We booked a package through Voyage Prive and although not cheap it gave great value for money. Upon arrival the day before Good Friday, our upgraded room was not available but we managed to negotiate a suite for just €20 extra per night - what a lovely room it was. The only downside was no balconies or French doors which I imagine could be frustrating in hot weather.
Staff and service were great, breakfast not marvellous but adequate - the hotel should provide more fresh fruit (just look in the shops to see what is available locally!) dried fruit, nuts and fresh juices for health conscious guests, but the seeded brown bread and Spanish cheeses were good. Wouldn't have been happy paying for the breakfast but it was included in our deal.
A ground floor bar open until late would have been good, for weary guests returning after a meal in the evenings.
All shops in the city close for Bank Holidays, which meant that Good Friday was spent on the tourist bus (crowds everywhere but still good to visit the local tourist sites) and Saturday around the 35,000 shops - not to mention bars and restaurants. So nice to sit outside in the sunshine!
The lobby staff were extremely helpful and very smart for a 4 star hotel.
We found Barcelona to be more expensive than other Spanish cities, but still good value and the area around the hotel was really good for eating and shopping - not to mention the bars. Basics such as bottled water are expensive in local shops, and the hotel doesn't provide much (not even in a suite), and the best place to get it is somewhere like El Corte Ingles, which also has a fantastic supermarket in the basement.
If your budget is very limited then don't go here, go to Madrid instead - but my recommendation would be to save up, visit Barcelona and stay at the Gallery, taking lots of spends and enjoying the upmarket feel. Taxis are really a necessity if you want to go down to the seafront to eat at night (especially if you have walked a lot during the day), and also for transport from the airport - I wouldn't risk public transport with all your luggage as petty crime is rife, although we didn't have any problems. And learn a few words of Spanish, as you will get much better service in bars and cafes.
Jet2 flights were excellent and we were quite sad to leave Barcelona.
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