Breathtaking Barcelona

by Jay Brown
   
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I’m a bit of a regular at the Hotel Barcelona Princess. Its waterfront views and home-from-home atmosphere make it my hotel of choice each time I visit this wonderful city.

Having been lucky enough to experience one of the Junior Suites on a different adventure with friends, I decided to opt for a smaller Superior Room this time. If you’re wondering, there wasn’t the slightest drop-off in terms of comfort, style and luxury. My Superior Room featured a very comfortable king-size bed, complimentary mini-bar and free internet. Since Barcelona is brimming with culture, museums, culinary delights and sports, it’s also important to mention that the Hotel Barcelona Princess is just a few minutes’ walk from Forum Metro (on Line 4). Soon I was zipping all over the city – checking out Antonio Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Familia and making my way to Camp Nou (home of FC Barcelona).

Then it was back to my room for a quick change, before I was off out again for gourmet cuisine at one of the many stylish restaurants in the L’Eixample district; exploring the city safe in the knowledge that a comfortable bed was waiting for me back at the Barcelona Princess. I love returning to this hotel. Hotel Barcelona Princess is equally well located for both newcomers wanting to see the city’s tourist attractions, and seasoned regulars looking for off-the-beaten-path sojourns. The first place on my must-see list is the Museum Picasso; even if you’re not into strolling through room after room of awe-inducing art, it’s well worth a visit.

I then stopped in the Born district for tapas. It has something delicious for everyone’s tastes, from the most timid appetite to the adventurous foodie. Next up I was ready for a spot of retail therapy, and the Iguapop Gallery in El Borne more than did the trick. It’s a spacious gallery and clothing shop, bringing to life Barcelona’s subtle flamboyance – and it’s ideal for picking up those little presents for friends and family. El Pueblo Español is also great for souvenirs; it’s a pretty village-type district packed full of handicraft and souvenir shops.

Rounding off my itinerary was Gaudí’s Parc Güell, an amazing place to catch the city’s incredible skyline. Get yourself to the summit to witness Barcelona’s panoramic beauty, with breathtaking views that will have you wearing out your camera battery.

When you’re too tired to do anything else, and are just about ready to pass out, find your way back to your suite and rest up – after all, tomorrow is another day for exploring this vibrant city!

Don’t miss
  • Museum Picasso
  • MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum)
  • Antonio Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia
  • l’Aquàrium de Barcelona
  • Barcelona FC Museum
  • Passeig de Gràcia
  • Diagonal Mar shopping centre
Hotel facilities
  • The Corner Bar serves tapas, salads, hamburgers and Mediterranean appetisers; Estrella Restaurant provides a cosier experience
  • For evening refreshments try the Corner Bar; post-massage try a fresh juice from the Gym Bar
  • Two outdoor pools, gym
  • Sauna, solarium, massage room
  • Free wi-fi throughout hotel

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