by, 03-24-2013 at 08:16 AM (724 Views)
Having recently taken advantage of the Luxury Link offer for the Ohla Hotel Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain - Hotel Travel Deals | Luxury Link, I feel it is within my purview to offer my opinion regarding this fabulous property, as well as extend a warning of sorts for those who would likely find the layout of the rooms themselves ill-suited to their needs.
First off, the Ohla hotel in Barcelona is as advertised. It is but a stoneís throw away from La Rambla Ė the ever popular pedestrian, tree lined walkway and mall Ė nestled on a corner overlooking buildings rich with carvings, statues, and unmistakable European architecture.
Since bakeries are abundant in the area, an ever present and pleasant smell of fresh baked bread, pastries and croissants hangs in the air, reminding you of simpler times, and simple joys, and the pure pleasure of just being, without the stress and pressures life can often bring.
The staff is friendly, well versed in English, and eager to help or offer an opinion on everything from the best tapas place in the area, to which of Gaudiís works one should see first, to where one can find good crema catalana.
Itís with the rooms themselves that one might take issue depending on their traveling companion. The beds are Ė as one would expect of a five star establishment Ė perfectly lovely and comfortable. The room itself is contemporary and minimalist but with enough accents and tastefully playful color to make it warm and inviting. The one issue likely to exist depending on whether the sight of your traveling companion in their birthday suit is a pleasant and awe inspiring experience, or something that will likely cause you to claw at your eyes, is the see through shower.
Thankfully, I took this trip with my wife, whom I am glad to say is still a vision after thirteen years of wedded bliss, so having a glass walled shower which faced the bed was nothing more than free entertainment every morning and evening.
As I was saying, if you are traveling to Barcelona on business, plan on a trip with someone with whom you are not romantically linked, or just canít bear the thought of anyone seeing you naked, then the Ohla hotel in Barcelona is not for you.
If, however, you are comfortable in your own skin, then you are not likely to find a better hotel, with a friendlier staff, and if you happen to be traveling in the summer, a rooftop pool with more dramatic views.
Although it was too chilly to go for a swim during our trip, we did spend our mornings on the roof, drinking coffee, making plans for the day ahead, and just soaking in the priceless view.
All in all, the Ohla did not disappoint, the only downside being that three days isnít nearly enough to see all there is to see in Barcelona.
danielboldea's Album: Rooftop from the Ohla Barcelona