This is a hip hotel for couples and friends who like a chilled out vibe in cool contemporary surroundings. If you are from an inner city area the location will not phase you, it is perfectly safe and overlooks a tree lined pedestrian area where there is a market for tourists selling handmade bag etc. Yes you will see small groups of men talking outside some of the small shops, the same as you see groups of men smoking and talking in Morocco, Turkey and Tunisia etc., nothing to be alarmed about. We walked down any of the three streets to get to the Ramblas, and found no hostility at all...the streets are packed with tourists! If you want a 10minute walk to the Port Vell, turn left outside the hotel and avoid the jostling down the Ramblas.The Boqueria market is great for a fresh juice or just to look at the impressive fish and ham stalls.It is just off the Ramblas.
We took the bus tour but were not impressed as we were in a leisurely mood, my partner planned to get off at the football stadium but there were a lot of crowds and it cost 22 euros for entry. Overall we were suprised and somewhat unprepared for the cost of eating out.....on average 60 euros for lunch or dinner in a mid range restaurant, no starter or dessert and one drink each!
We headed down to Port Olypmic and had a fab seafood meal at "Salamanca" which included free olives and breads and free cake and liquors afterwards....huge portions, monkfish and prawns to die for! Definitely good value compared to the restaurants on and around the Ramblas. Even the Tapas bars are expensive compared to London!?
Another great restaurant is "Marmalade" for handmade steak burgers and cava cocktails, they also do a nice" recovery brunch".
Make sure you take a drink(buy a bottle form one of the little ethnic shops outside the hotel and down Hospital street ) up to the roof terrace late afternoon and catch some rays, listening to the jazzy Motown music playing up there.
Sagrada Familial is under a lot of construction, but we enjoyed Guell Park...take the metro for 3 euros(6 stops) to Vallcarca for amazing views and we also liked the Guell Place, just off the Ramblas.
Great brekkie at the hotel and reception staff are super friendly and helpful, no complaints.
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