Friday, 30 May 2014

Barcelona Hotels

In my last Barcelona post I would like to take you on a tour of a couple of hotels. Both are located in the trendy El Born area, with plenty of interesting shops and restaurants ( and the Picasso Museum) just minutes away.

This year we stayed at K + K Hotel Picasso, just opposite Parc de la Ciutadella. We came across this hotel last time we visited Barcelona, a year ago, while walking around, and decided to give it a try on our next trip, i.e. this Easter.

K+K Picasso Barcelona

By Barcelona standards, the hotel is rather plain, i.e. looks less trendy and design-driven. However, what it may lack in design touches, it makes up for in amenities: e.g. Free Wi-Fi, concierge, laundry services, coffee and tea making facilities in the room, and a roof-top terrace with a small pool. The buffet breakfast is fantastic and has something for everyone: the usual cooked breakfast, cold cuts, cheese, fresh fruit, pastry and a selection of breakfast rolls and bread (with healthy alternatives to the ubiquitous white bread...), and room service is available till 10 pm.

K+K Picasso Barcelona
K + K Picasso rooftop pool
The other hotel I would like to briefly introduce is the slightly more affordable Chic & Basic Born, a few blocks from K + K Picasso, and across the street from the Chocolate Museum. This hotel has been our favourite for years, and who knows, maybe next year we'll be back... Although I really liked the buffet breakfast and room service at K + K Picasso, so it's going to be a tough choice...

Barcelona hotels

Well, you have plenty of design touches in Chic & Basic Born... Most notably the colour-changing lights in the rooms. The bathroom may be a bit of a challenge for the very shy: the 'glass-enclosed shower' provides slightly less privacy than a more traditional bathroom.
There is a spacious lounge, or 'common area' with magazines, books and free coffee and tea. Free Wi-Fi is also available in the hotel, and there is a lively bar / restaurant adjacent to the hotel.

Chic & Basic Barcelona
Chic & Basic Born lounge and hallway
Chic & Basic Barcelona
Chic & Basic Born: Minimalist White Bedroom
I hope you have enjoyed our Barcelona tours,

Tiina

Linking up with (a bit late... but better late than never...) Bonnie Rose for:

Travel Tuesday
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  1. great reviews! It's so nice to know these details from someone who was there!
    xo,
    nancy

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