The lobby and public rooms in this Barcelona classic have sweeping spaces around a curving reception desk, modern bentwood furniture, and good views over the busy square just east of Plaça del Rei. Guest rooms have whitewashed walls set off by mustard- and coffee-color drapes and bedspreads. The location places you in the middle of most of Ciutat Vella's most important attractions: the Picasso Museum, Santa Maria del Mar, and the bustling Born-Ribera neighborhood are
all a two-minute walk away, and the City History Museum is across the street.
May 27, 2003
The day we arrived (March '03) they began major reconstruction - the entire ground floor was blocked off, so we had to go across the street to another hotel for breakfast every morning, and could only use the laundry lift to reach our room. So its quite possibly lovely by now. But perhaps it was all this disruption that disturbed the cockroaches and encouraged them to run up and down the walls. We spent the minimum time we possibly could in the room.
The staff were very helpful when my friend had a luggage mix-up, even though only one spoke any English. A shame that after a couple of days, we couldn't wait to leave.