I had been to Barcelona before, and, on previous trips had done the "big program" Hotel de Arts etc., This trip involved a whirlwind vacation to Monaco, Italy, France and Spain and I was taking my girlfriend who had never been to Spain before. As an unbelievable oversight, we did not have a room booked prior to arriving in Barcelona and I had to scramble and saw the reviews for this hotel on my smartphone and decided to go for it. I was torn about where to stay relative to location because the marina area is the trendy spot now for nightclubbing and things of that ilk. However, to get that classic, unique Barcelona experience like hanging on La Rambla and the Gothic section and checking out the big deal museums, you really want to stay exactly where this hotel is located. It is right at the "Square" and walking distance to at least 5 of the 10 "must see" spots in Barcelona. We were able to enjoy everything we had wanted to experience in a short three days.
Relative to the hotel itself, it is new, very clean and beautifully appointed. The room we had, which was a suite, was large (by American standards) and had a splash pool on the deck. The staff was beyond wonderful and incredibly accommodating. The man at the center of the operations throughout most of our stay was named Guillermo and was on top of everything. He recommended excellent local restaurants and always had a gameplan to accomplish our somewhat unreal expectations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2014, the hotel is at the heart of the city, right in the middle of Barcelona's historical and commercial district just next to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia. Its privileged location enables guests to go sightseeing to the city's major attractions and to go shopping to both popular stores and luxury outlets on Paseo de Gracia. The Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral, Las Ramblas, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are all just a stone's throw away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Square Barcelona