I have to give two thumbs up to this Four Star hotel. Conveniently located on Avinguda del Parallel, you are walking distance to many attractions, across the street from the Metro, and the rooms are well organized and very comfortable beds. The staff is friendly and I have to give special thanks to Sara at the front desk who quickly got me and my son into our room after the long flight from the east coast and jet lagged, well before the 3:00PM Check In Time that normally applies. Make sure if you travel and have serious hour differences that you get your room check in when you arrive especially if it is before that 3:00pm timeframe. I would stay at the Silken again for a short 2-3 day stay. The breakfast is quite good, but pricey at 15 Euros per person.
What you do have to worry about are two tourist scams we experienced at certain restaurants along the Avinguda and Las Ramblas. Make sure you ask for prices for beer and sangria before you order it - there is a scam to auto upsell you to overpriced beer and sangria, ie. 9-10 Euro Beer or the 25 Euro Sangria Jar. The second scam is if you enjoy eating ham and pork products, the Jamon Iberico is the very tastiest and most expensive to eat. This is because the ham comes from a select breed of pork and they are fed a primary acorn/nut based diet which imparts an unforgettable and gourmet flavor to the meat. Make sure if you order it, you see the cut before it is served to you. I had one experience along Las Ramblas where I ordered the Jamon Iberico at almost 20 Euros for a portion only to be served the basic ham. I asked the waiter to come over and told him to look at the plate and said to him "Do you take me as a fool? This is not Jamon Iberico". He apologized and said the cook/chef would come out. I had a similar conversation with the cook who apologized and sent me a plate of the real stuff, not the 5 Euro stuff served to me as "jamon iberico". I also realized another mistake. No disrespect intended but the cook/chef was of a religion that does not eat pork, so I asked myself why would they be serving ham or how would he know the difference if he does not eat it in the first place? So the lesson about Jamon Iberico - make sure you see the cut before it is served and if you do choose to eat it, do so at a traditional Spanish establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Silken Concordia is situated 800 metres from Plaza Espana and the Fira de Barcelona Exhibition Centre. It features an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, cocktail bar and mini golf. The Silken Concordia's bright, spacious rooms feature contemporary decor and air conditioning. Each room includes free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, safe, minibar and a marble bathroom with a range of amenities. The Concordia's modern, elegant Bistro Triple Sec Restaurant serves typical Mediterranean cuisine, specialising in veal, steak tartar and homemade tomato salad. The varied breakfast buffet includes healthy options. There is also a cafe. Located next to Poble Sec Station, the hotel is a 5-minute Metro journey from Barcelona Port and La Rambla. You can also walk to the Rambla in 15 minutes. Direct airport buses stop in Plaza Espana, a 15-minute walk away. Private parking is available on site for an extra cost. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silken Concordia Barcelona
- Hotel Silken Concordia
- Silken Concordia Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia