"Pleasant hotel close to public transport and bars"
We had a brilliant holiday in barcelona i think its provably one of the friendliest and multicultural cities i have visited. There did not seem to be any divisions-all peoples of all colours, age or gender seemed to be doing everything. I woulk like to spend more time there. Re the hotel... Very friendly helpful and understanding staff. Clean pool area. Room was cleaned and beddng changed daily. Our aircon worked well. Lovely powerful shower. Within walking of sagrada familiar and las ramblas or on the same metro line (line 1or2 ) also on main line for airport. We bought book of 10 tickets for under 10 euros. You can enter the metro system with one ticket and then travel as far as you want within barcelona, so the journey from the airport to hotel (from Prat to Clot station) cost under 1 euro. Exit towards 'argo meridian'. Not hard to find from there. Taxi from old part of town cost 10 euros after midnight when the metro stops. Bring tea bags and travel kettle as I think us British are unique in Europe for needing pg tips or similar infused in hot water topped up with milk to get going in the morning! Only negative was lack of outdoor space except for the pool area which closed at 8. But there were plenty of inexpensive bars around and we could sit out at these until midnight. After that we were in danger of been literally washed of the streets! We went to monserate independantly and also did a segway guided tour both excellent.
Traveller from manchester
The Catalonia Aragon was named after the street in which it is located. This is a convenient street in terms of transport and …More
"Decent hotel within walking distance of the Sights"
I booked the Hotel Catalonia Albeniz based on its facilities and location after much deliberation about which hotel to book for a weekend away in Barcelona for me and my fiancé.
I was looking for a clean, affordable hotel with Parking and within walking distance of the Barcelona tourist sights, if it had a pool then bonus.
It pretty much ticked all the Boxes but here's some things you should know .......
Positives: The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly. Breakfast is available at an extra cost and the hotel has a pool and a gym. Parking is also available at an extra cost and the parking is quite secure. The location is perfect for tourists who enjoy walking ... the sagrada familia is approx 20min walk away and la rambla is just over an hours walk.
Negatives: The room we were given was TINY compared to what I'm use to staying in at your average hotel. Basic amenities are provided but strangely there is no kettle?? We booked a non-smoking double room with a queen sized bed but actually got a smoking room with a normal sized double bed. When I questioned this at reception I was told that unfortunately nothing else was available unless I wanted a room with 2 single beds pushed together. We decided to stay in the room first given but after using the air-con, soon regretted this as the room began to stink of cigarettes. The pool is vsmall. The car park is hard to locate and you cannot access this till after checking in so ending up having to pay to park elsewhere at 1st
Traveller from Essex, UK
Catalonia Albéniz is a modern and cosy hotel located in the city of Barcelona, not far from Sagrada Família and the …More
On reading the other reviews for the hotel I expected a hostel experience that I've had while traveling Europe and the US, however this hotel far exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly, always willing to help and seemed capable of speaking many languages, the buildings were clean and well maintained and the rooms, while being somewhat small, were clean and comfortable with all the amenities you could need. (Except for a hairdryer, which is apparently important to some.)
I can understand why some people think it's a hostel, because there is a shared kitchen down the hall and room service only applies if you're there longer than six days, but if you needed new sheets, towels or anything else all you had to do was simply ask. Doesn't seem like too much of a hardship.
All I can say is that in my opinion the hotel was excellent and I would not hesitate to return and those who expected five star service for the pennies they paid for their stay are expecting a little too much. I doubt they could ever give a satisfactory review.
The hotel is a great value. The food at breakfast is good and the facilities are very good, modern and clean. The staff is amazingly helpful. They spent a great deal of time refining my plans for the site seeing I was planning on doing. The only negative is that the hotel is somewhat removed from the center of the city. If you're willing to put up with not walking out the door to the sights of Barcelona then TRYP is for you.
Occupying the area north of the Old Town, Sant Marti is the modern face of Barcelona. It includes the massive new International Convention Centre and the stunning Vila Olímpica with its Port Olímpic marina, built for the 1992 Olympics. At weekends its beach, restaurant, bars and clubs are hugely popular. Nearby, Parc de la Ciutadella is the city’s favourite green space, home to a zoo, boating lake, greenhouse and three museums.