It was a few nights before we needed to head out on our 21 day adventure and some friends of ours were ready to celebrate the beginning of our Holiday so we decided a roof top terrace would do the trick! One afternoon I on my way to work I noticed the pants I am wearing in the picture in this little boutique store inside the metro. I stopped in because they caught my eye. The women that owned the store started up a conversation with me in Spanish, of course, about places to go and things to do here in Spain. She said that the pants that I had just purchased would be great for this roof top terrace she had just been to with some of her friends. She wrote it down in my note book for me and I went about my day. I told Trey that our next roof top was going to be this recommendation because this lady was super cool and I don't think she would steer us in the wrong direction. We wanted to meet up with our friends and property manager, who also knows a lot about the area and he suggested we go to the very same roof top terrace that the woman at the boutique store recommended! Perfect we thought and Gyamge it is!
We met up at Gyamge and waited in a line to get to the top and it wasn't a long line yet because we were early for the Spaniards to begin the night out. We waited for maybe 15 minutes. We noticed if you made reservations a head of time you didn't have to wait. (Just something we have learned if you make reservations you get a great table, good service and no lines, and we will be making reservations from now on.) When we got to the top the views were incredible! It was a very trendy place with a DJ playing tech music, glowing furniture, a pool that I think was more for esthetic appeal, and a modern fun cocktail menu. We told the hostest that it was the four of us now, but in a few hours we would need space for seven. She said okay and placed us at a high top table with seven spots.
As I was looking around I noticed all of these cool little sitting areas. Some with sofas and some with large beds for people to relax. We ordered our first drink and were enjoying the conversation but the high top table was not very comfortable. I even blamed the wobbly stool I was sitting for my first drink of Cava to be knocked over and all over my new pants. The good thing about Spain is the dry air so my pants were dry literally in the matter of minutes. If any of you know me this was clearly not the wobbly stools fault, because you know it just wouldn't be a night out with clumsy Chelsea if I hadn't spilt a drink on myself or all over the table.
After my Cava down experience I of course had to enquire about the VIP area. When I got up to speak with the manager, he said he could get us one for the evening but we would have to spend 400 euro on drinks and food. I kindly thanked him for checking for me, but we were not able to spend that kind of money. I then had to ask about the sofas a step down from he VIP and he told me they were all reserved for the evening, but he could squeeze me in for 200 euros. Again, I kindly declined. I couldn't believe that all of these people paid that kind of money to sit in these "lounge areas" but I guess if you have a large party and you spend 200 euros on drinks it would be an easier task to achieve. However, we were all saving for holiday so this again was too steep for our pockets.
When I got back to our high top not only was my chair gone, but the other 3 spots we had saved for our friends someone else was sitting in them. When I told the gentlemen those were our seats he said the hostest had put them there. I offered to stand and we considered going elsewhere when one of our friends started talking to one to the guys about my chair. When they realized we were not leaving be had a nice tab started and that some of us spoke Spanish he called the manager and they begin looking for places for us to sit. Directly across the way there was a sofa lounge area available. The waiter called someone over his head set and they then said we could sit there. They put a reserved sign on the area and we had managed to sit in a VIP section for NADA. We laughed at the series of events and discussed many instances we had all experienced in Spain where persistence has worked in our favor. Where someone in the same office had told us no and when we went back and asked again we were told yes.
Overall, we would rate the this rooftop terrace 7 out of 10. The atmosphere was fun, vibrant, and had great energy. The reasoning for the 7 was the service. Although we were partly to blame for not making reservations, they were still accepting walk- ins. The waiter for our high top table was very difficult to order from and the extremely high prices for a decent table did not seem to be consistent. After we were placed in a reserved sofa we were all treated like royalty. The drink prices were a bit high, and the hummus was good but very expensive. I wouldn't recommend this place for appetizers or tapas if you are on a budget. I did see some people eating in the restaurant area, but mostly drinking! The higher drink prices was to be expected at any roof top terrance anywhere, after all you are paying for the views. For anyone wanting to make this a 9 out of 10 terrace experience I strongly suggest making a reservation.
We told our friends to let the bouncer know we were in a reserved area, and they skipped the line and came right into our little VIP area. They were stunned and asked how we got this table. We laid back in our comfortable seats with our fancy drinks and said, all we can say is apparently here in Spain persistence is key with a dash of luck!
We are looking forward to the next Roof Top Terrance Challenge 2 down 23 to go!!