Barcelona’s a respite far from the crowds

Mar 29, 2005 6:44 AM

Reminiscent of the "motor courts" of the 1950s, the Barcelona Hotel & Casino is a quaint and cozy affair that caters to leisurely travelers and bargain-conscious locals.

The garden-style hotel surrounds a palm-shaded pool and features guest rooms equipped with amenities geared toward the extended-stay traveler. Refrigerators are standard in all rooms while microwaves and kitchenettes are available.

The modest but bustling casino is dominated by a large cocktail lounge that often features a live band and dancing. There’s also a large-screen TV for sports events.

Adjoining the lounge is Barcelona’s 11,000-square-foot casino that contains a nice mix of about 230 slots, seven table games and a sports book.

Most of the games are of the video poker and video keno variety, with a tempting selection of multi-hand poker, progressive games and reel slots.

Table players who don’t want to face the $10 and $25 minimums found on the Strip can play blackjack for $2 and $5 a hand.

When it’s time to refuel, Barcelona’s 24-hour restaurant serves standard coffee shop fare — breakfast, lunch and dinner — plus a few tasty specials such as New York steak, fresh seafood, pork chops, generous burgers, hot sandwiches and healthy salads.