Montjuïc Mountain (Tour)
This mountain is the place of two main historic events: 1929 Barcelona universal Exposition and 1992 Olympic Games.
As opposite to the other Universal Exposition celebrated in Barcelona on 1888 around Parc de la Ciudatella, there are many remains of the 1929 Exposition.
The palaces at both sides of the Avenida Maria Cristina hosted the main events.
Arc de Triumf
This amazing arch, designed by the architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas and built as the main entry to the Barcelona Universal exhibition, is situated at the end of a wide promenade, going to the Parc de la Ciutadella, were took place the exhibition in 1888.
The brick design has a series of embossed images that depict allegorical scenes of industry, traditional craft work and business. The front frieze was designed by Josep Reynes and represents the city of Barcelona welcoming visitors to the Exhibition fair. The opposite frieze contains a stone carving named "Recompense", a work from the earliest period of Josep Llimona.
Have recently returned from a 4 night stay at the Barcelona Universal Hotel & can highly recomend this hotel. However, having read a few more reviews of this hotel I'd like to point out a couple of varying opinions. The trip advisor from Queens said they had to leave their key with the concierge & wake him when they returned late at night, we were given swipe cards to our room so whenever we left the hotel we took it with us and could return any time, the hotel lobby was always open, (not that we arrived back in the early hours of the morning). Also, they say it's a very nice neighbourhood, well the LOCATION is great, but the area/neighbourhood is slightly downmarket. Not to say that we didn't feel safe, it's a pleasant stroll to La Ramblas & to Port A Vell on the sea front/marina.
The hotel is vey modern, the rooms were nicely furnished, beech furniture & floors, room and bathroom were spotless & cleaned everyday. Ladies, no need to bring a travel hairdryer as there is an excellent one in the bathroom. The beds were very firm, with long pillows. Plenty of wardrobe space for clothes, suitcases & a free safe. Air con is fantastic, very quiet & didn't need it on long because it started to get too cold! The staff were very pleasant & spoke excellent english.
We booked on Expedia & breakfast wasn't included in the option. We ate breakfast everyday & when we came to pay we got a bit of a shock. 110 euros for 2 people for 4 days. A bit steep if you ask me, but you need to stock up on a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for all the walking!
The metro is right outside the hotel & is very easy to use, we used the ticket machine & bought a metro travel card for 10 journeys for about 6 euros.
Also, a previous trip advisor said that a taxi from the airport to the hotel was 27 euros. Well, I think we were over charged as when we got in the taxi the driver didn't zero the meter, it was alreay at 11 euros. When we got to the hotel the meter was at 27 euros, but then he showed us a card to show it was extra for the two suitcases & then added another 10 euros. So, I would ask how much before you take a taxi.
Also, please be vigilant with your money/personal belongings. There is a guide on pickpockets in the hotel room. Basically, wear a money belt, wear your rucksack across your front. Don't have your wallet/purse in your pockets. Watch your backs, try not to get involved in any of the street theatre. Look as though you know where you are going, but don't be afraid to get out a map, there are tourists from all over the world.
Also, our AA travel guide book recommended a restaurant called Le quinze nites, it's in a little square off La ramblas. Don't bother. The queue starts at about 730pm. The doors don't open till 830pm & the service & food were rubbish. Try the little restaurant just off to the left in the alley, can't remember what it's called, began with a c, few tables outside & lovely inside, food great, if not a little nouvelle cuisine (small portions)!
Hotel rooms very comfortable. Higher floors have nice views, but not so lower down. Rooftop pool is small but wonderful. Great downtown location next to subway on a main street. If you like to walk everywhere this is not a super location as the neighborhood walking from hotel to the Ramblas is undesirable.
Better than imagined...
Just returned from a 3 night stay in the middle of our Paris vacation. Wow. This hotel delivered more than I expected. From the 15 Euro taxi to the hotel (25 Euro return due to departure fee), to the accurate web site photo representative rooms, we were off to a very good start. I booked my reservation w/ Expedia for approx. 110 Euro and did not have any issue. The hotel is situated far enough away from Las Ramblas to be able to get some sleep (5 min walk), while being directly in front of the convient Metro and Funicular to MontJuic. It is also a 5 min. walk to the Port area and maybe 15 until you hit the beach. When I say 15 mins. it is probably one of those 15 that you don't even notice due to the sights. Don't believe the paranoia of the descriptions of the area or the street (Nou de la rambla) to Las Ramblas. Please! I still carried my wallet in my front pocket, and had a small carrybag (my man purse as the wife described it), but this is essential for your camera/guidebooks/etc. I carried all of my wife's ID/ATM/C.C. in the wallet, and left our passports (carried hotel stamped photocopies around) in our room safe, but never felt unsafe for a moment, no matter how late or deep we explored even the Gothic area. We loved the rooftop pool for our late afternoon cool off. I didn't have any hassles bringing our own beer/wine up there, although you can order beer up from the lobby. Followed by a siesta, we enjoyed our dinner(s) (reservation recommended at Senyor Parellada), pub crawled, and even hit a club. If a Club is not your thing, The London Bar has live entertainment and Red Bull/Vodka to keep you going (on the Nou de la rambla on your walk back to the hotel). We loved Barcelona and will return. Just go, and remember to power through the groggy apres siesta feeling. Muchas Gracias T.A. (again)
Excellent location, helpful staff, big bed...
Not bad at all. Considering some of the hotels that I had planned to stay in in Barcelona were horrible looking things, just yards from noisy dens of debauchery, I was extremely greatful to be here, in a (relatively) quiet street.
The close proximity to a tube station was also very welcome.
The staff were exceedingly friendly and responded to tourist Spanish in smooth English.
The rooms were very comfortable and an excellent base for exporing the city although I didn't check out the restaurant at all.
The 'king size' bed was in fact two singles pushed together but I only noticed on our second day so it couldn't have been all that bad...
I would stay there again
The Unierversal is appointed with excellent clean, modern rooms with good range of complimentary toiletries for you to stash in your case (including shoe shine, tooth brush, razor and tissues!).
Room bonuses also included a free in room safe, heated towel rail and bonkers hotel radio which was piped into the bathroom! Air con and black out curtains were excellent for afternoon siestas after checking out Gaudi's finest.
Staff were very helpful, friendly and only too willing to help you out with any enquiry from furnishing you with local info to giving you further complimentary toothbrushes!
The hotel is situated in a good location, out of the main throng of La Rambla. It is on a fairly busy road but the hotel has good soundproofing so it doesn't interfere with a good nights kip. The hotel is right next to a metro station which is the best way of getting round the city.
The only gripes were (and these are very minor);
on check-in the staff told us that we had to wait because we had ordered a double room as it wasn't quite ready. They, however, could offer us a twin room if we wanted a room now. We waited until 2pm and on getting to the room we noticed that it was 2 singles pushed together (but it didn't feel like we were on 2 singles).
The other minus point was to get to la Rambla from the hotel means going through El Raval(guide books tell you to stay away at night). Having said that, it's cheap and easy enough to get the metro and taxi so why bother walking? Especially when you are wearing high heels....
Barcelona Sants Train Station Transfer and good eats near Barcelona Universal Hotel
We are planning on taking the train from the airport to our hotel. I know we have to transfer from the train to a metro at Barcelona Sants station. When we get off the train, where do we go to catch the metro to get to the Hotel Universal (I believe it is metro line 3). If anyone has specific directions that would be most helpful.
Also, after arriving at the hotel, we will be ready to get something to eat. Are there good, reasonable, and local restaurants nearby the hotel? Please give directions and street names. Thanks
Re: Barcelona Sants Train Station Transfer and good eats near Barcelona Universal Hotel
It will be useful if you give us the exact location of your hotel...
If it's near line 3 of metro, changing at Passeig de Gracia train station will be much easier than at Sants. Passeig de Gracia is a very small station so very easy to navigate and it's connected to the metro station (line 3) by an underground aisle (some stairs involved I think to remember, in case you have much luggage).
regarding "somewhere to eat"... apart of location some budget will be very useful too. However, I can't really think on an area of Barcelona without many restaurants around.
Re: Barcelona Sants Train Station Transfer and good eats near Barcelona Universal Hotel
When guiding relatives & friend specially those first timers in Barcelona we avoid leading them to Sants Estacion cuz it can be overwhelming, crowded, too many incidents like being pick-pocketed & confusing as well, without an address it's too much guessing your location of your hotel as we have hundreds of hotels with semilar names to differenciate them either at the end of the name is "hotel" or before the name...what is the exact location.Should time permit you, if you have the linea 3 (or green line) we would sugest that you have your meals at my favourite tapa bar/restaurant. It's all worth your time and appetite! Taking the line 3 or green line, get off on the metro stop called: DIAGONAL. Exit Catalunya. Keep walking straight towards the water. The name of my favourite and most favourite place to eat is called: CERVESERIA CATALANA (many bars/restaurants sounds alike so, note the exact address of these CERVESERIA CATALANA... #235 Calle Mallorca and it's in the corner of Catalunya. Try and make sure you don't get distructed as in any place there will always be pickpocketers...so, hold on to your personal belongings. What we would suggest to eat is the polpos, sepia, SOLOMIO and ask for pan con tomate! Service at these place is more than excellent! Have a great time in Barcelona! If you need more help take a moment and read our homepage in Barcelona!