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.
"Good self catering option for family"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 19, 2014
As this is not actually a hotel, but apartments, there was no service to speak of. However, the rooms were clean and although basic, comfortable. The kitchen is equipped with only basics but one can get by. Conveniently near Arc de Triomph Metro and small supermarkets nearby. Only view from window was a wall, but since we were out most of the day, that didn't bother too much. The hot water in the bathroom geyser ran out in the middle of the second person showering. Had to take turns evening and morning to shower. Would probably stay there again especially when travelling with 2 little children.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 8, 2014
The Hotel was in a good location near Metro, the breakfast was good and also the lunch menu. We enjoyed reading in the lounge area. Free wi fi was a bonus. The staff were friendly and the service good. Thank you for a great stay.
We arrived at the hotel on the 28th December and stayed until the 31st December. We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The staff were friendly and always willing to assist particularly Alessandro (Alex). His knowledge of the hotel and Barcelona made our stay such a pleasure as we could ask him anything and he would provide the information. I wish the hotel had the couches in the rooms as one sometimes wants to sit down and relax without lying on the bed. I will recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 26, 2013
This was a very nice hotel in a great location that was very conveniently located near the beach, tons of restaurants and shops and las rambles. A perfect place for singles or couples traveling. Hotel seemed to be recently renovated and the decor was very modern and stylish.
Good hotel and great loaction. However shoes went missing from my room and we only noticed it at our next point of stop. I wrote and email to the hotel about the issue but did not receive any feedback.
"Fantastic Location and Service"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Aug 21, 2013
I searched the net before we left and finally settled on the Petit Palace Bouqueria, and I am so glad I did! In the price range that we needed , it exceeded my expectations, was clean, comfortable, right on the Ramblas, walking distance to the metro and many restaurants, shops and bars, would definitely stay again. The hotel staff were very friendly and efficient and gave great advice on where to go for meals etc. Thank goodness for the air conditioning in the room!