First, the good stuff.. The hotel was located right off the Ramblas, less than two blocks from the Liceu metro stop on the Ramblas. It was easy to find and the location couldn't have been more convenient. If you go out the door and turn right, you immediately reach one of the entrances to the Boqueria Market. That was about all that was great, however, the location.
First, I booked a room with two beds a month in advance but upon arrival they told me they could only offer me a room with one bed.. a bit of a problem since I wasn't traveling with someone I wanted to share a bed with. Secondly, they promised internet service, something I really needed for my work. There was no service in the room, the signal simply didn't reach the 6th floor so when I needed to check mail or use the web, I had to go sit in the lobby to do it.
Lastly, the air conditioner didn't really cool the room much at all, no matter how much I tried to adjust the temp control. The lobby is very cool but the room was stuffy and not properly cooled, which was a problem on a 92 degree day. Lastly, a minor thing but an irritation, the TV remote didn't work. I took it downstairs and the desk clerk replaced one battery only so the next day, it didn't work again. The staff wasn't particularly helpful and didn't seem interested in helping out much. When I asked about the a particular area and whether they were having fiestas, instead of helping to find out, she just handed me a map. There are many nice hotels in this area and its hard to believe this one is really worth what they charge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hesperia Ramblas hotel is located in the heart of Barcelona and close to the city's main attractions. Enjoy stylish facilities, free Wi-Fi and easy access to public transportation, amongst other highlights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hesperia Ramblas Barcelona, Catalonia