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Live & Dream
Ranked #61 of 325 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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74 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Okay, but you can find a better location for the same price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Good:
- Close (5min walk) to Plaça de Sants metro station, where you can hop into 2 different lines of the underground that take you to the major points of the city.
- Basic yet clean and comfortable rooms
- Reasonable price (70€/night on a room with a king-size bed)
- Free wifi, but you can only use it on one device
- Nearby supermarkets and coffee shops if you don't want to go for the 7€ breakfast
- Terrace you can use until 11 or 12pm
- Hair dryers available at the reception

Bad:
- Room was quite small, hard to manage space if you have 2 big suitcases
- Curtains didn't block the light so there was hard to sleep from 9am onwards
- A bit too far away from the major sights, which is partially compensated by the fact that there is a metro station very close by

Tip: If you're looking for a hostel, take a look at the recently-opened Generator Hostel, which is modern, offers many services (free walking tours, for example) and is cheaper.

Room Tip: If you can't sleep with the light, brink a mask for your eyes!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank inesruvina
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liveanddream, Propietario at Live & Dream, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Dear Inesruvina,
Thanks for book with us and stay in our B&B during your stay in Barcelona.
We would like to explain that you can use Free Wifi on as many devices you want. At front desk we give as much passwords as you need to connect internet for free.
In our Bed & Breaksfast we have rooms of different sizes, if we had known that you needed a bigger one we had moved you to another room. We apologise for that.
About our location, we are next to the main station of Barcelona, and in also in a touristic area: 10 minuts walking to Plaça Espanya National Museum and Magic Fountains. In our area you can also visit the famous Poble Espanyol, Joan Miró Museum and Montjuïc Castle.
Sants Station is 8 minutes' walk away and from here you can get the highspeed AVE Train or the train to the airport. Located 200 metres away, Plaça de Sants Metro Station offers direct access to the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and the Ramblas.
Thanks for giving us your opinion. We really appreciate it.
Kind regards.
Live & Dream Staff.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

...I would have given it 4 stars.

It's clean and functional, well run by friendly people. The location is great for the nearest metro and train stations.

The down side was a lack of facilities you would expect in a hotel - ie, a safe, drawers, a kettle, etc. It's a small basic room with a bathroom - which is more like a private hostel room in my experience.

Noise was a bit of an issue. You can hear a lot of loud scraping when beds or chairs in other rooms are moved for cleaning, or just moved at all. If your neighbour is an early riser and you've had a late night, this was a bit annoying. We asked to change to a top floor room to help with this. The manager was very helpful and arranged this quickly.

This is a well run, well situated and well priced place to stay. But if you like the odd creature comfort, you may want to check out the individual room facilities and sizes before you commit to a booking.

Room Tip: Top floor is better as noise from above was an issue. Specify if you'd like a double bed. We...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Hannah G
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liveanddream, Propietario at Live & Dream, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Dear Hannah G,
First of all, thanks for placing your trust in us and stay in our Bed & Breakfast during your holidays in Barcelona. We really appreciate your review, thanks for giving it us.!
We would like to explain that Live & Dream it’s not a Hotel, it’s a Bed & Breakfast or Guest house. In Tripadvisor we are classified in “BARCELONA B&B AND INNS” category, not in Hotels category. Or for example in Booking.com they described us as a Guest House. For this reason we do not offer hotel facilities.
However, in Live & Dream you can get everything you need during your holidays in Barcelona: new and clean rooms, all of them with private bathroom, with shampoo and body soap, hairdryer, air conditioning, central heating, satellite TV, practical wardrobe and free Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

Live & Dream was built and opened last 2010, so everything it’s quite new!
Thanks again Hannah for staying in our B&B. We hope you had a good time in our city and guest house.
Kind regards,
Live & drem Staff.
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Moscow
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

I liked:
Everything! Very nice small hotel almost in the centre of Barcelona, within one metro stop from the Sants railway station. White foyer, bright- green corridor, cosy rooms - each about one of the Barcelona places of interest. Ours was called 'Parc Guell'. The window looks out on the quiet yard. We arrived late, something after midnight. The stuff was waiting and opened at once. Buffet breakfast gotta be booked in the evening before, it's quite rich - with hamon, eggs, pastries and coffee. Breakfast is between 8 and 10 am. On our last day we were leaving before 7 and asked, if we could have a coffee in the morning. With readily 'sure' from the stuff the full breakfast was there by 6:45 am! To whom concerns smoking is available in the street near the hotel.

I didn't like:
The two of us had only one key-card, which is not really convenient, because we sometimes separated in the city and didn't come back together. Once I had to call and explain the stuff, that I had not lost my card, but had given it to my husband, who was upstairs. The next day he had to wait for me in the street to let me in. Another minor problem is wet floor in the bathroom. But we both love to have shower often, probably that's why the floor had no time to dry up. No safe-box is the room. The staff says a laptop can be left in the room, it IS safe, but I didn't.

Room Tip: The rooms are called after Barcelona's places of interest. For example, our room was called '...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ekaterina T
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Bristol, UK
Level Contributor
69 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

We booked into all our accommodation before leaving England.
After three days in Madrid, at the excellent Mediodia hotel, (opposite Atocha train station and almost next door to the Museo del Prado, Royal Botanical garden and other local museums.
There we had a good double room with a wardrobe, a safe and breakfast in lauded, in the hotel's cafeteria/restaurant.

So, when we came back via Barcelona and booked into the Live and Dream, near the Plaça de Sants, we had expected, if not the same standards, at least something comparable, given that we paid more or less the same price as the Mediodia, but we were bitterly disappointed...

The place is basically a hostel: tiny, basic rooms, with nowhere to store clothes, bags or valuables, a minuscule bathroom and not even a kettle to make ourselves a cup of tea.
Breakfast is € 6.90 and for that we found that can do a lot better in the bars and cafeterias nearby.

I have no problem with staying in Hostels, we stayed at Ooops! in Paris, the night before catching the overnight train to Madrid, but the price should reflect the difference between the two.

The description of Live and Dream as a. Hotel is misleading and I wish they would change it.

Having said that, the staff are mostly very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank GeaVox
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liveanddream, Gerente at Live & Dream, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Dear GeaVox,

First of all, thanks for placing your trust in us and stay in our Bed & Breakfast during your holidays in Barcelona. We really appreciate your review, thanks for giving it us.
We would like to explain that Live & Dream it’s not a Hotel, it’s a Bed & Breakfast or Guest house. In Tripadvisor we are classified in “BARCELONA B&B AND INNS” category, not in Hotels category. Or for example in Booking.com they described us as a Guest House. For this reason we do not offer hotel facilities.
However, in Live & Dream you can get everything you need during your holidays in Barcelona: new rooms, all of them with private bathroom, with shampoo and body soap, hairdryer, air conditioning, central heating, satellite TV, practical wardrobe and free Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

If we are not wrong the price of your room was 60 euros per night/room with VAT and wifi included in the price, which it's a good value for money in Barcelona during hight season. Madrid it's another city so maybe the prices works in a different way, we do not know.

Live & Dream was built and opened last 2010, so everything it’s quite new!
Thanks again for giving us your opininon, we will consider everythin you explain in it to improve our services and confort.
Kind regards,
Live & drem Staff.
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Everything was good except for the bathroom which was pretty small.. It was clean with a modern touch.. Our room was bright, well lit, only our huge luggages kept our space pretty confined, so for travellers with large luggages, not really optimistic.. The B&B is very close to the Barcelona Sants and there are many nearby cafes for morning breakfasts.. Great service from the reception as well..

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Danny L
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Belgrade, Serbia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 6 nights and were completely satisfied. The hotel is quite new and rather small (15 rooms or so in total). Rooms are small and the only things that might be missing is a bigger closet and a safe deposit box. It is clean and cleaned on a daily basis. You get a magnet card key which opens both the hotel front entrance door and the door to your room. It would take you just under an hour to reach La Rambla on foot on an easy pace. However, the nearest metro station is a 3 minutes walk away and then you have no problems getting anywhere quickly. This is not a five-star hotel so don't expect anything classy but is really nice and a great deal for the amount of money paid.

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Krakow, Poland
Level Contributor
25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

One of the best budget hotels I know in Barcelona. For a reasonable price you have small but clean and modern equipped room in perfect location. Very close to the Sants railway station and train to La Prat. distance to station is approximately ten minutes walk. Hotel is 24 hours open which is all right if you have late or early morning flight. Neighborhood maybe is no perfect but in the morning you can easy get tasteful coffee with croissant. Really good place to stay in Barcelona.

Room Tip: We had 3 floor close to lift but was very quite so probably all rooms are all right.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank kubap1
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Property: Live & Dream
Address: c/Rossend Arus 23, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #61 of 325 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Live & Dream 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Live & Dream BarcelonaIf you're travelling to Barcelona for either work or pleasure, and you're looking for somewhere restful, modern, stylish and comfortable, that's big on service but not on price, look no further.Live & Dream is a bijou place with a quiet atmosphere, carefully decorated, and equipped with everything to make you feel at home. Let us help make your stay in Barcelona a unique and unforgettable one. ... more   less 
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