I have to say I was skeptical about buying this guide book. I've only ever bought Time Out or Rough Guides and I knew that Frommer's are produced by an American publisher. However, I am so glad I made the leap to a Frommer's guide book!
The last guides I bought were The Pocket Rough Guide to Paris and the Time Out Paris. I disliked the fact that the Rough Guide begins with a small colour section that contains some photos, but the rest of it is in black and white, on pathetically thin paper, with no photos! In addition, the middle pages of the book started to fall out which was really inconvenient when we were trying to use it. This has really put me off buying any more Rough Guides. The Time Out guide was good, but quite heavy and I ended up leaving it at the hotel most of the time.
The size and weight of the Frommer's Barcelona day by day is perfect- it's not too heavy and just the right size to fit in your bag. It's packed with colour photos (Rough Guides publisher are you listening?!) and maps on good quality paper. The number of maps really helped when I was struggling to find my way around. Some people might not think photos are that important, but I find they help me to get a feel for the city and to make decisions about where to go. The author of Frommer's Barcelona day by day really knows his stuff. There are useful guides on what to do if you're visiting for 1 day, 2 days or 3 days. There are excellent sections on seeing the best art and arcitecture for the arty peeps. There's a section on old Barcelona, the famous street La Rambla. And of course, there are the usual handy tips on the best eateries, bars, hotels etc. I should mention that as Frommer's are an American publisher, the prices for restaurants etc are represented by dollars not British pounds. However, the rest of the book (prices for museums, galleries etc) uses Euros so I did not find this annoying.
All in all, this is an excellent guide book and I'm very pleased. I won't visit Barcelona again without this guide!