We stayed at the hotel continental for a 2 night stay over Xmas 2012.
This very charming hotel with the totally over the top wallpapered walls,ceilings and even coving is idealy
Situated on las ramblas. Our room had a small balcony which being on the 4th floor of the building was a bit scary to sit out on. The room decor was dated with old pink wallpaper and plastic furniture. This was not a problem for us but maybe would be for other people who like a few home comforts whilst away.
The free wifi was a good quality and also the all inclusive drinks were welcome. Shame the beer was served in plastic cups though.
Now again we were not bothered as we ate out , but if I was depending on the buffet for meals, then I would have been disapointed. We used the buffet for breakfast which consisted of toast , hard boiled eggs, a few bits of ham and not much else. I did notice that there wasn't anyone who would constantly refresh the dishes. Once the ham was gone then hard luck.
There was what appeared to be a rice dish laying around untouched for the duration of our stay. So when you come back to the hotel after a night out and feeling a bit peckish , you may be a bit disapointed.
There didn't appear to be a lot of staff at the hotel but the 3 receptionists who appeared to be on a shift system were all friendly , helpful and spoke good English.
On to other suggestions.
Make sure you allow lots of time when you visit sagrada familia. This stunning gaudi cathedral is a must visit but the queue to see inside went all around the site. Even if you stay outside and admire this masterpiece it's worth it.
Travel around the city is easy using their excellent transport system.
We purchased a travel card online before we went.
You exchange your online voucher at the desk just as you leave the airport terminal . Then on the Renfe train into the city then use the excellent metro service. I would definitely recommend this as we used a metro a lot.
A lot of people I spoke to commented on the scams and pickpocketers in Barcelona.
Just be vigilant , always zip up bags and put them fully over your neck and not just draped over your shoulder.
We didn't have any problems or did not see any. You will notice though a lot of police around the place which may have scared a lot of the culprits away.
Barcelona is a great place to visit, we will return one day and I would definitely recommend it.
We may not return to the hotel continental but don't be put off staying here.
In summary, it's ideally situated and you get free drinks.
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- Also Known As:
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