Barcelona's Old Town, Ciutat Vella is cut through by the city's most famous boulevard, La Rambla. Alive with stalls and street performers, not to mention swirling mosaics (look out for one by Joan Miro), it leads out from Placa de Catalunya, a vast sculpture-strewn square. Make time for the old winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, where you'll also find the bars and clubs of Placa Reial square.
Its lavish avenue, Passeig de Gracia, is the place to check out Barcelona's chic fashion boutiques, but there's another reason Eixample is a must-see district: Gaudi. The trailblazing architect's uniquely organic-looking buildings – which look more grown than built – can be seen here, including Casa Mila and the cactus-like spires of Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's great church which is as much a symbol of Barcelona as the Eiffel Tower is of Paris.
With its bohemian, village-like vibe, Gracia is popular with artists, hipsters, and party animals alike. Chill out in the relaxing Placa Rius i Taulet by day, and head to the jumping Placa del Sol at night to mingle at the many bars and clubs. But the most famous attraction has to be Park Guell – a wonderland of flowing stone arches and columns resembling tree trunks, designed by visionary architect Gaudi.
For a taste of the great outdoors in Barcelona, take a cable car up Montjuic hill. Along with gasp-inducing views, you can also visit a museum dedicated to Joan Miro. Elsewhere in the sprawling Sants-Montjuic district you can wander Carrer de Sants, a buzzing shopping area. Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC, is a place of pilgrimage for footie fans – the Barca Museum's one of the most popular in Spain.
Balancing the buzz of downtown Barcelona, Sarria-Sant Gervasi is an upscale oasis of calm. Think relaxing cafes and leafy sun-dappled gardens, while if you're feeling more energetic you can head up to Mount Tibidabo where there's a popular theme park as well as the neo-Gothic extravagance of Sagrat Cor church. For chic boutiques, enticing eateries, and Catalan charm, have a wander along Major de Sarria, the area's main boulevard.
wonderful place to stay. hotel staff especially the 2 lady receptionist were extremely polite and helpful. very peaceful and quiet and the bed was most comfortable you will find in a hotel. location was excellent, about 50 metres away from restaurants, shopping and taxis .
"Chic & basic as per name"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 10, 2013
Chic & Basic lives up to its name. Nice and basic hotel in a good, central location. My only criticism would be the general attitude and friendliness of the staff at reception. Out of the four members I only found one staff member at reeption to be friendly and helpful. Its a let down for such a cool hotel. All in all I would recommend this hotel.
"V nice hotel"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 7, 2013
We enjoyed Villa Emilia for one night and would have been happy to stay longer. Everything faultless apart from having 2 single beds put together but not attached when we requested a double bed. But this was minor compared to early check-in and 12:00 check-out - much appreciated! Highly recommended hotel
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 27, 2012
The hotel is modern with beautiful layout, very friendly staff especially the barman at the pool area, they were all engaging, intelligent and helpful. The area is the best and we went to all areAs of the City, quiet street, good restaurants in the street and very close to the Gaudi apartments. A really memorable stay
I think the pictures on the site made the hotel look better than it actually is .It was expensive for what it was. It is well positioned close to the Ramblas. The room is simple and reasonable size . The breakfast was very good . the staff were very helpful