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“Hostal by name, Hostal by nature” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hostal Barcelona
Ranked #281 of 760 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Redditch, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Hostal by name, Hostal by nature”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

I booked this hotel five months before we travelled, yet when we arrived they were still juggling rooms to get us in. I had requested a high floor non-smoking room so it was not a great start to get a room on floor 1 of 5, and when I opened the door I was hit with the stench of cigarettes and smoke, so back to reception to get another ‘non smoking’ room !!!

Room itself was quite claustrophobic with just one small window in the corner which opened out to view, what can only be described as, a large ventilation shaft – bad point

Wardrobe was positioned against the wall and held in place by a small cabinet, without the cabinet I am sure the wardrobe would have fell over it was so rickety - bad point

TV, I could not get to work till 2 hours before I was due to leave, when complaining at reception for the second time, and mentioning the word ‘Discount’ on my booking they eventually got the TV working. I am quite good with gadgets, but this has three different input modes which you had to change yourself, and the correct mode was set to a channel which just said “Sin Aerial” so you may see why I could not watch it, it was basically a Spanish digibox so no English, German, Italian TV, no news, so not very good for a major European city – bad point

Air conditioning, was very large and noisy, doubt you will sleep with it on, but it did work, so that’s a – good point

Bed, was bigger than I expected for a single room, but if it was a double then I would have been disappointed with it, but it was comfy for one – good point

Bathroom, had toilet, sink and shower, but you have to be a contortionist to get at the toilet as the gap between the sink and the door is quite small and you have to squeeze through this gap to get at it. Shower runs off the taps on the wall, and is in a weird tiny bath, too small to sit in, so cant be used as a bath (and taps only work the shower) its like a shower tray with two foot steep sides, weird. You did get some small soaps, and some shower foam!! in a dispenser, but there was no hairdryer, and the towels that were provided were that thin you could almost see through them, and probably as absorbent as the loo roll – bad point

Breakfast was 5 euro’s, mine was included so I went down, it’s a basic cold buffet affair for foreign breakfasts, cheese slices, ham slices, yoghurt, juice, bread and croissants, no hot food, no eggs, bacon, sausage etc. After a certain time they stop replacing items so if you want full choice get there early. Also the hotel has a slim lift but it goes from 0 to 5, and the breakfast room is in the basement, so if you have mobility issues, or in a wheelchair, you will not get to the basement – bad point

Location for me and my three mates was good, about 150 yards from the paralel tube station (west entrance) and you can get all round Barcelona from here, one small point is that it is up a side street, and this may be a bit oppressive for smaller, maybe female tourists, but basically – good point

I am no snob, and this was for a cheap weekend away with some mates, meeting others on a stag do, but if going again, I think I would spend a little bit more and get somewhere with hot breakfasts, decent furniture and towels, and a window that looked out over Barcelona…

Hotel or Hostal, not a hotel in my book

Room Tip: Does not matter what you request, as they take no notice anyway
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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York, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is a cheap and basic hotel. The foyer is nice, and the receptionist was polite but she was much friendlier to guests who could speak Spanish than those who spoke to her in English! My room was tiny, the bed (which had a very old duvet cover) took up most of the room. It was also pretty dark as the window was so small. The bathroom flooded when you had a shower.

On the plus side it is in a very good location in Barcelona, and has a good breakfast. It is clean and tidy. Overall if you are on a tight budget and you're looking for a cheap bed for a few nights then I would recommend this hotel, but if you want something fancier then I'd go elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

This place was booked for us by a travel agent. It was okay. Breakfast was included with our stay which was good. Had someone clean our room everyday. It did have a weird smell though, like humid... Probably not somewhere I would stay again, but it's definitely a good place for students backpacking through with not too much money to spend on boarding.
The great thing about this place was that it was super close to everything. We walked to dinner every night and walked to the beach. It was about 30 min walk but we were able to see other cool things along the way.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

We stayed the night before a cruise and found it clean and the room adequate for what we needed. We weren't looking for luxury just a place to,get in position for the cruise. Lots of eateries and bars around. A short walk to Las Rambla and the port which has a lot of nice restaurants. We did need a taxi to get to the ship because of luggage. Taxi from the airport was $30.00.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Barcelona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

stuff can not speak english well and did not patient for geusts. no refrigerator in room. stuff can not speak english well and did not patient for geusts. no refrigerator in room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hostal Barcelona
Address: Carrer Roser 40, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Montjuic
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #281 of 760 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Barcelona 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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