I debated between booking this versus a hotel closer to Las Ramblas. I'm glad in the end we picked this.
Agreed, the area is quieter than the buzzier 'touristy' part of town (though a very short 5 minute walk to Sagrada Familia), as it is on a quiet residential road. But everything you need is fairly close by, and the great thing about Barcelona is the Metro. I suggest buying a 10-ticket option for under 10 Euro, a great bargain. So it is really easy to zip around to the sights, restaurants and even shopping using the Metro with these. Really reasonable, even though taxis aren't really that expensive either. If you're a walker, you can even walk to the Ramblas, or to the shopping malls near there. If not it's a short taxi ride away, though the one-ways make it longer than it should be.
The folk at the reception desk at the Apartments were very helpful, giving options on getting around, calling cabs and suggesting restaurants/tapas bars (Tossa is a good option if you're tired and want a good meal a short walk away - they speak some English too). The apartment for the 3 of us had 2 bedroom (smallish but quite adequate in size) with blackout blinds (wonderful), 2 bathrooms (a good shower, and bidets - yay!), a small drawing room (TV showing mostly foreign language channels, but who stays in their room in Barcelona?) and a small balcony with a partial view of the Sagrada. The wifi signal was a little weak in the rooms, but there is a desktop at the reception, and the staff printed out our boarding passes most willingly. I must mention here that even though our flight was early, the room was ready for us before midday, which was very welcome, and they kept our bags away in a room till then).
The flat's kitchenette was very handy. It had a microwave, hob, coffee maker, electric kettle, dishwasher and washing machine. There is a 4 euro detergent starter pack, but with the supermarket less than 5 minutes away, it is cheaper to buy what you need from there if you're there a few days. We would get our breakfast provisions - fruit, cereal, milk, jamon, bread, cheese from there (a better option than the packaged hotel breakfast), drinking water too), and eat out for the rest of the meals. The restaurant attached to the apartments is supposedly good, but we didn't get the opportunity to eat there.
Please do heed those warnings about pickpockets in Barcelona. They do exist and are very clever. We were warned by some local friends as well. But there is no physical danger - we walked around past 10pm and didn't feel unsafe. Use mainly cash wherever possible, don't flaunt expensive stuff (handbags, jewelery). Another thing - very difficult to encash traveler's cheques, which we took thinking it was a safer option - anywhere in Spain, including Barcelona. Use debit cards to draw cash, but small amounts at a time.
- Also Known As:
- Apartments Restaurant Hispanos 7 Suiza Hotel Barcelona
- Apartments Restaurant Hispanos 7 Suiza Hotel
- Hispanos 7 Suiza
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located beside the Sagrada Famila, Barcelona's most famous landmark, these apartments have private terraces and you can dine in the restaurant while admiring the Hispano Suiza car collection.At Hispanos Siete Suiza, you will find beautiful apartments with special attention to detail. Elegant interiors include parquet floors, attractive lighting and smart, marble bathrooms. Those adventurous in the kitchen will enjoy preparing meals in the well equipped kitchens. ... more less
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