If I’m one thing it’s honest, and to be completely honest, I didn’t fall in love with Barcelona. It’s probably the one place in all of Europe that I just don’t care to return. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it, I liked it – but there was no love. And I love being in love. However, there’s nothing that makes it a “must visit again” for me. I’m glad I went, and it’s certainly worth going to once, but I have no desire to return.
During our couples of days in Barcelona, we stayed at Le Meridien Barcelona. Aside from its stellar location right on Las Ramblas, close to a metro stop, and near the most delicious fresh fruit market in the world (I’m convinced), there was nothing extremely appealing about it, and I think you’ll see for yourself in my Le Meridien Barcelona review. It’s really just your average place to stay, and I don’t mean that in a bad or good way – there’s nothing in the hotel that screams, “I’m in Barcelona!”
The thing that irks me the most is when hotels have poor customer service, especially when it comes to educating their guests on the area and the hotel’s amenities. I can’t stand when hotel employees give out contradictory information. That happened here a number of times, and it was so annoying.
The below picture defines my thoughts best. The hotel is well staffed, but no one does anything helpful.
Nevertheless, despite not being “wowed” by Le Meridien Barcelona, Josh and I had a fantastic time seeing the city (which I’ll get to in many later posts, detailing each site), and, like I said above, the hotel’s location can’t be beat, which made sightseeing a breeze.
Our room, like most European hotel rooms, was small. It wasn’t decorated to our taste, but the bathroom was great – we really enjoyed the rain shower. The room was clean, which is important, but it was also very bland. I wish there was some sort of Spanish touch, or something that made it “special.” Even down to the artwork – there was none. The room was modern, I get that, but maybe something from local artists on the walls, since Barcelona is such an artsy city? I dunno. It felt very Ikea.
So, would I stay here again? Probably not. While the bathroom was luxurious, that’s about it. There are a ton of other amazing hotels in Barcelona that I’d rather check out next time.