We travelled to Barcelona, Alicante, and a return to Barcelona in May/June of 2009. We stayed at the Hotel Montecarlo, on Las Ramblas.
When communicating with the hotel staff throughout the year, I requested a room on Las Ramblas. You have to pay for that privelege, but it was well worth it. Can be a bit noisy at times. See below.
We arrived on the day of a European football championship match (I believe in Rome) between Barcelons FC and Manchester United. Barcelona fans were everywhere, showing their colors, singing, and tooting their horns. Giant screens were set up in different parts of the city. When Barcelona won that evening, Las Ramblas became like Times Square on New Years. Even though we had not really slept, flying through the night, we joined the celebration, to a degree. Finally when it was time to try to get some sleep, the celebration of course continued. Even with the double doors and 2 pillows over my head, it was difficult to sleep. This was however an unusual situation. Not the fault of the hotel. All the other nights were fine. We had a beautiful room, somewhat like a suite, with a sparate living area. Look on the site for photos of the rooms.
Breakfast was ok, but I cannot remember if it was included.
They charged a different rate depending whether you were staing on a weekend or during the week. In other words, we had to pay more for our weekend nights than our week nights, instead of one rate for the entire stay. I thought that strange.
The Gaudi architecture was other worldly, very organic. Barcelonetta, a good walk or short Metro trip toward the sea, is an other great area of Barcelona. There you will find the large beach, harbor with pleasure craft, restaurants, shops, and cable car to the mountain and it's sites.
Las Ramblas and Hotel Montecarlo are right in the heart of the action. Would stay again.
To submit this review, I have to select a date. I chose February, 2013, but we actually travelled, as stated earlier, in May/June, 2009.