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“The only risk is wanting to stay!” 5 of 5 stars
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El Balcon del Born
Carrer Rera Palau 2, Primero 2a, 08003 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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Free breakfast with your stay
Ranked #1 of 293 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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“The only risk is wanting to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Balcón del Born really is a lovely B&B with great hosts: Anna & Pablo. We already miss them heaps. They are doing everything to make your stay an unforgettable experience. It's the personal factor that counts most - besides the perfect location in the heart of Barcelona. The place is very personal and cozy and makes you feel at home immediately. Don't expect rain shower, TV or other luxury, you will not find it there. Instead, you get a romantic hidden gem, beautiful renovated rooms with a wonderful interior design and lots of personal assistance. For my girlfriend's birthday, Roberto (a friend of Anna & Pablo who manages the reservations) even organised gifts. Thanks again for the perfect surprise and all the effort you put into it! We totally loved staying at Balcón del Born and would highly recommend it to everyone wanting to spend a couple of days in BCN. Abrazos para los tres desde Alemania!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spicewood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

If you want to have a great place to lay your head in a great city, this is the place! Pablo and Anna were excellent hosts, their breakfast was great, their advice was great and they are very friendly. In a city where people sleep at 2 am there is always something to do and El Balcon Del Born is in a great location that allows you to be in the city near several attractions as well you will feel safe. We loved our vacation! Thank you Pablo and Anna!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Firstly the location is perfect.It's hidden away in a prime location.Hidden being the operative word.No signage at all.Just a brown door.But you have to dig to find gems and this place has two.Pablo and Anna who go out of the way to assist.The rooms are clean and Breakfast is very nice.Had a great couple of days there thanks for everything.Pablo's map with suggestions was perfect.lovely City have to go back sometime.....No prizes for guessing where I will be staying....

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had a great stay at Balcon del Born! The host, Ana, gave us a lot of help finding tickets for the Flamenco and Opera show for my 30th birthday, and she knew exactly where to go if we wanted to find something in particular in the Born area or in Barcelona in general.

The room was just perfect. They always have beers, water, tea, coffee and more accessible in the fridge. The breakfast was super lovely. It contains a lot of different things (bread, different types of very good cereals, two types of cheese, yoghurt, tea, coffee, different types of jam, two different fresh juices, croissants, and I don't know what else), that you can pick yourself from a table. The benefit of this is that if you like something a bit more than something else, you can take more of it, and you do not feel forced to finish something that you don't like since someone put it on your plate ;) I really liked the breakfast.

The Born district is gentrified but here are still many cosy narrow streets that you can find that are very nice. We recommend Pim Pam Burger -- the best burger in Barcelona -- for when you are tired of tapas. This place was a bit difficult to find (google maps gave us the wrong location; these small streets are a bit confusing). Look at the address in a veeeeery detailed map and you'll find this tiny tiny street where this place is. The Born area is also a bit touristy, but not at all like las Ramblas or the most touristy areas. We enjoyed ourselves a lot :)

Thank you Ana!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Can't say enough about our stay at El Balcon del Born. The facilities were very clean and the breakfast was presented beautifully. Especially liked taking our breakfast on the balcony overlooking a lovely Plaza. Don't be worried about the shared bath it was never a problem. We had difficulties reserving our tickets for Sacrada Familia from home and Pablo was kind enough to secure these tickets for us in advance thus avoiding the long lines. There are no signs for the B and B, but we just asked one of the restaurant waiters near by and they directed us to the correct door.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We can only echo the comments made by previous reviewers - we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and couldn't fault El Balcon del Born. Just wanted to add our own example of Pablo's kindness and willingness to go the extra mile.....The heavens opened as we were about to leave for the airport yesterday but Pablo insisted on coming with us to carry our bags and hail a taxi on our behalf, whilst we sheltered from the rain in the foyer. Despite a taxi strike, after about 15 minutes he managed to locate one for us - getting soaked in the process. First class service!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Pablo is the best host ever, we can't ask for more! Pablo prepared our arrival carefully, provided us with great info o restaurants and attraction sites without us even asking. I accidentally broke the window and he refused to take any money from us and just fixed as soon as he can. Pablo
Is the best host ever! LOok no more, he is the one! The location, the neighborhood, the ambience, the room, the old feel AND the fridge is filled with beer and champagne for a low cost !!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carrer Rera Palau 2, Primero 2a, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 293 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EL BALCÓN DEL BORN BARCELONAis a guest house just in the centre of Barcelona, in Born, a district with distinctive cafés,bars, restaurants… where many artist live. It's a 5 minutes walk to The Cathedral del Mar or the Picasso Museum, and 10 minutesto Las Ramblas or the Barceloneta beaches. We have a house with 5 bedrooms. One has its own bathroom (suite) and the othersshare one bathroom every two rooms. All the rooms including the dining room have an exterior balcony, and therefore plentyof light.Rates per night for one or two people:Room 1 (El Palau): Our biggest room, with 20 square meters. The room has a kingsize bed or two twin beds and an exterior balcony facing the pedestrian street ReraPalau. 95 €Room 2 (Els Encants): An ample room with its own bathroom (suite) and anexterior balcony facing the street Rera Palau. 100 €Room 3 (La Ribera): Spacious room with a king size bed or two twin beds. Exteriorbalcony to the square El Tripó. 90 €Room 4 (El Racó): Our smallest and coziest room, with a double bed and a balconywith a double view, one side facing the square Plaça de les Olles and the other sidefacing the street Rera Palau. 80 €Room 5 (Les Olles): Spacious room with a king size bed or two twin beds and anexterior balcony facing the square Plaça de les Olles. 90 €The prices include continental breakfast, towels, bathrobes, hairdryer, wifi andhouskeeping. Optional service (extra cost): LaundryOnce you arrive, please pay for your whole stay with us in cash. We do not accept creditcards.You will have your own keys, so a 20 € guarantee deposit is required. You will get itback when you return the keys.Check-in : 3 pmCheck-out: 12 amHow to get there:El Balcón del Born is located almost right in front of the train station Estació deFrança. FROM THE BARCELONA AIRPORT, TERMINAL 2:· By train (the cheapest way to get there): Take the train (Renfe) at the airport andstop at Passeig de Gràcia. Once you get there, take the train that goes to Estacióde França on the very same platform. Get out of the station and cross the avenue;four blocks down you will find the street Carrer Rera Palau.· By bus: Take the Aerobús and get off at Plaza Catalunya (30 minutes). Fromthere, it’s a 5 to 10 minutes taxi ride, depending on the traffic.· By taxi: It’s a 25 minutes taxi ride from the airport. FROM THE BARCELONA AIRPORT, TERMINAL 1:Take the bus that connects with Terminal 2 to get the train that will take youdowntown, take the Aerobús that will take you to Plaza Catalunya, or just take ataxi.! IF YOU COME BY CAR:There is a car park next to the Guest House (Plaça Comercial) that charges 23,15euros per 24 hours (the price is subject to changes in the policy of the car parkcompany). ... more   less 
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