I cannot recommend this hotel enough. I booked to stay here with my husband for his 30th birthday. We arrived at the airport after a long flight delay and in the middle of a thunderstorm so we didn't want to mess about looking for a Bus to take us to our hotel as we have never been to Barcalona before. We got a taxi and it cost 28 euros at 9:30pm.
On arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff who checked us in and directed us to our room, which was located on the first floor, above the bar area. This room may be a problem for some who like a lie in as from around 7am you hear the coffee machine. Noise was never a problem for us on a night but we did stay early season (end March). We visited the rooftop bar, would've been nice in warmer weather, but you had to buy drinks from the main bar on the ground floor and take them up, again presuming this is an early season thing. Cannot stress enough how nice staff were here, and our rooms were cleaned daily, new towels etc. on arrival our room also had crisps, nuts and sangria, oh and slippers and bathrobes (I'm a sucker for the extras!)
I had been in contact with the hotel prior to arrival to arrange a bottle of champaign to be in our room for my husband on arrival. The lady i spoke to was Amazing, she told me about the different packages they offered and offered useful information about getting to the hotel from the airport. The bottle was in the room as requested, on ice.
The hotels location is fantastic, as other people have mentioned, you are at the top of Las Ramblas and central to Catalunya. There is also a perfectly situated tube station directly outside the hotel, which has a lot of the main lines running through it, so very central for sight seeing! There is a Starbucks just around the corner too which we visited every morning before our adventures.
On our first full day we paid about €25 euros pp for a ticket on the open top/tour bus. There is three coloured lines/routes that this bus takes, we went on blue and red the main ones. The bus takes you around all the sites (Football stadium, Olympic park, harbour, Cathedral, Gaudis park etc) we hopped on and off this bus and NEVER had to wait for another bus, there was always one either parked up, or just pulling up. This was deffo the best thing we could have done, because we then planned where we wanted to go the next day. We didn't pay for a tour bus ticket again, instead we paid about €6 pp for a tube/bus ticket and ventured around ourselves-and we got everywhere! Gaudis park, the cathedral, Picasso museum, football stadium, harbour. Everything was amazing, such a beautiful place. If you want to go into the cathedral, go early, because you have to que to get a pass to que to buy a ticket-very confusing and limited places.
Las Ramblas is amazing, always busy, lots to see (go to the market) lots of shops and side streets which are a must. I was scared of being pick pocketed before we went after reading and hearing scary reviews, but we never had any trouble. I did watch my bag AT ALL TIMES, but we do in England anyway, especially on tubes and in cities. So just be safe. I got fed up of the main Las Rambles strip after two days, same stuff to see, same gypsies and people trying to sell you stuff, and its so busy, especially on a night.
I don't know about other people but we really struggled to find good places to drink, there was a decent Irish bar down one of the side streets, but the main part does not seem to be a drinkers place. We were looking to party, just relax and enjoy a cold beer....went to the sports bar, husband loved it to watch footy as there is loads of screens, but the food is terrible and expensive.
Finally, would recommend it, but if you want to go and see as much as you can, like we did, be prepared to pay. Not just costs into places which we expected to pay, but the price of food and alcohol. Your looking at €5 everywhere for a drink, and evening meals around €20 pp for a cheap starter and main...more like €30 pp. we visited Hard Rock Cafe which was a must!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pulitzer is a 4 stars Boutique Hotel full of light and with a cool and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Located in the heart of Barcelona, just few meters walk form Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and the famous Passeig de Gracia, it is an ideal base for exploring the city. Guests can choose from 91 stylishly decorated rooms, including a unique Suite with a 30sqm terrace. The Pulitzer is a real happening place: the rooftop terrace offers the perfect spot for chilling out while enjoying the best live music, its restaurant serves up locally sourced dishes in the slow food tradition and its lobby bar is a vibrant place where locals and visitors meet. The Pulitzer takes sustainability and health very seriously: in 2015 it became a Biosphere certified hotel as well as a Healthia certified hotel. Pet-friendly hotel (check conditions on our website). ... more less
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