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“Oasis in the heart of Barcelona”

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ANBA Bed&Breakfast Deluxe
Ranked #3 of 305 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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“Oasis in the heart of Barcelona”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Room 5 is very central and therefore very loud at times, although the painted ceiling makes up for i...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Centrally located but still quiet, classy rooms and amenities, lovely shared patio. The only complaint is that the breakfast is an additional charge – this shouldn't be the case for a Bed & Breakfast! But otherwise a great stay with high-quality service.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Cute boutique hotel. We arrived quite late and even though the reception was usually closed, they had someone waiting for us. Lovely bathroom, the only strange thing was that the bathroom didn't have a door. Luckily I was travelling with a good friend. It's called a bed and breakfast although breakfast is an extra cost, I would think this is better than a bed and breakfast and small boutique hotel! We never actually ate at the place either. I would definetely stay there again. Location is quite good also as it's right next to a metro and near plaza cataluna?

They also provide Yves Rocher toiletries. There is a gorgeous outdoor area and there is free nespresso coffee! I would definetely recommend and stay at this place again.

The staff are extremly helpful and very accomodating. Ana and Florencia were always very helpful and prompt with any email queries.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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miami
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

We booked this place after reading the reviews in TA . The communication via email was fast and very corteous. Upon our arrival to Barcelona and taking the Aerobus to Plaza Catalunya, a short 7 minutes walk east of the plaza was really good after been cramped in an airplane for 9 hours. Upon arrival, muy wife freaked out . We had to ring the bell to be buzzed in. The bell was next to a two star rating next to the B7B name, and further at the not very appealing look of the ground level lobby of the building where ANBA occupies the second floor.Once we took the elevator and got inside, it was a paradise. The decor, the layout, the attentive personnel, was all amazing. We got into our room, which had a little charming balcony overlooking the street. The beds were comfortable, clean. The room spacious. The bathroom very clean and appointed. We had a bottle of Cava on our first night as a compliment, and chocolates on our beds. The service is a 10+......The only amazing thing was how this place has a two star attached to their door. Very conveniently located just at the door of a metro station, that actually at night you could only hear a very sporadic sound like distant thunders (which I liked)...we did not try the breakfast, which is not included in the price, but it looked fantastic...........free expresso coffee is a great touch..........free internet.......I wouln't go absolutely anywhere else if I come back to Barcelona.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Good value for money, really cozy place with super service and nice and appreciated atmosphere. They delivered that extra touch to your stay that lifts the experience to the next level. Impressed by their service overall, very forthcoming and service minded.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

I have been meaning to write this review since my boyfriend and I returned from 3 nights in Barcelona at the end of May. I found ANBA through this site and am happy to say that all positive comments are justified. The booking process could not have been simpler, and my emails were replied to quickly and politely.

Take the aerobus into the city - it's cheap and convenient. Although we had directions, we did struggle to find the right building, but there's a metro stop right outside it which you can't miss. And of course the famous bakery which is indeed the place to breakfast in unadulterated glory. Try the chocolate focaccia - melting and delicious.

Our room (No.3) was pleasant - light, airy and modern with a high ceiling. The shower is one of those Raindance types and was better than the one I have at home. We had a balcony that looked over the road (we didn't find it too loud) and a huge bed, which we found suitably comfortable. The room had a flat screen TV, AC, writing desk, wardrobe - everything you would expect to find in a high-starred hotel.

The building itself has an old-world charm about it. The lift rather scared us the first day and we used the stairs afterwards, as ANBA is on the first floor. Although we didn't eat breakfast in the dining room, the spread looked delicious. All the common areas were clean and well-presented with lots of info on the city in the 'library' corner, and plenty of places to sit if you feel like mingling with other guests. The free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day in the breakfast area were welcome too.

Urquinaona station is pretty central and from there it's easy to jump on the right train to see the sights. We were exceedingly impressed with Barcelona's Metro. Both trains and stations were kept clean. A note to any who want to see Montserrat - don't take a tour, just jump on one of the hourly trains at Plaça Espanya, heading for Manresa (Line R5).

I would love to return to Barcelona in the future- it's a beautiful city whose secrets we barely touched in our 2 and a half days. I would not hesitate to stay in ANBA again, as I much prefer b&bs to hotels. If you're looking for something unusual, classy, comfortable and modern, this is the place to be.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2012

Stayed for 4 nights in the Suite room, It was amazing with the biggest bath ever. The room was superb and all the staff could not be more helpfull, from phoning to book right through to check out. I will echo what others have said about the bakery downstairs, great place to have a very good and not expensive breakfast. Definatley recommend Anba to anyone visiting Barcelona. The Air conditioning in the room was bliss!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: ANBA Bed&Breakfast Deluxe
Address: Ronda de Sant Pere 27 ppal 4a, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 305 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ANBA Bed&Breakfast Deluxe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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