We've stayed at both this hotel and the Continental Palacete before, so we knew what to expect. It's a very nice hotel, with well-equipped rooms, a 24 hour buffet and a fantastic location.
Our room was on the 3rd floor rather than the main floor, so using the lift was a bit fiddly. On the other hand, the room was dead quiet, with nothing to disturb us. The bed was firm, as others have said, but was actually very comfortable despite this.
We arrived at the hotel at around 2pm, and the first thing we did, after taking our cases up, was to go to the buffet for a glass of wine, and then sit on the balcony overlooking La Rambla. The food on the buffet is pleasant and varied, with some very nice bread (about 3 kinds) in the mornings. Both the coffee and the beer are very pleasant, and the wine is easily drinkable.
On the first morning, my wife found that the hair dryer didn't work, so we mentioned this at reception on the way to breakfast. We found on our return that the dryer had already been changed! I must also say that both the room and the bathroom were kept absolutely spotless.
Although the staff at reception changed during the day, we mainly dealt with two charming young ladies; both of whom had excellent English, and were really helpful.
Something which may be new since we were last there is that residents at either hotel can use the buffet at the other. Since we were on R. de Catalunya one lunchtime, we called in at the Palacete. We were welcomed by a charming man who spoke excellent English, and enjoyed the buffet, eating in the magnificent dining room.
Definitely a place we'd stay at again, and would recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Continental Barcelona is an all inclusive hotel located on the top of Las Ramblas, right next to Plaza Cataluña. We boast a unique Snack and Drinks Buffet, available 24/7 for all our guests as a courtesy of the house. We have the best location in town. From both façades, you can either enjoy the hustle and bustle from the balconies facing Las Ramblas or just relax in our recently renovated patio. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Continental Barcelona
- Hotel Continental Barcelona Catalonia