I honestly get why everyone that’s been is just desperate to go back..
Here’s how I fell in love with the Barcelona City
We stayed at the Barcelona Princess and from the moment we pulled up I knew I had made the right decision opting for a hotel out of the center, I meaaaaaan just for the view we had alone and I am a beach baby.
Pictures do not even do it justice, its one of those ‘you have to here’ views. We even had the Sagrada Familia in the distance.
double room with a city view on the 22nd floor.
The view is just as impressive day and night but the blackout curtain does a perfect job when you’re tryna nap midday, a major key when you’ve been exploring all day and need to reenergise for the night. Complimentary items are in abundance including the mini bar (water, beer, coke etc.. refilled each day) a robe and slippers (perfect for the pools) and a bathroom gift bag (shower gel and cap, shampoo, toothbrush and paste, comb and shaver) this is a hotel that cares. Let me not even start on the glass bathroom! It is sooo aesthetically pleasing and I loved being able to get ready and converse at the same time but for those that prefer a little less excitement there is a blind for privacy.
We stayed bed and breakfast and there are many options but tbh I had fruit and herbal tea most days cause I’m pretty fussy and don’t eat pork. Alsoooooo the hotel is next door to the Diagonal Mar (a mall) as if this hotel couldn’t get better right? Yup a whole morning was spent browsing in Zara and Sephora alone!
Dress & Bag: Zara (obvs)
I feel obliged to mention how unbelievable the staff are as they went above and beyond! Nothing was too much and they were so helpful when It came to using the metro and getting places. They also sourced a florist and ordered flowers for my boyfriends surprise to me on my birthday (he did good) and personally delivered them to the room, to top this off when we arrived back from our day of exploring I had this waiting!!
Thank you to all the staff and security at Barcelona Princess!!
I’m at the W but I cant meet you….
From most of the rooms I believe you can see the sea but truthfully its about a 10 minute walk, this didn’t bother us at all but pre warning. The beach itself is very lively though there are plenty of sun loungers and beach bars to choose from as you walk along. We also took the metro to Barceloneta, this was especially interesting as its very care free (if you nude what I mean) lol!
I don’t eat seafood so I ate chicken dishes pretty much everyday but I always found something to eat on the menus. Obviously this is why I wanted to find somewhere special for my birthday, I decided on Buenos Aries grill (found great reviews) and it was the best decision ever! A must do if you love steak. The meat was cooked to perfection cough* medium and literally melted in your mouth, the onion rings are must too. We visited in the middle of the day and the atmosphere was lovely, candle lit and pretty busy for a weekday afternoon and honest considering the quality of the food and the location we were pleasantly surprised at the bill. Our waiter was great as well and the complimentary shots at the end were so so good! I think it was crushed ice, rum, lime and cava?!
I like to explore and get a real feel for the city and sitting in a cab getting sweaty wasn’t on my to-do list, so the Metro was convenient, it’s literally like the London underground except buying a T – 10 ticket for 10 euros gets you 10 trips! Pretty damn worth it when you realise how many places that can get you. We only used cabs for nights out and even then a 20 minute drive was around 10 euros (apart from when I decided to divert in the Mc Ds drive through at 3am and there was a massive queue, oooops sorry boo)
Even though I was told repeatedly to do so, I stupidly didn’t book anything in advance, in July, at the peak of summer holidays, lol. So I didn’t get to do everything I had planned but now I just have an excuse to go back so who’s the real winner?
We visited the Sagrada Familia, which is impressive from the outside alone so I cant even imagine what its like indoors!
We also hopped on the metro to Park Guell. Listen, the walk up to the park was no joke, I wanted to give up half way I swear! Luckily there are a few escalators to help you to the top and the little café when you reach there was a life saver because I NEEDED water, and a snack of course. Walking, like every other physical activity, makes me hungry.
Of course we had to sign this!
I was too busy actually enjoying the views around the park to take many pictures (and I call myself a blogger) but I did manage to get in Gaudi’s house eeeeeek!
In Gaudi’s cribbbb
Cable car views
The cable car queues are IMMENSE, we went once and it was too busy so left and had some food (Lola’s Burgers just around the corner – food was pretty basic) then explored the beach, went back a second time and again the queue was ridic so we rented an electric scooter for an hour and finallyyyyy when we went back around 6pm there was barely a queue so third time lucky and all that jazz! Overall waiting time at the bottom and again in the top of the tower was just under an hour and I guess it was worth it to say we did it and of course for the view. Not for the fainthearted. Although I did wish the ride itself went a little slower and lasted longer but we managed to take it all in and get some great pictures regardless. We got a single to Montjuic and enjoyed some pretty amazing views from up there too.
I could literally go on and on about how amazing it is and all the things there are to do but if you haven’t already, just book a trip and fall in love like I did!
- Save that shmoneyyyy use the metro over cabs
- Book everything in advance!
- Don’t worry about staying central, everything is accessible
- Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!