Posted December 27th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Where do you normally stay when you are in Barcelona? I would love to go back, my hotel was ok, but I would like to find a different one....not to expensive. Thanks
This year (May) I rented an apartment in the Born area. It was wonderful and my apartment was right down the "street" from Palau de la Musica. Great location and central to so many places in the Gothic Quarter and Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. -- If you are interested, I found a spa right up the street that is not only fabulous, but you would not believe how crazy low their prices are. It is a very nice place, but apparently the going rate for spa services is nothing like what we have at home (or the crazy prices on cruise ships).
One downside to travelling solo is booking a hotel room for a single. Oftentimes this means you get a small room with a courtyard view. -- No wonderful balconies. And, I guess I'm just too cheap to pay for a double - which may or may not be a balcony room.
The nice thing about booking an apartment is that I can make sure it has a balcony (also, make sure it has an elevator unless you really like to climb stairs). I don't really use the kitchen to cook as I LOVE eating out in Barcelona as that is part of the experience for me. But, I know people who save a lot of money by taking advantage of the kitchen. -- I don't really cook much at home so there's not much of a chance I'll do so on vacation. - I used "Friendly Rentals" to book my apartment and will use them again for my June 2013 trip.
But, because I have early morning flights, I check out of the apartment the day before and spend one night at a hotel. The hotel staff will ensure I have a cab waiting for me at 4am so I can be at the airport in time for check-in.
I prefer Hotel Colon. I've stayed there twice and I'll stay there again in June for my last night in Barca. They are located right across the plaza from the Cathedral and they are convenient to most everything in the Gothic Quarter. Staff there are wonderful and they take good care of me.
If you are on Facebook, "Like" them. They are good at posting information on what is going on in Barcelona - AND - they post beautiful pictures that will make you want to rush out and book a flight.