The Perfect Spot

Citadines Ramblas makes it the most ideal place for soaking in all that Barcelona has to offer

Issue: Aug 2010

Citadines Barcelona Ramblas - an established iconic office building in Raffles Place
Cosy, homely and superbly located, Citadines Barcelona Ramblas is the perfect place to spend your vacation in the Spanish city

As the saying goes, “The three most important things about a property are location, location, and location!” Well, the same can be said of the place you choose to stay while you are on vacation.

Overlooking the famous Ramblas
Having breakfast at the cosy breakfast corner overlooking the famous La Ramblas adds to the excitement of being right in the heart of town

And when it comes to location, Citadines Barcelona Ramblas has an address that is hard to beat. To begin with, the apart’hotel is located right on La Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous and vibrant walking street. In fact, you can enjoy breakfast and do some trend spotting at the breakfast lounge in Citadines Ramblas as it overlooks La Ramblas itself.

The fully furnished Citadines Ramblas has 115 studios and 16 one-bedroom apartments. It offers homely comforts, conveniences of a hotel and service that matches the warmth of the Spanish people. Amanda Gremli, a guest from America, experienced it firsthand.

"The receptionist, Tommaso, saved our vacation for us! Our travel agent messed up our reservation at a hotel at our next destination. Tommaso spent at least 45 minutes on the phone helping us to get a room at another hotel. He made our last night in Spain much better than it was. We would have been lost without him," says Gremli.

Overlooking the famous Ramblas
Clean and convenient, Citadines Barcelona Ramblas makes it an ideal stop whether it is for business or pleasure

Citadines Ramblas not only offers impeccable service, it is also the only serviced apartment centrally located in the city.

World Famous Street

Citadines Ramblas’ central location makes it accessible to almost everything you should do while on vacation.

On La Ramblas, which is right outside the apart’hotel, you can find everything that is Barcelona along a 1.2 kilometre-long tree-lined pedestrian mall.

It’s not hard to understand why Spanish poet, Federio Garcia Lorca, once said that La Ramblas was "the only street in the world which I wish would never end".

Here, you can begin to discover some of the most famous and the city’s oldest pavement cafes, restaurants and bars. In fact, within a 50-metre radius of Citadines Ramblas, you can find more than 50 restaurants to suit your taste and fancy. You can also make an order for dinner if you are not in the mood to eat out. Citadines Ramblas can arrange for the food to be delivered to your apartment for a small fee.

While many of the cafes and restaurants in this city where writers and artists used to meet to exchange ideas haven't survived, Café Zurich is one exception.

Opened in the early 1920s, Café Zurich was where the brother of Queen Fabiola of Belgium worked as a pianist. Located rtight on Placa Catalunya, this café is the place to be seen at and a place to people watch, too. On a fair weathered day, sit at an outdoor table and enjoy a cold beer and some live music.

Overlooking the famous Ramblas
Las Ramblas, the famous shopping street open to pedestrians, is where Citadines Ramblas is conveniently situated

On La Ramblas, you can also spot many of the city's painters, artists, caricature and portrait painters as well as street performers setting up stalls, with some operating round the clock! So, if you have a need to get a portrait done at the eleventh-hour, you know where to go.

In fact the city stays alive till late into the night as the Barcelonans can be seen starting their dinners at 10pm in restaurants. So, don’t be in a rush for dinner when you are there shopping or soaking up the culture, arts and architecture of the city.

Heart Of The City

Staying in Citadines Ramblas also makes it perfect for you to feel the pulse of Barcelona. It’s literally just 2 steps away from the famous Plaça Catalunya, a large square in central Barcelona.

This public space is also significant because it is a place where both the old city in Ciutat Vella and the new towns, Eixample - built in the 19th century - meet. Some of the city’s most important streets and avenues also come together at Plaça Catalunya. It is known for its fountains and statues, proximity to some of Barcelona's most popular attractions, and for the flocks of pigeons in the centre.

If architecture intrigues you, there is no lack of magnificent buildings for you to admire. The city has some of the most celebrated pieces of architecture both ancient as well as modern all in one place.

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia, or Holy Family Church, is to be consecrated and proclaimed a Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on November 7, 2010, during his visit to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona

But the most famous building and architecture in Barcelona would probably be the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished cathedral. La Sagrada Familia, or Holy Family Church, is the Spanish architect’s most famous and ambitious work. He had designed the cathedral to have 18 towers, 12 for the 12 apostles, four for the four evangelists, one for Mary and one for Jesus. While Gaudi died in 1926, his masterpiece is expected to complete 100 years after his death in 2026.

Within walking distance of Citadines Ramblas, you can also find Barcelona’s most elegant medieval palaces on Carrer Montcada. While you are in that vicinity, visit the Picasso Museum. The world famous artist spent several of his formative years (1901-06) in Barcelona. The collection in this museum is particularly strong on his early work.

Continuing in your cultural and historical journey, a stone’s throw away from Citadines Ramblas, is the medieval city of Barri Gotic. Many of the buildings date from between the 5th to the 15th century and some even as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. In fact, remains of the squared Roman Wall can still be seen there and a medieval Jewish quarter is still located within.

Paseo de Gracia
Paseo de Gracia is a shopper’s haven with the best designer labels all on one street

Best Shop In The World

When it comes to retail therapy, some have called Barcelona “the best shop in the world”. It is not hard to understand why.

Again, within walking distance from Citadines Ramblas is Paseo de Gracia, a shopper’s haven. Here, only the best and exclusive labels such as Hermès, Loewe, Carolina Herrera, to Armani, Vuitton and Chanel can be found.

So, whether it is to satisfy your need for retail therapy, quench your thirst for cultural and historical knowledge, feast on the architectural wonders or soak in the artistic talents on the streets, there’s really no better place to be staying in than in Citadines Barcelona Ramblas. Now, that’s tough to beat!

Citadines Barcelona Ramblas
Ramblas 122
08002 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: (34) 932 701 111

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