Barcelona Recommendations

21 Oct

 As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here is a list I have compiled of hotels, restaurants and other miscellaneous information for Barcelona.  I have stayed in a few of the hotels.  Others I have found on various websites and in magazines and have added them to my list for next time.  I do not include the top end, such as Hotel Arts and the W.  These, of course, are great, especially in the summer. They are also pretty expensive.  I stayed at the Arts a couple of years ago at the end of May.  Perfect!  I wouldn’t stay down here, though, if it was not beach weather.  You are a little out of the way as far as sites and restaurants. The places below are trendy, chic, geographically desirable or all three.

As far as the restaurants go, there are places I have tried and places I would like to try.  The list is ever-growing and I will never get to them all.  New and tastier places open all the time, but there are the tried and true that have stood the test of time, such as El Xampanyet.  A must when in Barcelona. 

Happy planning.  Adios!

BARCELONA

Hotels:

Hotel Espana Ramblas Mod hotel, centrally located. 170Eur gets you a top floor room with balcony.

            http://www.hotelespanya.com/en/reserva/lista/

Hotel Olivia Plaza – modern property.  Rooms a little blah, but fine.  VERY centrally located. 175Euro overlooking Plaza Catalunya.

            http://www.oliviahotels.es/home/en

Hotel Pulitzer – another Plaza Catlunya hotel.  About 160 Euro

            http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/situacion-hotel-pulitzer-barcelona.php?idioma=en

Hotel Omm– modern boutique hotel that has a good bar scene in the lobby and a club in the basement. 215 Euro.

            http://www.hotelomm.es/

Hotel Villa Emilia – modern hotel, decent location and CHEAP – 107 Euro

http://www.hotelvillaemilia.com/default-en.html

Mur Muri – boutique design hotel.  A little off the beaten track, but in a good, central spot to get to everything – 160 Euro

            http://www.murmuri.com/

Hotel Soho – terrace rooms for 140 Euro

            http://www.hotelsohobarcelona.com/location-en.html

Hotel Neri – gorgeous boutique hotel in a great old town location. – 228 Euro

            http://www.hotelneri.com/en/

987 Hotel – mod boutique chic, 3 blocks from the main Passeig de Gracia–  130 Euro

Hotel Sixtytwo – modern hotel on one of the main thoroughfares – 165 Euro

            http://www.sixtytwohotel.com/en/

RESTAURANTS:

Bubo – Sweet treats to die for and tapas.  http://www.bubo.ws/

Tickets Tapas Bar – RAVE reviews for this place in every travel mag and website.  Probably need a reservation

            http://www.ticketsbar.es/en/contacto

Pinotxo – Tapas in the fresh food market off Ramblas.

            http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_directory/restaurants/tapas/pinotxo

Dos Cielos – good restaurant in the ME Hotel

            http://www.me-barcelona.com/DosCielos.html

Xemei –  Italian/seafood in a quiet area near Montjuic

            http://www.bcnrestaurantes.com/eng/barcelona.asp?restaurante=xemei

Bar Mut – Tapas and wine

            http://www.barcelona-guide.info/restaurant-bar-mut

El Quatre Gats – Bar, brewery and restaurant. Cool old school spot in an old building not far from La Rambla.  Worth stopping in just to see the architecture and inside.

http://www.4gats.com/

Bar Lobo – good for lunch

            http://www.grupotragaluz.com/rest-barlobo.php

 El Principal – Beautiful designed restaurant in Eixample with a lovely interior courtyard.  Great for a date.

http://www.grupotragaluz.com/rest-principal.php

Cal Pep – Rave reviews!  Lots of seafood dishes.

 http://www.calpep.com/ingles/ingles.html

Da Greco – Italian restaurant in Barcelona.  Quiet and off the beaten path.  The signage for the restaurant doesn’t jump out at you, so it is easy to walk right by it.  When you see the brass hand as door knob, you have found it. The family that owns it actually lived in Brooklyn for a time and moved the restaurant to Spain.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1066946-Reviews-Da_Greco-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

Los Caracoles – Old Catalan restaurant off of Ramblas with multiple levels and dining areas.  Fun atmosphere. It is a bit touristy since it is so close to Ramblas, but I thought it had a nice atmosphere.  That may have been due to the 10 drinks we had while waiting for the food.

http://www.loscaracoles.es/index1.htm

La Luna – restaurant and bar with a lively scene

            http://lalunabcn.com/

BARS:

Mirablau – great views

http://mirablaubcn.com/es/index.php

It’s all about the location at Mirablau. You go for the view, as Mirablau is near the top of Tibidabo hill and has a huge window overlooking the lights of the city from the hill to the sea. Go at at night.
Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/barcelona/N29153.html#ixzz1ZBKnUzzY

Omm Hotel – good lobby bar.  There is also a club in the basement.

            http://www.hotelomm.es/nightclub-es.html

Arts Hotel – on the beach, good for drinks

Bar Raval – chic bar

Calle del Doctor Dou, 19
08001 Barcelona
Tele: 93 302 41 33

            http://www.foodandwine.com/activities/bar/bar-raval

Dry Martini – Yummy and very strong martinis in a very old school bar. Think waiters and barmen in white coats and black ties.

 http://www.drymartinibcn.com/

Monvinic – Wine bar

 http://www.monvinic.com/

Otto Zutz – Club with multiple levels

            http://grupo-ottozutz.com/otto-zutz.html

 La Fira freaky circus bar
http://www.10best.com/destinations/spain/barcelona/barcelona/nightlife/la-fira/

 Zsa Zsa: more of an adult scene, on the quieter side

http://www.10best.com/destinations/spain/barcelona/barcelona/nightlife/zsa-zsa/

 El Xampanyet – Old school cava bar stuck in yesteryear. Great spot!

            http://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/barcelona/restaurants/tapas-2/el-xampanyet

 EVENTS:

Catch a match at Camp Nou – check the schedule here: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/futbol/temporada_11-12/arxiu_partits/llistat_tots_partits/tots_els_partits.html

Magic Fountain Show – November 19TH  and 20TH http://www.bcn.cat/parcsijardins/fonts/EN/magica.html

Fridays and Saturdays from 7 in the evening until 9 at night

MISCELLANEOUS:

I recommend using the hop on/off bus to get to all of the different parts of the city.  Subway is quicker, but you don’t see anything underground.  It is an easy way to get to everything you will want to see.  Maybe a 2-day pass.  You will walk a lot, but the things you will want to see are pretty spread out.

El Born Area –  Great area to wander for shops and restaurants. 

            Restaurant Montiel http://restaurantmontiel.com/

            La Luna http://lalunabcn.com/Barcelona-restaurtants/bars-in-barcelona.html

Beach Area has a bunch of clubs, but I would avoid most and head for the below

Arts Hotel

ShôkoGood bar (club) on the beach where you can sit outside and listen to live music.  I am told the food is good as well, but I didn’t eat here.  I am not a big “club” fan, which is why I liked this place.  There is a big dance floor inside if that’s your thing or you can head outside and chill by the beach.
• Passeig Marítim 36, +34 932 259 200, shoko.biz.

Carpe Diem Lounge Club & Restaurant ( Passeig Maritim 32, next to Aqua restaurant and very close to the Arts hotel) is right on the beach. You can also eat dinner in the club earlier in the evening and chill out on the terrace overlooking the sea.   I believe Friday nights are champagne nights.

The CDLC closes at 3 a.m. – next door is the Opium club, which stays open until dawn.

Some sites with more recommendations:

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/best-bars-tapas-barcelona/story?id=8601297

http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_city_guide/the_night/bars_cafes

http://www.barcelona.com/barcelona_city_guide/the_night/night_club_discos

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