The second edition of the Barcelona Opportunity Week, until 5 February, is seeing 20% more restaurants, hotels, markets, florists’ and cultural venues joining in and offering discounts. This year’s initiative includes offers on flights to visit the city, although a good many of the discounts are aimed at Barcelona’s own residents.
Michelin-starred restaurants with 35-euro menus, bouquets of flowers for 11 euros, half-price theatre tickets and special rates at hotels are just some of the offers in Barcelona Opportunity Week.
Last year more than 15.000 people took part in this week of discounts, there were 600 overnight stays and over 20.000 euros were collected through charity contributions.
We just came back from Barcelona after having stayed at the hotel Europark, … and we are already missing this hotel and that lively town of Barcelona.
We stayed 3 nights at this hotel and I can only recommanded it warmly to everyone who intends to go to Barcelona. The hotel is very central, 5 mn walk from luxurious Passeig de Gracia, and less than 10 mn walk from Plaza Catalunya.
Breakfast was very good and the room very cosy, and luxurious for the price. The staff was very professional and helpful,… well I’m just waiting to go back there…
Nous revenons juste de Barcelone après avoir séjourné à l’hôtel Europark… et Barcelone et cet hôtel nous manquent déjà… Nous sommes restés 3 nuits et je ne peux que recommander chaudement cet hôtel qui est central, 5 mn à pied de Passeig de Gracia et moins de 10 mn à pied de la place Catalunya. Le petit-déjeuner était très bon et la chambre très belle et luxueuse pour le prix. Le personnel était professionnel et avenant… Je n’attends qu’une chose c’est d’y retourner….
Lewandowski, January 2012.
the hotel is an island of calm in a bustling city. Rooms are quiet and tastefully furnished. The location provided easy walking access to both the Gothic Quarter via the Ramblas and the splendid Gaudi buildings.
The service both reception and at breakfast was efficiently delivered.
Williams, January 2012 | Hotel Jazz Barcelona
The inauguration of the “Hall of Fame“, an exhibition of photographs from Vanity Fair on Passeig de Gràcia, kicks of this year’s Barcelona Fashion Week, which features even more activities than before. Besides, Avinguda Maria Cristina has a display of work by Manuel Outumuro, an industry expert, for Marie Claire.
Several new initiatives are joining the urban fashion show, The Brandery, which opens on 27 January, the 080 Barcelona Fashion catwalk, which this year will be in the Gothic setting of the Plaça del Rei, and the pioneering ModaFad catwalk, dedicated to up-and-coming designers.
One of the new events this year is BeCo, the first ethical fashion platform in Spain, which aims to set up and promote sustainable projects in the fashion industry. This new platform, which champions issues like workers’ rights and products used to manufacture fashion goods.
Although it won’t be taking place until 5 and 6 February, the new show Little Barcelona also forms part of Fashion Week. This new event has an international profile and will bring together 50 brands drawn from the children’s fashion industry, as well as from related areas like the decoration and furniture sectors.
The 080 Barcelona Fashion catwalk, from 25-28 January, will showcase the work of 25 brands and designers, including Desigual, taking part for the first time. TCN will raise the curtain on 080, for which the special guest this year is Pierre Cardin, one of contemporary fashion’s true greats.
The Brandery Catwalk, which is circular, allows visitors to see the exhibitors’ designs in movement. Custo, Replay and Superdry are just three of the 40 brands parading there.
Fangoria, The Zombie Kids, 2manydjs and Dorian concerts are set to perform at the trade fair site and tickets to their performances include entry to the fair the same afternoon.
The Granvia Hotel, located in the Eixample district and one of the best locations of Barcelona’s: Passeig de Gràcia, Gran Via and Plaza Catalunya, just launched its new website.
Built in the 19th century as a bourgeois palace, the hotel first opened its doors to guests in 1935. The Granvia Hotel offers 53 rooms, all unique, some are triple and family rooms, its still feature original furnishings and décor, which lend it elegance, class and distinction that set it apart from other hotels in Barcelona.
Developed in collaboration with IMS TravelClick, the new website of Hotel Granvía offers you iStay2.0 booking engine, allowing you to conveniently make your reservation online with immediate confirmation of price and availability.
From 3 to 6 May 2012, the 30th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair will be turning the spotlight on robots (dedicating its main exhibition): Mazinger Z, the Transformers, Arale from Dr Slump, Astroboy… The list of comic robot heroes goes on and on.
And featuring one of the big names in the world of comics & robots: Gô Nagai, the creator of Mazinger Z, the legendary robot with rocket fists is also celebrating his birthday: his 40th.
Also coming are Milo Manara, one of the great masters of European comics; Paul Cornell, the scriptwriter for the Doctor Who series; Scott Snyder, the scriptwriter for the new Batman series and The Swamp Thing; Guy Delisle, the author of Pyongyang and Burma Chronicles; Rags Morales, an illustrator for the re-launched Action Comics, and Sergio Aragonés, an illustrator for MAD magazine.
Robots in their ink (Robots en la seva tinta) is the title of the Fair’s robotics exhibition. The exhibition, which aims both to entertain and to inform, will explore the relationship between robots and comics, cinema and literature.
The exhibition will have a section devoted to the robots from the Star Wars universe, entitled, Droids from the Galaxies (Droides de les galàxies) as well as educational areas and an activities programme that include robotics workshops and classes on how to draw robots.
Ah, and for those of you who will turn 30 this year (born in 1982) you’ll have free entry. Many happy returns!
As we announced yesterday, we have a new draw available. On this occasion, the winners will enjoy a free stay at the Hotel Soho Barcelona. Located in the Eixample’s neighborhood of Barcelona, this is a modern and vanguardist hotel design.
The draw will take place from all the comments received from today until March 31, 2012.
The prize consists of:
- A two nights stay in at Hotel Soho Barcelona with breakfast included.
- Bottle of Cava.
- To be used between: from April 01 to June 30, 2012 (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.
If you have any queries, please send a message to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck to all participants!
The first winner of the year, 2012… We have raffled our complimentary stay in Barcelona between all the comments posted by our clients. And the winner of a complimentary stay at the Hotel Jazz Barcelona, only 2 minutes walking from Plaza Catalunya…
Username Doris for her experience in Barcelona last November 2011 during her stay at Hotel Granvía of Barcelona.
But we still have more prizes for you… Next drawing will be announced tomorrow!!
We were there for three nights during New Year and we liked it very much. It was very clean, comfortable, quiet and nice! The breakfast was very good, with a tasty coffee.
The stuff was very friendly and serious. Maybe it will be nice to wish the clients at the 1. of January “Happy New Year” or to let them a little glass of champagne at the breakfast or what else.
We will come back to this hotel at our next stay in Barcelona, sure, and we will recommend it.
Greetings from Germany1
M. Topp, January 2012 – during their stay at U232 Hotel.
we stayed at the jazz hotel for christmas and new year, superb hotel, weve stayed at the 1898 before but we preferred the jazz for its location, 1 minute from the bus stops, one minute from the metro, fantastic. the rooms were excellent and not a lot of street noise considering how busy the road is. very helpful staff who spoke perfect english, compared to our awful spanish and couldnt do enough to help in any way. only point I would add would be the TV only has 1 english channel on it, (as far as we could see) not a major problem of course but very minor…. Weve already booked again for a spring break and are about to book for our summer in barcelona too. would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a great stayu in barcelona.
david, January 2012.