If you’re looking for a great deal in the centre of Barcelona, and don’t want to compromise on accommodation, facilities or service, this 3 star boutique hotel, in a superb location, is for you! The bustling boulevard provides the perfect backdrop to your city break, as you’ll be utterly immersed into local culture, art and history. The nearby Gothic Quarter is also a great spot to explore pavement cafés, trendy bars and independent clothing boutiques, when you’re not relaxing back at the hotel. The friendly staff will make you feel instantly welcome from the moment you step into the lobby and for the duration of your stay, always willing to offer recommendations and local knowledge to enrich your experience of the city. There is WiFi and air-conditioning throughout, including in the guest rooms where you will also enjoy the use of plasma screen TV, safe with notebook plug, climate control, telephone and fan.
Families travelling with young children are well-accommodated to with access to extra cots and beds, and connecting rooms where available. Business travellers will also find the PC with free internet access in the room handy when wanting to get some work done from the hotel.
A leisurely stroll through the medieval streets and squares of the Gothic Quarter, especially when lit up at night, is arguably the best introduction to the city. The main governmental buildings are located at Placa Sant Jaume, in the heart of the neighbourhood, and are stunning examples of quintessential Renaissance and neo-classical architectural design. Nearby, in the other main square (Placa de la Seu) is the iconic Barcelona Cathedral whose construction began in 1298 and was only completed in 1913. Inside the main building there are numerous sculptures, paintings and other details of historic interest, such as the crypt and alabaster tomb of the AD 303 martyr, Eulalia, to whom the cathedral is dedicated. You can also jump in a lift to the very top and enjoy views over the Old Town. Next door to the cathedral is the equally beautiful and fascinating cloister which, when shed with sunlight, paints a stunning picture with lush foliage, ancient stones and snow-white geese.
Just around the corner, sweet-tooth visitors will get their sugar fix seen to in style at Caelum. This delightful bakery and café sells every kind of sweet treat imaginable, and all of them made by local Catalan nuns and monks in their convents and monasteries. The mock Roman arches in exposed brick make the perfect backdrop to the quaint underground café, where you can enjoy a pot of herbal tea and slice of cake – too good to share!