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Anyone been to Barcelona? Where's the best location for a hotel and what's to do?

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I've been hunting sites like tripadvisor trying to find out what there is to do at Barcelona and where the best hotel location is but can't find much info.... Am looking at booking 5 days next week… Read More
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banned8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
I've been hunting sites like tripadvisor trying to find out what there is to do at Barcelona and where the best hotel location is but can't find much info....

Am looking at booking 5 days next week but can't find much....

Any ideas or info....? IF you know of a good budget hotel I'm all ears

Thanks
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banned8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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[url]www.viator.com/barcelona[/url]

Top sights and attractions
Short district descriptions
[url]www.quick-barcelona-guide.com[/url]

Review of the most famous Barcelona tourist attractions. Includes photos of each attraction and link to attraction on landmark map.
[url]www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/general/barcelona-tourist-attractions.html[/url] - 47k
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A. Gran Hotel La Florida - [url]www.hotellaflorida.com[/url] - +34 932 593 000 - 94 reviews

B. Gran Teatre Del Liceu - [url]www.liceubarcelona.com[/url] - +34 934 859 900 - 23 reviews

C. Teatre Nacional de Catalunya - [url]www.tnc.cat[/url] - +34 933 065 700 - 13 reviews

D. Parc Güell - [url]www.barcelonaurlaub.de[/url] - +34 934 132 400 - 36 reviews

E. Auditori De Barcelona - [url]www.auditori.org[/url] - +34 932 479 300 - 12 reviews

F. Teatro Mercat De Les Flors - [url]www.mercatflors.org[/url] - +34 934 261 875 - 5 reviews

G. Sala Muntaner - [url]www.salamuntaner.com[/url] - +34 934 515 752 - 4 reviews

H. Espai Escenic Joan Brossa - [url]www.espaibrossa.com[/url] - +34 933 151 596 - 3 reviews

I. Teatro Poliorama - [url]www.3xtr3s.com[/url] - +34 933 177 599 - 6 reviews

J. Royal Ramblas Hotel - [url]www.royalramblashotel.com[/url] - +34 933 019 400 - 425 reviews
banned#3
Thanks for all your help bambu...repped
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Worth going on the city bus tour, the type most cities have-hop on/hop off -gives an idea of whats to see depending on your interests, guide can be heard in English.Also usually gives you somevouchers too.
Las Ramblas (think I spelt it correctly) is a must with some fantastic mime artists.
Was only there a couple of days but a beautiful city.Beware of pickpockets.
1 Like #5
Might be wrong, maybe someone else can remember. There was a hotel deal on here a while back. £9 a room per night or something and I think someone said can also book rooms in Barcelona. Havent seen any offers for a while so probably irrelevant at this time but if you are likely to go again, keep an eye out for these offers.
banned#6
I heard pick pockets were a problem, I'm a 6'2" 17st guy so usually puts off most....

Am now umming and aring between venice and barcelona but can't decide, am proposing on the trip but don't want anything too cliche (ie no ring will be presented on a gondola)...I heard there's a moutain in barcelona which is a great place....
banned#7
WoolyM
Might be wrong, maybe someone else can remember. There was a hotel deal on here a while back. £9 a room per night or something and I think someone said can also book rooms in Barcelona. Havent seen any offers for a while so probably irrelevant at this time but if you are likely to go again, keep an eye out for these offers.


Yeah you were right, it was travelodge, I did look into it but it was avout 30 mins bus ride from barcelona....also travelodge is a bit too clinical for our liking, we're adventure, cultural types so like the older and more interesting hotels

Repped for your help
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Zootaga
Yeah you were right, it was travelodge, I did look into it but it was avout 30 mins bus ride from barcelona....also travelodge is a bit too clinical for our liking, we're adventure, cultural types so like the older and more interesting hotels

Repped for your help


We got the travellodge for 10 euros a night and went about 3 weeks and your right it is about 30mins journey into Barcelona and it is set right in the middle of an industral est and about 10 mins walk to the tube station or bus stop.... I would not recommend staying there as its to far out . It also meant that it was not worth coming back during the day and then going out again on an evening so we just stopped in Barcelons all day and that was from 11am till about 9 PM and we were Knackered :x
banned#9
frollickingfrill
We got the travellodge for 10 euros a night and went about 3 weeks and your right it is about 30mins journey into Barcelona and it is set right in the middle of an industral est and about 10 mins walk to the tube station or bus stop.... I would not recommend staying there as its to far out . It also meant that it was not worth coming back during the day and then going out again on an evening so we just stopped in Barcelons all day and that was from 11am till about 9 PM and we were Knackered :x


Thanks, pretty much confirmed what I was thinking it would be like, on the map it looks quite a hike....As I am proposing I had better do my research....Am happy paying £60-£70 a night if it's worth it...found a few 4* hotels near the beach which am tempted with, only 10mins bux to the centre
banned#10
Does anyone know much about the mountain (or hill as some say) at barcelona?

How to get there? is there restaurants, shops etc? is it worth it? what's good / bad etc?

Thanks folks
#11
Zootaga

Repped for your help


aaah Thank you

So is this a build up to a proposal? Hope it all goes well. Good Luck
banned#12
WoolyM
aaah Thank you

So is this a build up to a proposal? Hope it all goes well. Good Luck


Yeah, we've been together for 6 years and she is dying to get married, she's now blackmailing me...I am dying to have kids and she's saying no kids without marriage so time to do the right thing....

Am wanting to go somewhere different as we have done, paris, rome, venice, croatia, etc...all the main beautiful places but never done barcelona
#13
La Rambla is the Main Steet that runs right through the centre... There are loads on hotels on thei street but they are around £150 per night !!... at the bottom of that street you meet the Harbour which is beautiful with big Million pound yachts on there... you can walk right round the harbour and that will bring you onto the beach...the walk from the top of La Rambla to the beach will take you about an hour but there is something to see or stop off on, on the way....

Like I say we spend 2 days there and approx 18hours in Barcelona and we still did not see everything.. !!


Barcelno is the most romantic place I know of... There was always couple snoggin on lol
banned#14
frollickingfrill
La Rambla is the Main Steet that runs right through the centre... There are loads on hotels on thei street but they are around £150 per night !!... at the bottom of that street you meet the Harbour which is beautiful with big Million pound yachts on there... you can walk right round the harbour and that will bring you onto the beach...the walk from the top of La Rambla to the beach will take you about an hour but there is something to see or stop off on, on the way....

Like I say we spend 2 days there and approx 18hours in Barcelona and we still did not see everything.. !!


Barcelno is the most romantic place I know of... There was always couple snoggin on lol


lol, We both have a passion for boats so that swings me more towards barcelon again, did you do the mountain thing? or have anything to recomend? neither of us are religious so not into the churches etc we're not very arty either so don't fancy the museums...doesn't leave much huh? lol
banned#15
Also it says on a pass am I thinking of buying free travel from the aiport...but which airport? I will be coming from girona (i think that's how it's spelt)

This is the pass thing http://www.viator.com/tours/Barcelona/Barcelona-Card-with-Guidebook/d562-2512BCARD
banned#16
The mountain thing is called Montjuic
#17
Zootaga
lol, We both have a passion for boats so that swings me more towards barcelon again, did you do the mountain thing? or have anything to recomend? neither of us are religious so not into the churches etc we're not very arty either so don't fancy the museums...doesn't leave much huh? lol


You sound abit like me and my Other Half... we dont do museums or arty thing,,, we did not do the cable car thing if thats what you mean as O/H not to good with heights.... there are lots of shops.. but what we liked best were all the street performers... there was all kinds for bands (of 10 people) this is down by the harbour and starts about 6pm... to people as statues... They are everywhere.....

One word of warning to not eat in Gino the is opposite the cinema as I refused to pay as it was worse than an Asda'a readfy made meal...

The Hard Rock Cafe at the top of la Rambla on the main Square is very nice and weel worth the 12euro per main meal..
#18
Zootaga
Also it says on a pass am I thinking of buying free travel from the aiport...but which airport? I will be coming from girona (i think that's how it's spelt)

This is the pass thing http://www.viator.com/tours/Barcelona/Barcelona-Card-with-Guidebook/d562-2512BCARD


This is from Barcelona Airport which is about 7 miles from the centre of Barcelona... Girona Airport is about 60 miles away !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:w00t:

I dont know waht your plans are to get to Barcelona but I guess the cheapest will be car hire..

Barcelona Airport is "BCN" if you are searching for it when booking
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frollickingfrill
This is from Barcelona Airport which is about 7 miles from the centre of Barcelona... Girona Airport is about 60 miles away !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:w00t:


You aint gonna get ya blisters out again are you Frills:-D :whistling:
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Train Driver
You aint gonna get ya blisters out again are you Frills:-D :whistling:


lol... They have just healed up :whistling: Thats another thing ... I would strongly recommend the bus tour... they have 2 routes and its 21euro per person but you can get off and on as many times are you like and there are about 40 stops to do so
banned#21
Yeah we'll deffinately do the bus....Sounds worth it..... Am looking at Ryanair as it;s £140 return for the two of us to girona....the bus from girona is 21 euros each return so not to bad...will search BCN though and see if I can get better

Thanks for the advice on the food froll.,....we love american style restaurants so Hard rock will do us just fine...Any TGI's?
#22
i stayed here
http://www.hotelbarcelonauniversal.com/

via expedia few years back..it was 5mins walk from la ramblas...nicer hotel was cheap via expedia about 70 euros a night 3 years ago when euro rate was very good

i remember one night next to the hotel there was a street party...late night outdoor singing ..beautiful girls singing and dancing on the stage kinda competition...refreshing we spent an hour watching that before we head out to clubs..

also it may help you to check out this link
http://www.ramblashotels.com/

I used it then...and still looks same..

i would recommend getting the bus tours red or blue i think..you stop off anywhere and check out the town and hop on again...i did weekend ticket which worked out nice..


hope it helps
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there are 2 different bus routes... one takes to beach and olympic village side and other to north of the city..up towards the barcelona stadium...i never got on the bus in barcelona..used the tour company routes to get around..
#24
Just a thought, the train is very cheap if you want to travel the coastline and get out of the city.
#25
Zootaga
Yeah we'll deffinately do the bus....Sounds worth it..... Am looking at Ryanair as it;s £140 return for the two of us to girona....the bus from girona is 21 euros each return so not to bad...will search BCN though and see if I can get better

Thanks for the advice on the food froll.,....we love american style restaurants so Hard rock will do us just fine...Any TGI's?



No Dont think there is a TGI... We flew with Easyjet and only cost us £150 return for 2 people and that was into barcelona Airport...If you do go into Barcelona Airport i would recommend the Metro it is the cheapest option by far and a Zone 1 ticket is only 7.90 euro's and you can make up to 10 journeys for that.. it cost us £26 euros tby taxi to the Travel lodge and it was only 5 miles away... I think we were ripped off !
banned#26
kt21
Just a thought, the train is very cheap if you want to travel the coastline and get out of the city.


Interesting, that never even crossed my mind, will look into it thanks
banned#27
frollickingfrill
No Dont think there is a TGI... We flew with Easyjet and only cost us £150 return for 2 people and that was into barcelona Airport...If you do go into Barcelona Airport i would recommend the Metro it is the cheapest option by far and a Zone 1 ticket is only 7.90 euro's and you can make up to 10 journeys for that.. it cost us £26 euros tby taxi to the Travel lodge and it was only 5 miles away... I think we were ripped off !


Gutted, easyjet is now £150 EACH
#28
think it all depends on the airport of course... just had a look and from Newcastle going out on th e 17th and returning on the 22nd is £202 for 2 people
#29
If prices are high by air maybe rail is an option as at least you will not have to book hotel rooms for as many nights
Apologies if links already posted. Not looked in detail at all the links.
http://www.raileurope.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=36
http://www.aboutbarcelona.com/
Can get eurostar to Paris. Change for Barcelona. Never done the train personally. Just thought it might be another option
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Had a few days in the area last October.

I'd fly into Barcelona if you can. There is an AeroBus that is something like every 10 minutes from the airport into the city centre (Las Ramblas).

Tour Bus was excellent - pity it was raining on the day we used it! lol. If your there for a few day, might be worthwhile buying a longer pass and getting off at more destinations.

Park Guell was probably my favourite. Sagrada Famillia hasn't been mentioned - that HAS to be visited!
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I will also confirm that the Open top bus is excellent way of seeing Gaudi's buildings (if you like architecture that is), as you are high up above the traffic on the top of the bus you get a good view of the beautiful buildings and it makes a good opportunity to take good pictures.

The indoor market just off the Ramblas is a wonderful sight, it is apparently one of the best markets in Europe, I think it is called La Boqueri, a link from an article in the Guardian here http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2003/jun/08/foodanddrink.features2

Gaudi's stuff is brill, good if you know a little about him before you go, as we didn't but since found out after we visited and would have preferred to know what we were looking at, at the time. http://www.gaudidesigner.com/uk/index.html Don't forget above all to visit the La Sagrada Familia , it is beautiful.

Parc Guell (via open top bus) is great for an amble, as is the gothic quarter, both are very interesting place. Gothis quarter is just off La Ramblas.

The tapas are fantastic but don't go to chain places, go to the family run type places.
#32
Take a look in freebies. There are travel guides you can download and theres one for barcelona
#33
We stayed off a side street from Las Ramblas it was a lovely hotel and not too expensive but can't remember the name, it's the best place to stay as it's central. We did the bus thing which was great and we had lovely weather so went to the beach, it's not great but ok for a day, but if you are there longer it's worth getting the train out we went to Sitges a lovely little place with gorgeous beaches and restaurants. In Barcelona we had evening drinks/dancing at the bars by the marina.
#34
Just caught this thread (very) late. I wondered if the 'mountain' thing referred to was Montserrat. It would make a great day trip from Barcelona on the train and really is a mountain (unlike Montjuic).
I would always take the train from the airport to the centre unless the airport bus had drops nearer your hotel. The train is not affected by traffic (obviously) and is a bit cheaper too.

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