You know, I was initially very sad when I wanted to look for a nice apartment in Barcelona through SkyBNB, only to discover that unlike in most places, here staying in a SkyBNB apartment is more expensive than staying in a hotel…
So I had no choice but to book a hotel room instead. I briefly did what most miserly tourists do by searching for the best deals in various hotel booking websites and finally made the plunge for a 2-star hotel through Booking.com…
All the while I was in a prissy mood, until the moment when I completed the payment process and found myself staring at this on my booking confirmation page…
Huh? Travel guide huh… Interesting… I saved the link into my browser’s bookmark and was finally able to open it and properly go through it today.
It is a very interesting page. I got carried away reading all the information provided. So much that I totally forgot that I still need to write a blog post today. Which is why you are seeing this now. I’m making snippets of what I find interesting in that link to share with you guys.
I think this is awesome! I haven’t even set foot in Barcelona yet, and I am able to make a travel guide blog post to this much anticipated city! Even better, I don’t need to do a lot of writing. You can read the snippets instead (If the words are too small for you, click to enlarge the images).
Hopefully you’ll enjoy it, and if you are going to Barcelona some time in the future, then hopefully this is useful to you!
Barcelona by Neighborhoods
I guess you now know which area I will be staying in. But don’t rejoice just yet. I looked at the maps, apparently there are over 100 hotels in Ciutat Vella. If you are a stalker and reading this, good luck trying to hunt me down! 😉
I will most definitely come across 7 out of these 10 places. I’ve bought tickets to enter the Sagrada Familia and the Camp Nou anyway. Also hitting the Barceloneta Beach is a must, and I must remember to borrow that lens with big zoom from my friend. Read the last sentence of that paragraph.
I spent the most time reading this City Secrets section. Apparently these are written by folks who are Barcelona locals or who have been living in Barcelona for the past many years. I think I will at least try to hit Mercat de la Princesa and Granja Viader. Hopefully these are legit recommendations and not something similar to that breakfasts around the world sh*t… 🙄
Oh sh*t! Type F plug?! Dang! I’ll have to go to the shop to get a different adapter then! Mine’s only good for US/Japan type of plugs…
Seriously though, these practical tips are the most… well, practical. These are the stuff that will help make my stay in the city smooth. I’ll take note of these pointers:
- tipping is not a must, so no need to tip.
- order a beer with tapas if you want to look like a fool.
After reading this travel guide, I am feeling much better. I think I’m more confident with my upcoming trip now. In fact, I have almost forgotten my misery with not being able to rent an apartment instead. I think I made the right choice by going for a hotel through Booking.com. I think it is good value for money to be paying slightly less for a hotel than I would for an apartment, get daily cleaning services, free breakfasts, AND a comprehensive travel guide that looks like the real deal.
In fact, if I am going to go for more vacations to unfamiliar places, I think I will be inclined to make use of this booking website again. I suppose we’ll see first if this particular travel guide works for me. 🙄
No lah, this isn’t a paid review post. This is me being lazy to write lots of words + me being generous to share free information about Barcelona + me trying to make use of my affiliate link in case you guys wanna book hotels and at the same time make RM 2.6
billion donation to me without spending your own dime…