I know that may sound like a strange title but it sums up the hotel. The staff were SO friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Attentive, polite, respectful but fun. For the staff alone I would return. Location is a mixed bag for me. Stunning in the fact that it's up high and has great views across the harbour and city and we had a sea facing room with huge balcony and lovely grounds, although they are frequented by anyone who cares to wander around as they are also a walk through for people visiting the cable car and taking in the views. The problems is access to and from the town. There is a bus (No 50) that runs up to the hotel but we couldn't find it. There are Taxis (hugely expensive and rude drivers) or a long steep walk either up the sea front steps or the steep main road. Either way it's a walk and not a walk for the faint hearted (literally). BUT - in the day there is a furnicular railway from the Metro (which is brilliant) which runs up the hillside and then it's a down hill walk back to the hotel. The only two real options are walking or Taxi's. The hotel is really well designed and beautifully decorated, especially the bar area. The restaurant is very good, not cheap (120 Euros for 2 with wine etc) and again the staff are very friendly, if a little slow. The room was lovely, well furnished, decent TV with loads of chanels BUT.... This is a 5* hotel - No Coffee or Tea making facilities in the room - The 'modern' way seems to put the bath, loo, shower etc in the room behind a curtain - fine, I guess, but trying to have a bath and read next to the bed with the wife watching TV - Using the Loo which is again off the main room, behind a frosted glass door which doesn't close fully - same for the shower...not really ideal - and the glass doors scrape on the floor when you open then (not good in the night), no extract fans working in either the loo or shower and as for the Wifi - useless. I run my own company and when I go away 'I NEED THE INTERNET' it is hugely important to me. So hit and miss everywhere in the hotel that I just couldn't return with it like this. It seemed best in the restaurant strangely! NOT GOOD ENOUGH Mirimar. I love my coffee in the morning and the lack of facilities in the room is not acceptable as you are then forced to get ripped off in the bar at 4 Euros for a Nespresso Capsual Americano - eeeeeeeeeek that's a rip. Done once and then Coffee and Breakfast taken 100yds away at the Cable Car Cafe. That's my rant over with but if you, like me, are in business, you need the internet connection to work all day, every day and work well - this is 2012!
As for Barcelona - Loved it but Too Expensive in the tourist areas. Tapas in a Spanish Tapas Chain - £75 for 2 - ouch. Beware - extra charges everywhere - a 15 Euro taxi ride jumped to 18 as soon as we stopped - extras! Fancy sitting outside to eat or drink (where else would you sit) an extra 15% + Service charge. Pick Pockets - Watch out for them - keep everything in front pockets. The Metro is amazing good though - get either a day or week pass or, as we were only there for a short time, a 10 journey ticket which worked out at about 90p per journey. If you do manage to get away from the tourist areas then there are some fantastic restuarants and great value. We were recomended one by a waiter at our hotel, one she lives near and uses all the time. It is really worth a visit, the food, staff, atmosphere, everything, just fantastic and at a great price - Bottle of Cava 7.90 Euros - huge meal for 2 with Cava - 45 Euros - now that's more like it. It's called - Can Recasens - at Rambla Del Poblenov, 102. You Must Go.
The Zoo was good as was the harbour tour. Shopping is good too. To sum up - The Miramar needs to shape up a bit, keep that staff but think of the value a little more - Barcelona - Great - Expensive but go out of the tourist traps and it's great. BTW - Do the tour of the Friexent Cava Factory with Julia Tours - Very Good
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