Hotel Colon is really a great hotel! Location couldn't be better and the staff is amazing. The rooftop lounge is amazing and so is the outside terrace for great food and drink. We ate at the restaurant a few times and it was delicious. We were very happy with our room, there were three of us and ...
The hotel was very clean and had an amazing rain shower. The location was a bit far from the city center but close to the train station (15 min transportation). Drinks in the mini bar are free and updated daily. The only issue was I asked for water downstairs as we checked out and I was told that ...
Nice place to stay. Would go back. The bathroom was spacious and nice, but the jets in the soaking tub do not work. The rooms were not insulated very well, though, and it was noisy depending where who was in the rooms next to you.
We stayed here one night before our cruise and one night after our cruise. Excellent staff and great roof top bar. We were also upgraded to the Opera Suite on our night after our cruise what a great way to end our trip.
The stay for 10 days was amazing! :) The hotel was clean and, the service was friendly. You could wind down in the sauna, or read one of the 10,000 books in the lounge! But, I would suggest you consider adding an indoor pool. Thank you!
The staff was very helpful, suggesting good restaurants and giving directions. The rooms was clean albeit small. Beds and pillows were good. They offer breakfast that looked great but very expensive at 14 euros. That was the cost of a good dinner elsewhere. The metro is a block away and you can walk ...
The hotel is stunning. Better than how it looks is the kindness from the hotel staff. Enjoy the rooftop bar & breakfast, both were great. Two things; our shower drained poorly but was still enjoyable and the ceiling sprung a leak & they immediately took care of it. Those were the only hiccups during ...
very clean hotel room, easy to find very near the Christopher Columbus statue near the end of La Rambla, very helpful staff. I asked about a restaurant recommended by the taxi driver, the front desk person validated it was a good restaurant and immediately offered to call to make dinner reservations for me. The restaurant was excellent too!
Big apartment with a kitchen; clean, close to the airport. They have relatively affordable parking available as well. Great place overall.
Elegance within walking distance of most of the places we ate. The best shower I have ever had.
Rooftop pool is wonderful and you are in the heart of the gothic district!
From the soaring towers of the Sagrada Familia to its easily accessible Mediterranean beaches, Barcelona is a city unmatched by its European neighbors. The core of Barcelona is small enough to see on foot, and vibrant enough that you'll want to soak it all in from street level, so bring your best walking shoes, prepare to stay up late and keep your camera charged.
Antoni Gaudi is one of Spain's most recognized architects and a famous proponent of Catalan Modernism. Barcelona holds his best work, and you can see most of it in an afternoon. The first and most important stop on your list is the Sagrada Familia, an elaborate church covered in peaks and spikes. Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is scheduled to be finished during the first third of the 21st century. The building's organic-looking towers and dizzying visual effects are unparalleled.
Park Guell and Casa Batllo are Barcelona's other Gaudi musts. Park Guell is a sprawling public park full of stunning buildings, sculptures and tiles designed by Gaudi. The architect's former home is among them. Casa Batllo, a residence on Passeig de Gracia, features a macabre skull-and-bones motif in its pillars and balconies.
La Rambla is the major street of central Barcelona, and it's crowded day and night with visitors and locals. The street is lined with shops and restaurants, and people can be found patronizing them, socializing and just hanging around here at all hours. The city's Barri Gotic, or old Gothic Quarter, borders La Rambla to the east and the lively El Raval Quarter to the west. La Boqueria market is Barcelona's largest and oldest public market, and this palace of gastronomic delights can be reached from La Rambla too.
Barcelona has four main beaches, all of which are minutes from the city center. The beaches comprise a 4.2-mile stretch of sand and tend to be more crowded on the end closest to La Rambla. Adventurous visitors can sail, surf and windsurf along Barcelona's shore, and if you need a little pick-me-up, there are plenty of lively restaurants abutting the beach.
Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) is located about eight miles southwest of the city, and is the main airport of Catalonia. Eurail also services the city, and trains depart from the gorgeous Barcelona Sants rail station at a steady pace throughout the day. Driving to the city is great if you know the area, although parking within crowded Barcelona can be tricky at times. If you're staying somewhere else on the Mediterranean before arriving here, there are many options to travel to the city by boat. This method takes a little longer, but it's an incredible experience to wake up to the sunrise over the azure ocean.
Once you reach Barcelona, don't be afraid to take advantage of the city's excellent public transportation system. The Metro de Barcelona is fast, efficient, modern and extremely safe. Announcements are generally made in both Spanish and English, and the ticket price is based on what zone of the city you're traveling to.
The area around La Rambla has many hotels, but can be a bit crowded and expensive during its peak season. If you're traveling to Barcelona in the less-crowded fall or winter, when temperatures cool slightly, La Rambla becomes a much more attractive home base. The nearby Raval district is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in which to stay. Wherever your Barcelona hotel is located, be sure to get out and enjoy the city's Catalan culture as much as possible. Become one of the colorful crowd on La Rambla Boulevard and absorb the fantastic creative culture in the City of Barcelona.