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Hostal L' Antic Espai
C/ Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 660, principal, ES-08010 Barcelona, Spain   |  
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“L'Antic Espai Hotel, Barcelona”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Loved this hotel (and loved Barcelona). The hotel was very clean, friendly, safe and stylish - the attention to detail made it special. Very central - could walk everywhere. I stayed here with my 23 year old daughter and we would both highly recommend this hotel - maybe not for people with small children or people who don't like antiques and curios - but anyone who hates impersonal, chain hotels and likes individual style would love it. We felt at home straight away and appreciated the little touches, such as the china cups for morning coffee, the toiletries and bathrobes provided, the finger print entry doors, the beautiful terrace and the friendly staff. Can't wait to stay again.

  • 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The bottom line: for anyone looking for a reasonably priced, centrally located and clean place to stay in Barcelona, this place is hard to beat. However, it is not a hotel: the clue is in the name. There is no elevator, no 24 hour concierge and no bland uniformity in decor or service. If you want those things, look elsewhere and be prepared to pay more.

We arrived while the usual staff were out, but with a little Spanglish were able to explain ourselves to the maid, who showed us to our room and, moments later, surprised us with complimentary sangria.

While the antique ornaments and furniture aren't to my taste, the building itself has a real warmth and charm and gives you a real sense of the local architecture from the inside. While our room (and the others we saw) aren't very big, they're adequately large, comfortable and are well provided with towels, robes, very effective air conditioning, storage space and so on.

Though the staff aren't preset all the time, they seem to care about their guests. On our first day, the owner spent a good 10 minutes carefully annotating a map of the city for us, pointing out good cafes and restaurants, interesting places to visit, ideal public transport routes, tourist traps to avoid and so on.

As others note, there's no lift/elevator, but it's just a couple flights of steps - they're wide, not steep, and there's a good handrail. If you're not able-bodied, or you're taking very large or heavy luggage, you may wish to look elsewhere.

The room was spotlessly clean throughout our stay, constant supply of clean towels, and the simple but good breakfast of coffee, juice and croissants is served promptly every morning (they'll even surprise you with a cupcake, occasionally).

It's an easy 5 minute walk from the hostel to the bustling centre, and a pleasant 20-30 minute stroll to the beach, la Sagrada Familia, etc. The subway is at the end of the next block - couple of minutes' walk at most.

Within a radius of a couple of blocks, there're almost too many tempting restaurants and cafes, and plenty of convenience stores, pharmacies and suchlike too – all very handy after a long day wandering around.

In short, it's an eccentric little place staffed by very genuine, helpful people. It lacks – but, crucially, neither does it claim – the slick, polished convenience of a proper hotel, but in place of that you get, in my opinion, a much richer and more memorable experience of Barcelona.

Incidentally: some reviewers complain of having to "crawl" through the hostel's small door. It's just a slightly smaller than standard sized door set within a huge, heavy old door: I'm over 6ft tall and managed to use it without trouble. If you're not able-bodied, or have huge quantities of luggage, it might be awkward for you, but in that case the lack of an elevator/lift and relatively small rooms means that this isn't the right hostel for you anyway.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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pgolpe, Propietario at Hostal L' Antic Espai, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Thanks a lot but we want to said few things about your opinion.
Our place is a little Boutique Hotel, category that our costumers give us, nothing that we have invented.
Reception Service is available some hours per day. Reception 24 hours makes the service more expensive and it’s not necessary, not for you not for me. It’s more staying in some friend house, not really necessary to seat here the whole day waiting and waiting and nothing happened. Hours work are very expensive, we want to keep our business running. Our service is 24 hours available also if we are not seating at the reception, we are close and we can come anytime you need.
It’s very clear everywhere L’ Antic Espai is made for peoples who love antics, if it’s not your case, please go to impersonal, black and gray hotels.
Regards,
Abel Estévez González.
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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

From the moment we were picked up at the airport in early August.... to 3 days later rumbling along in Abels's 1955 car to our cruiseship.....I still smile and my family still talks about this experience at Antic Espai. I look back months later with happy memories of this hotel and more importantly the people we met working here. Serge and Abel was professional, real and totally hot! When we walked thru the historic door to the building we were met and our luggage was carried up. I arrived with my teenage sons a night before my husband; we felt safe. The rooms were clean...breakfast was good...beds were comfortable...the decor was spectalor...and the cava bubbly was terrific! (I recommend you buy a bottle of the Antic Espai cava). A side note: Abel let me purchase one of his personal possessions from the hotel; I am so happy to own this and display it with pride! Thank you again. - You will not regret staying at this boutique hotel.

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  • Stayed August 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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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Hostal L'Antic Espai is ideally situated for exploring Barcelona, being just a few minutes' walk away from the majority of the must-see locations,as well as the aerobus and metro stop. Although on a busy road, the double glazing ensured a good night's sleep in a comfortable bed.

If you want a spacious, sleek, modern room, this is not for you as it is packed to overflowing with antiques and could feel a little cramped. However, that is its charm, with so many quirky and interesting things to catch your eye - I loved it! We had Room 102, which had a tiny glazed-in balcony, complete with seating and pot plants.

All the staff were wonderfully welcoming and made a real effort to make our stay as rewarding as possible. As soon as we arrived, cakes and sangria were produced to welcome us, as well as a surprise complimentary bottle of bubbly on my husband's birthday - they'd noticed that date on his passport! The recommendations for eating out were spot-on, especially the tapas bar a couple of blocks away, and the Argentinian restaurant downstairs that had the best steak I have ever tasted.

Breakfast is an interestiing experience, taken on the terrace and served with amazing tableware (the teapot had a wonderful china stand complete with tea-light!) whilst being surrounded by cage birds and copious plants. However, that is the only place to eat, apart from your room, so not ideal in late autumn.

There's no lift, so you have to lug your bags up a couple of flights of stairs, and there's no tea-making kit in the room. You can tell I'm English and consider an early morning cuppa absolutely essential before speaking to anyone, but there's room service available.

I'd definitely stay there again; the zany individuality of the decor, the location and the superb staff combine to make it a hotel to remember.

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

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

My wife and I stayed for four nights in a lovely double room with a private balcony over the Gran via de les Corts Catalanes. There was no road noise and we slept like logs. The area is full of good Tapas bars, and is handy to all of Barcelona sights and shopping (walking distance).
Abel was very helpful with washing, and advice about the best places to look for.
The decor and facilities were a delight!

Room Tip: Best room 102.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Everything wonderful thing said about this hotel is true! BUT no one mentioned the fact that the hotel is located on the 1st, ie 2nd in Europe, floor of a four story walk-up. Which means that my husband (64) with three knee scopes on each knee and me (66) with hip replacement surgery ninety days prior were faced with an impossible task. No help at all, No porter, no lift, nothing!

The result: my husband is having a MRI scan of his back and another one for his right knee after our return home as I write this review, Our two week trans-Atlantic cruise was ruined from their lack of service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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pgolpe, Propietario at Hostal L' Antic Espai, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Thans to let us know your opinion.
We would like to clarify something: Our place have not elevator. It’s located in the first floor from one apartment building from Europe building type. If you travel with a lot of belonging with you, it’s your responsability. It’s also not my fault if you have some health problem. We appreciate that people with some mobility problems don’t come to stay here. We don’t want accidents happens in our place. Especially, if you are not an easy traveler. We are here to help peoples with their luggage and so, but for it are necessary to know your arrival and departing timetable. Please, remeber, we have not a person to carry bags. We don't offer this service. We can help but is not a service we offer.
I think, this reason you mention is not really strong to give only one point to our work.
Sorry and thanks to stay in our place.
Abel Estévez González.
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Essex
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a quaint hotel which is well situated in Barcelona. The rooms are not large but they are adequate as well as clean. The bathroom was modern with a nice glassed in shower. Muhannad, at the front desk, added a lot to our stay at the Hostal. He was very friendly and more than willing to help us get tickets to the museums, help us with our boarding passes and was especially nice to just visit with!

Room Tip: We chose a room on the street. It was a little noisy but we like to see the activity outside. If you...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C/ Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 660, principal, ES-08010 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#38 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#45 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#62 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L´Antic Espai arises after a dream of creating in Barcelona a special space with an old world charm. we create an place in which always, we wished to enjoy a pleasant stay and where you feel like in your own house. Our services and personalized treatment will make you to remember and miss us for ever in all trips you plan. ... more   less 
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