on woke the missus up - and a bit noisy - Opps!!!)
Hydro showers - Great in theory - Not much water pressure & found to be more of a gimmick than a benefit (the radio in the shower was good though!!).
TV - Sky News/Euro Sport was the only English Channel - Read somewhere the Hotel offers Pay TV- It doesn't!!
Sound Proof Rooms - Not very. You can hear the drone of the lift going up and down throughout the night. Ohh and the builders!!
Breakfast - Don't believe the chef got much of a sweat on here. Very limited. DIY toast, cereal & few cakes mixed in with cheese slabs & cold meat. Coffee was excellent though. (At 15 Euro pp - Tip - Bacon & Eggs around the corner on Ramblas was less than 7 Euros!!)
Overal, we felt the Petit Palace was just 'ok'. Yes it's a High Tech, modern Hotel displaying many a gadget & gizmo. However, it lacked that little bit of a personnal touch in the rooms. Great if you just want to dump your bags & be out all the time. Then a cheaper 2/3 Star would suffice that need? Was it value for money... ..debateable. Personally, I'd rather spend the same money on a hotel a bit further from Ramblas with a lot more extras (Gym, pool, room service, sauna's etc).
Have a great stay in Barcelona......
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.....
The location is fabulously central, right in the Gothic district...but it is an nightmare if you are driving to the hotel and you have, as we had, baggage. You simply cannot access the hotel entrance with a car. Parking was available, but aside from being hideously expensive...or so we thought, our car was too big to park in the secure parking station the hotel referred us to. The access on La Ramblas was unbelievable the day we arived, as was the human traffic, and there were roadworks which blocked half the street. We could the see the Hotel but we had no idea how to get to it... we eventually chose a circuitous backroute, stood illegally and walked through the narrow passageways to get advice from the hotel Receptionist...who doesn“t drive and on her first day didn“t have any real clues. She managed to treat us with such charm that we kinda overlooked that and dealt with our parking situation in a variety of ways that I won“t share but involved a lot of inconvenience for one member of our party. The Receptionist gave us the “heads up“ about bag theft in that area.
The room for 3 adults and 1 child was as pristine as the photos looked. But the workmanship was exceedingly poor.... the shelf in the bathroom that held the hairdryer had already fallen down. Everything looked so good...so glossy.... so new... except our toilet leaked from the base and the hotel handyman took the shelf away rather than fixing it, which meant the dryer remained poised for use... on the floor. Our “homemade“ home renovations looked pretty fair in comparison. There was even still a bit of sawdust in the shower from the fitout. But the staff were so friendly and reassuring...
The room was quite small for 3 adults and a baby...just as well we were all good friends... and it looked very good.
The bathroom was very glamourous with a new fangled sprayer shower ...but there didn“t sem to be enough water pressure to fire up the massage jets... at least there was hot water on the first night. The second night there was no water (until about 9 am the next morning), and the 3rd night there was no hot water.
Our room was not made up on the first day.. we realised the hotel was having problems with the water but we have no idea in what way that affected the bedmaking staff.... Anyway, the reception staff were very gracious and reassuring.... The second day with our room not being made up, we demanded fresh towels.... We were always treated very courteously and reassured nicely although nothing really happened.... without demand. On the 3rd day, after returning to find still no service in the room, we absolutely demanded that our room be made up and it was actioned very quickly.
We were not advised breakfast was included in the tarif on check in but discovered on our 2nd morning that it was.... and it was very good....
There were two computers in the foyer for internet access for guests which worked without hiccup. Unlike the lift which was experiencing teething problems. Although, the fire escapes were not yet marked, or opened, we did find the staff stairs and used those to avoid incident.
Despite everything, amazingly, we still quite enjoyed the stay here. The beds were new, the linen was new, everything was new and full of promise ... just really not quite ready for our stay...
Petit being the Operative word
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.
However, if anybody who had paid the full price (£200.00) for a nights stay you have been severly ripped off.
When entering the hotel we were welcomed by very modern and smart lobby. Yet once past this we could see that finishing touches were yet to be made. There was holes in the ceiling and a lift shaft that wasn't even connected and working yet. Furthermore there were no fire exit signs and already a problem with key cards for your doors. The hotel has barely been open 2 months and its still not finished by the looks of things. The lights in the hall way operate on sensors which go on once you have passed them. Very high tech but not very practical. Once in the room we were greeted with the noise of what sounded like running water. The concierge joked and pointed to the roof (where there was a grate) and said "feels like im in a park". Not funny when you try to get to sleep and all you hear is a tank full of water constantly making noise. Overall not worth it, look for something else, there are lovely hotels on the Ramblas itself.
Ruined the start of our holiday!
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!!!