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10 Days in Spain

An October 2007 trip to Spain by saverb

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Quote: I visited Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, Barcelona, and Gerona by train.

10 Days in Spain

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Quick Tips: Not a lot of people speak English in Spain especially in the smaller cities. It would help a lot if you know basic phrases in Spanish (ordering in the restaurant and asking for directions). In Barcelona: if you are planning to take a shuttle bus from Plaza Catalunya to the airport leave a lot of time before your departure. At the hotel we were told that it takes about 30 minutes so we decided to save money and take it instead of the taxi. We barely made it on time. When we arrived to the bus stop we saw a long line of people waiting for the bus. We had to skip the first bus and wait for 20 minutes for the other bus to arrive. It’s a big bus, so by the time all the peo...Read More
The primary reason why I chose this hotel was because it was suppose to be close to the train station. It was a very long walk considering we were carrying our luggage. On the way back (from the hotel to the train station) we ordered a taxi, which arrived 15 minutes earlier than the requested time. The taxi driver charged us for the waiting time. It’s a 30 minute walk to the center from the hotel. We used taxi. The hotel is not a 3 star hotel! We stayed in a much better hotel in Spain that had a 2 star rating. The room we stayed in was very basic and had a lot of stains on the carpet. Other than that it was clean. The TV had only Spanish channels with bad reception. The bathroom was big and the shower...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 23, 2007

Plaza Santa Lucia
Santa Lucía 33
Seville, Spain
+34 954 98 89 30

Apsis 40


The hotel is in a good location within easy walk to University metro station, Ramblas, and Plaza Catalunya. There are a few bars on the street so it is very active at night and can get noisy especially on the weekend. The hotel is very clean and there is a computer with Internet access by the front desk which you can use for free. The room we stayed in was small and consisted of one double bed, little desk, a chair, and a closet. There is also a nice size bathroom but the shower is a very tiny cabin. If you have a very large complexion you might not fit. Also, there is no place to put your toiletries. The flat screen TV has a lot of channels (Russian, German, Spanish, etc) but no channels in Engl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2007

Apsis 40
Joaquim Costa 40
Barcelona, Spain 08001

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The hotel is in a great location. Walking distance to a lot of attractions. The rooms are modern and clean with the beautiful bathroom. We had a little balcony with the nice view of the city. The hotel has tiny funny looking triangular shape elevators but the for of us could fit into them. Definitely I would stay there again.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2007

Best Western Arosa
Salud 21
Madrid, Spain 28013
+34 (91) 5321600