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Bad news here. On arrival I left the laptop in the taxi and it is most likely gone.
The broken laptop is easily replaced but we have lost most of the trips photos.
This put major dampener on what was otherwise a lovely day of food and drink.
Post script to this is that we have downloaded the 220 photos from the blog. Another plus …
It's hard to believe that it's nearly been a week now since Nadia, Katie & I returned from our 2 weeks of exploring Spain, but I look forward to reflecting on the splendid time spent there through the stories and pics I'm about to share and especially the warmth - Krems greeted us with a mix of rain and snow. It's rare for this part of Austria to even get snow? Fancy that.
The trip began with improperly purchased return OBB train tickets - yes, ...
... br> The parade started out in Portal dels Angels which is the wide pedestrianised shopping street running between Placa de Catalunya and Avinguda de la Catedral. We walked in the direction of Placa de Catalunya from the cathedral expecting to sort of bump into the front of the parade as it should have started when we got there but there wasn't much evidence of anything happening. We kept going and eventually heard the faint sound of drums from the end of the street. I think they ...
... by the bar. Finally we are seated and are presented with our menus - written in Spanish! We order, although we are not really sure what we've ordered, and are pleasantly surprised and relieved when we are presented with our food. I must say what we had was delicious, and nothing like anything we've eaten before - so it was well worth the wait. Dinner completed we walk back to the hotel, looking forward to tomorrow and another full day of sightseeing in this wonderful ...
... stopped at a bank to fuel up on even more Euros. Note: do not bring any cash with you to a foreign country for exchange. Withdraw what you need through a local ATM. The rates are much better, and banks charge a super high fee now to do the physical exchange / transportation of cash (Yet another 'old school' travel reality that has changed over the years since our days earlier days of European travel). Not Just Any Walkway So we wandered down the ...
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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.