Today is the first of march and spring seems just as far away as it did at the beginning of november… To beat this cold grey outside I reminisce about our spring-weekend trip last year, to warm up my heart and my mind.. Barcelona! Just writing the word cheers me up already .)
So if you’re planning on going to Barcelona you definitely have to stay at least one night (or more if your portemonaie allows it) at this hotel – the Gran Hotel la Florida. Even if it’s only for this amazing view over the city. It’s up in the hills and resembles a little castle from other times. They have a great roof terrace, a spa , a swimmingpool..all that stuff Gran hotel offer..but if you’re lucky (we were) you get an angle room with this just breathtaking view over the whole city -180 degree! It sweeps you away. The only b-mol: you need a car, taxi..to get into the city. Otherwise of course, you wouldn’t be able to admire its splendour from far away.
But then you do what we did; the other night you take another hotel in the city, just as fine and less hurtful for your bank account. We took the OHLA hotel and it was perfect. Also with a nice roof terrace with a nice little pool and a great view over the city and you’re right in the center. And a great thing: they rent bikes! We did almost the whole city by bike. Passing by the Casa Batlló by Gaudi, going up to the Mies Pavillon, cruing along the beach… I think it’s a great way to see a city..and it costs almost nothing.
I know that both hotels are not absolutely a bargain but as we don’t go to Barcelona every weekend I think it’s nice from time to time to give yourself and your couple a treat. It’s worth it.
Picture above view from La Florida by Catharine Nicol