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Old 10-25-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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pre-cruise Barcelona hotel

So excited to have booked our first ever Disney cruise! We are looking for recommendations for a pre-cruise hotel for one night. Le Meridien is sold out! We are a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 young boys. We have come to the realization that we will probably have to book 2 side by side rooms. Ugghhh. Oh well, it's still worth it to be able to travel to Europe as a family Also, looking for any thoughts on must see or must do while in Barcelona. Any input is welcome!!! Thanks
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:30 PM   #2
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We just returned from the WBTA and have 2 young daughters that we did not want in a second room (much less the price for another room). We stayed at the Hispanos 7 Suiza ( and enjoyed it very much.
It is an apartment style hotel where you have a front desk, breakfast, restaurant in house like a hotel, but apartment style amenities- 2 or more bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, washer/dryer unit, etc. It is one block over from the Sagrada Familia where there are restaurants, grocery stores, hop on hop off buses, taxis, metro stop all near by. Trip Advisor's reviews on this hotel are what helped us decide on this location. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:37 PM   #3
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I forgot to mention that the hop on hop off bus was a great way to see the city in a one day time period. You can get off at whatever sites are on your must see list and there are headphones that give you some explanation as to what you are seeing. With our daughters we enjoyed seeing Parc Guell and then getting off the bus and seeing La Rambla.
We then took the hop on hop off bus back to Sagrada Familia where our hotel was located-therefore never needed extra transportation except for a taxi to the ship (asked the front desk to call for a van-taxi for the 4 of us and our many pieces of luggage).
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:51 PM   #4
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We stayed in Barcelona before and after the cruise and came to the conclusion that it doesn't matter where you stay as long as its close to the Las Ramblas much to do and see and so much fun.
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:26 PM   #5

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We booked our 3 nights pre-cruise at Casp 74. It's relatively new (built in 2009) Apartment-Style hotel in an excellent location. About a 10 minute walk from Placa Catalunya. We are a family of 5- 2 adults 3 Children and we booked a 2 bedroom/ 3 Bath unit.
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Don't mean to steal this thread, but question for Tea for Girls - how was the noise factor? WE're considering the Hispanos but some of the Trip Advisor reviews complained that it was REALLY noisy (thin walls, etc).

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Old 11-06-2010, 07:18 PM   #7
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Hotel AC Diplomatic. We stayed before the WBTA - it was great!
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:49 PM   #8
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We stayed at Hotel Regina. They had rooms for families and we had one larger room that worked for us for 2 adults, 2 children.

It was very central to Las Ramblas (though not on it), public transportation (metro and buses). We only walked or used metro. We took a taxi to the airport from hotel. There are many restaurants nearby so it was nice at night to walk out and find a place to eat. The hotel is right by Placa de Catalunya.
Hotel is clean, staff was friendly.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:08 AM   #9
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We are a family of 4 and we stayed in one room at the Hotel Porta Marina. It's a little off the beaten path. It's a newer hotel in an area that is undergoing a lot of renovation. Apparently the area is being regentrified and the new apartments there are some of the most expensive rentals in the city. It is South of the Novotel (which has family rooms as well) and about a 10 minute walk to the Olympic Port Area. It is right near a metro station. The rooms are modern and clean, the front desk staff was friendly and helpful and the price was great. One of our nights were at 150 Euro, the other at 130 Euro. Most that we talked to never heard of it, but we took the chance an would stay there again.

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Old 11-07-2010, 10:14 AM   #10
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I just checked Le Meridien online. It has rooms before the 2011 WBTA. Are you sure it's just not sold out through Disney?

We stayed there this past WBTA. Loved it. I booked it on my own, as Disney rooms were sold out. We wound up booking a Mediterranean Suite for the price of what Disney was charging for a regular room. (Watch for specials; they pop up online every so often).

We were still able to check in for the cruise at the hotel (very convenient) and get Disney transportation from the hotel to the ship. The only thing we weren't able to do because we booked on our own was get Disney transfers from the airport to the hotel. But that wound up being 24euro for the 2 of us in a taxi.

I have lots of pics of room (GREAT terrace). If I can get them into a slide show so I don't have to paste them all, I will do that.

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Old 11-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #11
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We stayed at Renassiance near the airport. We had two rooms, but one had 2 doubles (other was a king). We were a family of 5. They had free shuttle to/from airport and with the "cruise package" we also got port transfers for an extra 10 euros. They have a free shuttle to Las Ramblas also. Conceirge was extremely helpful and the "executive lounge" had free soda, snacks and adult beverages as well as breakfast. We paid right at $300 dollars for the two rooms for one night...I belive it was 240 euros (total...about 120 a room).
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:55 AM   #12
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The Novotel Barcelona City is a nice hotel which is good value at around 100 euros per night for a family room with breakfast included.

I know that there were a number of Disney cruisers staying there this May.

The pool area is nice with great views of the city as its on the roof.
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:18 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by mommy_grrl View Post
Don't mean to steal this thread, but question for Tea for Girls - how was the noise factor? WE're considering the Hispanos but some of the Trip Advisor reviews complained that it was REALLY noisy (thin walls, etc).
The first night we were there we were located at the front of the hotel (near the main road) and did have quite a bit of street noise. Asked to be moved for our 2nd night and our room now faced a residential area. We heard nothing after being moved.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:05 PM   #14
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Hotel Colon in Barcelona

Does anyone have an opinion on the Hotel Colon in Barcelona for a few nights pre-cruise next June? It seems convenient to sights and has rooms that can sleep 4 people in 3 beds (so my son and daughter don't have to share a bed).

While I've stayed in hotels in cities throughout the US, they've always been chains (Marriott/Hyatt/Hilton and the like), so I'm feeling clueless at choosing a hotel in a foreign city.

Thanks for any thoughts!
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:10 PM   #15
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Hotel Jazz

Very enjoyable for our family of 4. It was really nice our first day after a few hours of sightseeing to relax on the rooftop pool, as we were a bit tired from teh overnight flight. Hotel was nicely done, service was very good and it was convenient to the major sites. Highly rated on tripadvisor.
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