Barcelona Journals

Barcelona

A November 2010 trip to Barcelona by Wasatch

Quote: Barcelona is one of the world’s great tourist destination cities, and one of the most interesting cities to explore on foot, but take serious precautions to protect your self from the plague of thieves and pickpockets that populate the streets of Barcelona.

Chicago Pizza Pie Factory

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Restaurant | "Chicago Pizza"

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We had been walking around the Modernista Quarter for a couple hours and weer starting to think about taking a break for lunch when, just as we were passing, the Chicago Pizza through open its doors. As that must have been a Sign from Above, in we went. The décor was reminiscent of Fuddruker's but limited to a Chicago theme-- Division St. street signs, poster for the Cubs, photos of downtown Chicago. No doubt this was exotic to Europeans, but we found it wildly out place and hilariously tacky. This is what Globalization does for you.Otherwise, the restaurant was large, with four interconnected dining rooms staggering around the ground floor of a century old building. Most walls were e...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2008

Chicago Pizza Pie Factory
Provença, 300
Barcelona, Spain 08008
+34 93 2159415

Gino's

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Restaurant | "Good Italian in Spain"

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It was raining pretty hard when we arrived in Barcelona. We first checked the menu at the restaurant at our hotel, Melia Barcelona, so we wouldn't have to go out in the rain (it has a good reputation), but it was expensive, didn't open until 8:00pm, and the menu was not very appealing, so we asked the desk if there was a restaurant nearby that opened early. They said, Gino's, only two blocks away. Gino's turned out to be pretty good Italian restaurant. We ate there three times. For dinner the first night, I had a good veal dish, something like Wiener Schnitzel with a small side of perfectly cooked pasta. She had a very good Pizza Marguerite, the Neapolitan classic. With a bott...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Gino's
Rambla de Catalunya, 7-9
Barcelona, Spain 08007
+34 93 3608123

Melia Barcelona

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Hotel | "Very nice hotel in an inconvienent location"

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The Luddites might have been on to something. We spent three nights at the Meliá Barcelona. That was not long enough to figure out how the light switches in the room worked. When we wanted to go to bed and darken the room, there followed an orgy of turning light switches until we finally hit on the as yet unknown combination that shut the lights off. The Meliá Barcelona was high tech run amok. It was so futuristic that it was difficult to figure out how to get it to do simple talks like turn on the lights, call the elevator, figure out what hours the restaurant was open, or find the closet. Thank god we never needed to iron anything. All in all, the bizarre light switches were more entertaini...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2011

Melia Barcelona
AVE DE SARRIA 50
Barcelona, Spain 08029
34-93-4106060

Tryp Apolo

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Hotel | "May be Barcelona's best bet."

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Let’s start with the biggest problem with the Tryp Apollo. The hotel building is U shaped. Two sides of the hotel touch the Apollo Theater, which sits in one corner of the U. The Apollo Theater has musical sage shows going on 5-6 nights a week, with matinees on some days as well. Being attached to two sides of the hotel, the loud music playing in the theater is transmitted to at least the fourth floor of rooms on the sides of the hotel bordering the theater. You will, to some degree, hear some music for 2-5 hours a day in these rooms, but, by 11:00pm, all is well (in 2010, the Apollo Theater was dark on Mondays). As the rooms connected to the theater overlook the inner courtyard of the Apollo, t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2011

Tryp Apolo
Avinguda Del Paralâ·lel, 57
Barcelona, Spain
902 144 440

Barcelona

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We took two cruises, each of which ended up with two days in Barcelona. From these two trips, we learned that to properly see the sights of Barcelona takes more than four days. I will list the places we saw, ranked in order from best to least interesting. 1] Gaudi. Other cities have grand boulevards, like Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. Other cites have have great cathedrals, like Barcelona. Other cities have ancient royal places, like Barcelona has. Other cites have old Medieval buildings, as does Barcelona. Other cities have interesting hills, like Barcelona, but nobody else has anything like the wildly creative, perhaps insane, architect, Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926). Four of Gaudi’...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 10, 2011