My boyfriend and I stayed in Hesperia Del Mar for 5 nights. It's a nice 4 star hotel, not too luxurious and pretentious, but elegant and friendly.
We arrived at Barcelona airport (El prat) at about 10 in the morning. We then took a taxi which can be found just in front of the airport entrance. The driver knew where the hotel is located and in 25 minutes we arrived in front of the hotel. The taxi ride costs 25 euro. You can also reach the hotel by using the AeroBus shuttle service to Plaza Catalunya, and then take the metro to station Poblenou on line L4. The line L4 does not stop directly at Plaza Catalunya, so you can either go 5 minutes north of the piazza on foot, figure out the metro changes. The shuttle costs 5.35 euro, one way. The metro costs 2 euros per ride, but you can by a 10-ticket carnet for 9 euro (so much cheaper). From Poblenou station you can reach the hotel on foot in 10 minutes.
The check in starts at 2pm, but you can leave your luggage at the hotel and go to the beach. We changed the clothes in the hotel toilet and went to the beach which takes 5-10 minutes on foot. The hotel staff is very nice, they speak english perfectly and some of them speak Italian too. Our room was at the 4th floor. The bed was pretty comfy (with 3 pillows). There is a desk, a TV and a minibar.
The size of the wardrobe was enough to place 2 small pieces of baggage full of stuff inside. It also contains a little safe. Bathroom is large with a bathtub, hair-dryer and some small gadgets (sponge, toothbrush, shower cap, soap). The room is small, but clean and sound-proof. The breakfast costs 13 euro per person, but we preferred to eat at other places.
Next to the hotel there are some places where you can eat for a good price (kebab, grilled chicken with rice, tapas). There is also a bank and a couple of groceries stores. A supermarket is found just south of the Poblenou metro station. There is a pharmacy just next to the hotel.
The area is pretty cool and quiet. You can see a lot of people walking around, skating or biking which looks fun! The beach is good, clean and supervised by the police; there is some fitness equipment and showers. Of course there are lots of bars, restaurants and clubs, you have lots of choices!
Overall, it was a positive experience, we really enjoyed our holiday in Hesperia Del Mar. However, the last night, we were woken up by the fire alarm. Luckily there wasn't a real fire, but some [--] was smoking in the hotel...
Last tip: the water in Barcelona is not good, it tastes like chlorine, so buy some bottles of mineral water as soon as you can!
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