Let's start off with the good bits. My wife and I are in our 60's and fancied a few days away. The location of this apartment was excellent. Easy walk to La Rambla, the port and beach, the Arc de Triomph etc. It was clean and tidy and well equipped mainly. HOWEVER - the TV had about 30+ channels and all Spanish. A news channel would have been good. Even worse! On the night of the Semi-Final between Spain and Portugal it wasn't on any of the tv channels [how crazy is that!]. My major crticism was of the key collection. Having arrived in the evening, just after 9pm, we took a taxi all the way to the Hotel Balmes at a cost of 40 euros in order to collect the apartment keys. This journey took us almost past the apartment way up towards Sagrad Familia, and then another 12 euros by taxi back towards the direction we had just come. Better directions from Airport to Hotel and/or apartment would have helped us to make better choices as the return journey to the airport took us 10 minutes to walk to the station, a 3.50 euro ticket and the journey took 35 minutes.
I would seriously advise anyone to consider whether or not they could do with this hassle before booking. It didn't spoil our visit to this lovely city but could easily have done so. Do book the Bus Touristic for two days as a good way of seeing everything. It costs 31euro but well worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Allada Apartments are located next to the Born, one of the city's most modern districts. There is a vibrant nightlife but also a great deal of culture, such as the Picasso Museum and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, and an infinite array of designer shops, boutiques and shoe stores. The beach is just a 20-minute walk away, making it the ideal place to enjoy the city both day and night, both in summer and winter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apartamentos Allada Barcelona
- Apartamentos Allada Hotel Barcelona
- Allada Apartments Barcelona, Catalonia