Houma and her two boys who are friends of my cousin Sidney and his family joined us in Barcelona. After our dinner in Moncho’s she showed us her hotel right next to Plaça Reial and a few meters away from the famous tourist attraction Las Ramblas.
At night the tree-lined 1.2 km. pedestrian mall known as Las Ramblas (or La Rambla) was lit up beautifully and had many stores and eateries on both sides. As beautiful as it was I was deathly scared to bring out my camera to take pictures. This was the only one I took. A lot of guides I read online warned tourists that there were a lot of pickpockets in the area since the place was teeming with locals and tourists the whole day. We all had a deathly grip on our bags and cameras. It worked since we managed to leave with everything we owned.
The Hotel Barcelona House was located in a busy street with restaurants and bars. If you like to be in the middle of a lot of activity this would be a good place to stay. I just don’t know if you can hear the noise in the room. Personally I wouldn’t stay here since I would have to pass Las Ramblas everytime I leave and go home and my nervousness about the potential crime would be too stressful.
Her bathroom and shower was definitely better than the one at our hotel.
We passed by this organic food store called Artisa. I wanted to have dessert there since the pastries and the apple pie looked really good but my cousins suggested we walk around and look at the other options.
We didn’t find any place to have dessert at the Plaça Reial so we went back to Las Ramblas and saw Cafe De L’Opera De Barcelona, a nicely decorated restaurant which had some customers so we assumed they would have decent churros.
This had to be the most awful churros and chocolate ever! The chocolate was thick from cornstarch period. There was no chocolate taste at all. The churros were obviously just re-fried and was still doughy inside. I just took a bite and had to spit it out. The next day our tour guide told us not to eat any establishment in Las Ramblas. I wish we knew it beforehand. Oh well it was an experience I want to forget. We should eaten at Artisa!!!
Hotel Barcelona House
C/ Escudellers, 19 08002 Barcelona
telephone: + 34 933 437 167
Art i Sa Barcelona, S.L.
2 Colom street (Next to Plaza Real)08002 Barcelona
telephone: +34 931 863 623
Cafe De L’Opera De Barcelona
La Rambla, 74 08002 BARCELONA
telephone: +34 933 177 585