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Casa de Billy Barcelona
Ranked #30 of 308 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We spent two nights in Barcelona's Casa de Billy at the end of a cruise and were very pleased. We were on the 5th floor of a very well kept 100 year old apartment building. We had a private bathroom and access to a spacious lounge, full kitchen and a terrace. The location was great, two blocks from plaza Espanya, where the Aerobus stops, and an easy walk to plaza Catalunya and las Ramblas. Joaquin was very accommodating and helpful. There are restaurants and small grocery stores right in the neighborhood. When ( not if ) we go back to Barcelona, we will definitely stay at Casa de Billy again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you're arriving by plane, the first stop for the Aerobus is Placa d'Espanya. From there, it's only 3 blocks to the apartment. Just remember that it's also the last stop back to the airport, so the bus gets busy for the return journey.
The apartment itself is in an apartment block on Gran Via which is a very busy street for traffic, both during the day and at night. As previous reviewers have said, the road noise is quite high. As you can't specify which room you want when booking it is worthwhile taking earplugs if you think the noise will keep you awake.
We were in the 'Standard' apartment on floor 1. The 'Superior' apartment is higher up.
Our bedroom was at the front, facing onto Gran Via. As stated during the booking process, an En Suite does not necessarily mean that your bathroom will be attached to your bedroom, though there are rooms that do have it. Ours was just across the corridor and was solely for our use. Bathrobes were supplied.
As we were there at the end of October, the AC units were not required, so I can't comment on these.
The bedroom at the rear of the apartment has it's own bathroom and has none of the traffic noise, but the bedroom door opens onto the dining room where guests eat their breakfast.
Breakfast is a simple affair, a croissant with butter and jam, tea or coffee and orange juice. This is also explained during the booking process.
You do have the free run of the kitchen though. You can take extra food in if you wish and there is a large refrigerator in the kitchen if you require it.
The whole place is kept very clean and tidy by Siri, who runs the apartment flawlessly. On our arrival he checked us in, showed us around and sat with us with a map pointing out the places to visit and the easiest ways to get there.
La Rambla is walkable in about 30 minutes, but the Metro is also a cheap and easy option. There are 2 Metro stations close by.
The apartment is far enough from the city centre to avoid the typical tourist restaurants with their below par food and increased prices. Use the free wifi in the apartment with your Tripadvisor app to search for restaurants.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa de Billy and would highly recommend it.
Hopefully this review explains things clearly, so you can make an informed decision for your booking.
The only thing stopping the 5 star rating for me is the road noise, but I guess that's something you'd have in most places when you have a front bedroom in such a busy city as Barcelona.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank PhantomFlanFlinger
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Well, here's the deal. If you're looking for minibars, a pool, fancy bed linens, huge breakfast buffets, and gleaming glass elevators, go somewhere else. But if you're looking for a cozy, friendly, clean, and quiet hotel room in a great location at a very reasonable price, this is the place to be. Casa de Billy occupies the upper floors of an older building on Gran Via, just a block from Placa Espana (where you can pick up the metro, the airport express bus, and the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus). It's within walking distance of the spectacular magic fountain light show, Placa Cataluna and La Ramblas. Breakfast is basic -- whole wheat croissants, oj, and coffee -- but delicious, served on an elegant old table in a lovely dining room. Siri, the guy in charge of day-to-day operations, is enormously accommodating and helpful. Rooms are clean and beds are comfortable. What more could you ask?

Room Tip: Be sure you know whether you're booking a room with an en suite bathroom, a separate but private...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank BobandJudyTokyo
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and found it very comfortable. We had a double room with our own bathroom, whilst not ensuite it was for our sole use. Everything was clean and the attention to detail was excellent. Breakfast was beautifully set out in the dining room each morning and we supplemented it by bringing in our own fruit and yoghurts. The only criticism we had was that our first floor room at the front of the hotel was very noisy all night as it is overlooking one of the busiest streets in Barcelona, so would bring ear plugs next time we visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the front of the hotel if you prefer quiet!
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gill T
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Stayed at casa de billy during le merce. Location was perfect, plaza espanya metro a block away, the airport express bus stops there also as well as the hop on hop off bus. Casa de billy is walking distance to plaza Cataluna, la ramblas, even the beach. We had a double ensuite on the 5th floor that looked out into the back courtyard. It was perfectly quiet, comfy bed, very clean and the a/c worked great. Lovely front terrace to enjoy with other guests, kitchen to make use of. Would return again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank WhosU
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Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic homely place to stay we were made very welcome from the minute we arrived by Joaquin and Siri , the only downfall we had was our room as it was right beside the front door and the lift which made it very noisy at night and first thing in the morning and the air con wasn't working properly.
Putting that aside the guys were very attentive and the place was immaculate and in a great location will defintely return .

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

My daughter and I stayed at Casa de Billy for most of a week. It was our home in Barcelona. the hosts were kind, warm, knowledgeable and welcoming. Our room was elegant, and our balcony overlooked the main street of Gran Via. We HIGHLY recommend this place, and hope to return again. Thank you Siri and Joaquim!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Jane K
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Additional Information about Casa de Billy Barcelona

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 420,4-1, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 308 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range: $60 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa de Billy Barcelona 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful, Luxurious Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse located on Gran Via in a Regia Style building built around 1920. Near metro Rocafort. We are on Gran Via between Plaza Espana and Plaza Catalunya in the heart/city center of Barcelona. ... more   less 
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