One of my favorite things about speaking in Barcelona was I got to meet one of my Twitter friends, @graupix, or Sonia Graupera. Turning twitter relationships into real-life relationships means a lot to me. I have admired Sonia for a long time because she is kind and funny and a total hotel nut like me. Like me, she won’t recommend a place unless she has been there herself.
I can’t even tell you how amazing Sonia was in taking me around to different hotels, introducing me to all her friends, and making sure I left Barcelona having seen the best of the best.
We first went to the Park Hotel for a late-night bite at their innovative tapas restaurant, Ten’s. We couldn’t stop looking at each other after each bite, like “Was it as good for you as it was for me?” We loved the octopus cooked in Spanish paprika, a slow-cooked egg and a coconut dessert with lemon and green apple.
Know this above all else: The Park Hotel is an incredible value, and with free WiFi too! Standard rooms can be found for around 80 euros, and they're comfortable yet basic. They're bigger than many New York hotel rooms I've been in. The location is great - we ended up walking through the Gothic quarter after.
And you MUST eat at Ten's!