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Extremely walkable location near local eateries, as well as major city attractions
Situated in the Gothic Quarter, Catalonia Catedral is conveniently located near some of Barcelona's most iconic and revered landmarks, including Plaça de Sant Jaume, Ciutadella Park and Placa Catalunya. The hotel itself, though, is in a mostly pedestrian area, so guests won't be troubled by too much traffic and noise.
Sitting on top of the original Roman settlement, the Gothic Quarter is the center of the old city and one of the largest remaining "Gothic Quarters" in the world. Bordered by La Rambla, the iconic tree-lined street teeming with vendors, street performers, and tourists, on one end, and the Mediterranean on the other, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter boasts tons of historic buildings, with everything from the remains of Augustus's ancient temple to Els Quatre Gats, the restored pub that served as a main meeting spot for Modernists at the turn of the century. But perhaps the most visually stunning buildings are the many cathedrals. Cathedral de la Seu, or the Barcelona Cathedral, is a massive structure with parts dating back as far as the 11th century. It features imposing cloisters (some frequented by geese), a breathtaking chapel, and surrounding gardens.
The Gothic Quarter is nearly all-pedestrian and motorized traffic is heavily restricted. Getting around can be confusing (the lack of a street grid creates a complicated labyrinth), but numerous squares help visitors find their bearings. Placa Reial, complete with fountains and palm trees, is known for its lively nightlife and Paca Sant Felip Neri, surrounded by churches, is one of the most romantic squares in the city. Other squares are home to the city hall, the presidential palace, and the medieval palace where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella received Columbus upon his return from the New World.
It's one of the most popular neighborhoods among tourists, and there are tons of restaurants (many al fresco), high-end shops, and specialty shops here. But they're expensive.
This modern 71-room hotel sits quietly on a quaint residential street in the Gothic Quarter, conveniently located near great shopping and dining as well as many tourist attractions. For guests who don't want to walk or take public transportation, there is a car rental place conveniently located right on-site. The hotel's decor is similar to many others in the area -- minimalist and sleek, with lots of gray and white. Better than most, though, is the rooftop pool, which is large and attractive with nice lounge seating as well as comfy round chairs. There's a good brasserie for dining, but guests can just venture outside to find multiple options for lunch and dinner. This is a solid option for anyone looking to sightsee and relax at the same time.