Royal Ramblas Hotel
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A day with no training but a day full of exercise!
Day started with a subway ride to the Las Ramblas area and a meet up with our guide Miriam. We then rented some bikes for a riding tour of the old city area. Things started off a bit shaky when Tamar has some real trouble riding the bike. Yeah let's just say there is a garage door in a small alley that has a nice little dent in it still! ;) The group went on without Tamar and I for a tour while ...
... which was really beautiful. The boys signed the book, and it started raining a bit so we could feel the rain coming down through the center hole! That was awesome! We ended at trevi fountain, which is under serious construction (as is the colosseum)- we still took a picture anyway! Hopefully we will get to come back even though we couldn't throw our coins in! We the walked back to the apartment to rest a bit before dinner. Well, it started to rain!! I ...
... I'll admit that I'm not a wine person but the Sangria did not disappoint! The next morning, I had churros with chocolate and coffee for breakfast! The city streets are lined with tapas bars and cultural restaurants that offered great Spanish meals and happy hour prices; I think I could have spent another day there just for restaurant-hopping.
- Friendly People: Everyone we met in Barcelona was very welcoming. There were times we had no idea where we were, ...
... Nan and Pop to be someone to watch out for but they did the stumble act and of course we didn't work it out until we were off the train and they were long gone. More painful were the calls to cancel cards till 2am. Got to love our global roaming sim card, its saved us hundreds.
No one was hurt, so all good.
Lazy start Saturday, and headed down La Rambla to explore and find Kiko. Great cosmetic shop that doesn't sell online to ...
... spent a lovely afternoon lounging on the beach which was packed as it was a national holiday. I found Barcelona had a great mix of tourism assets, set on the coast visitors can enjoy the beach and port but also enjoy the city life as well. I visited at the end of April which was a good time, the weather was in the 20s so not unbearable however there was a breeze. We enjoyed dining outside, days at the beach and the narrated bus ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Ramblas Hotel Barcelona
Like many others I was spoilt for choice for hotels to stay at in Barcelona, we decided on the location and we could not have made a better choice. The hotel rooms were on the small side, but lovely and warm on a cold January weekend. Room service was a lot less expensive than other hotels I have stayed in and the rooms were cleaned every day. The staff were very friendly. In all could not have been happier with the choice. We were overbooked on the 1st night of out three night stay and put in the Citadanes Ramblas just opposite ( This would be an ideal if you were stopping more than a couple of days as it was equipped with microwave, dishwasher etc.)
A very nice hotel in a good location, but the room was a little small.
Has a mini bar. You can get a non-smoking floor if you want. Less than a block to the subway station. The staff was polite and spoke pretty good English. The restaurant next door was nice for breakfast, fresh squeezed OJ and croissants. Didn't try out the breakfast at the hotel, but the desk clerk whispered it was expensive and probably be better to go somewhere else.
Fabulous Location, Gaudi is Amazing
December 2003 Searching the internet and deciding which hotel to take in Barcelona is no mean task!!! After many hours on the web and checking out tripadvisor we decided to book the Hotel Royal and so glad we did.
This hotels location has got to be the BEST for seeing all the sights in Barcelona! We had read the reviews and knew the location was going to be a big factor to us, it was situatied right at the main square, and looking onto the Ramblas everyday was better than we had expected!
The hotel rooms were beautiful and the staff were great.....what more could you ask for!!!
The greatest hotel un barcelona
what a hotel !!! after looking for weeks in the web, i decieded to take hotel royal. let me tell you, it was a great decisoin. we had a room in the top floor, with big window to the ramblas (no noise at nigth, double windows), and we could see the rablas and catalunia plaza all day and night. nice breakfest, the hotel crew was very nice, and the hotel was clean and pleasant. nice rooms, but the best thing is the location. i recommend you to stay in this hotel, great vacation !!!
We could not have been happier
My son had researched all of the hotels on or near La Rambla, and chose the Royal; we were com-pletely satisfied. We had not requested breakfast to be included, and it was a good decision. Their restaurant, La Poma is next door and less expen-sive, so I had room service each morning (I like coffee when I awaken). Service was prompt, and inexpensive. In departing, we rode to the airport with a young man who said the included break-fast, was "just ok". We did have a room with a large window overlooking La Rambla, and when my son went out alone, I spent much time in watching the street performers, passersby, etc. My son felt that one week was not enough to see all that Barcelona offers, and when we return one day, we will again stay at the Royal.
La Rambla Centro
I picked this hotel because of the reviews here. The location is superb, the staff friendly. As stated, the rooms are not well sound-proofed except for the windows. You could hear quite a lot from the other rooms. I did like the buffet breakfast. On departure, the bellstaff insisted I take the cab he chose for me rather than the one passing by. After I was seated and my luggage was in the trunk, I realized that there were 3.40 euros already on the meter and the driver had just sat down. The total price to the airport was 50% higher than the trip to the hotel.
Royal by name, royal by nature
We moved to this hotel after being disappointed with the Lleo. We waled off the street in August 2003 and got a double room rate of 120E. The rooms have double glazing and so are very quite. The rooms are sufficiently large and quite well appointed. Definitely at the upper end of the four star range and at 120E really exceptional value. The staff speak English. And the hotel is brilliantly located on La Rambla.
Location! Location! Location!
I booked this hotel to be in the heart of La Rambla, and it couldn't have been better located! Also, it was also only a 2 minute walk to Placa de Catalunya, which has a metro station, bus routes, and tourist information. Basically, the location was PERFECT! Several things AGAINST the hotel were: - Room was way too hot (no air con in March!)- Walls are thin (could hear everything in the toilet next door)- No tea or coffee in the room!- No view of La Rambla from our "inner" room (even though I booked over 4 months in advance, they could not give me an outer room at check in)- No natural light in the room (obviously!)- Hotel bar was very small and didn't serve coffee after midnight (although, you are on La Rambla to get anything you want, so this is a minor point!).Other things FOR the hotel (apart from Location) were:- Staff were very friendly, polite, and helpful (and they all spoke English)- Hotel was clean and well kept- Despite the location, the hotel was very quiet if you wanted to get away from La Rambla- Wide food choice for breakfast- Mini bar was reasonably priced Overall, the hotel's facilities were only average, but because of the location, I have rated it "above average". Perhaps if I had an air conditioned room overlooking La Rambla, I might have rated it excellent? I will never know!
Royal Hotel Review
The Royal Hotel in Barcelona is a very nice hotel. It is along the lines of a Sheraton or a Marriott in the US. I would recommend it highly. It is right in the middle of las ramblas, an excellent location. Also, it is very quiet - the windows must be noise-proofed.