Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay: I was traveling with a friend and we spent three days in Barcelona prior to embarkation. We stayed at the Hotel Claris, located in the Eixample district of Barcelona. It was a 20-minute ride from the airport. Our taxi fare cost approx. E25. My only complaint about this hotel would be that the airconditioning in the room did not work at this time of the year. We had a spring-like weather (15C-19C) and, coming from Canada, this weather was rather warm for me. I had difficulty sleeping only because I found the room too warm for my liking. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful hotel and we very much enjoyed our stay. The breakfast at the hotel was also very much to my liking. The hotel is situated a few steps away from Passeig de Gràcia, and an easy walking distance (about 1.3 kms.) to Plaza Catalunya that leads to the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. Passeig de Gràcia is a destination in and of itself, particularly if you are interested in some elegant and sophisticated shopping. It is lined with boutique stores with names like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Zegna, Burberry, Max Mara, and many other European names. You will also find many restaurants, including tapas bars. Make sure to try "cava de sangria" with your meals - it was an interesting twist to the regular sangria. If department store shopping is more to your liking, El Corte Ingles is also a walking distance away. Along Passeig de Gràcia you will also find two of Gaudí's famous structures, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.
We took the cab from our hotel to the Cruise Terminal and it taxi fare was approx. E25.