Spain - Travel & Accommodation Guide
in L'Eixample, Camp Nou Stadium & Olympic Port (Puerto Olimpico) -
Capital of Catalunya and a place of constant fascination. A mixture
of modern, gothic and modernist, with wonderful architecture, museums,
cathedrals and other places to visit. Visit our photo galleries for
more information on the available tourism options in this exciting city
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tourist information and photos of Barcelona
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FEATURED HOTELS - L'EIXAMPLE AREA INFORMATION
|Casa Battló - L'Eixample
|The magical world of Casa Battló
- designed by Antoni Gaudí for the Battló family. More
than a building, it is a legend of art and the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí.
The Modernist facade represents the waves of a calm sea - the roof tiles
look like fanciful scales. The attics and chimneys never fail to
delight and fascinate. As Gaudí was known to say ".. the
only straight line is the horizon..."
|Originally the architect was asked
by the textile magnate Josep Batlló to demolish a nondescript building
designed in the 1870s by Emilio Sala Cortés and create a new house.
But Gaudí convinced Batlló that he could keep the existing
structural framework and remodel it into a masterpiece that would both
shock and delight fin de siècle Barcelona. Casa Batlló is
situated on the Paseo de Gracia in L'Eixample, one of Barcelona's most
exclusive neighborhoods. Also on this so-called "block of discord" are
the houses of other prominent industrialist families such as the Amattlers
and the Lleós. At the turn of the century these families were engaged
in a battle to "keep up with the Joneses."
|If one house featured tile, the
next house would incorporate more elaborate tile. If one family hired a
particular architect, the next family to build would hire a more prominent
|Gaudí was the last architect
in this competitive sequence to build in the notorious block of discord.
By the time he arrived, the stakes were high, and he needed to produce
something spectacular. His success is evident; the Batlló house
represents a creative tour de force. It is one of Gaudí's last private
commissions before he grew more reclusive and dedicated his energies to
the Sagrada Familia. View
|Casa Milà - La Pedrera
- L'Eixample Area:
|"Casa Milà - La Pedrera"
(1906-1912). In the late 19th and early 20th century the
district of Eixample (Passeig de Gràcia and the surrounding areas)
became the hub of Barcelona's expansion. Antoni Gaudí was
commissioned by the industrialist, Pere Milà, to construct a building
on the boundary of Barcelona and Gràcia, as both a family residence
and also to be leased as separate dwellings.
|Owing to the way its facade appears
to be carved out of rock, the Casa Milà was nicknamed "La Pedrera",
which means stone quarry. In 1984, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage
Site." It is interesting to note that there is an excellent view
of Sagrada Familia from the roof!
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FEATURED HOTELS - L'EIXAMPLE AREA
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Barcelona Center, Barcelona
The Hotel Barcelona Center
is located in the Eixample district of central Barcelona, Spain, 300 metres
from the designer boutiques of historic Passeig de Gracia avenue. Barcelona's
Museum of Modern Art, the lively promenades of Las Ramblas and Gaudi's
La Sagrada Familia cathedral are within one-and-a-half kilometres.
The Barcelona Center Hotel's lobby has large windows, striped sofas and
orange-and-brown furnishings. There is a sun terrace, and guests can receive
sightseeing advice from staff at the 24-hour front desk. International
and local cuisine is served in the modern Balmes 103 Restaurant. Guests
can relax on the sofas in the Lobby Bar. In summer, cocktails are served
at the alfresco Terrace Bar. The hotel offers meeting rooms, business
services and computer rental. There are complimentary high-speed
Internet connections in public areas. The hotel has a well-equipped
fitness centre and a sauna.
The B-Hotel in Barcelona,
is a trendy, boutique-style property located in the bustling square of
Plaza de Espana. The hotel is situated nearby the Congress Centre, Montjuich
mountain and Spanish Village. Set in the middle of Barcelona, the hotel
is just two kilometers from the lively cafes and market stalls of Las Ramblas
and 500 meters from the Miró Museum and Olympic Stadium at Montjuic.
Guests can relax on the B-Hotel's sun-drenched terraces, take in city views
from the poolside bar and go for a workout at the gym. Guests travelling
on business can benefit from the business centre which includes meeting
rooms for up to 90 people, audio-visual equipment, exhibit space and banquet
facilities. Guests can update sightseeing itineraries via the
complimentary Internet access while the concierge can make restaurant reservations
and book tickets for local shows and events in Barcelona.
Monumental Hotel, Barcelona
The Eurostars Monumental
is located in the center of the Eixample District in Barcelona, Spain.
The hotel is 500 meters from Sagrada Familia, the unfinished cathedral
designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum and shopping
at Las Ramblas are within three miles of the hotel. Olympic Village and
Barceloneta Beach are six kilometers away. Patterned marble floors,
red chairs and modern lighting accent the hotel's lobby. Buffet-style breakfasts
are available daily, while drinks are served in the bar. The hotel's sun
terrace offers views of Barcelona. Room service is available 24 hours a
day. Although the hotel faces a busy street, guestrooms are soundproofed
to minimize distractions from inside and outside. Guestrooms at the
Eurostars Gaudi are decorated with wood floors and contemporary artwork.
The contemporary Hotel Alexandra
is located in central Barcelona, Spain, surrounded by the upmarket boutiques
of the Eixample district and two blocks from Gaudi's La Pedrera (Casa Mila).
The lively promenades of Las Ramblas, the Picasso Museum and La Barceloneta
beach are within two-and-a-half kilometres. The Da Luca Ristorante is an
Italian restaurant from the region of Liguria, featuring Genovese dishes.
Drinks and snacks are served all day at the quiet Lounge Bar on the mezzanine
level. The hotel offers a boardroom for up to 8 people and a banqueting
hall for receptions of up to 100 people. AXB Restaurant also features private
function rooms. A high-speed Internet connection is available in the lobby
(surcharge). The Hotel Alexandra's 109 air-conditioned, sound-proofed
guestrooms are decorated in soft, neutral shades with cherrywood furnishings.
The modern Hotel Claris
is located in the Eixample district of central Barcelona, Spain, 50 metres
from the Egyptian Museum and 300 metres from the modernist architecture
of Gaudi's La Pedrera. Passeig de Gracia's designer boutiques and the Old
Town are within one kilometre. Passeig de Gracia metro station is 200 metres
from the hotel. Hotel Claris occupies a 19th-century building that has
a contemporary interior, and is filled with both modern art and antiques.
Andy Warhol prints adorn the walls of modern East 47 Bar and Restaurant.
Creative fusion dishes include game and fresh caviar. In summer, La Terraza
del Claris offers international and local dishes, and has a resident DJ.
Drinks are served in the Hotel Claris bar. The hotel has an outdoor
pool, sauna and fitness centre.
HCC Regente, Barcelona
Housed in a modernist building
built in 1913, the HCC Regente is a modern hotel sitting 150 metres from
the sculptures, paintings and library of the Antoni Tàpies. Located
in the upscale Eixample district, this historic hotel is three blocks from
Gaudí's La Pedrera and about two km (one mile) from the Barcelona
Museum of Contemporary Art. The roof terrace is open during the summer
months and features a bar, swimming pool, and solarium. The raised deck
offers fantastic views of Barcelona, including the spires of La Sagrada
Família, Montjuic, and the distant Tibidabo. The bar at end of the
lobby has a modernist stained glass window and still has the original 1913
cash register behind the counter, though nowadays it sits next to a computer.
A TV sits in the corner and a large cubist style mural depicts the city.
Drinks and light snacks are served all day.
The hotel is 100 metres
from La Pedrera, the Casa Mila designed by renowned architect Gaudi, and
Passeig de Gracia's wide boulevards and boutiques. The lively promenades
of Las Ramblas, the Gothic quarter and La Sagrada Familia Cathedral are
all within one kilometre. The Diagonal metro station is 100 metres from
the hotel. Moo Restaurant is decorated in black-and-white tones with contemporary
art and serves local Catalan specialties and fine wines. Moovida Restaurant
offers seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can take in panoramic city
views and drinks at the poolside bar with roof terrace. The Omm hotel's
nightclub stages live performances and music. The rooftop pool has wooden
decking, and a terrace with views of Gaudi's Casa Mila. The health centre
includes massage areas, water treatments and hair salon. Decorated in light,
neutral colours with modern furnishings, the Omm hotel's 91 air-conditioned
guestrooms have balconies and parquet floors.
The hotel is located in
the elegant Paseo de Gracia, where you can find some of the most famous
representatives of Catalan Modernist architecture, such as the Casa Batllo
and Pedrera, both by Antonio Gaudi. This area has been chosen by some of
the leading international labels , which makes the Paseo de Gracia a must
for shooping. The bedrooms are small but and tastefully decorated
with modern and classic furnishings. The en-suite bathrooms are completely
marbled. The hotel has been totally renovated to a very high standard.
Majestic hotel has 2 restaurants in total, The Majestic buffet meal served
on the ground floor for breakfast, lunch and supper. And the Restaurant
Drolma considered one of the city's best haute cuisine restaurants in Barcelona.
Majestic hotel also offers a business center, exterior pool and fitness
center including gym, massages, sauna and steam bath.
FEATURED HOTELS - CAMP NOU STADIUM
|The Camp Nou, Catalan for
"new field", often erroneously called the "Nou Camp" (in both Spanish and
English) is a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain. The stadium has been
the home of FC Barcelona since its construction in 1957. It is a UEFA 5-star
rated stadium, and has hosted numerous international matches at senior
level, and UEFA Champions League finals, the most recent being in 1999.
It has a capacity of 98,772, making it the largest stadium in Europe, and
the eleventh largest in the world. Its official name was Estadi del FC
Barcelona (FC Barcelona Stadium) until 2000, when the club membership voted
to change the official name to the popular nickname, Camp Nou. Across
Camp Nou is the Palau Blaugrana, the stadium for indoor sports and adjacent
is the Ice Rink, the stadium for ice-based sports. Just behind the complex
is the Mini Estadi, the stadium where the FC Barcelona Atlètic plays
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Hotel Victoria Suites, a Marriott Lifestyle Hotel, Barcelona
The AC Victoria Suites is
located in Barcelona, Spain, within 3.5 kilometres of Plaza Espana and
six kilometres from the magnificent La Sagrada Familia cathedral.
This 11-storey hotel is set in the quiet residential area of Pedralbes.
It is built in a contemporary style and offers an outdoor swimming pool,
a sun terrace, and landscaped gardens. The front desk and room service
are available around the clock, and other practical amenities include concierge
services. Niechel, the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, serves dishes
inspired by the Mediterranean Sea. Breakfast is served daily in the restaurant
(surcharge). AC Victoria Suites offers meeting rooms for up to eight
people, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is
available in public areas.
Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona
The high-rise Hotel Rey
Juan Carlos I is located in Barcelona, Spain, within two kilometres of
Camp Nou stadium and six kilometres from Las Ramblas. The nearest metro
station is Zona Universitaria. Open for breakfast (surcharge), lunch
and dinner, Café Polo has a daily themed menu ranging from Catalan
to Basque dishes. A long, extensive buffet table and furnishings divide
the restaurant into an informal area with timber chairs and a more elegant
and formal area. The Garden Restaurant, in the exotic garden, offers a
modern Mediterranean menu. The low-lit Aris Bar resembles an old-style
cocktail bar, and mixed drinks and cocktails are its speciality. The Royal
Fitness health spa (surcharge) features a gym, two heated indoor pools,
jetted tubs, sauna, steam bath, aroma cabins and hydro-massage showers.
There's a heated outdoor pool open all year.
FEATURED HOTELS - OLYMPIC PORT
|The Barcelona Olympic Port
is one of the most important in the city, today. There you´ll find
beaches, the Catalonia History Museum, Rambla of the sea, and the Aquarium.
This area was born with the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. For this reason,
a once abandoned area turned into building and leisure activities, business,
and some of the most important tourism offices in Spain. A walk along the
Olympic Port is tons of fun. You can enjoy their golden sand beaches, and
in some, you can enjoy fun aquatic sports. Next to the Olympic Port
you´ll find the Barceloneta, a fishermen district made of narrow
streets with the aroma of the sea.
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The Hotel Arts Barcelona
is located in Barcelona, Spain, one block from the Olympic Port and beaches.
It is one kilometre from the Picasso Museum and two kilometres from Gaudi's
Sagrada Familia church. Passeig de Gracia is 2.5 kilometres away.
The Hotel Arts Barcelona forms part of a marina and has an outdoor swimming
pool. It houses a fitness centre featuring saunas, steam rooms, and hydrotherapy
pools. The onsite spa includes special "treatment zones". Guests
can indulge in onsite shopping and visit the beauty salon. The property
also houses a casino. The Hotel Arts Barcelona has a range of dining
options, including the stylish yet informal Bites restaurant. Creative
Catalan tapas can be sampled at the Arola restaurant, while drinks and
cigars can be enjoyed at the bar.
Pere IV, Barcelona
The Hotel Pere IV, located
in Barcelona, Spain, is east of the city center in the new 22@ district.
The hotel is 600 meters from Villa Olimpica Beach. The National Theatre
of Catalonia and Barcelona Auditorium are within 800 meters. Ciutadella
Park, the Museum of Modern Art and the Barcelona Zoo are one kilometer
away. The Gaudi Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves
a selection of traditional Mediterranean dishes and nouvelle cuisine. Specialties
include the traditional pan tomaquet, made with olive oil, fresh tomato
and a pinch of salt. Drinks and snacks are served throughout the day in
the bar. Business amenities include multiple meeting rooms and wireless
Internet access in public areas of the hotel. Cardiovascular equipment
is available in the hotel's gym. An indoor pool, sauna and spa tub are
located on site.