Just got back last week from an absolutely wonderful 1 week vacation in Barcelona. I almost cried at the airport on my return to NYC.
I stayed at the Hostal San Remo located in the most perfect place in Barcelona. It was situated 5 minutes(walking) from Las Ramblas and also in a safe, quiet location. I got home late (I'm talking 6 am !) from nights dancing out there and had no problems or reasons to worry.
Its also a quick and easy train ride from La Sagrada Familia and the Picasso Museum.
Rosa, the lady who runs the hostal, was pleasant, sweet and very very helpful. I miss her already ! She recommended many good places to eat and gave great advice on anything we needed to know.
I completely recommend Barcelona to anyone that loves culture, history, beautiful people and fabulous parties.
If anyone's travelling to Barcelona anytime soon and has some questions, don't hesitate to ask me.