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Got the Reservations to El Bulli!!! Now need help???

pathfinder Feb 28, 2011 02:29 PM

Hello all-

I got that magical email confirming that I have in fact scored a table for El Bulli in April. We are flying into Barcelona. What is the best way to get to Roses- renting a car, train???

Also, I hear that the dinners are almost five hours long. So staying the night might be a good idea. Any advice on hotels or pension. We need nothing fancy, just a place to crash.

Thank you in advance for all of the help!!

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  1. mucho gordo RE: pathfinder Feb 28, 2011 02:53 PM

    I was curious so I looked it up and read all about it:

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      pathfinder RE: mucho gordo Feb 28, 2011 03:39 PM

      Thank you for sending me this. I had tried all of those hotels. Unfortunately, they are booked or they require a min. stay of 3 nights.

    2. PhilD RE: pathfinder Mar 1, 2011 02:48 AM

      We typed "roses tourist board" into google and this is what we got: http://www.roses.cat/en/Turisme/Abans...

      It is an easy drive from BCN (motorway most of the way then a good A road) but the train then a hire car may work better, I am not certain if Roses is on the rail mainline so changes may be tricky. Do get a taxi to the restaurant the road there is very twisty.

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        citykid426 RE: pathfinder Mar 9, 2011 09:08 AM

        I have the same issue. My reservations at the end of April. My husband and I are driving from Barcelona and will stay in Roses. Have not picked a hotel yet but there are a bunch of posts on Chowhound from 2009 and 2010 so I may just pick something listed there. However we will take a cab to the restaurant because we plan to drink and from what I've read the roads can be dangerous near there.

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          citykid426 RE: pathfinder Mar 9, 2011 09:45 AM

          Almadraba Park Hotel is one of the nicer hotels I liked in Roses that people mentioned on the boards. Apparently it's on a beach and they let you book for only a day if you want. I guess they know that people really only come for El Bulli.

          As a side note, I also read good things about Raffa's, so you may want to try it the day before going to El Bulli. I read that Adria himself goes there for lunch.

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            pathfinder RE: citykid426 Mar 9, 2011 01:35 PM

            Thank you so much. I tried to book that hotel and they were booked. We ended up finding a apartment for rent for the night right in Roses. Now we just have to book a cab for the trip to the restaurant.

            Thanks for the tip about Raffa's!!!

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            citykid426 RE: pathfinder Mar 9, 2011 03:31 PM

            No problem. If I were going before you I would post after my trip and give you more details but my reservation isn't until the 20th. I was just going off what was told to me and I'm pretty much winging it based on previous boards :) I will also try Raffa's. Post back when you come back and let us chowhounders know how it all went.

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              pacific2atlantic RE: pathfinder Apr 14, 2011 05:21 AM

              I'm making the 'trip of my life' to Europe this summer and I'm looking for some way to get a reservation at el bulli. Reservations are closed. Restaurant is closed july 30th 2011. I am in europe from the end of june to july 7th. Any suggestions? Waiting list? Please PM if there's any secret tips you don't wish to post publically! :)

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                citykid426 RE: pacific2atlantic Apr 14, 2011 06:12 PM

                Yes, but I would recommend you visit the other discussion board for this information, called "2011 el bulli reservations". There are A LOT of postings there that will be helpful to you. I followed their advice and got a reservation a few weeks ago.

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                  pacific2atlantic RE: citykid426 Apr 14, 2011 07:34 PM

                  Thanks - my fault for not searching thoroughly. Any particular advice?

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