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Hotel Recommendation - May 12-19

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Hotel Recommendation - May 12-19

Coming for a few days of business followed by a few days of pleasure. Looking for a nice hotel that is within walking distance of Rambla and other tourist sites and tapas/bars. I will have a rental car but prefer to walk to what we can get to rather than having to drive all the time. My girlfriend and I work out every day and thus would like the hotel to have a nice gym. Ideas?

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1. Re: Hotel Recommendation - May 12-19

Check hotels in or near Placa Catalunya www.venere.com


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2. Re: Hotel Recommendation - May 12-19

Hola GoldenDoc!

I know we North Americans depend heavily on our cars but in many European cities, having a car is just a nuisance. Finding a place to park it is even worse. Barcelona is a very compact city with an extensive metro/bus/tram network. Taxis are safe, abundant and reasonably priced. Unless you need the car for a specific out-of-town trip, I would return it to the car rental agency. Not having a car will save you parking fees and greatly expand the possible hotel choices.

La Rambla is a rather touristy, tacky and expensive street. You can visit but there's no real need to be close to it. L'Eixample hotels tend to be bigger and more likely to have their own gym. However, by North American standards, those gyms may feel small and inadequate. Casa Fuster is a beautiful hotel at the top of Passeig de Gracia (Barcelona's most elegant boulevard). It's an architectural Modernist landmark too. You can see the picture of their gym in this Booking.com listing:


The modern hotels near Barceloneta beach (W, Arts, Pullman Barcelona Skipper) will have bigger gyms but that area is a bit removed from the rest of the city. You won't be that close to anything but the beach and other hotels.

Maybe you could find a nice hotel close to a fitness club.

You can use Booking.com to search for hotels with gyms. Just type in your browser "booking.com barcelona hotels with gyms".

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