Our requirements for a hotel were quite simple - somewhere close to the city, air conditioning and quiet. Hotel Primero Primera exceeded all expectations - the furnishings are tasteful and the staff extremely friendly and helpful.
Our receptionist, Marta, met us with a warm smile (which seemed to last our entire stay) and walked through all aspects and hotel facilities. Buffet breakfast was great, and held us over until dinner.
Getting into the city center is easy if you have any familiarity with metro systems at all. It's a 5 min walk to the nearest station, and in another 10 minutes the uncrowned and air-conditioned train gets you to the heart of town. For more expansive journeys you may have to switch trains, just as in other cities.
We did walk to Las Ramblas on our first day, but it is too much to do on a regular basis.
For our last day we rented electric bicycles from the hotel. These were easy to use and offered the freedom of touring the city without restriction - highly recommended as long as you can read a map and are OK with traffic.
We would also recommend the free walking tours (donations accepted at the end based on enjoyment), especially for the old town (history). We stumbled across Runner Bean tours (best to book) but there are a number of others.
We well definitely be staying at Primero Primera if/when we return to Barcelona - we rate it that highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Primero Primera has recently opened its doors in Barcelona. It is a 4* boutique hotel which offers a relaxed and quiet atmosphere and the comfort of a private home. Located in the residential area of Tres Torres-Sarria, just 10 minutes by metro from the Barcelona's city center. Its 30 spacious rooms are all exterior and carefully decorated with all sorts of details. It has a cafe with access to the terrace, a 24hrs snacks corner, free refreshments and honesty bar service, a cozy lounge with fireplace and comfortable sofas and a fitness. Outdoor swimming pool & garden. ... more less
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- Hotel Primero Primera Barcelona, Catalonia