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Hotel before cruise beginning Sept

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Leicestershire
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Hotel before cruise beginning Sept

We are undecided on which hotel to book pre-cruise at the end of August/beginning of September 13. Its between Hotel Curious and Hotel Montecarlo - any suggestions and tips please would be welcome. 2 days pre-cruise and 1 night post-cruise. Are both hotels good for central sightseeing etc and close enough to the cruise ship to be easily reached by taxi? Also, is everywhere open 31 August as someone has mentioned that shops and bars close down for August and a mass evacuation takes place by the local population! We are concerned that some of the sights may not be open over that weekend. As for the hotel, we like comfort but are mindful that we shall be out sightseeing and the main part of our holiday is the cruise itself. Location is key really

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1. Re: Hotel before cruise beginning Sept

Hola janglebangle,

Google maps is very useful for trip-planning. You can use it to find hotels, restaurants, cruise terminals etc. If you click on the icon for Bus or Metro, you can even see the public transportation lines of most major cities.

Your 2 hotels are 3 minutes apart by walking.

http://goo.gl/maps/aAwlD

Hotel Montecarlo is right on La Rambla so it's probably a bit noisier. Hotel Curious is on a side street, right OFF La Rambla.

If you read the hotel reviews on TA Barcelona, you'll get a better idea of each hotel.

You can take the Aerobus to nearby Placa Catalunya and walk to either hotel. See the Top Question - Getting to your hotel by Aerobus - to generate a customized walking map to your hotel.

You can take a taxi for 12-15 euros to the cruise port. Or you can take the metro to Drassanes station and transfer to the Blue shuttle (small fee).

There is NOT a mass evacuation by local residents in August. Most people work and companies would not allow everyone to be on vacation simultaneously. Some upscale restaurants DO close for a few weeks in August. All the tourist sights will be open.

Leicestershire
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2. Re: Hotel before cruise beginning Sept

Thanks for your really useful information, much appreciated

3. Re: Hotel before cruise beginning Sept

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