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... over an hour at this point (we'd waved briefly) so after sharing the drinking water with the real castellers (it's very thirsty work) I wound my way through the assembled throng and found her and James. We were all in need of a rest (not enough stamina to be a real casteller, perhaps) so we went to look for a snack and a place to sit.
The wine festival, or Mostra de Vins i Cavas has been a part of our Merce for a decade. I've hinted over the last couple of years that ...
... the public and it features an exhibition on Gaudi's life and work , so we decide to go inside. However the queue to enter is extremely long, and as one of us is more keen to visit then the other, we agree to part company, and to meet later for some late night shopping before dinner. so John walks back to the hotel and I wait! An hour later I finally make my way into the building and head straight for the rooftop. It is ...
... found great entertainment in how food service is " offered" here. One evening, we watched our waitress walk by us with a plate of food for her own dinner while we waited to order desert. And on this night, we were waiting to order when we looked out the window to see our waiter smoking a cigarette talking to people. Again, plan lots of time for dinner. We have that, so no big deal. I carried Emily home, Jill walked hand in hand with the other two. All in bed by ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Residencia Australia Barcelona
When you arrives to Hostal Residencia Australia, Thomas will make you feel more than welcome as he makes his accomodations feel like home. He goes out of his way to give you his utmost attention.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hostal Residencia Australia Barcelona
We stayed at Residencia Australia during Christmas of 2003. As a family, we had to split between two buildings. Our son stayed in a single room and we stayed in an apartment. Special arrangements were made for us to have sets of keys so our son (then 15) had access to both buildings. Our rooms and facilities were comfortable and spotless. The only confusion came was when it was time to leave. I needed to collect our passports before normal opening time. A helpful, Spanish (sorry, Catalonian) speaking lady found our passports for us and we were on our way. I only wish I was able to thank her properly. Thomas was extremely helpful and friendly. Any negative comment about Thomas and his wonderful home must only come about from the wrong approach from a guest. Although running a business, Christmas was a time for Thomas to be with his family. Despite this, he went out of his way to provide a couple of bottles of champagne and have a drink and a chat with guests on Christmas evening. Thomas was helpful in unselfishly providing information on all aspects of life in Barcelona. So Thomas, good on ya Mate! If we are in Barcelona again, we'll be staying at your place. A better value and friendlier place would be hard to find. Thanks.
We stayed for 3 nights in mid June and found the rooms spacious, spotless and the views onto the main street fascinating, real day to day life in Barcelona. The best bit for me though was the wonderfully comfortable beds. We paid 140 euros for 3 nights which when you take into account how central it is, 10 mins from the Ramblas, it is very reasonable. We left our money and passports in the safe in the owners apartment down the road but at no time did we feel uncomfortable walking around at night. The owner spent ages answering our questions and going over the map with us. We were also very fortunate to meet the mum of the owner, Maria, who we fell in love with and wanted to adopt. Can't recommend this place highly enough
We had a great stay in Oct '03. Simple, very clean rooms and terrific services. Good location. Thomas and his family were a great help. We recommended it to our in-laws. Thanks for a pleasant stay.
Stayed in the twin bed suite for 65 per night 27/01-31/01/04. This is in a seperate building (where the owners live), a few doors down towards the Placa Catalunya. The location is excellent, very safe and central, with good restaurants and bars on the doorstep and 1mins walk from Placa Catalunya. It's also a good location for gay travelers with the main clubs only 5mins walk away. Can be some traffic noise though from the busy street it is located on, despite being on the 6th floor and double glazed. Room was very spacious with seperate lounge, balcony and small, bathroom with shower. A refrigerator and kettle are also provided (complete with coffee, whitener, sugar and mugs - even the ice tray had been filled). The ceiling fan in the bedroom would be essential for the summer, and there is a very effective electric wall heater (though the cover on the socket came off every time it was unplugged and seemed to get very hot which seemed a little dodgy - but this is the only criticism I could level and to be fair we didn't bother to mention this to the staff). Very much a 'lived in' feel though certainly not shabby and very clean especially the bed linen and towels, rooms were serviced daily. Beds were nice and firm and there is plenty of storage space too. Staff were friendly and helpfull providing maps and marking the areas to avoid. In short you won't find better value and what it may lack in swanky fittings is more than compensated by the many thoughtful touches.
We made a phone booking in June 2003 for November 2003. Although we were told to expect confirmation by fax, we were told by the lady who answered the phone that this would not be necessary. When we arrived in November the pension had no record of our booking! However, Thomas (the owner) was very helpful and managed to secure accommodation for the duration of our stay (5 nights) albeit in three different rooms. We found the pension to be very clean although the organisational skills of the staff could be better! The location of the pension is very central, just off Placa de Catalunya and under 10 minutes walk to Las Ramblas. Very clean and safe area. Excellent German bar/restaurant, 'Alt Heidelberg' a few doors down. Would definitely stay there again.
We booked to stay here for 4 nights in Dec 2003. While the new rooms are large, clean and modern, and the location is central, we found the owner to be extremely unhelpful and rude, making our stay very unpleasant. When we arrived we were informed that the double room we had booked was unavailable for the 1st night and it meant having to stay in a twin room for 1 night. This did not bother us. However, one night turned into two and then three. We had to go looking for the owner to find out all of this as he made no effort to keep us up to date. Our room was located beside a building site and we had sleepless mornings from 7am. On day 2 we let the owner know that we were unhappy with the whole situation and, in short, he replied that if we had a complaint we could leave his hostal as he is not "in the business of complaints". He was extremely unprofessional and we left after 2 nights.
No frills, but very nice
I stayed at the Residencia Australia in March of 2003, and the two things I liked best were the location and the staff. It is located very close to one of the main plazas (I forget its name) and very close to 2 metro stops. Also, the owner stayed up extra late to let us in the night we checked in after our train got delayed. He was extremely kind in getting us maps and suggesting routes. The beds and bathrooms are both a little small, but very comfortable, and most importantly, very clean. I'd definitely stay there again.