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Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Hungary
During winter, many people chose to go to the beach or to some paradise location. The truth is, itâ€™s difficult to find a cozy place in a winter breeze, specially if you want to enjoy a spa, nice restaurants and a comfy room. Fortunately, we found an amazing Hotel in Eastern Europe for a romantic weekend escape: The Corinthia Hotel in Budapest.
First opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, Corinthia Hotel Budapest remains among the grandest in the city. Recently renovated, to be a fine distinguished hotel with an original 19th century spa, two restaurants, the biggest meeting room in the city and lovely staff at your service the full day.
At The Corinthia Hotel you’ll find two great restaurants, two bars, meeting rooms and a wonderful Spa.
I have to add that their breakfast is great! There is a whole buffet with juices, sweets, cereals and even a cook that will make an amazing omelette for you in no time. Both restaurants were amazing and easy to encounter.
We had the opportunity to experience both restaurants and we absolutely loved them.
This restaurant offers a wide range of Oriental Fusion dishes in a moody atmosphere ideal for a romantic dinner or a chill night with friends. I recommend you start the night with Rickshaw golden platter.
Itâ€™s a dish with Duck spring rolls, beef satay, prawn- and pineapple skewers, prawn cake, feta spring roll, BBQ pork chops, sweet chili sauce, soy-coriander sauce, peanut dip and tomato-ginger salsa. Excellent for a starter.
Also, one of the waiters was extremely kind to us and introduced us to the wide variety of beers they had. My favorite was an Asian one called Asahi. I also tried the Hungarian one but, I believe I prefer the Asian on this occasion.ðŸ˜Š
The Brasserie & Atrium:
This restaurant offers the very best of international and Hungarian cuisine. Donâ€™t even think about it and order the famous Hungarian Goulash Soup. This famous local dish blends potatoes, meat and vegetables in a nice stew.Â
If any of these two restaurants hasnâ€™t content your stomach yet, you can visit one of the two additional bars, and get surprised by an amazing cocktail menu.
One of the most famous facilities at the Corinthia Hotel has to be the Spa. As mentioned before, this Spa is original from the 19th century and it is Â one of the greatest spas in Budapest.
As you might know, there areÂ numerous thermal springs running underneath Budapest, and that is why it is known for its thermal baths.
If you visit Budapest during winter period, this spa will be heaven when you go back to the hotel!
One of its features is the central pool with 28ÂºC, perfect for a first swim during winter days. Along the side youâ€™ll find 2 Jacuzzis, one at 32ÂºC and the other at 37ÂºC.
Apart, you have a steam bath, saunas, temperature showers and a relaxing area. We absolutely loved this place!
Meetings & Events:
Although we didnâ€™t have the chance to experience the different meeting rooms they have, we have to say we did see a big convention and the rooms seemed very big.Â
One of the most convenient aspects of the Corinthia Hotel is its location. It is right in the city center, close to any public transport and to the main sites of the city.
To go to Fisherman Bastion, we grabbed a bus and in 10 minutes we were there. The bus stop is 2 min away walking distance.
Only 18 kms. Away from the airport, which is around 30 mins. by car or 50 min. by public transport. If you want to get to your hotel faster, I recommend you buy a BUDAPEST CARD.
Also, it allows you to visit many museums, thermal baths and other great sites in the city, for free!
Even more, it allows to use the whole public transport and get an airport transfer to and from your hotel.
If you want more details on the BUDAPEST CARD visit their site here.
We stayed at a Deluxe King room, which is pretty spacious and has a mini lounge area with a two seat sofa and a desk. In terms of rates, this room is rated quite decent for all the services you can find at the hotel.
For your reference, we travelled to Budapest during January, which is a cold month and also, a low touristic period of the year. So maybe the rates change during the year (i’m sure they do, actually).
The room was very clean at all times. The staff in charge of the cleaning was very kind and gave us free toiletries every day.
If you get an interior room like ours you will have this view out your window. One day, we even got to listen to a classical music rehearsal in the middle of the hall!
Anyway, we truly recommend this unique hotel for a romantic weekend escape to the eastern side of Europe. There are a lot of things to visit, great restaurants, super friendly atmosphere and unique photo spots for the gram 😉
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Best Rooftop Bars in Barcelona
What is the best thing to do on a Saturday/Sunday afternoon? Where can you go that is less touristic in Barcelona? How can you view the city from above? Think no more, here I bring you the best rooftop bars in Barcelona!
There are so many possibilities at the rooftop bars. Enjoy a brunch, a nice cocktail, a great swiming pool or a romantic dinner.
The cream of the top in the city are these incredible rooftops. Barcelona is characteristic for it’s simplicity, modernism, great food and also, it’s typical mediterranean culture.
Our culture is based on people that socialize a lot. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you do in life. Social gathering happens every day in Barcelona. And yes, some of these happen in our rooftops.
Sunset is the best time to visit the rooftop bars
The thing is that, most of these rooftop bars are managed by hotels. Therefore, morning hours are usually closed for private customers.
There are a few that are starting to open around 12:00 at noon. They offer a Brunch service an even a chill out DJ. But that is not common, yet.
I really recommend you visit the rooftop bars during the previous sunset hours: 17:00 – 21:00. If you go at peak hours, the chances are that you will not have the a place, given their capacity (between 40 to 100 persons at a time).
Now, many people have asked me this question several times: Which is the best rooftop in Barcelona? And my answer has always been the same: Best rooftop for what?
In order to judge properly, I’ve decided to stablish a ranking based on:
City Views, Food & Drinks, Instalations & Service
Also, given I am a well recognized writer in TripAdvisorÂ I will check out each rating and write it underneath.
Oh, sorry, almost forgot! There isn’t a dress code to visit any rooftops in Barcelona, but, some recommend you look fresh and not like you just came from the beach with your sandals and so on.
Okay, here we go! Where are the best rooftop bars in Barcelona?
On number 1 position I’m gonna have to pick: HOTEL 1898.
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This amazing city view of Montjuic and the west part of the city is incredibly stunning. Hotel 1898 has the best rooftops in Barcelona, as well as one of the best hotels.
La Isabella is the name of the rooftop. It’s split in different areas, the pool, the lounge area with outdoor beds and the restaurant facing the cathedral.
This hotel is located in El Raval district, it is very accesible from Las Ramblas. It has a unique decoration style, kind of like a french modernist style (i’m not specialist in interiorism, but I just say of what it reminds me, hehe).
The city views are almost 360Âº. I say almost, because the bar ocupies a spot that slightly covers a bit of the northern view. However, the views are stunning!
The cocktails are incredible, but the best here is the food. Very mediterranean style dishes, with incredible views. Prices are a bit high, but it is worth it. Very romantic place!
The waiters, barmans, cooks are great! Good detail of attention and perfect recommendations!
Here is one last photo…
Hotel 1898 -Â La Rambla, 109, Barcelona
Metro: L3, Liceu
Now this has an amazing infinity pool! What a views! Hotel Grand Central is located in the Gothic Quarter district near the Cathedral and is also boundries with the well-known district of El Born.
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Hotel Grand Central has one of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona, for various reasons. The city view is incredible. Sunsets here make you feel like if there was no tomorrow. You can spot many known buildings like, Agbar Tower, Hotel Arts and the Cathedral.
In their food menu, there are lots of good tapas to share. All of them with a Mediterranean feel. My favourite has to be: Cherries, black lobster and fresh cheese gazpacho soup!
The sky bar or city bar as they call it, is not very big. You can fit 43 persons max and there are just a few tables where you can sit and lunch or dinner. Then there are the pool hammocks and the tall chairs by the bar. Overall, seems quite exclusive, and quiet, which is what is meant to be.
The service is pretty decent, the waiters pay a lot of attention to you. Also, the dedicated barman is very professional.
The only “but” I would put in this hotel is the entrance fee at the rooftop bar, 20â‚¬!
Grand Hotel Central – Via Laietana, 30, Barcelona
Metro: L1 Urquinaona
This is one of my favourites! Located in the center of Barcelona, right in PlaÃ§a Catalunya, this unique hotel offers great city center views!
The rooftop bar at the Iberostar Hotel is open and free for everyone! Off course it will depend on the number of people up there, which I think has a limit of around 80 persons.
As you can see on the photo above, the city views are incredible. From up there, you can see PlaÃ§a Catalunya in it’s totality, and the left corner you can see La Sagrada Familia also! it’s beautiful.
The food you can order almost any kind of typical tapas like bravas, olives, or clams. As per the cocktails, I have to recommend the Bloody Mary. It is quite a typical cocktail, but this one was very smooth and very well balanced!
The infinity pool over the city is so breath taking that makes you dive in right away! I guess this option isn’t available unless you are hosted in the hotel 🙂
The service of the rooftop bar was incredible. There was a waiter who even offered us to take pictures of us 2.
Also, he pointed out the best photo spots and was very kind explaining things from the hotel.
Iberostar Paseo de Gracia – PlaÃ§a Catalunya, 10, Barcelona
Metro Station: L1, L3, PlaÃ§a Catalunya
Almanac Hotel has been rated by VOGUE as the best rooftop in Barcelona. I have to say, I never knew of this hotel until I went just a couple days ago. I believe the Almanac Hotel has one of the best decorations I’ve seen lately.
The rooftop is structured by an indoor bar with lots of accomodation, and then the terrace with a huge area with outdoor sofas.
Nicolas, the Hotel Manager was so nice with his attention that he even took us around for a mini tour in the Hotel.
They have an amazing restaurant in the bottom floor as well with great Mediterranean food deals.
Cocktails are one of their best tools to attract people, as they have a dedicated barman with lots of experience behind the bar.
The city views are great. This is very close to Paseo de Gracia and once you’re above, you can spot La Sagrada familia and also the famous Agbar Tower.
One of the best indeed!
Hotel Almanac -Â Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 619, Barcelona
Metro: L1, Catalunya
Hotel Manadarin Oriental is located in the very center of Barcelona, right at the concurred Paseo de Gracia.
This rooftop is one of the most elegant rooftops to visit. The views are incredible, as you can see the north part of the city and the views at Paseo de Gracia.
The service at the hotel is outstanding. That day, it rained and many rooftops close for the whole day as they need to put away all the amenities. But, the staff at Manadarin Oriental, allowed us to go up and we were on our own.
I couldn’t have a taste of the cocktails given the situation, but, I saw the cocktail list and it looked incredible!
The views from above are the best. You almost have a 360 view from Barcelona. The ambient is so relaxing with the pool and the hammocks, that you will feel in heaven!
Hotel Manadarin Oriental -Â Passeig de GrÃ cia, 38-40, Barcelona
Metro: L1, Catalunya
Hotel Royal is located at Paseo de Gracia as well, and they have a very distinguished rooftop, with a glass cover. Which seems great if the weather isn’t promising.
The ambient is very chilled with a dominant view of the city all around the Hotel. You can spot La Sagrada Familia, Hotel W and Agbar tower easily.
But the best comes behind the bar. A dedicated barman creates refreshing cocktails like this Expresso Martini…
Also, the barman recommended to try the “Royal Sangria”. Apparently, they have their own recipe which includes peach and melon liquer!!
The instalations are very nice, but don’t expect to find a pool up there. The lounge-type rooftop offers a good and relaxed ambient.
Hotel Royal Paseo de GrÃ¡cia -Â Passeig de GrÃ cia, 84, Barcelona
Metro: L1, Catalunya
Hotel Arts is located in front of the sea and it is one of the twin towers you can spot in Barcelona’s skyline.
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My cloudy day and rain was too poor to take good shots, so I borrowed this one from the hotel!
Hotel Arts is one of the most popular hotels for rich & famous people. Their rooftop is located in the 3rd floor, which is also where the 1 Michellin star restaurant and chef, Sergi Arola, are.
The pool can be enjoyed only by guests, but you can acces to the restaurant and enjoy a fabulous mediterranean meal!
It is a bit expensive in general, but, the views and the service are definetly worth it!!
Hotels Arts -Â Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, Barcelona
Metro: L1, Marina, or bus
H10 Montcada, is a fabulous hotel located right next to the iconic Cathedral of Barcelona.
The sunset rooftop bar is perfect if you’d like to enjoy the views and great cocktails. Also, they have a Jacuzzi facing the sea, which makes it very appealing if you are hosted there.
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Again, my cloudy day didn’t allow me to take good photos. But the hotel has provided these wonderful photos!
The staff are very kind and a very professional barman takes care of you from the very begining.
This hotel is located at the Barri Gothic. With many different sites around the hotel, it is perfect to make a stop and enjoy the views from above!
I really recommend a Gin Mare Gin tonic to get the full Mediterreanan experience!
H10 Montcada -Â Via Laietana, 24, Barcelona
Metro: L1, Urquinanona
Hotel Ohla, is located right at the edge of Barri Gothic, at the end of Via Laietana. This incredible hotel has a very “Chic” rooftop, with a glass viewed pool.
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Again, my cloudy day didn’t allow me to take decent photos of the hotel, but I have to say I was very impressed by the views and they way the rooftop is structured.
Completly facing the city and the Cathedral, you can enjoy a beautiful view, while drinking a nice and refreshing signature cocktails.
Also, they can offer you a list of Mediterranean tapas that will complete your experince and you won’t want to leave!
The elegant design of the rooftop is in line with the modernist architecture of the city, and also contrasts with the neo clasical architecture of the front.
Hotel Ohla Barcelona -Â Via Laietana, 49, Barcelona
Metro: L1, Urquinaona
Hotel Ayre RosellÃ³, is a unique and modern hotel located in the very heart of Eixample quarter.
The most impressive part of this hotel, is the magnificient views of the gorgeous Basilica de La Sagrada Familia.
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Hotel BarcelÃ³ Raval,Â is a modern hotel located in the District of El Raval. This district is really close to some of the most touristic places in Barcelona, such as Las Ramblas, La Boqueria and the popular Liceu theathre.
Their rooftop is the biggest 360 rooftop in Barcelona and the views are spectacular!
In terms of food and drinks, you have a very nice tapas menu with lots of mediterranean food options!
The cocktails are great, although they seem basic in terms of diversity. The typical mojito, gin tonic and a few more.
I really recommend this rooftop bar, if you want to see a 360 view of the city!
Alright folks! this is it. I hope you have enjoyed the reading and if you did, please leave a comment below!
Also, I would like to recommend the best way to move around Barcelona is by E-Scooter!
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In case you haven’t read my previous post…here is a link to the most beautiful food markets in Barcelona
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There has been different Food market re-openings recently in Barcelona, and I thought it could be of interest to share with you some of the Best Food Markets in the city.
In Barcelona there are 39 food markets spread out throughout the city
First of all, allow me to say that in order to judge them, I have categorized these in 3 different aspects: Accesability, Variety and Location.
By Accesability, I mean how easy is to get there from any part of the city. Public transports or ways to access the market.
By Variety, I mean the number of outlets like fruit stands, meat stands, fish stands and ever bars where you can sit down and have a coffee.
By Location, I mean how far they are from the city center.
As you might probably know, Barcelona is known for it’s food diversity, being the first city in Spain with the most number of Restaurants per person.
The upcoming trend of healthy lifestyle, has affected the Food Markets very posivetly. There are a lot more restaurant owners buying directly at the Food Markets to guarantee a great quality and to support the local agriculture.
Well, now that your mouth might be watering and you want to discover some markets here they are:
1. Mercat De La Boqueria
La Boqueria is probably the most well known Food Market in Barcelona. This is thanks to it’s fabulous location in the center of Las Ramblas.
La Boqueria, is also known to be a perfect pit stop before you visit any other centric sites near Las Ramblas. Inside there are numerous freshly squezeed juices, fruit bowls or even a nice Jam Sandwich (Entrepa de Pernil – in Catalan).
In terms of accesability, you can get there by metro, bus or even walking distance depending on where you are.
Mercat de La Boqueria – La Rambla, 89, Barcelona
Metro: L3, Metro station Liceu
Bus: Line V13, La Boqueria
If we consider variety, El mercat de la Boqueria has the widest variety of stands in Barcelona. Specialized in very good quality, you can find almost any type of fruit, cured ham, meat or fish. Also, there are a couple of decent bars that you can taste a nice fish tapa or typical sandwich.
Location is perfect, as it stands in the middle of Las Ramblas, a must transit place for tourists!
2. Mercat de Sant Antoni
The Sant Antoni Food Market has been refurbished recently (2018) and there has been a local re-launch this past weekend that has been very promising.
This is known to be one of the oldest food markets in Barcelona, and even you can see Barcelona’s ancient city walls from the 18th century.
Sant Antoni is the district where this market is located, a very well known district for it’s food diversity. Like the famous restaurants from Albert AdriÃ .
Accesability is great in Sant Antoni, given there is a free parking underneath the food market and also many public transports that leave right in front.
In terms of variety, Sant Antoni covers every single category of foods you can imagine, and now you can even find clothing shops!
Location is fantastic. The Sant Antoni district is close to el Paralel that is also a must transit place to locate good restaurants.
Mercat de Sant Antoni – C/ Compte d’Urgell, 1, Barcelona
Metro: L2 Sant Antoni
Bus: Line 41, Sant Antoni
The Sant Antoni market also has furniture sales some weekends and even book sales outside!
3. Mercat de Santa Caterina
Mercat de Santa Caterina is located in Ciutat Vella. Easily spoted by the innovative design of the rooftop, that resembles the diversity of food and colours inside.
A bit more vanguardist than traditional La Boqueria, this food market is unique also for it’s diversity inside. You can enjoy a good cheese, ham or fruit juice while admiring the amazing rooftop.
In terms of Accessability, this market is great with many public transportation around as well as a giant scooter parking. However, the parkings around it are payed parkings.
Variety is enormous inside, and one of the most atractive things is the numerous bars you can have a great snack in.
Location is a bit tricky, as it stands hidden in the middle of ciutat vella, and if you don’t know the place, it seems a bit difficult to find.
El Mercat de Santa Caterina – Av. Francesc CambÃ³, 16, Barcelona
Metro: L4, Jaime I
Bus: Line 120, Ciutat Vella
Don’t miss this one if you want to see something in line with the city’s architecture.
4. Mercat de Sant Andreu
Mercat de Sant Andreu is probably a food market that might not be the biggest one in Barcelona, but it certainly has the most relevant things in a food market. Located in the district of Sant Andreu, this market offers fresh fish, meat, fruits and even spices.
Also, there are a couple of bars closeby that offer hot chocolatte, many kinds of tea and Ice creams.
This market has suffered a lot from many economic recessions, but it has been refurbished and now it is a solid place for people in the district of Sant Andreu.
Accesability is ok, but it could use a parking nearby. Anyhow, public transports reach here easily.
Variety is also ok, as it offers the basics from a food market, but you can enjoy great icre creams or teas here also.
Location is a bit far from the city center, but public transports reach here easily and in 20 min from the center you can get there.
Mercat de Sant Andreu – PlaÃ§a del Mercadal, 41, Barcelona
Metro: L1, Sant Andreu
Bus: Line 126, Sant Andreu
It has recently been refurbished, so if you’re in the area don’t miss it!
5. Mercat de La ConcepciÃ³
Mercat de la ConcepciÃ³, is a traditional market mostly known for the flowers and plants stands they have. Right in the middle of the popular neighborhood L’Eixample, this unique market is an experience itself.
When the market opens, it’s like a huge warehouse opening these big doors. You access the market on ground level, but, the food stalks are underneath you. Literally, underneath you. You have to walk through a glass bottom bridge and you can see everything underneath. It’s great!
Accesability is not as other markets, given it’s in the middle of a very crowded district. But, it’s one of those places that you reach walking.
Variety is awesome if we consider every food market has the same food stalks, but this one, also has a large plant section in the back! Which makes it unique.
Location is great. In the street of Arago, it’s very easy to locate and to get there in public transport.
Mercat de la ConcepciÃ³ – C/ AragÃ³, 313, Barcelona
Metro: L4, Girona
Bus: V17 or Line 34 will leave you in front. Girona is the bus stop.
Go check those flowers and enjoy the experience of that bridge!
6. Mercat de Sants
Mercat de Sants, is a typical food market located in the neighborhood of Sants with a very unique design. Inside the celings are so high that give you and amplitude and modern feeling at the same time.
Inside you will find the typical food stalls with fresh fish, meat and vegetables, but also, there are plenty of stalls with take away food. This makes it special if you want to taste local tapas like croquetes, empanadas and salads.
The accesability is pretty good if you’re walking or getting there by public transport. But, it could use a parking nearby.
The variety is decent, and you have the compliment of freshly made tapas.
The location is a bit away from the city center, but Sants is located in the biggest train station in the city, so, it’s well situated.
Mercat de Sants – C/ Sant Jordi, 6, Barcelona
Metro: L1 & L5, plaÃ§a de Sants
Bus: Line 54, PlaÃ§a de Sants
Dive into those excellent tapas!
7. Mercat de Galvany
Mercat de Galvany is located in Sant Gervasi – SarriÃ area, a populated residential district with very good surrondings. This market is unique, as the architecture differs from the other food markets. With brick walls and huge spaces inside, it’s a place to even relax during peak hours.
Inside you will find a wide assortment of Cheese, Ham and even spices and Sushi stands!
I find this place quite charming and romantic. One of those places that every town has to have to mantain the culture vivid and fresh.
In terms of accesability, the market is in a residential area that is best accesed walking. Or by bus.
Variety is well balanced with the baqsic food market things, but also, with great assortment of spices and Sushi!
Location is perfect. It is in the north part of Barcelona and there are a lot of residential homes nearby, so buses and metro reach there easily.
Mercat de Galvany – C/ SantalÃ³, 65, Barcelona
Metro: L3, L5, Diagonal
Bus: Line D40, Diagonal
Dive in this little but stylish food market!
8. Mercat de l’Abaceria
Mercat de l’Abaceria is one of the most visual atractive food markets in Barcelona. The first thing thing that will strike you is the numerous graphitis in the metal doors outside. These graphitis have been made by local artists and give this food market a lot of personality.
If you go there in the morning, it is very entertained to watch the owners of the stalls set up everything.
Another good reason to visit this food market is the variety of things they offer. From tools, to houseware and a central fish stall with a big assortment.
In terms of accesability, this market could be better with a parking nerby, but, since it’s located in the center of the city, it seems difficult to access it, unless it’s by foot.
Variety is superb. Besides the typical food market stalls, you can find tools and home accesories.
Location is great as it is right in the center part of the city and it’s very easy to find.
Mercat de l’Abaceria – Travessera de GrÃ cia, 186, Barcelona
Metro: L3, Fontana
Bus: Line 22 stops right in front
This is it guys! I hope you will enjoy this food market tour! Gastronomy in Barcelona is very important and these food markets will give a good sense of our essence!
Please comment on this post if you have any questions!