Why pay with ADA – Cardano?

Nearly a year ago Hotel Ginebra caused a splash in the global cryptocurrency comunity when it decided and announced it would accept payment with ADA.

Many people may still have never heard of crytpcurrencies in general, let alone of ADA, which was developed in Japan by IOHK  ( https://iohk.io/ )of Charles Hoskinson and Jeremy Wood,

THe founders of IOHK

The only name that might right a bell is Bitcoin, which is indeed the mother of all cryptocurrencies,  which has been around for quite a few years alreayd and gained lots of media coverage towards the end of 2017 when its value briefly reached 20.000 US$$$$$$$ for one bitcoin.

For those who are still not in the know, a cryptocurrency is simply put a way to send money via your computer to somebody else’s computer, any where in the world.

Now if Bitcoin is considered the first generation cryptocurrency, and Ethereum the second, efforts are on the way by IOHK and EMURGO ( https://emurgo.io/) to create the third generation cryptocurrency, namely Cardano, with ADA as it’s form of payment.

Rather then describing here what the tecnical advantages and accomplishments will be of Cardano and which solutions it will offer to a whole bunch of existing problems with cryptocurrencies in general so far, we would only like to reiterate your motivation of having chosen ADA, and not one of meanwhile more then well over a thousand competing coins.

The reason is simple.  The stated mission of Cardano is to provide new and highly advantageous financial instruments to the more then 3 billion (!!) people on our planet that are currently unbanked. And not only that. By providing it’s cutting edge blockchain tecnology it will allow for many problems to be solved (think reliable voting systems, food distribution systems, and much more)

In fact in preparation of it’s main product (main net) going live in 2019, Charles Hoskinson, the CEO of IOHK, has visited no less then 24, mostly developing, countries in the last year to strike partnerships at government level, from Ethiopia to South Africa, from Mongolia to Rwanda.

Cardano, the future of payment!

Cardano is well on it’s way to create a large global  comunity of people that feel passionate about bringing wealth, education and self improviment opportunities to corners of the world where this currently does not exist, and Hotel Ginebra has chosen to be part of   this movement.

If you have ever thought about wanting to do a bit more for people worldwide with fewer opportunities, and you did have not really found any projects that appealed to you, why not have a look at Cardano?  We did, and it is changing the way we see the world.

 

Plaza Real, marvellous square in the centre of Barcelona

 

Plaza Real is one of the places to see during a stay in Barcelona.

This beautiful square is located in the city center between the Gothic district and La Rambla. This very popular place is very apreciated first of all because it is very well located but also because it is very pretty with its many palm trees and its very pleasant restaurants and bars.  The large palm trees on this square really give us a “summer-” and holiday feeling that makes us feel good. Plaza Real offers the possibilty  to to go for a drink after a long day of walking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is also the perfect place to have an aperitive at the beginning of an evening because there are dancing bars with a very good atmosphere! It is also very attractive to eat there because the restaurants make it possible to find an island of relaxation and delight  in the heart of the city centre and to spend an enjoyable moment there with your family or amongst friends.

This magnificent square is thus a perfect place, to drink or eat,which you have to go and visit, be it day or night!!

 

published by Thibaut Ammouial

Toulouse Business School

http://www.tbs-education.fr/en

 

Discovering Barcelona

The Corte Ingles on Plaza Catalunya, the central square of Barcelona.

Hi, I’m Thibaut I’m 19 years old and I’ve been in Barcelona for 5 months now. Having done my semester of expatriation here, I wanted to stay there to do my internship because I like it a lot in this city!

First of all what I really appreciate is the ideal climate! Also, one of the things that impressed me the most was the crowd in the streets, at all hours and every day there are people walking around, that makes the city very lively. One place I love to go is La Boqueria, this market is beautiful and very friendly. Then I continue down the Rambla to Barceloneta where I walk along the sea or jog, which is very pleasant. The possibility of being able to move around the city at any time makes it easier to discover the city, indeed the metro, tram, bus or even taxis allow great mobility! All the elements are combined to discover and enjoy the city to the fullest.

Barcelona really seems to be a city that offers something for everybody: from great food to art, sunny weather and the beach, and fantastic architecture.

And in winter it is posisble to go to the mountains to ski, only one and a half hour by car or public transport.

An activity you can spend a lot of time on in  Barcelona is shopping! Indeed, there are so many different styles and stores that we are spoilt for choice. I go a lot to the many Zara shops that are located around  Plaza Catalunya or also to the Cortes Inglès wharehouse where you can find absolutely anything you want.

When my French friends came to see me during their holidays, we went shopping in the famous avenue Passeig de Gracia, just next to Plaza Catalunya. We really liked it because there are the most famous brands in the world and we had an excellent afternoon. We then spent the evening in the “El Born” district where we ate in a very good restaurant , a tapas bar called “La Bona Sort”. My friends loved Barcelona and only want to come back!

I can’t wait to spend my first summer in Barcelona to enjoy the sun and the beach or its many rooftops where pool parties are organized! One thing I’ve also heard a lot about is the brunches that are held on Sunday afternoons on Montjuic hill. So I look forward to the start of the many festivities !

 

 

 

Mobile World Congress 2019 Barcelona

For who is coming for The GSMA, Mobile World Congress of the next year (2019), this is the article that you were looking for!

From now, what we surely know is the next appointment for the GSMA: from the 25th until  the 28th of February 2019.

But let’s see what the GSMA is….

First of all, The Mobile World Congress is not only an exhibition for the mobile industry but it represents new technologies, devices, mobile operators from all over the world: here customers and sellers can meet, talk, exchange ideas and opinions, sign contracts and more!

Since 2011, Barcelona has been hosting the event, and will continue to do so until 2023.

For the 2018 edition, from the 26th of February to the 1st of March, the exhibition was hosted in two big pavillions, but in different locations:

  • 1)    Flra Gan Via, Av. Joan Carles I, 64, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • 2)   Flra Monjuic, Avda. Reina Maria Cristina, s/n 08004, Barcelona

You can easily reach the two locations by use of the excellent public transportation of Barcelona:

Here below you can find the Google Maps’ directions for both pavillions:

Probabily the 2019 edition will be in the same place but stay turned on our website for updates on the Mobile World Congress 2019 !!

 

 

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Apple Store

Do you need  Apple support for your electronic devices? Or were you just wondering what  the last model of IPhone looks like?

The biggest Apple Store of Barcelona is situated on another corner of the same square as where you can find Hotel Ginebra, Plaza Catalunya, the central square of Barcelona.

When you exit the hotel all you have to do is go straight across to the next corner of the square and Passeig De Gracia, the most elegant shopping street of Barcelona, a one minute walk.

Plaça Catalunya

On the picture below you an see the entrance of Apple Store. It is a huge and very inviting space which  allows you to look around and try their devices,  which are exposed in two different levels of the shop.

Passeig de Gràcia, 1

You can find the whole collection of Apple items: they are on  display but you can also try them out.

You can have your devices repaired in the shop if any problem occurs during your stay. In addition you can try the sound quality of the Iphone thanks to the collaboration with Beats by Dr.Dre, for sale in this shop as well.

IphoneSE, headphones by Dr.Dre, IMusic card

If you need internet connection, the Apple Store is open for anyone who needs to surf the net… For free!

Free internet connection for everybody!
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Port Vell and Maremagnum

Hello everybody!

Today I will show you some pictures about Palau de Mar and Museo de Historia de Cataluña: if you want to learn more about the history of Cataluña, this is the place that are you looking for! From the prehistory until the XX century you can profoundly understand all the economical, political and social trasformation of this territory.

Palau de Mar and Museo de Historia de Cataluña

During your visit you also enjoy free access to the seventh floor, where  a lounge bar and a restaurant are located. From this location you can overlook the landscape of the Port of Barcelona and the Montjuic mountain.

Palau de Mar

When you exit the Palau de Mar’s  and you  keep walking along street, Moll the Disposit, you will bump into the Port Vell: here you find a display of luxury and also little and unique boats.

Port Vell

When you continue down this  street you will arrive to the newest bridge,  which brings you to the Mare Magnum shopping mall. Restaurants, bars, clothes shops and parfume shops: there is a huge variety of choise!

Bridge

 

Restaurants and bars

 

 

 

 

This shopping mall is the only one in Barcelona that has got the permission to be open for the entire year in a really central zone of Barcelona. Other malls have the obligation to close a certain number of days each month.

Shopping mall inside view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big glass ceilings  make the atmosphere warmer and also the windows on the sides allow you to admire to the beauty of the sea. You can do your shopping in this mall in a feeling of openess and a sense of freedom, contrary to the dreary feeling that many other indoor malls tend to invoke. On the last floor, the third one, you will be able to benefit from a big  open terrace with bars and restaurants while in the floors above you can find cheaper restaurants and bars like McDonalds, Starbucks, Pans&Company….

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the parts of Barcelona that we recommended !!

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Barcelona by night

In my opinion no hotel in Barcelona offers any thing so spectacular than the beautiful view from the balconies of our hotel. Ancient buildings, busy crowds  and vibrant city scenes make the view of the most popular square of Barcelona, Plaça Catalunya, a unique and real painting.

View of Plaça Catalunya

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I took amazing pictures while the sun was going down: the main ground is filled by the shapes of sails and the background seems to be on fire thanks to the hot colours of the burning sun.

Sunset from Palau de Mar

Then I walked to the modern bridge (Rambla de Mar), reaching Mare Magnum (have a look to the specific article: http://www.hotelginebra.com.es/welcome/port-vell-and-maremagnum/).

From here I looked towards Montjuic and the reflection of the street lights mirrored in the sea.

It was a real romantic moment and the clouds made the athmosphere more involving!

I would reccomend to visit these places around sunsets. I am sure that I will remember this experience in Barcelona forever.

Sunset from MareMagnum

 

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ADA CARDANO – The New Bitcoin?

  •  As mentioned in previous blog articles Hotel Ginebra has quickly become  famous in the cryptocurrency world for accepting ADA as a form of payment as the first business in the world.  That compares perhaps with being the first business that ever accepted payment by credit card in the world, so obviously we are very pleased to be the first!

For those of you who are not familiar with cryptocurrencies, the most famous “coin” is called Bitcoin. Now around for nearly a decade, Bitcoin was designed to faciliate peer to peer payment without having to rely on the services of a third party middleman such as a bank or a credit card company for example.

But as much as Bitcoin was revolutionary, it was also quite rudimentary.  Meanwhile many years have passed and there are other cryptocurrencies that can do the same as Bitcoin, but do it better, faster and offer other completely new features as well.

Here at Hotel Ginebra we are always interested in new tecnologies, especially when they seem to offer new exciting scenarios in the hotel industry.

As mentioned, after due eloborate investigation we have chosen ADA as the cryptocurrency to accept payments with. So…is ADA the new Bitcoin?

The answer is yes……….and no.

Because yes, just like Bitcoin also ADA can transfer value (money) by means of an encrypted message between people without the help of a middleman.

But no, because ADA can do a lot more then just that.  It would go to far to explain all it’s features and capabilities here but if you are curious please visit www.cardanohub.org, the website of the Cardano Foundation, or https://iohk.io, the website of the company that is in charge of the tecnical development of the project and finally the Emurgo website https://emurgo.io. 

We have been fortunate enough to meet up with the core team of Cardano in Lisbon recently who have explained us where the development is going.

To stay updated please visit cardanoroadmap.com .

One thing is for sure: there are exciting times ahead of us in the cryptocurrency industry with Cardano as one of the main players and Hotel Ginebra intends to be part of that upcoming revolution.

We hope to be able to bring you some exciting news soonabout a more improved way to pay for your stay at Hotel Ginebra with ADA.

To download the ADA Daedalus wallet (to make payments or receive payments with ADA), click here:   https://daedaluswallet.io/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food in Barcelona, another good reason for a visit!

For those of you  interested in “tasting” Barcelona , this article will talk about our typical Spanish (and Catalan) food.

First of all, you should try TAPAS: For example, if you are a group of four, take five/six tapas. Essentially those are little typical spanish dishes that have to be shared: everyone can try different recepies and your lunch or dinner turns in a warm and happy moment of reunion !

Tapas

Later on, specifically, the most known tapas is “Patatas Bravas”: basically fried potatoes with a spycy kind of sauce. Really delicious!!

Patatas Bravas

As you can see, I usually combine spanish food with a glass of wine (“vino tinto”, red wine or “vino blanco” , white wine); you can also ask for a local “Cerveza”, the beer.

As you can see from our pictures, usually tapas are: either little portions of fried pasta with tomatoes, tuna, or fried potatoes with the famous Jamón Ibérico and fried eggs.

Tapas
Tapas with Jamon Iberico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inevitably during your stay here in Barcelona you are going to taste the “Tortillas de patatas”, a hot and soft omelet with potatoes. Simply delicious and easy to reproduce at home!!!!

Tortillas de patatas

If you are not sure about what to drink when you are on a night out in Barcelona, try a fresh Mojito or a light and frothy Piña colada!

Barcelona has had a big influx over people from South- and Latin America over the years and there has been a great cultural exchange. In Barcelona you really find the best of both worlds!

Cocktails (Mojito, Piña colada)

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Estación de Francia – Railway station of Barcelona

Would you like to have more information about public transport here in Barcelona?

Today, in this article, we will talk about one of the the train stations: Estación de Francia, located in the Avenue del Marquès de l’Argentera.

As soon you enter the train station, you will see on your right side the “caffetteria”, an old-style bar, quiet place to relax and take a drink or something to eat before catching your train. The very stylish design might be more suited to a museum than a hotel, but this is typical of Barcelona…beauty can be found in the most unexpected places.

Caffetteria
Caffetteria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For every type of information about trains and services offered, please have a look at the official website:  http://www.adif.es/en_US/infraestructuras/estaciones/71801/informacion_000097.shtml

Train platforms

The Estación de Francia is situated in the heart of Barcelona, in the ancient part of the town called  “Ciutat Vella” (the old city). From here you are directly  connected to “La Barceloneta”, an old part of town that runs along the seaside and after which the artificial beach of Barcelona is named that was created in occasion of the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992.

(See the specific article here: http://www.hotelginebra.com.es/welcome/la-barceloneta/ )

From the right part to the entrance/exit of the station you will find the Park de la Ciudadela, the biggest park in the whole city.  Here you can certainly enjoy the hot weather while having a walk or admiring the beautiful buildings inside the park. At the end of the park you will find the Zoo of Barcelona.

(Have a look at the must-see buildings and attraction in our specific article:

http://www.hotelginebra.com.es/welcome/citadel-park/ ‎)

Eventually, next to “La Barceloneta” you will find “Villa Olimpica del Poblenou”, now a fancy and rich quarter which was originally constructed as the residence that hosted the competing athletes during the Olympic Games’  1992.

Finally it is worth mentioning that there are two more stations in Barcelona, the Sants station for long distance travel, and the Renfe Station at Plaza Catalunya which is mainly for travel within the borders of Catalunya.

Hotel Ginebra wishes you a happy journey!!!

 

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