Travel Blogs from Barcelona
I am going to try and start off with a fresh view of Barcelona, since my experience there was lovely until the eleventh hour.
I spent the morning in Girona planning where to stay and how to get to Barcelona, and found a hotel called hotel Suizo in the Gothic Quarter – the centre of the tourist district and therefore full of vibe, …
Strolling down Las Ramblas on a glorious day in late January. It felt like spring and the sights and sounds were incredible. Here are some of my pictures.
I spent some time climbing around the rooftops of churches. The best time to get to the roof of the Sagrada is to go early in the morning -- otherwise the line for the elevator can be long and you do have to pay for this. I did not know about being able to go on the roof of the Cathedral. As I was looking at the individual altars, a man approached …
Coming back into Spain, I realized how much I loved it here. The people are so nice and relaxed, although many tourists and I enjoy being able to communicate with others in Spanish or English as it is not difficult to find someone that knows English.
Dropping my buddy and Navigator Jim Hand off at the train station in Montpelier before …
... that was steps away from Palau de la Musica Catalana. The exterior is beautiful and inside there is a stained glass ceiling that knocks your socks off. Unfortunately the building was all locked up and we couldn't go inside -- but I vow to see it on the next trip to Barcelona. A quick cab ride to the El Born district and our apartment was waiting for us. Oh Lord! The tiny, narrow, circular staircase up to the 1st floor ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Suizo Barcelona
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
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.
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.
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.
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.