When in Barcelona we always try hotels near to The Ramblas. This hotel was ideally located, couldn't pick one better, we wouldn't recommend any of the others we stayed in previously.
We arrived around 1pm but our room was ready for us, the reception staff were very pleasant and spoke fluent English. They insisted on taking our bags up to our room which was a good size with a lovely roomy bath/shower room, twin basins, glass door within bathroom to toilet and lovely step-in power shower with 2 showers, one you could detach and use manually.
We had a Juliet balcony overlooking the street which some reviewers said was noisy but we found it OK when windows were shut which you needed to do to use the air-con, especially in August!
We went up to the roof bar/terrace/pool when we had unpacked and it was very tastefully done but didn't stay as it was extremely hot up there.
We didn't have dinner in the hotel,preferring to eat outside in the many restaurants but we did have breakfast on the 3 mornings we were there, there was cereals, cold meats, smoked salmon,cheeses, fresh fruit, yogurts, croissants,Danish pastries, toast and jams. There was also a hot section but didn't have their bacon, sausages or mushrooms, we weren't offered eggs on the first morning but the next day we were asked if we'd like any eggs and we had scrambled eggs although I have to say I found them rather odd looking and not to my taste but my husband had them again on the last morning so he thought they were fine.
It is a lovely old hotel and they offered tours around it but we didn't take them up on it.
We did encounter some 'ladies of the night' just down the street and a few yards from the hotel is what we presumed was some sort of mission where homeless people could get food from 10.15-11.15am and it was a little daunting at first when we encountered a considerable number of men along the street but there was no trouble.
There's also lots of beggars in Barcelona but I guess they're in all cities.
All in all it was a very enjoyable stay in a lovely friendly hotel and we would certainly recommend it.
- 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