We arrived at the hotel following a two week cruise, during which I had caught a persistent cough. By the first evening, I was sick enough to seek out a doctor. My husband spoke with the people at the desk and within less than half an hour, a doctor was in our hotel room examining me. He ordered me to immediately go the hospital and the hotel staff quickly arranged a taxi for us. Fortunately, we made it back to the hotel later that night. The staff was right there for us through everything. They even made sure I had hot water for tea available when I needed it. We were able to salvage the next three days of our vacation.
I must start off by saying that the room, the Loft Terrace, was very, very large and clean with a large attached bathroom. It also had a private rooftop terrace, fenced off from the one that was available to all other guests. It was roomy, had chaise lounges, chairs, tables and an umbrella; the perfect place to sunbathe. Although there is a pool upstairs in the other part of the rooftop, it was very small - just a tiny pool to sit in, really, but the water was still too cold to use this. The suite we had was pricier than that other rooms, but it was really luxurious and well worth the extra money was paid for it. Other rooms seemed to have French windows only and if they had other actual balconies, I didn't notice them.
The staff at the desk was awesome, especially Philippe. He was most helpful in directing us anyplace we asked and quickly became our personal GPS System. His recommendation of restaurants was right on the money, especially the tapas places he directed us to. On my husband's birthday, Philippe sent a bottle of chilled cava on ice to help us celebrate. The hotel staff was indeed generous and thoughtful and Philippe is solely responsible for the fact that it is run so smoothly. Whatever his is paid, it isn't enough. This man works very hard and we really appreciated him being such a vital part of our Barcelona vacation.
Our stay at the hotel included breakfast each morning; the dining room was immaculate, like the rest of the hotel, and even though taste is subjective, I cannot imagine that anyone would be unable to find something good to eat there.
The location was absolutely the best. We were just a hop, skip and a jump from the Rambla, which is an experience in itself. If I had the time, I could have sat on one of the benches and just people-watched the entire day. We were warned of pick pockets, but had no negative experiences at all. It is barely a block to the bus stops if you choose to venture out of the area.
Shopping in Barcelona was wonderful. I even managed to do some damage on the block where the hotel was. In fact, I might have single-handedly raised the Spanish economy. Make sure to visit Park Guell. We bought our tickets directly at the hotel desk (Philippe, of course) and spent a day there. The Park is unlike anything you have ever seen before.
I only wish I had been feeling better so that I could have done more than we did, but we did the best we could under the circumstances. So, now that you have made the decision to visit Barcelona, go and enjoy yourself. Stay away from anyone who coughs! LOL Do give a serious thought to staying at the Inglaterra. You can't go wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel entirely renovated and located in the centre of Barcelona, at the entrance of the famous Ramblas. It is next to Plaza Catalonia, MACBA Museum, Barrio Ghotico and prestigious Passeig de Gracia. It is the sister property of prestigious Hotel Majestic. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inglaterra Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia