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... windows, columns that rise up and open like a tree's canopy at the top, the roof was a sculptured masterpiece but the altar was an incredible contrast with the most delicate representation of Christ on the cross suspended in the air. The light entering the basilica was breathtaking as well - it was a mesmerising experience. I also watched some vision of when the Pope declared it a basilica in November ...
... city and after sunbathing in the gardens with an amazing view of the city we headed back for an early ish night before our train this morning. We got a train from Atocha to Barcelona and after a sweaty trek with our backpacks eventually found our hostel. It's much more like what we were expecting but after a luxurious few nights in Madrid we're not quite ready for a bathroom shared ...
... they were strumming and playing. The stage was tiny, about 10 by 20 feet, but it allowed for an intimate feeling between the performers and audience. The dancers were dressed in clingy gowns that flared toward the feet. The whole thing was fascinating, and I was glad they let us take photos at the very end.
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... a lot about our travels, he's been to 42 countries! He's a really nice guy and I am really glad to be staying with him even though right now I'm huddled under four blankets, freezing. It seems to me that other countries are anti-heat; this might be a shallow observation, but it has been my experience everywhere I've gone where it is cold. (I also froze in France, where cafes keep the door open even though it's 40 degrees out, and Argentina, where leaving my warm room to go to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rialto Hotel Barcelona
We stayed at the Rialto for a long weekend, 3 nights in all. We had read all the comments from previous vistors so was prepared for the hot water situation. When we arrived we was given our key our room was on the first floor, we took the lift to our floor then hunted around all the corridors for our room. When we found our room we was surprised how clean and tidy it was, but very dark! The window in our room was tiny and looked out onto the backs of other buildings so there was no natural daylight. It was a quiet room, but then again we was only using it to sleep in, as there was so much to do in Barcelona. We then tried to have showers after been travelling for so long, then it happened no hot water!! We went to tell the reception and they were so shocked as if it was the first time this had happened. They told us someone was loking at the system as we spoke. So we gave them the benefit of the doubt. Next morning the water was tepid but the shower was really hot so we filled the sink up from the shower head. Breakfast was very good, plenty of choice and lots of it. The hotel was an ideal base for seeing all the sights close to them all, we done lots of walking but enjoyed every minute of it.
A good time had by all!
I have just returned with my wife and two sons, twelve and nine, from five day stay at the Rialto.What we liked was how central the hotel is. Its located just off the Ramblas the main tourist street, and near to the harbour. The building (and rooms) are clean and tidy, and the staff friendly.Room furniture a little 'tired' but clean and adequate for our short stay. We were on the 3rd floor but had hot water! Maybe the hotel management had read some of the other reviews. A pipe burst put the cold water off for a couple of hours, but this was quickly sorted and to be honest I think most guests would have been out in the sunshine and not noticed (it was a hot week).Breakfast/dinning room vey impressive, breakfast buffet good but dinners a little too 'fishy' for me. Also with youngish kids less exotic dishes would have been wellcome. Not a big problem as wide range of eateries from fast food to haut quisine on the doorstep.Earlier contributer commented on the 'warren like' layout and potential problems if a fire but there was ceratinly a smoke alarm in our room and alarms and sprinklers evident in the dinning room. I got the impression that there appears to be improvement going on.Only problem was noise from street cafe at 3 am each morning putting their tables/chairs away only to repeat the performance in reverse at 7 am.Overall I would go back again and would have no fears about recommending it to others.
Depends on the room you get
First night we were given a room overlooking the street. This room was incredibly noisy. When we asked to change we were told this was not possible until the next day - so we tried to put up with it. But what with traffic, people's voices, music etc it was impossible to get a moments peace so at 3.30 am we complained more forecefully and were given another room at the back of the hotel. The difference was unbelievable - virtually silent. After that, everything was great. Reasonable rates, fantastic location..
Brilliant Break - Excellent Value
We stayed for 3 nights in February. We noticed a distinct difference between the public areas of the hotel, which have brand new decor, furnishings and fittings - and the bedrooms, which are much less smart. Ours was clean, but somewhat jaded and worn The bathroom could definitely do with some updating. We too encountered a shortage of hot water on one particular evening - we kept the bath tap running for about 30 mins before any hot water came through! We had a twin room overlooking the street and although we did notice some noise (which errupted at intervals during the night), we felt it was part of the local atmosphere and weren't troubled by it. We had a thoroughly brilliant time, inspite of some serious rain and have vowed to return before long. We felt that our room (which included an excellent breakfast) was good value at thirty UK pounds per person per night - compared with others in the heart of the City and would happily stay there again.
Issues with hot water!!
we got this hotel as part of a package which was cheaper than seperate flights and accomodation. now i kinda wish i had paid the extra. ok, the hotel is in an excellent location and is clean, also, the breakfast choice would set you up for the day! but...there is a problem with the hot water as is said in other reviews on this site. we arrived, were given a great room, but the beds were twin instead of double - no biggie, then, we discovered no hot water.. when i told hotel they straight away gave me another room on 1st floor...it was kind of like they expected it. off we went and.....walked into the smallest room in the world! it was in middle of hotel so window looked out onto some kinda flat roof. the ensuite was sort of plonked at the end of the bed?? weird..saying all that, it is v.v.v.v. handy location wise, and the staff were nice...just be on the look out for the water thing and maybe specify type of room you want..
stayed here for four nights with my sister,excellent hotel for short break in Barcelona. great location for all museums, metro, buses. food in restaurant top quality, staff helpful and friendly. i will stay here again
Take my advice and stay away !
we too stayed at the rialto for 3 days and had no hot water on the third floor - in fact we tried a room on the 5th floor - no hot water there either. other guests we spoke to had the same bad experience. front desk pretended (1) not to understand the problem - the old 'no-comprende' trick. (2) then pretended not to be aware of the problem (3) then told us how to turn the tap left for cold or right for hot (4) gave several different evasive excuses (5) we still had no hot water for the 3 days! and no apology. the hotel is a confusing warren of twists and turns (so like the staff!) on the serious side we would hate to have to find a way out in a fire situation. definitely one to be avoided - don't believe some of the guides which tell you otherwise !
Not if you like hot water
The hotel is in a great location and serves a good breakfast. The only problem was that I was with a group of friends and none of the three rooms we occupied had hot water. Perhaps it was because we were on the top floor but nevertheless we were charged full price.
So unless you love cold showers I would look elsewhere, shame.
The Rialto is perfectly located for seeing all of the sights of Barcelona, especially if you like to explore the city attractions on foot (except Montjuic area and Parc Guell which are better served by the metro or bus turistic which acn be caught in the plaza catalunya and takes you to all the city and outlying sites fro only 15 euros for a one day ticket or 19 for a 2 day ticket).At night the location really comes into its' own by being in an area that is close to some good restaraunt of all tastes, but , especially the restaraunts located in the Plaza Real which is only 75 metres away as you turn left from outside the hotel.
The Hotel itself is very clean throughout. Our room was on the first floor and fronted on to the main street Carrer de Ferran. The bed linen was changed daily and was clean and crisp. The towels in the bathroom and the accesories i.e. Shampoos etc. were also changed daily.There was noise from the street which was obvious but not intrusive. if you had an interior room the noise would be non existent. The noise is generated only because the street otside and throughout the Gothic Quarter are very narrow and the buildings reasonably tall (for the period). The breakfast is ample with unlimted amounts of both hot and cold selections. The restaraunt looks very stylish. We didn't eat at the restaraunt which has a more Catalan menu as my wife is not as adventurous with food as myself, but , obviously this is only personal preference.
All the staff in the hotel are extremely helpful and friendly, and the majority speak excellent English.
Highly recommended hotel
We almost thought we were given the wrong room upon walking into our room at the Rialto. Having booked the room online, and it being our first European vacation, we were not sure what to expect, but the hotel's accommadations and location and prices far surpassed any expectations we had. For approx. $85 a night, we had a huge, air conditioned sitting room with modern art deco-style furnishings(sofa, 2 armchairs, oak desk, coffee tables, side tables, huge armoire), television, stereo, cool paintings, and floor to ceiling windows that opened onto the very old courtyard below. A similarly styled bedroom adjoining the living area through curtained glass french doors supplied two, comfortable single beds, (push them together if you please) and the same courtyard view as before. Another television, a mini bar and a cool antique pants press were all I needed for this room to rate well in my book. Then, there was a very good sized changing area with another armoire for hanging hangy things in which led to a huge spartan bathroom complete with a tub for two (jacuzzi feature didn't work though), huge mirror, two sinks, toilet and bidet, of course, and plenty of health and beauty aids you don't normally find in American hotels for this rate. I forgot to mention the entire floor of the hotel room was done in cool, large tiles, the ceiling was hand painted, and there were cool lamps throughout. The location was right in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and was surrounded by tons of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops and markets as well as popular tourist destinations. A Metro (subway) stop was also nearby on the Rambles which was only 4 blocks away, therefore it was quieter than other hotels which are right on one of the busier streets or overlooking a busy town square. The suite accommadations that we chanced upon were great, and i'm sure the smaller rooms would be just as nice and more economical. When booking, if you can get a similar price as we had for such a room, go for it!! It is definitely wo