Situated ideally (University Square) for the Metro and the T2 Aeport bus (5.05 euro, don't know why it was this strange price) and within a block or two for most of the clubs and bars we wanted to visit in the gay example area, I have no hesitation in recommending this lovely hotel. No worries about the staff speaking English (although I used a few Catalan phases that seemed to go down well). We were immediately upgraded when we said it was out first visit (tip) into a very nice 'superior' room with a balcony. Some might say the street noise is audible a bit, but to be fair we hardly noticed it. There are smoking facilities on the second floor patio area and the bar downstairs was very nice with an outside (arch covered) smoking area as well. We also used the cafe across the road Lorenza (cheapest coffee 3 euros for two!!) and the staff were very friendly. We had breakfast in the hotel and it was just the same as any holiday hotel with hot and cold buffet, toast tea etc..(but a bit pricey, but I've paid the same/more in London 14-16 euros each.). Would I go back? yes. There are some hotels on and around the Ramblas, but I liked the stroll down into the Plazas (5-10 minutes) and I didn't feel as edgy as I did in the Ramblas area! I know the Ramblas is a people watcher area, but I wasn't sure the right people were watching me (be aware you will look like a tourist)! (nice to be a few blocks back). This time of year was quiet (good) and I forgot most of the shops close on a Sunday (good for them). Had a night in the Axel bar and it seemed to be popular with both gay men and gay women (which helped me enjoy it more). quite a few women coules staying thee at the same time from Manchester) Most of the people I met were only too pleased to help and didn't mind the fact I have virtually no Spanish (but if you can use French, that seemed to get me half way there). Like any city break a few days is not enough to to see everything, but we have used the tour bus (22 euros ish) in the past and it takes you to all the major attractions and you can hop on and off wherever you like. The Barcelona Card is pricey(not useable on the tour buses) and we used it this time and it paid for itself in reductions to the museums/art exhibitions/Metro and red public buses after a day (and you don't need to worry about buying tickets all the time). I read a few reviews before I went and I think they were mostly correct, but it tried to be plush and modern and I think it succeeds and for that you might have to pay a bit more than the lesser hotels. So in conclusion will I stay there again in September on the way back from Sitges..YES.
PS(47 euro for 200 Malboro gold, might be just as well buying them at the airport now on the way back). Forgot to mention, go to the rooftop bar and be amazed with the style and views!
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- Faithful to the concept and style of Axel-design, comfortable, cosmopolitan atmosphere, is a good value for price. The 105 rooms combine the touch of decoration from Modernism with the warmth and elegance of the Mediterranean. New spaces at Axel Hotel Barcelona, will become the urban meeting point of the heterofriendly. ... more less
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