by Truly Malin
New York, New York
March 31, 2002
9,000 pesetas ($45) is extremely reasonable for an hour-long full body massage in such refined surroundings. Mine was performed by a quiet, gracious blonde with strong hands that didn't seem capable of getting tired. I was so relaxed that I almost fell asleep. This is a great activity to plan for the day after you walk to the top of Parc Guell, or up all 300 stairs to the top of the Sagrada Familia (why couldn't someone have told me there was an elevator?!)
The only distraction was a cassette tape that ended in mid-song, then had to be rewound for what seemed like minutes while I lay there waiting for the massage to continue. As for my traveling companions? Jeanne felt that her masseuse could have rubbed harder, whereas Wendy's male masseur could have used a few English lessons - he asked if she "liked it hard"... Hmm.
Hotel Arts (Ritz Carlton) Carrer de la Marina, 19-21 93-221-10-00
From journal Barcelona: Where Old Meets New