Just returned from our trip to Barcelona; what an amazing city! I found the hotel to be in an ideal location; bang in the city, walking distance from the Barri Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas and the beach, etc. Though be aware that walking from the hotel to the beach might feel like a long distance (15-20 mins walk, when you're going there for the first time) but if you're up for a walk then it should not matter. In any case, you'll be visiting Barcelona whilst taking the walk to the beach. If you prefer getting there quicker, take the metro to Barceloneta and walk along the road to the beach (if in doubt, follow the crowd and don't be afraid to ask passersby).
We walked an awful lot whilst on our holiday, and although it was sometimes tiring, it was at the same time pleasant and i found that in some cases, it was the only way to explore and experience some parts of the city. Food-wise; get a guide and adapt your food preferences to the guide, simply because a lot of the places offer the same deals (15 euro for a 3 course lunch meal - but how good is it really?). If you want to eat a lot of seafood and need to know the places which are good value for money, then it may be a good idea to get a guide or research online. We would recommend Cafe Delfin in the Ribera area where we had the octopus and squid, respectively as tapas dishes and the lobster paella.
If you're otherwise not bothered, there are an incredible amount of bars, restaurants, gelaterias (an excellent one opposite the hotel), and eateries around the hotel area.
The hotel also had free wifi which we used daily to check the weather forecast (unfortunately in September it can rain a bit) and the computers on the first floor was a nice touch when it came to booking tickets to La Segrada Familia and Barcelona FC matches. There is a printer that you can use to print your tickets and this is to be seen as a god send if you have ever witness the queues outside the Cathedral!
The room was slightly on the small side and quite basic looking. There was a lovely power shower but no bath (at least not in our room). A lot reviewers talked about the noise level. If you have a balcony room, and the doors are open, there is quite some noise coming from the road below (although how likable or disruptive that is will depend on your preferences). However, when the doors are shut, you can hardly hear any noise. It is true that some noise can be heard from the hallways of the hotel from guests, however, we did not find it to be exceedingly disruptive. You can use the chairs to sit out on the balcony and watch the world go by. Also, on the Princessa Road, there are at least 2 supermarkets where you can buy cans of beer for 70 cents each (Damm Lemon is the spanish equivalent of a Radler and is refreshing after a day's visiting Barcelona. Alternatively, an Estrella will do the thing). Another great touch was the free water available on each floors (to be appreciated to infinity).
If you would like a fun way to visit the city, you can get an electric scooter (£20 pounds for 2 hours with a £50 deposit). It's great for exploring the coastline or simply speeding across the roads of Barcelona.
In addition, the hotel offers a luggage storage service. We checked out at 12 pm and stored our luggage in their locked room. We came back at 7 pm to collect our luggage and made our way to the train station.
Travel-wise; get a T-10 ticket (10 journeys for 9 euros 60 in Zone 1 - don't worry about the other zones, most of the things you will visit will be in zone 1). You can make your way to the hotel by public transport from the airport. From the aiport, follow the RENFE train signs to the train station. Buy a T-10 ticket from the ticket machine. Get the train to Passeig de Gracia. Be aware that from Passeig de Gracia renfe train station to the Passeig de Gracia metro station is a long walk; you'll be required to get out of the train station and walk to the metro. When you are outside, look down and follow the green line to the metro station (its like when you're outside Old Street station in london and you have to follow the green line to Moorfields eye hospital!). You can use the T-10 tickets for the whole journey (it should only be one ticket if it's within an hour).
Money-wise; I brought 300 euros (£261) and managed to have an excellent time. Food is plentiful and good. Drinks are really cheap. I found that the local bars offered local prices (£2.60 for a large glass of house red wine) and the same price for a pint of beer. Most of it will be spent on attractions I think.
If you are not bothered about the pool, you could get a more value for money hotel than the Ciutat de Barcelona. In September, you may not use the pool as often and it is also not a 'pool' - as it comes up to waist length. There is also no fitness centre here. So, if you're a fitness fanatic, or you're just used to getting some exercise, you might find this lacking. HOWEVER, we would thoroughly recommend the hotel because of the location and the atmosphere.
Have a lovely time in Barca!
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- Also Known As:
- Ciutat Hotel Barcelona
- Ciutat Barcelona
- Hotel Ciutat De Barcelona Catalonia