Bad Night's Sleep
Posted Oct 1, 2016 on Hotels
Every night I was reminded of the elevated train in Chicago -- not the noise, but the inescapable, deep rumbling vibration. This is a tall narrow building with six stories and three elevators running in the middle of it and running all night long. I could put in earplugs to block out the noise, but there was nothing I could do to block out the very palpable vibrations. Since I was in Barcelona for a conference, I needed good night's sleep, but never had one. After hearing an argument between a desk person and a very surprised guest about a new, higher bill that the guest was given after he checked in, I feared that asking for a new room would land me with a surprise higher bill. Lovely location. Not crowded with tourists, but easily accessible to many sites and to my conference venue. A hint about breakfast (which was pretty good): you can ask for cooked egg dishes. No one will ask you if you'd like this, so you have to do so yourself (I learned this from watching another guest). When I checked out, all that was said to me was "Did you take anything from the mini-bar?" and "You owe us city taxes." No, "How was your stay?" or "Have a good day." Only silence once they received their payment. Tiny room with a tiny desk and little room for my things. It had a small safe, which nicely locked and unlocked, but was not attached to anything. I will return to the amazing city of Barcelona, but not to this hotel. While it was not super pricey, it was also not a bargain.