Hotel Ramblas Barcelona
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Good Morning Lord! So this morning, we woke up at 8:30am and packed up. We checked out and went stored our luggage in the hostel storeroom. We decided to use the hostel computers to see if it would be cheaper to fly to Barcelona. It wasn't. We went to the train station, it decided to rain on our way there. Thank goodness, Nadzha and I had umbrellas so Jasmine just huddled under mine. We arrived at the train station and managed to get the train times that we were after. ...
... what not and around it, the depressing sight of McDonalds, Burger King and KFC.. watching, waiting for the weary traveller to spend their hard earned cash on an artery clogging burger... it is not the first or the last time on this trip that I will think about this but part of me longs for the age when traveling meant being completely immersed in the culture of a country.. globalization has done alot of good, but in my humble opinion.. it has alot to answer for ...
Today definitely tested my limits. I left to the tram station at about 6:20am after just about 3 hours of sleep. I was tired but excited to go to another country. When you get to the airport, you have to get your ticket. Its super easy, you type in your name and your booking code, pick a spot and thats it... Your ticket is printed. For some reason, there were a lot of idiots who treated this like brain surgery and couldnt figure any of this out for minutes. It literally took me no more than ...
... del dia - Palau Guell. One of Antoni Gaudi's early works. It's a big mansion he made for one of his wealthy patrons. It must have been an amazing opportunity for him which allowed him to bring his imaginations come live without worrying about the financial. So detailed, so beautiful, and so crazy. We both loved it. His wrought iron work is just awe striking! I especially liked how he tried to maximize the intake of the natural light with his crazy ...
... but they're all a bit touristy for me. I realise that this is where Ingrid (my Castelldelfels host) works, and I'm disappointed that I don't have the details with me, becaues I won't get another chance to look her up.
Time to go home and pack up, and have last Danko cuddles...
Next morning it's a stroll round the local Parc de la Cuitadella before the train to Madrid. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ramblas Barcelona
Stayed in this hotel for valentines day treat. Previous review called it Faulty Towers and I agree. Also stayed on fifth floor with sliding door onto sheer drop and brick wall. Lifts are very slow. The room was dark and cramped. Bathroom was clean and almost bigger than the bedroom. Rooms at the back do not have windows rooms at the front onto the Ramblas have windows but outside noise.The noise when someone in any other room flushes the toilet or has a shower is like a power hose on a tin roof and is scary the first time you hear it. The staff are unhelpful and verging on rude.The bar is poorly stocked if you drink something other than wine or beer. The breakfast on both mornings was cold and we ended up going out to a pavement cafe. The only good point about this hotel is the location and that is not enough to make me want to go back.
Location - excellent. Right on the most interesting street in Barcelona and only about 15-20 minutes stroll to a very pretty harbour. Lots of small resaurants and coffee shops within a very few minutes stroll. Room - quite awful for the price we paid. Nothing like the photo on the website. 2 single beds together. Room was on 5th floor and inside, so no view. It was about 1/2 metre longer then the beds, quite wide, but felt very dark and claustrophobic. Poor quality decoration and fittings. Mini-Bar with expensive cold drinks but no facilities for making tea/coffee. Closet had a safe, but we had to rent a PIN-enabling key for it at reception - 2.5 Euros/day. Bathroom was clean, but shower was a little bit strange setup. Over the bath tub - no curtain and a short outside wall, meaning that if the flow wasn't almost vetical, the floor outside the bath tub got very wet. There was a curtain across 1 short wall of the bedroom, just inside the door. We looked inside, thinking "balcony" - there was a new-looking patio door, but it opened onto a sheer drop and a view of a concrete wall opposite. No lock, so very dangerous for kids. Despite advertised "soundproofing", loud bathroom noises from at least 2 adjoining rooms during early hours of almost every morning. Plus point - breakfast buffet was really very good. Good choice of cereals, tea/coffee/juices, ham, salamis, breads, cheese and fruit. Staff were reasonably efficient and friendly, particularly room maid who did a very nice job every day, but 2 requests for wake-up calls didn't work. If we hadn't had a mobile phone with alarm, we'd have missed our flight home for sure. Room key card was needed to get to the elevators (good idea) but often didn't work. For what we paid (about 900 Euros for 6 nights) we were really very disappointed. If we hadn't pre-paid before arriving, we would have moved after the first night. Don't stay here if you're a light sleeper, don't have your own alarm clock, prefer some daylight or are put off by a scruffy looking, cramped room. Really "Fawlty Towers".
Ramblas Hotel - Excellent
We stayed here January 2004 for a long weekend & were very pleased with the accommodation. Room faced onto Ramblas & perhaps because we were out of season or on 5th floor, there was no noise. We were extremely pleased with the fittings & fixtures and had no complaints. Staff were very pleasant & friendly and breakfast was tasty & more than adequate. All in all, for what we paid for this room, we were more than satisfied and would have no hesitation in booking again in the future.
Overpriced Hotel Ramblas
I and my husband stayed in the hotel for 3 nights in March 2004. The hotel was very expensive but it didn't worth it. Location is perfect, right in the center of Barcelona but the room was windowless and small. Bathroom was also very crampy and cleaning ladies didn't even put new soap/shampoo every day. The breakfast was ok but not great either. I'd like to note that electricity can be switched ON only if you are inside the room. Basically it means you can't charge camera batteries while you are away and this is disappointing! So next time I prefer to get cheaper hotel not in the center but with windows and bigger rooms.
Great position but no window and the noise was a problem
Stayed at end of Easter holidays 2004 with three children. Great position. The children had a nice triple room with balcony looking over a yard and back of one of Gaudis earliest buildings. We had an internal room with no window which was stuffy.We did not suffer from external noise but the flushing of toilets in any nearby rooms sounds like a metal shed being cleaned with a power hose We had the air conditioning on the first two nights which cleared the air but the last night it only put out hot air. I dont think we would stay there again despite other advantages
Exellent position & friendly staff
We stayed for three nights Jan 04, and agree with the previous comments.Excellent,clean rooms and good breakfasts, only negative the NOISE.We had a 3rd floor room on the front, whilst the view was great,the Ramblas is a very busy street,with lots of night life.When I go there again I will definately request a room on the top floors, at the back.
This hotel is very good in many ways.My room was situated at the front so I had a terrific view of the Ramblas. The only problem was the noise - the rooms aren't soundproof so you end up with a lot of noise during the night. But the rest was top. I enjoyed the breakfast. The rooms were very clean and modern. They have a restaurant with a good menu in a low price range. The rooms are air-conditionned.
Excellent location and good value for money although the nightclub nextdoor was noisy until 1am every night I was there! We asked when checking in for a quiet room away from the Ramblas. The only room available was cupboard-like on the second floor. The view was of a wall in a 6ftx6ft courtyard a bit disappointing to say the least! Although the room was cramped the hotel's location is fantastic and the breakfast is excellent, served in a bright and pleasant room.
What a big cochroach!
I agree with other reviewers who say the location of the hotel is perfect, but if you happen to get a room in the building which has not been renovated you may find yourself in a shabby room, sharing your tiny bathroom with a cockroach!
Great Hotel - Superb Location
Stayed at the Hotel during the Easter Holidays 2003.The Hotel has a great location right at the heart of the Rambla and is perfectly situated for any new visitors to Barcelona.Hotel was Very Clean, staff were excellent and I wouldn't think twice about returning there.Great value for money.