A couple of days ago, I had the pleasure to test the Barceló Raval hotel in Barcelona, a cool place I discovered and booked through the excellent website Splendia!
Situated on Rambla del Raval, encircled by historic graffiti painted buildings, palm trees and cafés, the neighbourhood is up and coming, but yet to be the hippest of the city of Barcelona.
The short walk from the hotel to the tourist trail and the Ramblas passes through narrow passages, where prostitutes greet you. It’s lively, messy and with a real atmosphere. You either like it or you don’t. We definitely did.
The hotel is a modern 11-storey building with a mesh-wire reflecting the sun and an amazing rooftop terrace with a unique 360°-panorama view over Barcelona. Must-do is to get a room on the 9th or 10th floor for an unforgettable sight.
Better leave it if you’re looking for classical, traditional, more conservative design. But if you’re after a trendy hotel, that offers post-modern-baroque design (we just invented this ) and allows you to stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter and the like with your iPad, iPhone and Blackberry you should definitely go for it.
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