Jaime Beriestain, restaurant, Barcelona, Spain

Jaime Beriestain Restaurant sports an upscale, cool vibe, with many dishes you’ll recognize, yet they have an updated flair. Here’s a look at the exterior with seating on the sidewalk:

Jaime Beriestain Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain.

Jaime Beriestain Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain.

Here’s a look at the seating inside:

Inside seating at Jaime Beriestain Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain.

Inside seating at Jaime Beriestain Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain.

The green salad you see next was bursting with flavor and the crunch of fresh vegetables:

Green salad at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

Green salad at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

And here’s their take on patatas bravas:

Patatas bravas at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

Patatas bravas at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

There were two sauces for the patatas bravas. I though the red one needed more zing. Then there was the plate of jamón iberico, which was very good indeed:

Jamón iberico at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

Jamón iberico at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

Service was generally detached and inattentive. I would have appreciated better service. However, the food is very creative, including the sweets that are worth tasting and maybe taking some home:

Sweets at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

Sweets at Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona, Spain.

If you’re looking for a creative meal, this may be the place, if you don’t mind waiters who may be otherwise occupied.

Along the beach, Barcelona, Spain

While in Barcelona, it’s fun to simply stroll along the promenade that fronts the beach. Here people come to exercise, take a dip in the ocean, to see and be seen.

A look at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

A look at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

There are also several marinas and yacht basins where you can tie up your boat or check out those belonging to others.

One of the marinas at Barcelona, Spain.

One of the marinas at Barcelona, Spain.

You’ll also find the W Hotel. Here’s the long view of it in the distance:

Another view of the beach at Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel in the background.

Another view of the beach at Barcelona, Spain, with the W Hotel in the background.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink as well. Here’s a look at one:

Snack shop at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

Snack shop at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

Of course there are many others, so you’ll have plenty of options for food. Here’s a close look at the W Hotel thanks to my wide angle lens:

The W Hotel at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

The W Hotel at the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

I ended my walk at this spot because it’s a convenient place to get a taxi. While traveling, be sure to do plenty of sightseeing on foot.

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Hotel Claris, rooftop

During my recent stay at the Hotel Claris in Barcelona, I availed myself of the rooftop amenities. There’s nothing like a pool with a view, and this one qualifies:

Rooftop pool at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Rooftop pool at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

After a day of meandering about the city, what a pleasure to come back, don the swim trunks and take a dip! But, there’s more, such as a gym with a few pieces of equipment to help burn off those calories:

Gym and sauna on the rooftop at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Gym and sauna on the rooftop at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Now, let’s say you want to have a little get together with family, friends, or business associates. There’s a great space atop this hotel for just such a gathering:

Rooftop meeting space at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Rooftop meeting space at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Of course there is a bar with covered and outdoor seating as well:

Seating for the rooftop bar at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Seating for the rooftop bar at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

These rooftop amenities make the Hotel Claris a wonderful place to stay, offering a variety of options for you to enjoy while visiting Barcelona. Enjoy it all.

Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Claris offers plenty of options for the stylish traveler. In the first place, you’ll find yourself in an upscale neighborhood with high end shopping only a few blocks away. There’s also a number of great restaurants nearby. However, the hotel itself puts you within the lap of luxury, offering regular rooms, “duplexes,” and a number of amenities such as a rooftop pool that make your stay that much better.

At check in, the desk clerk informed me that I received an upgrade to one of the duplex rooms. What an excellent surprise! And what a dramatic space to stay. Here’s the lower level where I did most of my sleeping:

Sleeping area of a duplex room at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Sleeping area of a duplex room at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Beside both sides of the bed, you’ll find an outlet as well as switches for the lights. The outlet comes in handy for charging your smartphone while sleeping. Note the railing on the right side of photos. There’s a staircase there that takes you up to the second level where you’ll find a couch, chair, TV, and minibar as seen here:

Entrance to and staircase inside duplex room at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Entrance to and staircase inside duplex room at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Now for a look at that upper level, see the next photo:

Upper level of duplex style room at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Upper level of duplex style room at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Of course, a fantastic bathroom is part of this room:

Sink and shower in duplex room at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Sink and shower in duplex room at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Marble and granite in the bathroom match the woodwork in the rest of the duplex.

Bidet and toilet in duplex room at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Bidet and toilet in duplex room at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Finally, but also importantly, there is a nicely designed closet complete with safe, drawers, and racks for your clothes:

Closet in duplex style room at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Closet in duplex style room at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Staff at Hotel Claris do a wonderful job making your stay pleasant and productive. They are true professionals, right down to the laundry service, which delivered my cleaned, pressed articles in a lovely basked like this:

Laundry perfectly cleaned and pressed at Hotel Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Laundry perfectly cleaned and pressed at Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

And there’s more! Hotel Claris has rooftop amenities that including a swimming pool, bar/lounge, and gym. I’ll put them in another post. Please check back frequently for more updates from Spain and around the world.