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Why do I agonize over hotel for every vacation

Old Nov 28th, 2022, 01:49 PM
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Cjar,
Just a second resounding vote for the Casa Sagnier in Barcelona in the elegant (and very safe) Eixample. I love its location. You're surrounded by stunning Moderniste architecture, and our favorite dining is in that area of the Eixample. I much prefer to stay in the Eixample rather than the Gothic Quarter, as there I don't have to be so vigilant regarding my personal belongings when walking around the neighborhood. (was a victim of a very aggressive necklace snatching by a bicycle theif on the way to a restaurant at night in the Ribera quarter so no longer wear any jewelry at all when sightseeing in the Old City-Ciutat Vella)

I'm sorry I didn't see your Madrid hotel question in time to help you with your decision. I actually know well all of your contenders (an occupational hazard, I'm afraid, over many years of Madrid hotel stays and hotel visits), and I think you'll be happy with the Only You Boutique. It's a beautiful hotel in a trendy area.
Because the entry level rooms run small, you might be happier in a superior, if budget permits. Strangely enough the "deluxe" and "premium" doubles run small while the superior doubles give you much more space, as do the jr. suites.

Near the Only You on Barquillo in the Salesas area, you have the newly renovated Mercado de San Antón for food sampling at the market stands (Madreamiga for great croissants and artisan breads, Octavio for Iberian ham and the country's best cheeses, dining upstairs at Hevia and Taberna de la Ancha) and for dining near your hotel, you have Roostique and Charrúa for grilled meats, Casa Orellana on the street of the same name for traditional fare and tapas with an Andalusian touch (8 min. walk) and a great wine bar, Angelita, on Reina (10-min walk).

Just some thoughts.
And to add----I would not recommend the Bagués because of its direct location on the always bustling, pickpocket infested Ramblas. Nice hotel, wrong location.

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Old Nov 29th, 2022, 04:32 AM
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Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions and feedback. We are now booked in all locations and I can give a new obsession my time.

We ended up going with Only You in Madrid, Casa Sagnier in Barcelona, Hostal sa Rascassa in (outside of) Begur, and a Bravissima property in Girona. I will share our experiences after the trip for someone else’s benefit.

Maribel thank you for the additional information for restaurants and the hotel insights. Everyone here is wonderful and much appreciated.
I’m curious as to how people choose their next vacation destination. This time for us it was 3 things,
My husband watched a food show about Madrid, that’s always a factor for us🙂.
I have always wanted to see Sagrada Familia.
I saw photos in a book of the Girona flower festival and was inspired to visit.
Anyway that’s a thread for another day. Thanks again to everyone.



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Old Nov 29th, 2022, 10:39 AM
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Looking forward to hearing how your trip goes. I know your hotels will be great because of all the time you put into finding the best ones for you!
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Old Nov 29th, 2022, 11:05 AM
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Old Nov 29th, 2022, 11:17 AM
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The Sa Rascassa in the cove of Aiguafreda, I hope, will be a lovely place for you to unwind, chill out and enjoy being close to the water. With only 5 rooms and no children under 12, you´ll have lots of peace and quiet, snorkeling at your fingertips and delicious dinners served by candlelight in the pretty garden.
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Old Nov 30th, 2022, 03:13 AM
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I'm like you. I look and relook at hotels before I decide what one.
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Old Nov 30th, 2022, 08:32 AM
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Sometimes I even go back after I've booked to see if the price has decreased. I just saved $50 and got a better room for our upcoming stay at the Grand Canyon.
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