Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse team will be heading to Europe this summer for a skateboarding tour that include stops in the cities of Berlin (Ger), Rome/Ostia (Ita), Barcelona (Spa) & Brighton (UK).
Tony is a role model for fans of all ages. He was named Choice Male Athlete at the Teen Choice Awards 2004 and had won the same in 2001 and 2000. He is an active participant in the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which honored him as its Favorite Male Athlete in 2002. With the creation of the Tony Hawk Foundation in 2002, Tony has also been helping others experience the same excitement he did as a young skateboarder, learning to skate and building the self-confidence that resulted in his success.
The monumental vert ramp – Europe’s biggest – will be set on the recently inaugurated Plaza del Mar, facing the Mediterranean Sea with an unobstructed view guaranteed of San Sebastián beach.
On the music side, the Quiksilver presents Tony Hawk and Friends tour in Barcelona will gather two major US artists: Joey Cape, founder and voice of Californian punk rock band Lagwagon and Tony Sly, founder, guitarist and voice of California’s No Use For a Name. Exclusively for the show, Joey and Tony will turn themselves into Dj’s before playing a live acoustic session at the After Party, Playa del Masnou (from 9:30pm at ‘El último Xiringo’).
Sunday 18th July – Free entrance at 18:00pm
Great rooms, very clean, nice pool with beautiful views and the best music, underground parking (23 €) my second stay was even better then my first, very helpful staff. The Jazz hotel will be my Pied-à-terre in Barcelona…
Comment written by Freilinger, July 2010.
We would like to tell how this hotel is fabulous and how Barcelona has a lot to offer to any tourist in the world. It was just amazing! We spent 8 nights at the SOHO Hotel in July 2010
This hotel is great for many reasons:
1. The location is great; It is a 5 minutes walk from the University and about 8 minutes from Plaza Cataluyna. It is half-way between Sagrada Familia and Cathedral of Barcelona. There is a metro station, Urgell, just in front of the hotel (or very very close).
2. The staff is wonderful and always willing to help. You could learn and practice Catalan with them for those who like languages. They are fluent in English and Spanish.
3. The room was great. It is rated a 3-stars hotel. Indeed it is a 4-stars hotel without a doubt at the price of a 3-stars.
4. We took breakfast for two mornings. The food is great and the menu is quite extensive for a breakfast.
5. We were in Barcelona when the weather was between 35 to 38 celsius for the whole week. Before going to dinner, we enjoyed the big jacuzzi (or the small swimming pool) each day. This facility is again just great.
6. After a long travel from Canada, we took the AEROBUS at 5.05 euros from the airport to the hotel. No taxi is needed. The bus goes on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, the same street of the hotel. So you just need to watch the numbers to be dropped practically in front of the hotel. SOHO hotel is located at 543-545 Gran Via.
7. The hotel and the room were very clean. The design of the room is unique. The air conditionned worked perfectly well
8. It was a special occasion as we celebrated my wife’s birthday. If you have a chance, buy tickets to see a concert or a show at the Palau Musica Catalina (metro Urquinaona). We went to see a concert of spanish/catalan guitar. The price was reasonable.
9. I would recommend to anyone a stay at the SOHO hotel with no reservation.
Experience written by Jean-Claude, July 2010.
Stayed for one night on Thursday, 1 July 2010. I always stay in this area as it is very central. The prices have been rising rapidly in the last 15 years since my first visit and I was therefore somewhat sceptical about a 3* hotel only charging £90. However I was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is very good value and the staff excellent. The roof top pool was a great bonus. All in all I can only recommend it to anyone. My wife and I will probably stay here when we return with the kids later in the year.
Experience added by Michael Parsons, July 2010.
..:: Hotel Europark near Sagrada Familia ::..
Great 3 days in May in Soho Hotel… Tres bonne accueil. Personnel d accueil parlant très bien toutes les langues et de bon conseil. Chambre parfaite ainsi que la piscine et le Lounge sur le toit..Bien placé et avec parking.Parfait..
Design room confortable et propre.. salle de bain magnifique..
En tout cas une expérience a revivre lors du prochain passage sur Barcelone.
Commentaire écrit pour boudham, Juliet 2010.
Just returned from 3 night Wedding Anniversary break at Hotel Europark. Could not have been better. Easy access to the whole of Barcelona by Metro (3 stations within easy reach, including Pg de Gracia for airport). Welcomed refreshing swim & sunbathe before generous breakfast and again before dinner. Rooms impeccable and comfortable. We were lucky to have 9th floor room with balcony, giving views and afternoon sun. Already planning return trip !
Hotel experience Barcelona written by MJWest, July 2010.
We spent 5 great nights at the Hotel Soho in the middle of June 2010.
By making an early reservation, we were able to secure a rooftop room with terrace.
It’s always difficult to know what a hotel will be like especially the room chosen. We were very pleased on both counts.
The hotel location is about 10 minutes walk from the start of the old town in one direction and a similar distance from the Placa Espanya, in the other. There are many restaurants in the vicinity. Coming from the airport, we caught the Aerobus which stops a couple of hundred metres down the street from the hotel at Urgell. These run every 10 minutes or so and the fare was only €5. – a very easy trip.
The hotel is described as minimalist, but don’t let that put you off. It has all that you could want, unless it’s carpets in the bedroom. The designer has managed to squeeze everything into a space between 2 buildings, but at no time did anything feel cramped or oppressive – all very stylish.
Our room was large with a sitting area and terrace. This was at the front of the hotel and we were initially concerned that it would be noisy from the street below, especially if we slept with the terrace door open. There is some traffic noise, but the air conditioning in the room was so unobtrusive that we could close the door and sleep in comfort. Another concern was the louvered blinds to the windows and bathroom – would these be effective? No problem at all – the blinds are between the panes of double glazing and operate at the push of a button, as does the room lighting. Mood lighting at the touch of a button – you don’t see this very often in a hotel room. In addition, there are conventional blinds on all of the windows which keep out the morning sun.
The room was very clean, the bedding and towels being changed every day. We only had one minor problem – the batteries in the room safe needed replacing. We reported this and it was done immediately.
The hotel has a breakfast buffet, which initially seemed minimalist too. However, there was fresh orange juice, teas, coffee, cereals, fruit, cheese, cold meats, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, breads, crousants and pastries – all you could want and all replenished as necessary.
When we make a return trip to Barcelona, we will not hesitate to stay at the Hotel Soho again.
Experience added by essjay, Juy 2010.
hi just back from your hotel. had a wonderful time your hotel is fantastic rooms, staff terrace all great but only 1 drawback which is a major one for us. the price of soft drinks and water is ludicrous. we paid 6 euro for a drink of water and another 6 euro for a cola when we were at the pool one morning 12 euro in total because we were thirsty. it totally put us off having lunch or spending more time at pool as this was bad value for money. we have often spent more than this at a hotel pool but we would have had morning drinks ,lunch and afternoon coffee and sometimes more. it is not the amount but the value for money that counts. we went out for lunch and went to the beach on other days. it is money lost to your hotel which is a pity as you have got the rest right. we are not the only people who felt this and the pool is a major decision when choosing a hotel. please look at this as we would love to return but would choose somewhere else if this is still an isssue. Thanking you for a lovely holiday especially the wonderful staff at breakfast.
Experience written by sandra eglington, July 2010.
On July 1 we raffled our complimentary stay in Barcelona between all the comments posted by our clients. And the winner of a free stay at the Hotel Jazz, only a few steps away from Plaza Catalunya is …
The hotel chosen for the next free stay is the Hotel 1898 located in Las Ramblas, a luxury colonial hotel in Barcelona. The next drawing will carry it out of all the comments received before November 1, 2010. Good luck to all participants!
The prize consists of:
- A two nights stay in at Hotel 1898 with Breakfast included.
- Bottle of Cava.
- To be used between: November 1st, 2010 to Januray 30th, 2011 (subject to availability).
- No changes can be made once the reservation has been confirmed.
- The prize can not be used in conjunction with other item or goods.
- The prize can not be exchanged for any other item or goods.
- The prize is personal and non-transferable.
Only people who have already stayed in one of our nine hotels and post a review on the blog are eligible for the prize. Winners will be advised via e-mail and their name and surname will be published on the blog.
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Over 300.000 Barcelona residents and some of the city’s top creators have tried to imagine what the city will be like in 2159, leaving their testimony in a time capsule for storage somewhere in the city in a few months’ time.
We spoke to Öwn, Kolectivo Huevo Frito and Mosi Mosi, three creators who work in the city and wanted to take part in the Barcelona 2159 initiative, creating the Barcelona of the future in small video clips.
Kolectivo Huevo Frito think men will destroy the environment but they will never be able to destroy the world because it will continue with other civilisations. The survival of nature is precisely what they feature in a video made with animated paper figures where the Eixample disappears and gives way to a green city.
Mosi Mosi, meanwhile, have taken the most frequently recurring jokes among city residents to imagine the future Barcelona: a Sagrada Família that is still not finished, there will be Winter Olympic Games and we will always, always have the sea.
Barcelona 2159 has already devised the 2 metre high stainless steel capsule with a glass container to store these videos, messages sent to the website and the email address, and the videos recorded on the video machine going round the city.