A September 2000 trip
to Barcelona by travel2000
Quote: The minute you step off the Aerobus into Plaza Catalunya, you realize the true meaning of the city that never sleeps. Yes, the place is swarming with tourists, but the sights this city offers you will capture your heart once and for all.
Eat a huge lunch (menu of the days) and a late light dinner to save money and eat well. Stay away from guide book recommendations. We followed the contruction workers one day and had our best meal in Sarria.
The only problem was the incredibly small bathroom (small tub with shower and sink) and the separate toilet in a closet. I have traveled around alot, but this toilet was something else! I am 5 feet tall and even I had trouble sitting down with the door closed. The place was old and not for the those who want squeaky clean, but the location was perfect-on a small street right off Plaza Catalunya. So if location is what you are after and you don't mind stairs, this is a good choice. Another advantage is the convenience of Plaza Catalunya. From the airport or train station, you can take a direct bus that drops you off at the plaza. From there, the hotel is only a five minute walk. The main subway and bus stops are also at the plaza, as is the main tourist office.
In addition to individual apartments, there are rooms available in the main building next door. Single or double rooms, with double or twin beds, with or without private bathrooms. All prices are listed on the website.
I found the staff very nice and helpful. We also left our documents and valuables at the front desk. At first, I was worried about leaving in a drawer at the desk but it has an attendant 24 hours a day. I thought it was much safer than leaving them in my room or carrying them in my money pouch.
Here is the website for Hosteria Grau: http://www.intercom.es/grau/
In addition to many photos of the apartments and rooms, there is also a nice selection of Barcelona photos.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 29, 2000
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2000
We had menu of the day's...salad or a plate of green beans or stewed octopus (really good!), then for main course, paella or rabbit stew in beer (both were excellent) and for dessert, a kind of cheesecake with candied fruit (like Italian Nonna's Torte) or peached in wine. The menus were 950 pst each. What a deal. By the way, the place completely filled up after we sat down. I guess 1pm is when the stores close and kids get off school. Everyone was a local-you could say we stuck out like a sore thumb!
Antigua Casa Rafael
Mayor de Sarria, 77
Attraction | "Bus 22"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 1, 2000
Barcelona Bus Turistic
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