My husband and I recently stayed at Anba for a week-long holiday in Barcelona. The holiday itself was fantastic (and I will now strongly recommend Barcelona as a vacation destination to everyone), and our stay at Anba was mostly positive – there are just a few things stopping me from giving it an "excellent" rating.
We had no trouble finding Anba thanks to a detailed email we were sent before departing for BCN. However, no one answered the door when we arrived, despite arriving in the afternoon when we said we would. The concierge wasn’t at his desk either, so we hung about outside for 10 minutes debating about trying to ring the main desk. Phone problems put a stop to that, and thankfully someone turned up and let us in. Once inside Anba, things went more smoothly and we were offered drinks and snacks. In addition, there are many good things to say about Anba:
+ Location: about a 10 minute walk from the Plaza de Catalunya and Las Ramblas, so you’re close to the centre without dealing with the noise and crowds.
+ Internet: most hotels I’ve been to this year advertise free, high-speed wifi, but I find the connection is glacial or constantly dropped. The wifi at Anba was perfect. This was great because I could post photos for family and friends, and not have to play email catch up when I got home.
+ Bathroom: the rain-style shower was fantastic and a real pleasure after walking around all day and dealing with the heat. However, I was not a fan of the frosted glass bathroom door. This was the second hotel I’ve been to this year that had one, and while I understand that designers think it’s chic, bathroom doors should be solid!
+ Amenities: dressing gowns and slippers are always a nice touch, and the tea/coffee making facilities, lemonade, and snacks provided in the lounge in the afternoon were excellent.
However, earplugs were necessary. There was some street noise but, depending upon the location of the room, noise from other guests could be very loud: people taking showers, walking in the hall, talking … the buzzer letting guests into the hotel was especially annoying. We had Room 5, which opened onto the public lounge and was directly across from the front door, which contributed to the amount of noise experienced.
Although serviceable for the week, the room itself was on the small side, and only one side of the bed had a bedside table and decent lamp. We had some problems with the air conditioning the first day or so, and the staff brought us a complimentary bottle of cava to make up for the problems. (Despite the problem when we arrived, all of the staff were excellent). One thing that took us a few days to sort out was the lights: the lights require the keycard to work and automatically turn on once the keycard is inserted, and don’t turn off unless the card is removed. However, we weren’t shown that there was a separate button for turning off the lights at night so you didn’t have to feel your way carefully to the bed after removing the card. A final issue was experienced the last night: the blackout drapes disappeared from the room, and we were told they were in the laundry and wouldn’t be back until the next day – which sort of defeated the purpose of using them to block street lights at night. As a result we had to sort out the shutters. All that being said, Room 5 had a lovely painted ceiling which made the stay quite special.
As others have noted, the “breakfast” part of the bed and breakfast is actually a separate charge if you want to eat in the morning. At 14 euros per person, it’s rather expensive so we either skipped breakfast entirely or ate at local cafes (typically for 10 euros or less for both of us). We only ate once at Buenas Migas (bakery downstairs), but it was very tasty and definitely worth considering as a breakfast location. Overall, whether you decide to stay at Anba or elsewhere, you will not regret a trip to Barcelona!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anba Bed & Breakfast Deluxe is located in a charming nineteenth century building, in the heart of Barcelona.It offers elegant rooms with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a private balcony. Some of them feature original hand-painted ceilings dating SXIX.Egyptian cotton sheets, laptop safe, minibar and flat-screen satellite TV. The bathroom features bathrobes, toiletries and a rain shower.ANBA serves a delicious breakfast, which includes fresh juices, homemade and seasonal local produce top quality. There is also bar service and free tea and coffee at any time. The property has a garden terrace with relaxing atmosphere to enjoy at any time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anba Bed And Breakfast Deluxe
- Anba Bed&Breakfast Deluxe Hotel Barcelona
- ANBA Bed&Breakfast Deluxe Barcelona, Catalonia