By Jessica Beck
Barcelona
Spain
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With exceptional Spanish flavor and a Mediterranean climate, the city of Barcelona, Spain offers a beautiful environment to escape to and explore. It is home to beautiful beaches and architectural marvels that are sure to impress you.

EscapeWizard.com wants to take you to this exciting coastal city of Spain. Barcelona has an international airport located a little over 6 miles outside of the city’s center. It is commonly called El Prat Airport (BCN) and is the second largest airport in Spain. It has bus and rail lines available to take you into the city.  Click on the following link and allow EscapeWizard.com to help search for your budget-friendly flight options (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). After EscapeWizard.com finds your perfect flight, simply click on the following link to let us start helping you find the ideal and affordable hotel room to unwind and refresh in after a day’s worth of exploration (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Once you have landed and are ready to start exploring Barcelona, for your first stop EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting the enormous church, La Sagrada Família. This still unfinished church is one of the best known masterpieces of the infamous architect Antoni Gaudí and is said to reach completion by 2026.  Another breathtaking design of Gaudí is his Park Guell located on top of the hill of el Camel, overlooking the vast city of Barcelona.  It contains gardens entwined with architectural elements creating a complex and beautiful nature to the park. With stunning mosaics lining its entrance, along its walls, and covering its benches and other structures, the park creates a one-of-a-kind environment to experience the phenomenal mountain and coastal views that this location offers. 

Barcelona is known for its unique and intricate architectural structures and buildings. EscapeWIzard.com suggests also visiting the church of Santa Maria del Mar, the Palau Reial Major, the Arc de Triomf, and the Barcelona Pavilion. If you happen to visit Barcelona during the summer, be sure to visit an EscapeWizard.com favorite, the Font Magica (or the Magic Fountain), one of the nights you are in the city. It is a series of cascades and fountains located just outside of the city center between Palau Nacional and the Placa d’Espanya. The fountain show, paired with colored lights and music, lasts for approximately fifteen minutes and repeats every thirty minutes.

As for beaches, Barcelona will be sure to impress you.  EscapeWizard.com recommends venturing to Barceloneta Beach and Sant Sebastià. They are the two largest and most visited beaches. Barceloneta Beach has been deemed the third best beach in the world by the Discovery Channel’s “World’s Best Beaches” documentary. Its boardwalk is filled with many restaurants and nightclubs, giving this beach an exciting atmosphere and environment.

The nightlife of Barcelona is sure to give you an out-of-this-world experience, unlike any other. For those wanting to party until the sun comes up, the city is filled with nightclubs opened until the wee hours of the morning. EscapeWizard.com recommends going to the nightclubs along Barceloneta Beach’s boardwalk.  Barcelona also offers many bars, concert venues, and other performing arts venues for those who are less of night owls. This city offers something for everyone and is sure to entertain whatever desire you may have.

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Hotels in Barcelona
By Katelyn Mohney
Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona Hotel
Passeig Del Taulat 262-264, Barcelona, Spain
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This Hilton® Hotel of Barcelona, Spain is located in the city's financial district. It is only 15 minutes from the city center, which offers a variety of opportunities for any visitor, whether your stay is for business or pleasure. This hotel is a simple 25 minute drive from the Barcelona Airport and an hour drive from the Girona-Costa Brava Airport. Transportation arrangements from these airports to the hotel can be discussed with hotel staff prior to or upon airport arrival. The hotel is directly across from the Diagonal Mar, the biggest shopping center in Catalonia. There are also many restaurants in the area surrounding the hotel. Check-in ends at 2 p.m. and check-out is over at noon.

Guests have many options at the Hilton® Diagonal Mar Barcelona. Stay in a guest room, an executive room, a deluxe room or relaxation room. Visitors may want to choose a room with a view of the sea. Guests may also choose to stay in one of the hotel's suites or junior suites. All rooms are equipped with a 27 inch LCD television with standard and premium channels, including HBO®, CNN and ESPN. Any guest room includes an iron, an ironing board, an alarm clock with radio functions, a bathrobe, a pair of slippers, a personal safe for storage of valuables and important documents, two telephones with wake-up and voicemail features, a hairdryer, a bidet, and nightlights to make it easy to navigate the room in the dark without disturbing others. The coffee and tea making station and the mini bar offer guests a variety of favorite warm and cold beverages.

Take a break at the Hilton® Diagonal Mar Barcelona Hotel, which offers both comfort and convenience. EscapeWizard.com can help you make reservations today. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your room for a wonderful trip to Barcelona. 
Hotels in Barcelona
By Lynette Johnson
Le Meridien Barcelona
Carrer Pintor Fortuny, 6, Barcelona, Spain
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Le Meridien Barcelona is located in no better place then the beautiful Las Ramblas.  Le Meridien Barcelona is in the mist of entertainment and the city’s artistic district.    Starwood Preferred Guest members this is a category 5 hotel.

Le Meridien Barcelona 233 rooms and suites offer the best in views over Las Ramblas and the utmost in elegant comfort.  Each room and suite has a plasma screen TV, satellite channels,  soundproof windows (to keep the party outside), in room movies, TV in bathroom, rainforest shower, 24 hour in-room dining, and mini bar.  The hotel’s spa facility will give you the relaxation that you are seeking.  The front desk is 24 hours,  also available is laundry service, 24 hour concierge service, bellmen/porters, trouser press, in-room safe, business center and currency exchange.  In all public areas and the conference centre, guest can enjoy the hotel’s Wi-Fi access.   Upon request, accessible rooms for those that need more mobility, non-smoking; and connecting rooms are available.  The top four floors of the hotel gives the guest wonderful views of the city, the private terraces is a great place for relaxation and entertaining.  The express check-in makes the 3 p.m. check-in easy.

After indulging in Le Meridien signature breakfast, venture out into the city and enjoy the wonderful attractions, shopping and entertainment.  Gran Teatro del Liceo a fascinating entertainment district composing of restaurants, theaters, and bars.  Shopping is within minutes away at Champion; FNAC El Triangle; Zara; El Corte Ingles; Loewe; Custo Barcelona and Chanel.  The local attractions:  Opera House El Liceo; Gothic Quarter and Cathedral; La Pedrera/Casa Batllo; Barceloneta Beach; Park Guell and Golf Sant Cugat will have you ready to enjoy the variety of restaurants at your finger tips.  Check-out is at 12:00 pm so skip the early wake up call.

Le Meridien Barcelona has the best in accommodations and amenities; and EscapeWizard.com will assist you with booking your hotel experience by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Barcelona
By Chrystyne Jackson
W Hotel Barcelona
Rosa Dels Vents, Barcelona, Spain
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A stay at the W Barcelona, with its spectacular views of the sea and city, will make your visit to Spain complete. The hotel features 473 beautifully furnished guestrooms and suites.

Rooms start with the Cozy Room, an intimate nook perfect for two. Or guests can choose any unit to suit their needs, up to the 295-square meter Extreme Wow Suite, the ultimate penthouse accommodation. This unit features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a telescope, a Jacuzzi on the terrace, and 360-degree views of the city and Mediterranean Sea. All rooms provide LCD flat screen televisions. High speed Internet access is available.

Ideally located on the Saint Sebastian Beach, the W Barcelona has much to offer. You can relax and unwind in the Bliss Spa where you can experience treatments, waxing, manicure/pedicures, or soak in the indoor Jacuzzi. Soak in the sun at the outdoor pool, with stunning views of the Mediterranean. If you are into fitness, visit the Sweat Fitness Center, which is open 24-hours, and features state of the art cardio and strength equipment and free weights. Personal training is available. You can enjoy light fare and cocktails at the W Bar or at the Wet Bar poolside. The roof-top lounge, Eclipse, offers contemporary cuisine. The Wave is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves Mediterranean food. Bravo 24 is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and specializes in steak and seafood. See an extensive collection of the artwork of Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum. Or visit the Chocolate Museum or the Maritime Museum. The Aquarium Barcelona offers an opportunity to view sea life up close.

Make your visit to Barcelona more memorable by a stay at the W Hotel. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.
Hotels in Barcelona
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal
Avinguda Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain
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Close to both the Barcelona Sants train station and Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN), the Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal is the perfect hotel for your stay in Barcelona. This hotel is located in the modern 22@ district and is walking distance from many shops and restaurants. You will find yourself just a few miles from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Picasso Museum, the Barcelona Cathedral and the Olympic Stadium. This hotel is also walking distance from several beautiful sandy beaches.

The very modern guest rooms are sure to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. All of the rooms feature the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, sure to provide a great night’s sleep. You can choose to stay in the Classic Room, or upgrade to a more spacious room or one with a preferred view. Free wireless high speed internet is available to all guests. The rooms also include a flat-screen television, complimentary bottled water and a mini-bar. Business travelers will enjoy the large work desks and cordless telephones, as well.

Although the local area offers a variety of wonderful restaurant options, you can also sample some delicious cuisine without leaving the comfort of the hotel. Free coffee is served in the lobby in the mornings, or you can visit La Avenida Restaurant for a full, sit-down breakfast. Local dishes are served throughout the day. You can grab a drink or snack while enjoying the fresh air at La Rambla Terrace or head to El Rincón Bar & Lounge to sample one of the Best Brews, a collection of local and imported beers. You can also experience Wines of the World, a list of seventeen delicious wines from different regions.

This completely smoke-free hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center if you would like to stay in shape. There is also a Business Center, currency exchange service and dry cleaning service. Meeting and function spaces are available, as well.

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