For my recent trip, my itinerary was: 3 days and 2 nights in Istanbul, and then flying off to Barcelona and staying there for 6 days and 5 nights, and then flying back to Istanbul for another 3 days and 3 nights.
So, after my brief stay in Taksim, the second accommodation that I am going to show you will be the hotel where I spent 5 nights in Barcelona, the hotel which I booked through Booking.com (which also gave me access to a rather interesting online travel guide).
I guess hardcore Christians will balk at the sight of this hotel and stay away. After all, its namesake is a rather popular song which is widely claimed to be a song with Satanic messages. But as we all know, I am neither hardcore nor Christian, so Hotel California does not deter me.
The reason I chose this hotel was because, like my apartment in Taksim, this was the second cheapest option that I could find from the website’s list. If you must know, it was 210€ for 5 nights.
I have to admit I did try to look for an apartment through AirBnb first, but everything I could find in my preferred area (Barri Gotic) was upwards of 250€, plus adminstration fees, plus cleaning fees… making the total close to 300€.
Let’s show you the room…
As you can see, this is a very small room, with space for a bed and a table/chair set and not much else. It was adequate for a solo traveler like me who spent most of the day being outside, only making it back for shower and sleep. And blogging.
Oh, the blogging. Speaking of blogging… do you know how my workstation looked like when I was blogging in Barcelona? Here, let’s take a look…
I can’t use the table and chair because the space between the table and bed was too tight and I
was am too fat. I can’t lean back on the pillow on the far end of the bed because my power adapter was not long enough. I tried a few ways, and the only way that worked was setting up the laptop on the bed like above, with me hunching over as I type.
I’m amazed that I could keep up a daily blogging update like this…
Let’s show you the view out of my window…
Err… never mind, let’s forget about it. Let’s see the view in front of the hotel instead.
Yeah, this is better. Much better! This is one of the side strip off La Rambla. The far end of the picture above is the La Rambla, the hotel being barely 100 meters away.
Although, this side strip is filled with bars and pubs, so it gets pretty lively and noisy at night. My room with that view facing the back means I got to stay away from the noise and spend the nights in relative peace and quiet (should I wished it), so that’s actually a plus point.
Another plus point for me personally is that we have to pass our room keys to the reception every time we go out. Now this might be annoying to some, but I actually like it this way and thinks this makes perfect sense. I’m in a place which is notorious for the abundance of pickpockets, so the last thing I would want is to carry all my important belongings with me when I am out and about, open invitation to the pickpockets, “Come, pick me! I’m a loaded and prime target!”
Also, this hotel provides complimentary buffet breakfast. Not a very fancy version like those from five star hotels, but still a buffet nonetheless. This saved me probably 10€ a day for desayunos.
I loved this limited breakfast spread. Mainly because they have chorizo cold cut, which was delicious! This was how my daily breakfast looked like while I was staying here.
Minus the muffin, of course. I only had the muffin like, once
a day. It was not bad very good, I love don’t like muffins with chocolate filling…
True story… 😉
Now, the main question: Do I like this hotel?
Yes, but… I feel La Rambla is too touristy a place to stay in. In fact, I don’t even like the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) area as a whole. Too many people, too many pubs, and too many fake paella restaurants. So, while I’m not averse to visiting Barcelona again, I probably would not want to stay in this area again. If I find myself in Barcelona again, I would probably look for a place on the other side of Plaça de Catalunya. Preferably somewhere along the Passeig de Gràcia.