Santiago Marti (one of the managers of the famous Hotel Majestic) devoted his whole life to the hotel business. He told us how select a hotel in Barcelona, in which part of the city it is better to stay and what should pay attention to when choosing a house.
What regions of Barcelona can you recommend for the most comfortable accommodation?
For tourists who are going to come to Barcelona, I always recommend stopping in the Eixample district, as close as possible to Paseo de Gracia Boulevard or Plaza Catalonia. This area has a good location with regard to all attractions, transport links are also very convenient. Last but not least, an excellent atmosphere and the environment. Eixample — one of the safest city`s district. You can safely walk there day and night.
The Old City which combines the Gothic Quarter, the Born and Raval districts is perhaps the most atmospheric part of Barcelona. In there are also a lot of sights, narrow streets, which contain many stories and almost every building is a historical monument. However, it should be remembered that it is in the Old Town that the main number of night bars and discos are concentrated, which entertain local youth and tourists up to two, and sometimes up to three in the morning. Plus, on many streets of the Old City it will be impossible to move by car.
Sometimes hotels located near the beach, do tempting offers for the summer months. But the beaches of Barcelona this is not the main reason for visiting the Catalan capital. If you want a beach holiday, I recommend draw the attention to the Catalan shore of Costa Brava or Costa Dorada. It’s only 30-45 minutes from Barcelona, but there you can find really fantastic beaches.
What is necessary to pay attention to when choosing a hotel in Barcelona?
I’ll tell you from my experience, what I pay attention to when choosing a hotel. Geographical location is not so important (I mean to city or a country). Wherever I choose a hotel, my preferences are always based on three items, in order of preference: location, reputation online and the services offered.
1. The main thing for me is a convenient location, which will be most comfortable for the opening of a new city. And I also take into account the security of the district. The center is not always the most peaceful and protected part of the city.
2. Reputation online (feedback from customers who have already stayed at this hotel) helps to understand the strengths and weaknesses of it. About strengths of the hotel are often written on official websites. But the real situation can only be read in independent information sources.
3. Finally, the range of services provided. For me a prerequisite for is the availability of free WI-FI.
What do you think, when is it better to come to Barcelona?
Barcelona has wonderful weather all year round. About 300 days a year the sun shines here, and the air temperature does not fall below 5 degrees even in the winter months. My favorite seasons are spring (May-June) and autumn (October). The days are long, the sun heats, but its rays are not too burning. It is an ideal time to enjoy the city in the fresh air. You can wander the streets for a long time, study the city in detail. And you can just sit on the open terrace, listen to the sea or admire the sunsets.