When we were in Barcelona we were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Hotel Cast Fuster. I spent ages researching to get just the right Hotel. We wanted 5* as we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, and were leaving the boys in the safe hands of Grandma and Granddad. We wanted a great location near to Las Ramblas, modern rooms, and a roof terrace to sunbathe with a plunge pool, ha ha I don’t want much do I?
I felt Casta Fuster ticked all those boxes so we booked with ebookers, through Quidco and got 10% cash-back. This is a great way to book hotels as Quidco gives cash-back on most hotel booking sites, so not only do you get a great rate but you also get money back in your bank.
The hotel is located on Paseo de Gracia, which is directly above las Ramblas, it is a modernist building built-in 1908 by the Modernist architect, Lluis Domènech i Montaner. The hotel is surrounded by, boutiques, high-end stores, lovely restaurants and bars. We checked in at 8pm at night, the hotel reception were extremely friendly and offered us lots of advise about where to eat and the surrounding area. The bellboy also gave us lots of hints and tips as he escorted us to our room.
The room was beautiful, the bed two queens together absolutely huge, which opened into a beautiful dressing area which lead on to a marble bathroom hidden behind dividing doors. The room was spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable.
The room had everything you could possibly need, toiletries, magazines, bathrobes were supplied in the bedroom and bathroom. A mini bar, plus fresh water supplied daily, and a turn-down service with chocolates in the evening.
The one thing missing was coffee. Now being a person who can’t function without a coffee in the morning, I found this quite difficult. But every thing else we could have possibly needed was available to make our stay comfortable. And there was a cafe nearby to get my caffeine fix.
We had two balconies, and although we were on the side of the hotel you could still look down to the street, if I stayed again I would definitely request a room at the front, so we could enjoy the views.
The roof terrace was beautiful; and overlooked Paseo de Gracia, it was wonderful sitting with a glass of wine and watching the hustle bustle on the streets below. We also spent a couple of hours in the afternoon sunbathing on the terrace, and I must say that plunge pool is a must on hot august days.
The service was great on the roof terrace and pleasant friendly staff kept us stocked up with nice cold wine spritzers whilst we sat in the sun reading a book in total tranquility. Not something you get to do with kids in tow, usually I have one eye on each of the boys so never totally relax.
We were a 20 minute walk from Las Ramblas, 30 minutes from Sagragada Familia, yes there are an abundance of taxis available but you do not get to see the real Barcelona from the back of a taxi. Whereas walking you can stop and little cafe’s and restaurants and see a bit of this beautiful city. We just loved walking down winding back streets and enjoy the shops along the way.
Would I stay here again? Yes, definitely, there are other places I would also like to stay in other areas Barcelona. If I want to stay at this end of town, Casa Fuster would be my first choice. The service and facilities are exceptional, every single member of staff we encountered was friendly and helpful and all this contributed to a wonderful stay.