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In Barcelona's financial distrit
Hotel Balmoral is in the heart of the financial and commercial district of Barcelona. There are a lot of shops and restaurants in the area, and a bus stop right in front of the hotel makes sightseeing in other parts of town easy.
Barcelona has the best of two worlds: the urban excitement of a modern yet historical city combined with the leisure and relaxation set by the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists pour from every corner of the world to experience the town’s vibrant nightlife, excellent cuisine, beautiful Gothic and one-of-a-kind Modernist architecture, and cutting-edge design scene. This -- and the great Mediterranean climate -- means you might find crowds wherever you go, but it'll be worth it for sites like the bizarre Sagrada Familia cathedral, world-class MACBA museum, hopping Barri Gothic neighborhood, and unusual Parc Guell.
The Catalonia capital is arguably one of the top party destinations in Spain (along with Madrid and Ibiza Island). Dynamic and multicultural, Barcelona also has a mellow feeling to it during the day. The sea breeze sweeps the streets of this thriving city, giving it an unmistakable Mediterranean vibe -- but with the advantages of a modern town. Namely: reliable public transportation, delicious food, wonderful hotels, charming neighborhoods, a quality city beach, and hundreds of cultural activities.
Balmoral Hotel lies within the walls of a fairly nondescript building, flanked on either side by regal Colonial-style properties. Though it's an older property, it does have attractive contemporary touches, including a sleek, Zen-inspired spa with a sauna, and a lovely terrace. Free Wi-Fi, a business center and multipurpose meeting rooms attract business travelers. But vacationers might not be impressed with the rooms, which look like those you'd find in a typical chain hotel. Overall, Balmoral Hotel lacks character, but it's a solid choice for those looking for value in a convenient location.