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Can a hotel cancel a confirmed reservation?

Can a hotel cancel a confirmed reservation? Yes. The best you can do is report to booking.com and hope they get them to honor the original amount. This behavior is unfair however hotels and airlines ...
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Is pickpocketing still a problem in Barcelona even though people don't carry cash anymore?

Based on spending months in Barcelona, pickpockets still are an issue in the city. Anywhere that tourists congregate in Barcelona — on La Rambla walking street, in front of Sagrada Familia cathedral, ...
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Is pickpocketing still a problem in Barcelona even though people don't carry cash anymore?

Not to take anything from the excellent, accepted answer, but I'd question the OP's assumption that pickpockets are only interested in cash. A few years back, my wife's purse was taken from her ...
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Can a hotel cancel a confirmed reservation?

The booking.com terms and conditions state, in part: Obvious errors and mistakes (including misprints) are not binding. All special offers and promotions are marked as such. If they are not labeled ...
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Where is this outdoor sign in Barcelona

It is the Jardi Botanic de Barcelona and the letters spell Jardi Botanic. Google Streetview for the win!
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Can a hotel cancel a confirmed reservation?

According to this page by the Barcelona City Council's Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC), the first thing you should do is contact the business to try to mediate the complaint. If they don'...
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How to find a grave in Barcelona?

There is a company handling all cemeteries in Barcelona. Its name is Cementiris de Barcelona. From their website: Cementiris de Barcelona, S.A. is part of the B:SM Group. It manages the new ...
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What is the cheapest way of getting a taxi from Barcelona airport?

I live in Barcelona and I have taken a taxi from the airport lots of times. Taxi system is a very regulated sector in Barcelona. Fares of official regular taxis are controlled by the IMET, the ...
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How can a tourist register for the Bicing bicycle sharing in Barcelona?

No, you can't use Bicing bikes. Only locals can use it, the membership card takes 15 days to arrive. The membership card is personal, and can't be lended. Also, you need a Spanish address, and you pay ...
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Optimum fares for transportations inside and around Barcelona (metro/trains)

The card which you have seen is the T-10 (http://www.tmb.cat/en/sistema-tarifari-integrat/-/ticket/T10), which costs €9.95 and is valid for 10 journeys on the metro, buses and trains, including up to ...
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Can a hotel cancel a confirmed reservation?

This should have been a comment but I am forced to expand. I am not 100% sure because IANL and I don't have track of Spanish and European laws, but I am familiar with most principles. Basically, ...
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One-way train from Paris to Barcelona

From Paris, €100-200 per person for (high-speed) international trains like Eurostar to London, Thalys to the Benelux or the TGV to Spain are typical prices. You don't need any special pass and can buy ...
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Hola Barcelona public transport card bought online

According to the purchasing site for Hola Barcelona, when you purchase the card online, you will be emailed a voucher code which you can use to retrieve the travel card itself at any metro station. ...
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Why are CaixaBank ATMs in Barcelona so complex?

These machines have been designed to perform Every Task® bank users need to perform in a bank terminal. Top slot : card bank note. Middle slot: Credit or Debit card bottom middle slot: tickets, ...
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Is it feasible to travel daily from Gavà to Barcelona?

It's perfectly feasible, and a lot of people from Gavà (and towns further away) work in Barcelona. It takes about 30 minutes by train to Plaça de Catalunya and there are several trains every hour. If ...
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What's the cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona?

Here's an up-to-date answer 3 years after the question, just for further reference. I liked how fedorqui compared it, so I'll follow the same approach. I am surprised that flights were rarely ...
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Bad hostel, recourse?

In 2016, a bad online review with a lot of visibility is a big deal. Find a few high traffic websites (tripadvisor, google, facebook) and leave them not an angry rant, but a bad and polite review. ...
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When did Barcelona's Park Güell needed tickets ?

Tickets have been necessary for visiting the core area since 2013. Per the site FAQs: From October 2013, Barcelona City Council has got under way a plan for regulation of the monumental zone of ...
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Where is the luggage storage in Barcelona Sants station?

I asked a friend who live in Barcelona to check it. The place is located in the main hall next to McDonalds (Sants station). The address is: Carrer del Rector Triadó, 75. You can see the place in ...
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Is pickpocketing still a problem in Barcelona even though people don't carry cash anymore?

As someone who's lived in Bcn for 13 years, I can confirm that it's still a problem, from seeing it for myself and first-hand reports. I know policemen and women and they have also confirmed as much. ...
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What is the shortest segment of high-speed rail out of Barcelona where trains reach the maximum speed?

Trains (especially trains designed with that in mind) don't need that long to accelerate, this document from Siemens states that it takes 148 seconds (a little more than 2 min) for the Velaro ...
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My passport got stolen in Barcelona ,Spain

Being a victim of crime, and especially having your passport stolen, is a circumstance in which you should contact your embassy's after-hours emergency contact phone number. For Spain, that number is ...
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One-way train from Paris to Barcelona

Cheapest price I found was on the SNCF Oui.sncf website, Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Barcelona (Sants) Wednesday August 1st, 2 adults. Prices vary between different trains, including direct trains and a ...
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Are most places open in Barcelona during Día de la Hispanidad?

Restaurants and tourist attractions generally stay open on public holidays, because there's extra trade. As far as restaurants go, Barcelona has plenty of restaurants, so even if a few close you ...
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What is the cheapest way of getting a taxi from Barcelona airport?

The cheapest way to take a taxi, is not from the airport (which include the fees someone already mentioned). Happen that just 1 week ago I had a friend who came at midnight too, so I know pretty much ...
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Is there passport control in Barcelona train station?

There is a control at the main station but you may not be stopped. With that said, you HAVE TO have an official document with you and that's only your passport. With every other document you will ...
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Can a hotel cancel a confirmed reservation?

I have been told by hotels that my reservation conflicts with planned construction work, or the room just isn't available, and in these cases they've arranged some nearby alternative hotel. Here, ...
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Can a hotel cancel a confirmed reservation?

It's funny you mention this, because I've had the exact same issue with Booking.com in my most recent (and only) booking with them. The accommodations in question decided after I'd paid that they ...
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Step-free / wheelchair (or few steps) access on the Barcelona Metro

Which Stations Are Accessible? TMB says that all the Metro network is wheelchair accessible, except for a few stations (15 out of 156). These tend to be the older/non-recently-refurbished stations. ...
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How to find a grave in Barcelona?

You could always look for the deceased note, there's always a published note, paid by the familiars or by the agency. This database holds up to 17K pages of deceased notes just in Barcelona, you ...
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