At the end of a Mediterranean cruise, we stayed in Barcelona for three nights. In order to save money, I decided to book this hotel -- as I got a very low rate on Hotwire.com. The other benefit is that it is located on the western outskirts of the city, not far from the airport. So on the morning of our departure, we could get out to the airport more quickly.
For the four members our family, obtained two separate suites (each of which had separate bedroom and living/kitchen facilities). Including taxes, paid about $500 US (two suites, for three nights) -- that works out to about $84 per night, per suite.
The hotel is located at the last stop on the Red, Metro Line #1. When getting off the ship, we got to the nearest metro stop on La Rambla -- not far from the port (which was on the yellow line), and then changed over to the Line #1 metro along the way. Because we bought a 10 ride ticket for less than 1 Euro per ride, this enabled us to get from the ship to the hotel for less than 1 Euro per person (but I am one who is willing to schlep luggage through the train system. many others would probably hire a van or taxi service to the hotel at much more expense).
When you exit the metro station at the end of the line, you will see Hesperia's high rise hotel about a block away. It is in here that you check in, even though you are staying at their 'suites' facility next door.
Some of the other advantages of this property:
* they offer a free shuttle service at various times of the day, both to and from the city center (near Plaza de Catalunya) and to the airport. This helped us save additional fees on the metro. On some days, we would take the free shuttle in to the city center and use the metro back.
* on the morning we departed, the first shuttle run to the airport was already packed. However, there is a bus stop about a block away (near the filling station), which has a bus to the airport. It only cost us 2 Euro's per person. Note: leave extra time to get to the airport and your international flight. The terminal that the bus drops you off at, is not for international travel. You have to take the free airport shuttle to reach that terminal and the drive is as long as the bus into the airport -- I am not kidding. It felt like the next terminal was in the next county -- so leave plenty of extra time.
* because the suites have a small refrigerator, microwave, sink, and kitchen utensils, bowls, etc. -- you can save money on food/snacks, if you desire. Also a good way to at least have some drinks on hand in your room, for the evening. A couple of blocks from the hotel there are a two very reasonably priced grocery stores. There is also a '365' bakery, at which you can get very inexpensive and delicious baked goods. We stocked up on larger bottles of water and some fruit, baked goods, cereal, milk, yogurt, etc. and avoided the cost of breakfast.
* WiFi worked from one of the suites but not the other. We were all able to access WiFi from the lobby of the main hotel, so would sometimes use it there before catching the shuttle in the morning or on the way home.
* There is no peep hole on the hotel room doors in the suites section. That would be something for them to consider adding, for security purposes.
* Because the cruise ship docks early in the morning, we arrived at the hotel well before the 3pm check in time. The desk personnel at check in are very friendly. They let us check the bags and provided claim checks. We then went off to eat lunch nearby and purchased some supplies (as indicated above). Then went back around 3pm to check in.
A note regarding use of the metro late at night, back to the hotel. We came back pretty late two of the three nights. Because you are at the last stop on the metro line, the crowd on the subway continues to thin out during your journey, although it seemed like there were a good number of people still aboard, even on the second to last stop. By the last stop, there are typically only a few people left on the cars. We always felt safe and were never bothered, but depending upon your personal frame of reference and how nervous you are, you might opt for a cab back if you are coming in very late.
All in all, if I was staying in Barcelona again, I would probably re-book here to save the dollars (especially since they offer the free shuttle into the City Center).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hesperia Fira Suites aparthotel is conveniently located in Barcelona's new business district, offering travelers a practical and modern place to stay for business or vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hesperia Fira Hotel Barcelona
- Hesperia Fira Barcelona
- Hesperia Fira Suites Barcelona, Catalonia