Wonderful stay for five nights. First trip to Barcelona. Ten months before my trip I booked Casa Dover for three nights then added one more night a couple of months later with no problem. At the last minute (had to flee Greece due to a potential air controller strike) I asked to add one more night to the front end of my ressie. Casa Dover was able to accommodate my request and keep me in the same room for my entire stay.
Manager/Host Cristian and his staff, Alexis, Elena, and Yanet were simply delightful. My visit in Barcelona would not have been complete without their hospitality. Cristian answered my never-ending questions anytime he was in the house. And, Alexis helped me with a few bits of Spanish. He was even kind enough to write down my cleaning instructions for me to take to the man at the laundromat. The ladies do not speak English but somehow we got along with our ‘make shift’ communication. A big smile goes a long way!
The location of Casa Dover was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I am so grateful I did not keep my first booking at a big hotel on Las Ramblas (that street was so not my taste in travel). The district of ‘Gracias’ is truly a local neighborhood and I enjoyed every sight and sound of it.
My room (#6) was better than I expected. I had no idea it would have floor-to-ceiling French doors that opened onto a tiny courtyard (shared with the adjacent room). Bonus!!
Rooms have individually controlled air condition units that are operated by a remote control. Fantastic!!
Continental breakfast was included plus there was space available in the refrigerator to place a few personal items. I took advantage of this when shopping at the supermarket nearby for Greek yogurt and wine; and, when I bought a few olives at Boquiera to enjoy with my evening wine.
Iron with mini board and a powerful hairdryer were available for personal use simply by inquiring.
Café Adonis while not affiliated with Casa Dover is located in the same building on the street level, and the two businesses have a referral-type relationship. This restaurant/bar offered me a welcome respite between walking/sightseeing and the late-night dinner hour.
I don’t recall any!! Unusual for me as I typically find something that is a negative. Not intentionally, mind you, just reality. *smile* If there was one slight drawback, it would be that there is no shelf inside the shower on which to rest your shampoo, bar soap, razor, etc. Did it hamper my stay? Nope. However, had I known this, I would have brought along a hanging mesh over-the-shower head bag for such items.
I would stay again without hesitation and will refer my friends.
Please feel free to present me with any question regarding this property. Obviously, I do not have all the answers but I will respond to any/all inquiries. I cannot wait for my return visit to Barcelona and to Casa Dover. Planning on 2014!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the charming neighbourhood of Gracia, in Barcelona, Barna House B&B provides tranquil and attractive accommodation, just 5 minutes walk from the Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi monuments. The smart, modernist facade of the Barna House B&B building contrasts with the modern interior design. The rooms here are spacious and perfect for a weekend getaway, or a business trip; the city centre is a 10 minutes away by metro or bus. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower, hypoallergenic soap and a hairdryer. Guests have access to a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, oven and kettle. Tea and coffee are free. A living room with a TV are at guest's disposal. Boasting a daily cleaning service, this accommodation is ideal for those who want to explore the nightlife on offer in Barcelona. This property offers continental breakfast buffet. Equipped with Wi-Fi internet access, keep up to date with your emails while on holiday at Barna House B&B. Gracia is a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, art and museums. This is our guests' favourite part of Barcelona, according to independent reviews. We speak your language! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Dover Hotel Barcelona
- Barna House B&B Barcelona, Catalonia