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Old March 11th, 2009, 06:46 PM
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I have been looking at staying in Barcelona a couple of nights after a Royal Caribbean cruise, but the cost by Royal is VERY high, compared to booking directly. Has anyone else looked at this? Any hotel recommendations?

What am I not thinking about? A little concerned about staying in a foreign country, and do not know how to get around. We would be on our own for transportation to the hotel and then to the airport. But if I am looking at the numbers right, I can save almost half the cost going it on my own!

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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:26 PM
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It is usually much cheaper to book your own hotel. Barcelona is beautiful and very tourist friendly. Start your search by looking for a Hotel in the Las Ramblas area, the main promenade that runs North to South, where everything happens- places to stay, stroll,shop,eat, people watch.
I don't know what your budget is but start with Tripadvisor and they have then listed in $ order. Do some reading, that is half the fun.
Read hotel reviews and you can post questions too.
From the ship to Las Ramblas area will be around 10-15 Euros.
From the port back to the airport we paid 31 Euros.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Try the Hotel Jazz or the Avenida Palace.

Both are within 2 blocks of La Ramblas, the shopping & dining district of Barcelona.
Both are good choices, with the port being within a few miles.

both have numerous dining spots close by. There is even a Subway down the block from the Hotel Jazz.

For my money, the Hotel Jazz rooms look nicer, with a clean modernist feel. The Avenida Palace on the other hand, had exceptional service.

** If you choose the Avenida Palace, make sure you get a room facing the street. The others face an enclosed courtyard and are much smaller.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 06:13 PM
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We sailed a Transatlantic out of Barcelona last September. We did a 4-night pre-cruise, and booked it ourselves. While the sticker price of this hotel may shock you, please know that hotel prices in Europe (as you probably already know) are crazy-high.

With our package last year, booked directly through the hotel, we received a full-buffet breakfast every morning (we're not talking your run of the mill US buffet, yuck, but a very amazing culinary delight), 5-star dining at their restaurant for two nights (no limit on food or beverage), a mini-fridge in our loft suite stocked daily with: cava (sparkling Spanish wine), waters, diet and regular Coke and non-alcoholic beer). We also received complimentary transportation from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the embarkation pier for Celebrity. We also received a wide array of high-end bath products, candles, slippers and flip flops, robes, chocolates and bottle of Spanish wine. All of this was about $400 US dollars per night...granted, the exchange rate was different last year, so it will probably be less!

We shopped and shopped and SHOPPED, trying to find a better deal. By the time you add on your food (it's expensive in Barcelona!), transfers, etc., it just made sense. Besides, the hotel is modern chic, and the service was impeccable! We won't hesitate to stay there again, and they are rated fairly high on tripadvisor.com.

This was a luxury / boutique hotel, with about 6 or 7 floors, roof top infinity pool / bar, etc. Very, very nice, IMHO. You're about 1-2 miles (tops) to the beautiful new port, you'll sail into or out of and just across the street from Las Ramblas.

Good luck and have fun in Barcelona!

ps-you guys will do just fine with walking around most of the town, and there are two HOHO buses (red and blue route I think) that will take you to all the sites, like Gaudi, Montjuic, Montserrat, etc.

The name of the hotel and link:

Grand Hotel Central

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Old May 31st, 2009, 12:58 PM
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What Hotels are near the tourist attractions and are there any that offer shuttle service from the airport.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 01:03 PM
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The Grand Central meets your criteria.

Basically, you want a hotel in the Gothic District or in Las Ramblas. Your hotel in either of these districts will have a HOHO bus swinging through and you can hop on to visit most all of the toursit attractions. The HOHO bus is really worth it, IMHO.

Definitely do the HOHO bus though as you can see most of Barcelona. You can also take the HOHO bus to the train station, which will then take you to Montserrat, etc.

We like to get on the HOHO bus ont he firts day, and just ride it out, usually a 3-4 hour ride (which isn't that bad). After we do the complete tour on the HOHO bus, the next day, or next time we get on, we know where to get off, etc. The HOHO bus in Barcelona will take you to most of the sites.
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