If you plan to travel to Barcelona, especially for the first time, I’d recommend staying near La Rambla, a bustling, animated fun pedestrian 1.2 kilometers long (a little less than a mile) madness of a walkway that goes from Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting to Plaça Catalunya, all the way to the Christopher Columbus monument at Barcelona’s port, Porto Vell. The walkway is very popular with the locals as well as the hoards of tourists visiting Spain Catalonian capital.
A short aside here: it’s also a prime location for pickpockets so be careful with your valuables and keep your eyes open. If you’re aware of your surroundings and keep your wallets safe and sound, you should be fine.
Now, back to Barcelona’s La Rambla. Like I was just mentioning, staying near this famous path is your best bet, in my opinion. It’s bursting with shops, street performers, traders and is an ideal place for people watching. You can also visit many of the nearby sights by foot or for farther tourist destinations, just hop on the metro, which is a hop, skip and a jump away.
You most certainly shouldn’t be disappointed if you stay at the 4-star Hotel Montecarlo, particularly if you stay in a superior room (or bigger), which has a jacuzzi, walk-in (Italian) shower and is spaciousin size even for American standards. The beds are electronically adjustable, too! The staff is extraordinarily helpful, knowledgeable, friendly and very professional, and they will be more than happy to offer their travel suggestions or even reserve restaurants for you.
Finally, a last word of advice, forget the hotel breakfast and instead, opt to take a yummy breakfast at La Boqueria market, which is a few steps away from the hotel. You will not regret it!
La Rambla, 124
08002 Barcelona, Spain
Websites: Hotel Montecarlo
Telephone Number: +34 934 120 404
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