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On a busy pedestrian street in the Gothic Quarter, within walking distance to most major attractions, shopping, and dining
The Catalonia Portal de l’Angel is located on a busy pedestrian street lined with stores and cafes. It is two blocks from Placa Catalunya, a main transportation hub that offers easy access to all metro lines, as well as to the airport bus. Major attractions, including the modernist architecture along Passeig de Gracia, the Cathedral of Barcelona, and the MACBA are all within easy walking distance. At times, the neighborhood can feel overrun by tourists, but it’s a wonderful base to explore the city on foot, and for longer distances, public transportation is right at hand.
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. It 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. This is one of the most popular neighborhoods among tourists, and there are tons of restaurants (many al fresco), high-end shops, and specialty shops with local favorite souvenirs such as fans and espadrilles.
The 84-room Catalonia Portal de l’Angel is a solid mid-range property with a few wonderful perks. It is housed in a beautiful 19th century palace, and even though it has been renovated, most stately features remain, including a grand marble staircase, an expansive garden, and a neoclassic facade. Rooms are a good size (at least by Barcelona standards), clean, and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and marble bathrooms. But the highlight here is the courtyard, which features a lovely pool and palm trees. The restaurant is housed in a glass-enclosed terrace overlooking the patio, and serves a plentiful breakfast buffet. The location, in the Gothic Quarter and a few blocks from the airport bus stop, is ideal for exploring the sights on foot.