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  1. We tried Hotel REC last year. It is a good choice and we saw parts of the city we had not visited before. The hotel is great, the events in the lounge (beer tasting etc) were fun.
  2. How many nights? When are you visiting? Does it clash with a huge event? UEFA Champions League etc When you say refused is it just the booking form doesn't support it? I would contact the hotels directly for a large group booking or ask a travel agent. That is a group beyond my experience, but others may have advice
  3. Of those Condes do Barcelona, which we have stayed at around 2011. It is good for Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. But it was quite expensive (thru Celebrity), nothing special and not convenient for walking to those locations. I reckon 20 min walk to Pl. Catalunya at the end of Las Ramblas. I would recommend H10 Madison, Barcelona Catedral, Hotel Jazz, Hotel Lleo or Hotel REC as other better choices
  4. helpthejuggler


    The beach in the photos is easy to walk to. The closest point is 10 minutes from the ship, so no shuttles needed. I recall some assistance from the ship to port gate, perhaps beyond, for those with mobility problems. We were on Oceania Riviera. I mentioned the marina around the headland (marked with an X by me here) - don't walk your time I marked where the ship docks (not to scale). You can see the beach and dig around in Google maps. The last of my photos gives a feel for the distance to the centre and start of the beach.
  5. Yes every guest, you just need to be there at the right time.
  6. Not sure which sailing, but no cruises planned. Steves Med cruise ports is good if it covers your ports. Barcelona is worth the time...
  7. I live in the UK, but have visited and stayed maybe 12 times, most recently twice in June. 3 days will be good to see the highlights All of the Gaudi sights particularly Sagrada Familia pre book to go inside. Placa Espanya then walk to Montjuic. Pl. Catalunya the walk Las Ramblas (I like Ramblas less each time I visit). Passieg de Gracia is beyond Pl Catalunya where Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are found. Gothic area, Check the shows at the Palau de la Musica which is a few minutes walk from this hotel, but see it anyway for a visit. We saw a Grand Flamenco there. Placa Real, City Hall (Free on Sun morning). Port Vell and the harbour, Olympic port area. Churches, museums...Tripadvisor will give you tips. You will not be short of things to see. Use the Metro and bus network to make some journeys
  8. Take a look on google maps, all will become clear. Port is called Moll Adossat, hotel is at the far end of the gothic qtr as below Hotel is in the city centre which is 15 mins or so in a taxi. Don't let a few minutes difference in a taxi put you off. A good location to explore the city from is far more important. When I mentioned the cathedral, bear in mind it is impressive, but don't confuse it with Sagrada Familia,, which is a Basilica a few miles away.
  9. Not really, but that would be an advantage. There is nothing to be gained by staying close to the port. It is on the edge of the gothic quarter, 2 mins walk from the cathedral.
  10. Great location. Free wine and snacks at 5pm, very good breakfast. If you are there when they offer their free guided walks they are very good. After many visits, we still learnt some new info. The guide told us about free entry to the city hall on Sunday morning too, which was worth visiting.
  11. Had it on my shortlist. Nice place and looks good when we walked past. Location is good too..
  12. Used them once. We were say at the port on the bus for longer than the journey itself. Since then, have done our own transfers on the next 5 or so times. Not only better, but cheaper too.
  13. There are 2 or 3 stations Barcelona Sants, Estacion de Francia and Passieg de Gracia. Worth checking
  14. helpthejuggler


    It is a smaller port. A short walk to the town with lots of cafe and restaurant choice. There is a long arc of a beach that is very wide. We found a marina around the headland which was not worth the walk. Enough to walk around for a relaxing day.
  15. It is close enough to Mercat de Santa Caterina which is a real market. Maybe you are referring to La Boqueria which is more well known to tourists. That is ok too, less than 10 mins walk
  16. We were happy with Hotel Barcelona Catedral, which suits your location.
  17. We just walked around on our own, visited the castle and stopped for a few drinks. There is a lovely hotel in the old town. Once done, the city and port area which is nice.
  18. Las Ramblas is a long location. At the port end of the street, with bags on wheels you can walk the short distance. If you are staying at the far end, probably not. So the precise hotel is important. When we did the transfer from there in June, taxis were on hand at this terminal.
  19. We were dropped off and picked up from terminals in Barcelona. They use taxis, so it will not be a problem
  20. How big are the backpacks? If they will fit on your lap, I would not worry. The luggage is to fit in a car or do they send a people carrier. Las Ramblas has traffic along the sides so you will get close. 1hr is fine, give your flight info and they will monitor your arrival.
  21. The price is given when you book your journey. I created a profile with photo on their site and paid with a credit card. The drivers use whatsapp to stay in contact, if you give them your number, our drivers all sent a message saying where they were. Great for an airport transfer. An email confirms the driver name and a photo, vehicle type. If plans change you can adjust from your phone. A little more than a regular taxi, but worthwhile. Check the TripAdvisor reviews, lots of happy customers.
  22. We used them 4 times in June and were very happy. I recommended them to a friend who visited Barcelona over the weekend, also very impressed.
  23. We used "welcome pickups" for 4 transfers in Barcelona. They use taxis but are pre booked with your route, you have the drivers details and you will get an English speaking driver. Give your flight info and they will chexk for delays, message you to confirm they are at the airport, you can advise of delays with customs or bags etc. You can give them your ship name so they will know which port. Most ships use "Mol Adossat" pier but smaller ships can use the city terminals e.g. berth S. The cost is given online and pre paid, so no messing to pay on the day. It is similar price to a taxi from the line, but good value for the convenience. I decided to change time of our transfer from port to hotel a couple of days from the end of our cruise, very easy from my phone.
  24. Elite on X, we have sailed Riviera 3 times the only reason we have to return to Celebrity is the Open Passage we bought years ago. X is less for more money. O is value, excursions aside.
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