We were forced to find accommodation in Barcelona when our cruise ship the Royal Princess broke down, and they dumped the passengers off at Naples. In our case we had to make our own way to Barcelona (which was the original destination of the ship prior to its breakdown), and find our own accommodation. Unfortunately there was a conference of some 7,000 opticians in Barcelona at the time and the only hotel we could find was the Ibis Ripollet, which is about 12km outside the city centre (although the cab driver who took us there managed to turn a 22km trip from the dock into a 38km ride, but that is Barcelona for you!!). The hotel was in a small town, basic hotel room, but one of the best beds we have slept in, the room was very quiet, a small but adequate breakfast, and the staff we very obliging. The only drawbacks were the lack of a safe in the room, and no bar fridge but we were able to cool down some drinks with a bucket of ice provided by the hotel. Great bathroom and shower, and the hotel is close to a super market and fast food outlets. The train station to Barcelona is about a 5 minute walk, and the train to the city takes about 25 minutes for less than 3 euro. Unlike Barcelona which is infested with pickpockets and scammers, we felt very safe walking the streets of Ripollet.