Stayed here for a couple nights before leaving for our Disney Cruise.
We chose this hotel because it was close to the cruise ship port and was in perfect proximity to the old streets and tourist attractions of Barcelona.
From the airport, it was about a half an hour taxi ride which cost us about 35 Euro. I speak a little bit of Spannish so was able to figure out the cab driver was explaining that he could only drive so far before we would have to walk to our hotel. The hotel is located in an older part of Barcelona where the streets are essentially inaccessible by vehicle. Thankfully, from the street it was only about a 200 meter walk to the hotel. Just to be sure, we pulled it up on our iphones and used GPS to guide us.... that was probably overkill. We felt very safe and it is a very youthful area.
The reception was fantastic. Champagne and a warm welcome. We were shown to our room and given an explanation for where everything was and how things worked.
We were starving and were in no mood for an adventure so we had dinner at the hotel. We found the menu somewhat limited and was geared more towards a 'fine dining' experience. We otherwise ate at the local cafe's and restaurants which were a short walk away and considerably cheaper. We highly recommend the restaurant "Milk" for breakfast.
The rooms were excellent. There was some noise outside and this was expected for an older building. It didn't bother either of us. Spain lost the game that night so that probably helped keep the noise down.
I didn't see a fitness centre; however, there is a small roof top pool if you wanted a swim.
Staff were very friendly, professional and spoke perfect English. It was also our experience that every shop/restaurant we went to that English was also spoken.
If we come back, we'll definitely be staying here again. Too bad it was for such a short time! There was so much to see and so little time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This architectural marvel is located in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic quarter on mythic Calle Lledó, just a short distance from the Plaza de Sant Jaume. It not only represents the splendour of the old Julia Augusta Flaventina Paterna Colony, in what was then the Roman city of Barcino, but is also an archaeological gem that combines past and present, the monumental and the latest design. Now travellers can enjoy the greatest hotel comforts in the heart of old Barcelona, with exclusive views of the dome of the church of Santa María del Mar, the basilica of San Just i Pastor, and the Cathedral. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercer Hotel Barcelona Catalonia