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Within walking distance of parks, restaurants, and major shopping areas
Hotel Catalonia Berna is in a prime location, in the heart of the city's historic centre, right next to Plaza Cataluña. It's situated in one of the first buildings in the enlargement ("Eixample") area of Barcelona. From the hotel, guests can walk to boutiques on Passeig de Gràcia, or hop on a train or bus to the Picasso Museum or Gran Teatre del Liceu.
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.
This 124-room historic building first graced the streets of Barcelona in 1864 and is one of the city's very first residential buildings. It's been declared a historic monument within the Eixample district. The exterior features colorful but muted paintings, which set it apart from nearby buildings. But inside, while the rooms are up-to-date with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, they're fairly standard in design. The decor isn't flashy or ultra modern, and the bathrooms are basic with plastic shower curtains -- and small. Terrace rooms offer a bit more space, with open balconies that offer views of nearby buildings. A decent restaurant and free daily breakfast are about the only extras here -- there's no fitness center, spa, or pool. The central location in Eixample is ideal, but guests looking for more amenities might check out the nearby -- and comparably priced -- Barcelona Center.