Hotel not bad and location very good. Robbed while checking in at front desk. Band of 3 professional thieves came into lobby. 2 distracted us, while a 3rd stole my backpack from in front of my feet. Lost camera, computer, ipod, sunglasses and Eurail passes. Thousands of dollars lost. Hotel only said this happens all the time in Barcelona. (Police confirmed that.) They had a security camera over check in desk but they don't record anything. Manager said they are not responsible for any of the losses. Check in gal said, "you have insurance don't you?" (Yeah, made me wonder who was in on it??) Only help they gave was a map to the police station and printing some documents for me. Get over all that and it was OK.
City Park Pelayo is a clean and functional base for exploring Barcelona. The area is nice - not at all seedy - very close to Placa de Catalunya. The room itself is very small, but the bathroom is quite spacious. The decor is modern.
Directions: Placa de Catalunya
HI. MY WIFE AND I ARE VISITING BARCELONA FOR A FEW NIGHTS IN DECEMBER. CAN ANYONE OFFER SOME ADVICE ON THE BEST / SAFEST / NICE AREAS TO STAY IN, CLOSE TO THE CENTRE OR MARINA AND ANY HOTELS IN THE MID-PRICE RANGE. ALSO ANY TO BE AVOIDED. ALL ADVICE WELCOME. THERE ARE TO MANY HOTELS TO CHOOSE FROM.
I had a great time at hotel Urquinaona. After me, some other Vters used it and were happy. It is very close to plaza Catalunya and Ramblas so very well served by either bus and underground. You can read more here http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/bdaa0/430de/3/.
My wife and I stayed in the Hotel Barcelona Universal on Avinguda del Paral-lel a couple of years ago. The Paral-lel metro station was right outside the hotel front door and you could use this to be on Las Ramblas in under 5 minutes. Walking would take less than 10 minutes. Also within easy walking or metro distance to the marina. In addition there is a funicular from the Paral-lel metro station also that takes you up onto Montjuic - highly recommended.
While in Barcelona, as well as visiting the Gaudi buildings (Sagrada Familia is a MUST DO) make sure you visit the main market, La Boqueria.
Me and the mrs were in Barcelona Sep 12 till Sep 16th. We stayed at City Park Pelayo hotel right next to the Univesitat subway. A short walk to Placa catalunya and Ramblas.
Hotel is 2 star. Rooms are small except the corner rooms that have a surround view. If you decide to stay there, ask for room 203, 303, 403 or 503. A very good breakfast is included. Best part is that the subway stop and bus stop is right there by the hotel.
2 years ago we stayed at Royal Hotel right on Ramblas. That is a 4 star hotel but breakfast was not included in the room price. Good thing about Royal was that there is a big grocery store next to it and a starbucks a few yards away. You walk a little further and there is the big Farmer's market.
If you want a little pricier, Le merdian is there close to Royal on Ramblas.
Good thing about Ramblas is that you can walk out of your hotel and enjoy all the going ons there OR if you have a room on Ramblas, then you can sit in your window and watch too.
One thing I always do when I go to Barcelona - buy a travel card ( not the Barcelona Card). They come in 1, 2, 3 till 5 day passes and are good for subway, bus and tram. Can even use it for train from airport to Barcelona anywhere and the trip back to the airport as well.
We stayed at Blue (a hostel at Carrer Ample) near the marina. It was a good hostel. We ate breakfast at a cafeteria, next to the post office on the road to Santa Maria del Mar, from where we lived.
Thanks for the replies, nice one about the travel card.
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Address: Pelayo 1, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08001, Spain