Monthly Archives: November 2012

A walk around Barcelona’s ‘Barrio Gótico’ –the Gothic Quarter

A walk around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is one of those not-to-be-missed things that ought to be part of all visits to Barcelona. Not just because a lot of the most interesting and beautiful sights the city offers are found here, but also because it is a unique environment that offers fun bars, shops and outdoor cafés and restaurants.

Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is full of history and enchantment. This was Barcelona’s old city centre, the original settlement that grew within protective city walls and remained practically intact until the 19th century.

Making your way around the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona will be a comfortable experience if you are staying in a hotel on the Ramblas, next to ‘Plaza Catalunya’, as this is the ideal starting point for your walk. In the past the Ramblas was actually located outside the Medieval city walls, and the great street was a well-nourished stream channeling water down to the sea.

Little by little Barcelona grew and the Ramblas became integrated into the cityscape in a natural manner. These days it forms an essential part of the circulation in the city centre and is one of the most popular tourist spots within the Catalan capital.

If you follow the Ramblas down from the Plaza Catalunya you will reach what has been one of the main entranceways to Barcelona during hundreds of years: the ‘Portaferrisa’. After that, criss-crossing narrow streets, continue to the square ‘Plaça del Pi’ with its beautiful church Santa María del Pi. It shares its name with the area around it: one of the most typical and animated parts of the Gothic Quarter.

Resuming your walk, discovering streets and corners seemingly belonging to the past, you will soon find yourself on the square ‘Plaça de la Catedral‘ where apart from the majestic cathedral you will also be able to see remains of what were the old city walls.

Walking along you can in one single morning have time for ‘El Call’, ‘Santa Ana’, ‘La Merced’ and ‘El Palau’ and then return to eat here at the restaurant in our hotel in Barcelona.

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Youtube, the channel to find hotel reviews

Google’s video platform, Youtube, is becoming more and more an important tool used by hotel companies in Spain to offer reviews and recommendations concerning their accommodations to its potential clients.

The main advantage of this audio-visual content is offering reviews of a hotel in the Canary Islands or a resort in Cape Verde are irrefutable: the video offers a human face, a real person with a complete name freely offering his review, and lending credibility to the service.

What’s more, many people prefer listening instead of reading. Some of these key facts are making Youtube the second hotel browser.

Great companies such as Iberostar Hotels & Resorts are investing more and more in this platform, creating video lists with hotel reviews from all over the world connecting users and sharing their experiences concerning a destination.

Corporate events: Urban hotels

Where is the best place to organize a corporate event? How to find a well-equipped and comfortable space for all attendees and with personalized attention?

Urban hotels are the best solution. Functional, well located, good priced and with impeccable service. These factors make them a guarantee of success for business meetings. The growing demand for these services requires establishments to continuously improve their offer such us providing meeting rooms with the latest technology.

This is the case of High Tech Hotels, which owns a portfolio of hotels for business events, where you will from specialized staff to assist with the organization to spaces created specifically for conference or high level company meetings.

Emblematic establishments such as the hotel Petit Palace Arana in Bilbao, the Petit Palace Santa Cruz in Seville or the Opera Garden in Barcelona, are hotels for company events where besides care and impeccable facilities, attendees enjoy a unique, historic and traditional space linked full of history and inextricably to the spirit of the city in which it is located. A real plus that makes them unique hotels.

Comfort and functionality are basic keys to keep in mind when you choose a hotel for congresses. It is essential to give specially adapted attention to a large number of attendees, each with their own specific demands.

A hotel next to Barajas airport or a hotel in the centre of Valencia are also options to consider if you want to hold an event.