It doesn’t fit in anywhere chronologically, so before going any further I wanted to mention Fodor’s website at www.fodors.com. That site is full of information, and I consulted it about every destination on the trip. I found the forums very helpful, and usually received a reply within hours of posting. Check it out! Next: BED!
I’m not even going to try to cover all of the places I looked for a hotel in Barcelona–there are just too many of them! Being from the US, I started with one of my favorites, Expedia, but believe me you don’t want to stop there. If you’re using the web to shop for hotels then you probably have more time than money; put it to good use by searching all over creation. In our case, just when I was about fed-up with the myriad of choices for what will be less than a 12-hour stay in Barcelona Joelle emailed that she had her cruise documents and that they’d be staying at the Hotel Alexandra. That helped narrow things down since we decided to stay at the same hotel if possible. I started with the main site, www.hotel-alexandra.com and the parent company site at www.alexandra.activehotels.com/THE. Both gave a decent enough description of the hotel, but both said a reservation was not available. Not one to give up too easily, I searched for the hotel on Google and found plenty of places that allowed me to make reservations. Discount hotel rooms is a pretty big business judging by the number of […]
Anyone travelling to Barcelona needs to check out their official transport site at www.tmb.net. This site, which also can be viewed in English, allows you to type in starting and ending points, and it will calculate for you how to get from A-B using public transportation. We were able to find all of the hotels we considered, which allowed us to factor in travel time from the airport or train station. After settling on the Alexandra hotel (more to follow on it), we found that it was 12 minutes by Metro from the train station, but when we switched to the plane it was about 45 minutes using 2 different trains: a RENFE train from the airport to the train station, and then the metro to the hotel. We were ready to do this, but the last train from the airport leaves at 23:40 and the metro shuts down at midnight, so we’ll be taking a taxi this time. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I’ve never lived in a big city and am always impressed by easy-to-use metros; I’m disappointed we won’t be using it this time! Next: Alexandra Hotel
When we first decided on the cruise, we thought we’d be driving to Barcelona, but after talking with some friends we decided it wasn’t worth it. Apparently the tolls and the parking fees in Barcelona are high enough that it’s cheaper to leave the car at home. Our first choice was to fly from our local airport, the Murcia/San Javier Regional Airport (MJV), but it’s such a small place that almost all of the Iberia flights just go to Madrid. The website www.iberia.com wouldn’t even give me a price on a trip from MJV to BCN. Having already ruled out a bus, we decided to take the train. RENFE, Spain’s train company, has a very informative website that also allows ticket purchasing and can be viewed in English. My Spanish is ok, especially when I’m reading it, but when we’re talking about dinero it’s nice to confirm everything in my native tongue. So, checking the schedule from Balsicas (the closest station) to Barcelona, we found 1 train a day that leaves at 8:56 and arrives at 16:30. A first class ticket was €57 each for a total of €114. We were able to buy the tickets online, but since it […]