This was our first visit to Barcelona we were part of a Family group on a Weekend +Monday trip.
The Hotel was booked by my Sister-in-Law,(Thanks Rose) and it turned out a very good experience.most all the people that i told that we were going to Barcelona said to be very careful because of muggings and pickpockets,we did not see any theft through out our stay,i even commented to friends that there are more Police sirens back home than here.I even ventured out fairly early for a stroll(7.45am) and did not feel anyway threatened,its also the best time to see things(hardly anybody about). The Hotel is ideally situated for walking as its only about a 100yds from the Ramblas and a short walk gets you to the Harbour area,where you can get some food and people watch.Food is a bit on the expensive side but as all Big Cities charge more you just have to accept it.The Hotel room we were in was on the front of the Hotel directly over the entrance overlooking the street,to me it was ok i like to hear whats going on but one of the other members of our party was a bit upset at being woken in the night to shouting and singing,but you are in a City and i only heard any noise once when needing the toilet,but got to sleep straight away.The room was very quiet no creaking floors or heating/water noises,in fact the room was very warm to warm for me but the Wife likes hot so i have to sweat,you can dial in the temp you want on the control panel by the door,just a comment about the heating,all the power to lights etc is controlled by placing the credit card that opens the door into a slot and then all the light etc work,when you go out the room and take the card out,when you come back in and replace the card the heating sets to a default eg 22c,i found out when trying to get to sleep i was way to hot,just need to dial in lower setting,the room was great,clean and functional,shower was brilliant the biggest i have been in.We did not try the breakfast meal so cannot comment,but the bar was good, average price and you could watch television or talk.The staff as has been said before are friendly and helpful even opening the Hotel door at times,also must add on that the Rituals bathroom soaps and shower items are really good have even looked up our local supplier to get top up supplies.We will be visiting Barcelona again but later in the year as April can be cool and we will be booking this Hotel.When reviewing any holiday you tend to pick up on the low points and everybody will have them whether its the airport/the place/hotel/ so its a balance, you hear horror stories all the time but mostly its only minor niggles and as this one stands out as one of the good ones,as a footnote it amazed me on walking about i noticed that they have a cycling hire system called Bicing which as i later found out you subscribe to and i think it was 20 euro`s per year and it gives you access to these cycles that are placed all over the city which you can pick up and drop off in designated locations all over the city and best of all i did not see any vandalised ,they tried this in the UK but all the bikes were nicked.All in all a very good Hotel and City to visit we will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 Star Superior Hotel Espana is located in the heart of Barcelona's historic centre, adjacent to La Rambla, the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Gothic Quarter. Opened in 1859, it was later renovated by the celebrated modernist architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner. The hotel has always been considered a little gem of Barcelona modernism. Completely renovated in 2010, it combines modern interior design with the classicism of a nineteenth century building. The hotel's restaurant service is under the management of the chef Martin Berasategui. ... more less
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- Hotel Espana Barcelona, Catalonia