We have been in Laietana palace ( Via Laietana 20) because we found a good price with flight by Alitalia from Milano Malpensa. The location is preety good, near to the historical centre (Barri Gotic), a few steps from Las Ramblas, having a Metro stop just 30 mt away ( jaume I) and not far from the Picasso Museum and the wonderful neighbour of La Ribera (maybe the best spot of barca in my opinion). Service is good, the breakfast is normal, the room is little but with jacuzzi in bathroom. The real problem is that the metro is passing just UNDER THE HOTEL. We were at fourth and we heard clearly the vibrations altough we could sleep well. But sleeping in floors under i think can be a REAL PROBLEM. It is the reason that often they do special prices. you can tink it's like a good 3 star hotel but not a 4 like they are
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We shall spend a long weekend in Barcelona at the beginning of next month, staying in the Hotel Laietana Palace. I'd be most grateful for any tips on particularly good mid-range restaurants, and don't-miss sights which may be off the beaten track.
And may I take it that everyone will speak Spanish as well as Catalan, and that it's better to do so than attempt English?
Language is quite a touchy subject in Catalonia, but most guidebooks are wrong to try and depict the region as a radicalised European version of Quebec.
Obviously the regional authorities do their best to promote the use of Catalan, but Spanish is universally spoken and some 40% of Catalans still regard Spanish as their mother tongue.
In fact, in Barcelona you will notice that spoken Spanish actually prevails, mostly due to the massive influx of immigrants from other parts of Spain and Latin America, as well as tourists. So do not panic. Would you worry about language matters if you were planning a trip to Cardiff? Catalan speakers will normally switch to Spanish as soon as they realize you do not speak Catalan, while most youngsters will be more than happy to put their English to test with you.
Thanks, Eugene, that's helpful.
TOTALLY agree with Eugene!!!!!!
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Address: 17 Via Laietana, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08003, Spain