Wednesday, 15 November 2017

HCC Regente, Barcelona Hotel Review

As some of you may have seen, (especially my Facebook and Instagram followers) you will know I recently visited Barcelona this November and had an amazing time. 

It's a city I've always wanted to visit as I have only ever heard good things about it. For me, a city break destination needs to have an upbeat, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, so I wasn't disappointed.

On our travels, me and my partner stayed at the HCC Regente, close to the Ramblas on the Rambla de Catalunya, with the Passeig de Gracia the nearest Metro station. In fact, this was the stop we got off at from getting the train from Barcelona Airport (which only took twenty-five minutes) then was just a five minute walk to the hotel. Even the walk from the metro station to the hotel was really pleasant, passing the Casa Mila building not knowing that that's what it was when I took the below snap whilst swiftly charging passed it! 

On arrival, we checked in and were shown our room, which I admit was a little smaller than we were expecting, and the view from the window just faced a close building making it feel a little enclosed. We asked if there were any bigger rooms with a view of the busy street we had just walked in from, and were shown one and fell in love with it. For an extra €50 euros for the whole three nights we were staying there, we thought why not. It also had a much larger bathroom with a bath apposed to just a shower that was in the smaller room. What I loved about the  view from the room was that it was exactly what I wanted and imagined Barcelona to look like. We could see a busy bar opposite us, people dashing into shops and taking romantic strolls down the strip. 

Once we unpacked and had freshened up, we went out to explore our surroundings to see what attractions, shops and restaurants were nearby. Directly North from the hotel we could see Mount Tibidabo, and since visiting it wasn't our agenda, it was nice to see it lit up every night as we headed back/to dinner. We were starving at this point, and on the walk up, I noticed the cutest outdoor tapas bar called 'Casa Lola' decorated with flowers and chic furniture. We stopped here for a glass of wine, prawns, crunchy potatoes and bread, which were so so good! 

To get to the bustling area of Las Ramblas, took about a twenty minute walk. This is also around the area where we stumbled across The Gothic Quarter, the town hall and various churches we found by chance that were stunning. For me, the best part of the hotel was its location and such easy access to everything we wanted to see. For example, when we went to visit the beautiful Sagrada Familia, we changed at Diagonal metro station (a ten minute walk) and arrived there after a five minute train journey.Another thing that really stood out for me at the hotel was its stunning decor. We were welcomed by huge glass doors and a stained-glass window at reception, where the staff were incredibly helpful. A few times we needed their assistance, such as borrowing the hotel's iron, umbrella and queries regarding room service and were always happy to help. 

Back to location, we actually found that, as we weren't directly on Las Ramblas but a bit further out, the places to eat and drink nearby were much more traditional and reasonably priced as they weren't tourist trap-types. We opted to stay for bed and breakfast at the hotel (included in the price we payed on booking) which has everything we had expected. Hot food included sausages, bacon and scrambled egg. Cold included fresh meats, cheese, croissants and cereals, which we filled up on to fuel us for the day. As we stayed outside of the peak season, we were also offered a free glass of Cava in the hotel bar between the hour of 9 and 10pm. We managed to take advantage of this just once but had a really nice atmosphere and ended up putting the world to rights with a member of bar staff who was extremely pleasant to talk to! I also tried out their 'City' cocktail which kind of put the night to an end for me. (It was so strong and we'd already had a little to drink!)

All in all, we had a fabulous time staying at this hotel. At the end of a tiring day we were genuinely excited to get back and sit on the balcony watching the world go by before we got ready to go out in the evening. It's also worth noting that we emailed the hotel prior to arriving and let us know the best and cheapest way of getting to the hotel. Check-in time was not meant to be until 3pm, but having let them know beforehand that we would be about an hour early, they had managed to sort this for us and had a few rooms ready too.

So there you have it, a sweet snap shot into our stay at this hotel.

Take a look at where we stayed in Rome, too!

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