Travel Blogs from Barcelona
... idea for our trip…..we all work at Seaworld on the Gold Coast. I’m a dolphin trainer, Zarah is a penguin trainer and Andy is a seal trainer….this was going to be great, tonight we were going to run with the story and hoped it worked.
Making the most of the hostel, we took our bar up to the roof top and made friends in the Jacuzzi. Introducing ourselves as friends from Seaworld we were crowd pleasers and bounced off eachother effortlessly to create 1 ...
... the double-decker red busses with Free-wifi and air conditioning that travel all throughout the city to provide these tourists with a "genuine tour" of Barcelona.
Despite all of this, the city is marvelous to behold, and if you know where to look (thanks Dr. Bowman), you will be able to find neighborhoods in the city that are (almost) entirely tourist free, and will give you an authentic experience of the Catalan life and ...
... breathtaking views justice.
Then, we boarded the bus at 2:30 and began our drive to Spain's 2nd-largest city, Barcelona. We arrived shortly after 4:30, and were glad to see it was another Novotel (we stayed in a Novotel in Madrid and like it), but this one was even bigger and nicer. We had the late afternoon and evening free, so we really kicked back and relaxed. We caught-up on email in our rooms, and around ...
... the Placa d'Espanya squares beautiful fountain. From the top you have a great 360 degree view of Barcelona. I then walked across to the great park of Montjuíc which is the setting used for the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympic Games and from there one gets an even better view down onto the city. I then walked around the building to see more of the Olympic buildings and statues. The last time I was in Barcelona was with Jan in 1989 and all the monuments ...
... while you'll on the top deck...I can honestly say Barcelona has been my favourite place yet. There was easily over 20 different landmarks we saw so I won't write them in as it'll take me ages so ill just add them in on the list of attractions. My personal favourite would have been Anella Olímpica, the venue which held the 1992 Olympic Games. I got to go inside the stadium for free so was really happy about that. My next favourite and something I've wanted to do ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Suizo Barcelona
Hotel suizo had a complete refurbish
We have just returned from 3 days at this hotel,very pleasant reception area and staff, with bar and snack bar on one side. Our room was average size, with a lovely new bathroom, with bath and shower, and lots of free goddies. A patio door opened up onto a tiny balcony. The sheets and bedspread were changed after 2 nights. We had room only but buffet breakfast was available at their sister hotel over the street, but coffee and rolls etc were available in the snack bar by reception. With it being on the main road 6 lanes of traffic...... it could be noisy. It is very handy for the cathedral 5 minutes, and the open top tourist bus 17 euros for the day,stops just lower down from the hotel. We caught the blue bus from the airport to Catalonya square for 3.55 euros each way, and then a slow 12-15 minute walk to the hotel
Suizo very disappointing
I found my three nights at the Suizo very disappointing and poor value for money. It was advertised as having a restaurant, 24 hour room service and breakfast was included. Breakfast was actually at another hotel down the street which wasn't really what I wanted first thing in the morning. The restaurant and room service didn't actually exist at all.
Our room was small and fairly clean although it didn't have a window. I complained about this and we were moved to another room for the last night of our stay.
The lift is totally inadequate and the stairs felt a lot safer. Staff were perfunctory rather than friendly although they did look after our bags on the last day as we had a late flight and this was appreciated.
On a more positive note this hotel has a fantastic location close to Las Ramblas so we spent minimal time in our room. I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone though. There are much better hotels in Barcelona for the same money.
Spotless and convenient
The Hotel is in the heart of the city. Traffic noise is limited and there are no lively bars by the bedrooms. Like all the central parts of Barcelona the streets are cleaned at night so there is noise but the room is double glazed which keeps things manageable. The beds are good and rooms well cleaned each day to a high standard.
The rooms are compact , spotlessly clean and entirely adequate. If you want a large room to recline in this is not the place but then again expect to pay much more. On the otherhand if you want to recline in a large hotel room pick another city there is too much to do and see.
For a meal Gran Cafe is superb and great value, about 10 minutes walk.
Noisy and cramped
I was dissapointed with the room, it was basically room enough just for the bed but at night the revellers and traffic will keep you up all night. The same company owns two 4*'s on the same street so I walked down and negotiated a new room in Gran Hotel Barcino. They were very nice about it and gave me practically the same price for the 4*, which was twice as large. After that I had a comfortable stay.
After two nights in an absolute disgrace of a hotel ( the Del Mar) it was a delight to find the Suizo. Clean, comfortable and friendly staff
Low price and central location are what brought us to this hotel in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. At the time of our stay, the hotel lobby and facade were under renovation. The resulting dust and noise were a bit annoying. The staff meant well but were lax in terms of recording/relaying phone messages (as there was no in-room voicemail available). Also, the heat/AC system made it tough to control room temperature. The gasser was the muy grande cucaracha (cockroach/waterbug) who entered our room from the bathroom. After a violent battle and some hard swats with a shoe, it finally died with a loud crunching blow. If we could have we would have moved to antoher hotel.
Hotel Suizo - Stayed 11/26 - 12/3/02
The location alone makes Hotel Suizo great. And the price is right!
The Juame metro stop on the yellow line is directly downstairs.
All within a 15min. walk of the hotel:
History of the City museum
It is located on a busy street b/c of it's central location; but you can close the blackout drapes & we found that helped with street noise quite a bit.
The staff was helpful & friendly. Also, if you are out late (ie, 3am or so), they lock the front doors, but someone is always staffed at the desk to let you in. This made me feel safe.
Hotel Suizo - Visited on 08/09/02
Initially looking at Hotel Suizo from the ourside does put you off. Not because of the area, but purely that the walls looks quite dirty - but I guess this is from the the pollotion build up over the years.
The reception area as wll isn't too updated & initially, we thought this was going to be a holiday from hell or 'faulty towers'.
The rooms are very nice - plenty of space & a nice wooden polished floor - modern affect, & nice furniture that you may expect in a 4* hotel.
Air conditioning & TV etc. The rooms have a keycard lock system & same for the lighting etc when you get into the room, simply put the key card into a slot & this activates everything for you.
The maids came every day to clean etc & the hotel itself is very clean.
For breakfast, you do have to go across the road (about 100m) to another hotel - but is a 4* hotel so you get the privilige of getting a better service.
It does look like they are just in the process of getting Suizo's dining area up & running though.
Hotel Suizo is very near to the centre.
Take a right up the road past Suizo & carry onto a square, where there seems to be a lot of guards etc - seems to be some kind of government buildings or something - but it's a really nice square.
Cayy on a bit further & you get to 'la ramblas'
where street entertainers are readily present to amuse you.
At the main part of Barcelona centre - you will see 'Bus Turistic' - busses that are open top where you can buy a day or 2 day ticket (2 day is 18 Euro's which is cheap!)
Here you can visit all of the main attractions around Barcelona & get off at 1 of 38 stops & get onto the next bus, or bus after (last bus at 8pm)
They have a tour guide who speaks Spanish, Catalonia & English on each of the buses.
Barcelona seems a very safe city.
We never saw any trouble, and police can be seen on a regular basis. The streets are very very clean - no rubbish what so ever.
Comments on our stay
I found this hotel very uncomfortable. The room was very cramped and the decor dreary. Curtains needed washing. The blankets and eiderdown unsavory with one small pillow. It was very cold and there was no heating available. Breakfast, was served at another hotel (which was not mentioned). It is situated on a main road which makes it very noisy day and night.
The only redeeming feature of this hotel is the central location which makes it a great base.