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Pension 45
Ranked #266 of 325 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Fresno, California
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188 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“I should have listened to the reviews”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2010

We stayed at Pension 45 for 3 nights of our 5 nights in Barcelona. We had read that there was noise, but thought it couldn be that bad. <it Was! The <pension is at a convergence of 3 streets that echo, and funnel the noise right into the hotel. <one lady we heard screaming- we went to check her out, and she was on a cell phone talking in a normal voice, when up close. We knew then it was accoustics rather than an specific defect. but it truly was unbearable. the Staff was very kind and moved us to an interior room, but it was still too noisy. <i rated the hotel low on value, only because as cheap as it was, the quality of sleep from the noise was so poor. The staff, as <i said, were very kind and very accomodating.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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ESMAGUI, Propietario at Pension 45, responded to this review, August 17, 2010
Thank you for all these interesting comments.
Pension 45 is situated in one of the best places within Barcelona. We are next to some of the most emblematic places of the city such as Las Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya, the Cathedral, ...and ofcourse, these places are full of people engoying the city.
For all these reasons and because we have read all reviews wich refer to this subject, this summer 2010 we have installed new metalwork windows in the great majority of our rooms with double glazing, cancelling any kind of the street noise. This reform will improve your sleeping time.
Once again we thank your comments and we are so sorry about all those things you don't like or disgust you, that's why we are trying our best to improve our establishment.

Thank you so much for comming.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2010

My friends and I booked this room because it was cheaper than hostels in Barcelona, being the New Year and everything. Normally I think hostels are MUCH cheaper, but for the 30th, 31st of December, this was the best deal we could find.

Seriously: STAY IN A HOSTEL!

Pension 45 was terrible. Dirty, creepy, in a bad neighborhod. Ok, the location was great, close to Las Ramblas...But at night when we peeked out the window there was always a bunch of drug dealers standing RIGHT outside the hotel. We were afraid to come back to the hotel too late because we knew there would always be this group of sketchy men outside the door!

The hotel is really dingy inside-- very yellowed and old and creepy feeling, with these WEIRD portraits on the walls. The staff was not particularly friendly. I asked for an extra blanket and the man rolled his eyes at me.

The room was small, SEEMED clean enough, but smelt like old, moldy towels.

Didn't feel safe or secure.

Plus, the cleaning lady yelled at us every day, calling us names and cursing at us in Spanish.

Don't stay here! Stay at a nice, clean, cheerful hostel!!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank marychow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2008

If you want a night's sleep in this hotel, make sure to get blind drunk. Otherwise, either the noise in the street will keep you awake, or the owner's dog, barking all night in reception, will do the trick.

Don't complain to the proprietor about his dog though, unless you can converse in fluent Spanish. He won't speak a word of English to you, and even the normal courtesies are not high on his agenda. He demanded a euro from me for calling a taxi, which I know is not a lot, but indicates the contempt this establishment has for its customers.

If you want a shower, buy your own towel. The handkerchief-sized specimens supplied wouldn't dry a small mouse. Oh, and watch out for the shower head. It's inclined to fall off the wall without warning.

Never was the expression "dirt cheap" more appropriate.

Can I think of any positive points?

Yes. You can always check out of this hotel and go somewhere decent.

  • Liked — Checking out
  • Disliked — Owner's dog barking all night.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank BockTheRobber
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New York
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2008

Excellent location! BUT... my nephew stayed in a room infested with cockroaches. They were everywhere... on the floor, on the walls, and even in the closet. The room I stayed in was very very noisy. The balcony doors did not close all the way so you could hear the crowded street right below. The walls were so thin that we could here everything from the reception area to the people in the rooms nearby. The third room we reserved was the best room because it was on the other side of the building and not that many people were in the rooms on that side. This also happened to be the room without the bathroom. Without a doubt, the only reason that people stay at this hostel is because of it's location.

Stayed March 2008
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ESMAGUI, Propietaria at Pension 45, responded to this review, January 19, 2010
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Primeramente, la razon por la que no respondimos antes a esta critica es porque no estabamos registrados como propietarios en TripAdvisor.
Ahora que estamos inscritos y que tenemos la posibilidad de aclarar algunas situaciones, simplemente queremos explicar que el año 2008, que es cuando estas personas supuestamente estuvieron en nuestra Pension (Marzo, 2008) se realizaron obras importantes en la fachada principal del edificio donde se encuentra la Pension. Este edificio es muy antiguo y ha sido declarado Patrimonio Cultural de la ciudad y por lo tanto no es posible cambiar la estructura y solo se permite hacer obras conservando el diseño original
Es posible que debido a las obras que se estaban realizando en la parte exterior del edificio hubiera ocasionado la aparicion de algun insecto. De todas maneras una empresa especializada en control de insectos realiza periodicamente una revision de toda la Pension como medida de prevencion.
Cuando sucede algun imprevisto, por lo general tratamos de solucionarlo causando las menores molestias a nuestros huespedes y con toda certeza que en esta ocasion tambien se actuo de la misma manera.
Efectivamente, la Pension 45 tiene una ubicacion privilegiada en pleno centro de la ciudad y con precios economicos que estan al alcance de todos.
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Portugal
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2008

We stayed here for 3 nights,besides the bad reviews we read about this hostel, there was nowhere else to book so cheaper, near the city center and with a private bathroom.

Positive aspects: great location(2 minutes from Plaza de Catalunia), price, very quiet (the street is traffic free), the room was clean and the towels changed every day.

Negative aspects: the staff is not very friendly and the rooms are only to sleep, there's no tv ou telephone.

So, if you want to enjoy the hotel you should probably find somewhere else, but if you only want a nice bed to sleep, in the city center and noise free, this is a good option.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No breakfast
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Krisita
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2008

Me and my girlfriend recently stayed here for 3 nights. We selected the property based on the price and great location and were aware of some of the poor reviews that others had given it here on "trip advisor".

Our room was clean and functional, but was small and devoid of any charm. (Sorry about the poor picture of the room, but you get the idea!) The staff were friendly enough and available 24/7.

The location really is great, though if you are not going to Barcelona for the partying then it is quite loud throughout the night. The nearest Metro stop was Placa de Catalunya, only 4 minutes walk away.

Ultimately, I could only really recommend this place if you are on a really tight budget, or if you are perhaps traveling across Europe and need a cheap place to stay.

It comes down to this; great location and really cheap, but not really somewhere to stay if you plan to stay in for any sort of extended period of time.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Small, charmless room.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank RMC2008
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northeast scotland
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2007

Yes, Pension 45 is cheap, but you get what you pay for!
The rooms are tiny, with poor lighting/ furnishing and the odd cockroach! The noise levels are dreadful...building site at the back and noisy revellers at the front!
I can't think of a single redeeming feature. I stayed there based on recommendation...a big mistake!

  • Stayed October 2007
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank tomster_7
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Property: Pension 45
Address: C. Tallers, 45 | El Raval, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #266 of 325 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Pension 45 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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