San Sebastian to Lourdes & hotels in Barcelona

My husband and I are traveling to Spain in mid October. We will spend 5 nights in San Sebastian exploring the Basque country, both Spain and France. Is Lourdes considered a day trip from San Sebastian? If so what is the best way to get there on public transportation? Second part to my query --- recommendations on a reasonably priced hotel in Barcelona with easy access to and from the airport (BCN)? We are looking at Rick Steves Spain book and haven't decided on which area to stay in. Looking for advice here! We tend to like quiet places, within walking distance of interesting sights and restaurants. We have 3 nights in Barcelona, before we head to Rome for 17 days in Italy.

Posted by Wonderful
Europe
529 posts

A day trip by train? I do not think so.
Route planner.
I do not know what you mean by reasonably priced hotel. Maybe look at Booking and choose one yourself. There is a huge choice.
But the reviews on the website will help you choose.
I doubt it you will find somewhere so quiet in the city of Barcelona. The trouble with the city is not everything is within walking distance of each other. So at times you will have to take the metro. The airport is out of town too far for you to stay and take trips into the sights each day.

Posted by Margaret
Crested Butte, CO, USA
25 posts

Thank you. Looks like a day trip to Lourdes is more doable if we have a hotel in Bayonne.
Yes, the huge number of hotels is a little overwhelming in Barcelona which is why I am seeking advice. Hoping someone will respond with a few recommendations based on personal experience. Of course we have Rick Steves book, and have read through the section on hotels. Anyone have personal experience staying in any particular area of Barcelona? We like to walk, but use public transportation if necessary. We are flying in and out of BCN airport.

Posted by Wonderful
Europe
529 posts

have you searched for previously posted suggestions?
I like booking you can search for sorts of requirements. and reservation is very easy. The requirements can narrow down your search. But your list of requirements, especially easy assess to the airport and near to the sights is impossible to fill.
having easy access to the airport means you need to look for metro stations on the map of hotels. Hire a taxi or look at the route of the airport bus into the city takes.
Quite just will never happen. Sometimes the noise will carry on until 3 or 4 in the morning.
The sights are dotted around the city so if you choose one location you are bound to need to sue public transport to see a lot more.
I liked http://www.hostalgrau.com/ or http://www.bed-and-breakfast-barcelona.com/ both that bit different!

Posted by Jenn
Rick Steves' Europe
270 posts

Going to Lourdes from San Sebastian is pretty far as a day trip. Regarding sleeping in Barcelona I have stayed at Hotel Nouvell. Its one block from the Placa de Catalunya. They have great showers. Also, I have stayed at Hotel Catalonia Placa Catalunya. Either of these hotels are easy to get back and forth to the airport on the bus. You can also walked to most places or reach them by bus. You also mention that you like quiet places. Look at Rick's listing for quiet. Barcelona can by noisy.

Posted by Margaret
Crested Butte, CO, USA
25 posts

Thank you both for your replies. We are checking out the hotels you mentioned.
M.

Posted by Margaret
Crested Butte, CO, USA
25 posts

We are really intrigued by Hostal Grau.....but is it a hostel or a hotel? What I'm really interested in knowing is whether the bathrooms are private or shared? I can't tell by their website (I've looked at TripAdvisor as well), but the rooms look nice and clean and peaceful!
M.

Posted by Wonderful
Europe
529 posts

Private bathrooms. Well I had a suite there are more photos on the Booking website.
Reading the reviews I find it strange that some say it is a quite location. Maybe they slept at the rear as the front is right above a narrow street and all of life passes by. That I enjoyed.