My wife and I are finishing a cruise in Barcelona , Spain .
Spending 2 nights before we fly home
1. can you recommend a hotel in the category 4 / 5 range
2. what are must do's in Barcelona in the 2 days
Most "nice" hotels in BCN are higher that Cat 5. There are a few Cat 3/4 AC and Sheratons, but the best Cat 5 property is likely the Renaissance Barcelona Fira. I almost booked there last year on our trip to BCN, but splurged on the Cat 7 Cotton House in downtown instead.
If being downtown is more important than the point threshold, then splurge on the CH. It's an unbelievable nice property with a lot of history and amazing CS.
The Sagrada Familia is to me one of the most beautiful and unique buildings I have ever been in and I consider it a must see, along with Gaudi's Park Guell. I also thought the trip slightly outside the city to Montserrat was well worth it, trains run from the city directly there, then you take a train or cable car to the top.
I stayed at the Ren Barcelona Fira and posted a few pics here: https://insiders.marriott.com/message/184212?messageTarget=all&start=85&mode=comments - very unique hotel that I would stay at again.
Travel into the heart of the city is very easy from the Ren as a commuter train station (for underground commuter travel) is very close and the trains run every 15 minutes (if not more often) to one of the main hubs for the Metro. I got around pretty easily on the Metro with a 10 trip pass for like 10 euros, but that was a few years ago. It is quiet around the Ren in the evening as it is more of a business hub than a tourist hub, so depends on your comfort in staying off the beaten path a bit. Pretty easy shot from the cruise terminal by taxi and then to the airport - I stayed here before leaving on a cruise.
Have a great time!
Any opinions of the Le Méridien in Barcelona?
would stay at the cotton house . Its wonderful
We stayed at the Ren Barcelona Fira before our cruise and after and loved it! It's not in the heart of the city, but there is a metro stop right out the front door. It depends on what you are wanting. If you want something where you walk right out the door and see sights, then this isn't for you. If you want a unique hotel with a friendly staff, great restaurant, roof top bar with a view... stay here! I didn't waste my points here, I kept and eye on the rates and they dropped so low it wasn't worth using the points. I will definitely stay here again!
The Edition is amazing. Hotel opened last summer, I visited twice - really enjoyed location + service. And the scent is amazing haha. Enjoy
I second ozmodiar comments. We stayed at the Renaissance Fira (loved it and has a great pool on the 27th floor with wonderful views of Barcelona and surrounding areas) and it was very convenient to get downtown and connecting with Metro stops. We signed up to take a bike tour and it did take us to many of the other sights in the area, including down to the beach area. Another suggestion is to sign up for free walling tour (you can look both activities up on the WEB). The free walking tour has suggested TIPS at the end of the tour. Both tours (about 3 hours each) are a good way to take in the city center sights and decide what you might want to visit afterwards. Seeing that you have only two days, I would focus my energies on Barcelona only. Have fun.
We were in Barcelona in 2013. Someone already mentioned the Cathedral. I also really enjoyed the City History Museum which includes the Roman Ruins under Plaça del Rei. My kids still talk about the ruins. There is also the Convento de Santa Catalina which is pretty cool, and of course the Picasso museum.
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