a traveler from Travelocity.com
on May 5, 2009
My wife and I just returned from a weeks stay in Barcelona and we loved our hotel and loved Barcelona. The hotel is located in an ideal location - close enough to walk to La Ramblas and the nightlife, but far enough to step away from the commotion to have a quiet walk. If your ideal vacation is to be right in the middle of all the commotion and noise, I would strongly suggest staying at Hotel 1898 (very nice).
The Majestic is a very nice hotel with a very impressive fascade at night. The staff was very helpful and nice the entire stay and I did not feel unimportant whenever speaking with any of the staff. The doormen are very helpful in finding close restaurants after a day of exploring - but I would suggest taking a chance and going into a restaurant if it looks good. Housekeeping was very dutiful in cleaning the rooms each day and they very much deserved their daily 2 Euro tip.
The amenities were nice for a European hotel. The Majestic has a very nice workout room on the lower level with dumbells, treadmills, and elliptical. The deck on top of the hotel would be the bomb on a nice summer night but even during the day its got great views. Suggestion - you have got to goto Hotel 1898's deck at night during the summer. The bars were nice and very relaxing, however, if you are not under 50 like my wife and I its just ok.
In all the Hotel Majestic is about a high 3 to 4 star hotel in America. Beware of the extra charges ie internet, refrigerator drinks etc - your bill does itemize exactly what items they are charging you for so beware or keep track
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