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We set out today to go to one of the many art galleries in Barcelona, but as happens so often in this wonderful, dynamic city, our plans changed when we encountered an event by happenstance. The other day, on the way back to our hotel from the laundromat, we discovered the Santa Caterina Market in the centre of the Gothic quarter. Across the street …
We returned to the Montjuif Park this afternoon, with the intention of visiting the Joan Miro gallery, but found that the museum closes early on Sundays, so instead we walked through the Park down to the theatre district. A lovely relaxing Sunday afternoon in Barcelona!
Once again our itinerary changed serendipitously (the spell checker tells me that is a real word). Our hotel is just around the corner from the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona), but when we arrived we were told that a problem with a smoke generator had closed one of the galleries for the day (it is modern art after all), so we headed …
Today we visited Gaudi's La Pedrera. We were very glad that we purchased a museum pass, because we walked right past the long line up to enter the museum. The roof, with all it's organic curves is very disorienting, but Paula held on tightly to the railings and persevered. The architecture is far ahead of it's time. The decoration is often …
Today we took the commuter train down the coast from Barcelona to Tarragona.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ronda Hotel Barcelona
You get what you pay for
Got there late to be met with a great reception from the local band, a group of drunks with the odd drum.
Staff very good indeed
Room kinda small,
View from the window was an sqare area that resembled a disused lift shaft.
Room kinda clean Location good 10 minutes from the Ramblas
Would pay more for better quality The internet pictures are somewhat generous to the actual hotel. It actually straddles across two seedy looking alleys.
I only do coffee but still I had to q for a seat Barcleona outshadowed the negatives of this hotel
Its budget you get reasonable value for money
Stayed in this hotel from 13 - 16 Feb 2004 and found it to be ok. The rooms are small but clean with nice bathrooms. The bed however was rock hard - be warned. It was also quite noisy from inside (you can hear the water rushing down the pipes from floors above) and the windows are not double glazed so there is quite a bit of street noise. The staff were friendly enough. Breakfast was ok but busy on Sat and Sun. Location not too bad - near the university and at the top of the Ramblas. Would probably consider staying somewhere else next time but if this was the only choice then I'd go back it wasn't that bad.
The room was very clean and although on the small side it had an excellent bathroom. One problem of the room was that the bed was very uncomfortable-gave me a back ache. The staff at the front desk were very plesent and helpful. Not in the best location as a bit way from tourist areas but because of the cheap price that what you would expect.
Hotel Ronda - a must read
The hotel looked very nice in the picture and was central, which was why I booked it. The staff on arrival were friendly but the rooms were small.
The room we were allocated had an infestation of bed bugs, which we did not find out until the next day when we started itching and noticed that we were covered in bites. It wasn't until investigating the room and finding the bed clothes covered in blood spots that we realised what was causing it.
We were immediately moved to another room, which was fine, but it was too late then as both myself and girlfriend were covered in itchy red lumps.
There is a square outside the hotel which attracts drunks until the early hours of the morning, they can be clearly heard if staying on the square side of the hotel and also the comings and goings of nearby hotel rooms can be clearly heard.
We did stay over Xmas for a week, so expected it to be busy, but I didn't expect to have to queue for a table at breakfast time.
The Ronda is a very reasonably priced (for Barcelona) 3 Star hotel. The rooms are smallish but are well furnished and well decorated. The balcony is massive (if you request one). The breakfast isn't the best, not much choice and a little overcrowded. The location is spot on however. Its about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the centre of Las Ramblas where you can walk 5 mins North to Plaza de Catalunya or 10 mins south to the harbour or carry on 5 mins East to the Gothic Quarter. The backstreets could be a little daunting if you are walking alone so it may be better to get a taxi, they are very cheap. All in all I'd recommend this hotel, its much cheaper than hotels on Las Ramblas and is of a decent quality.