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“Great central Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel California

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Hotel California
Ranked #208 of 521 Hotels in Barcelona
Skipton, United Kingdom
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“Great central Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

The hotel was clean and comfotable with very helpful reception staff who spoke very good english. The continental buffet breakfast was included in the price and was a good way to start the day. The location is great for bars and restaurants and close to metro station on the La Rambla. We stayed 3 nights including Friday and Saturday which are quiet noisey but as we had brought ear plugs was not a problem. A good way to see the sights is to go on the Bus Touristic open top bus ( discount tickets can be bought at the reception desk ) which you can get on and off all day.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

This hotel is classed as a 2* but is much better than this rating. All the reception staff were pleasant and very helpful. Rooms are quite small but adequate. Free Continental breakfast is enough to start the day with.
It is situated right in the middle of the Gotic quarter, 2 minutes from La Rambla and 5 minutes from the harbour.
Only downside to this hotel is the noise (and the reason i have only given it 4) as you are right in the midst of the bars etc... the noise goes on till 4-5am so if you are going for a peaceful break then this isn't or you.
Also getting to & from the airport - use the Aerobus from outside airport. It is 10€ return to centre of barcelona then a 10 minute walk down La Rambla

Room Tip: Ask for a high room it may not be as noisy
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Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights. The hotel California is clean, modern and in an ideal location to explore the marvels of what the City has to offer. The staff are warm, friendly and very helpful. There was a maid service every day where we were brought fresh towels and clean linen. The hotel provides a Continental breakfast, so those after a Full English will be disappointed, although personally I loved the healthier option.

The only downside was there was a bit of noise from outside the hotel late at night; however this is to be expected being so close to the City centre and the TV in the room has no English speaking channels apart from The Disney Channel. That being said, I would still recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed at the California for the second time in November 2012. Once again we had a fantastic time. The hotel is situated in the gothic quarter a stones through from Las Ramblas it's also close to a couple of tube lines so ideal if you want to venture a bit further afield. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Yes it can get a bit noisy at night but its a small price to pay for the location. Take ear plugs or do what we did and party with them!!!! The staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is included and is very basic but an adequate continental breakfast. We look forward to our next stay here as you can't get any better in Barcelona for the price.

Room Tip: Higher rooms are quieter.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ventura, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

Sleek,and hidden on a quiet walkway with no cars allowed, this four story place has all you need with an awesome location. The front desk was efficient, and spoke English. We had opted for the cheapest room which was basic and small, but the bathroom is a decent size with good lighting and a tub/shower. Awoken a couple of times by people in the alley, but for a city that doesn’t sleep, it was a good quiet choice. We enjoyed a decent breakfast at the hotel’s breakfast room downstairs, then walked away from Las Ramblas to a taxi stop at the city hall square, which the front desk had assured us was the best place to catch a taxi at 8 am. It worked. I will stay here my next visit to this fascinating city.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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london
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

dont worry if you cant find this place on your street map, it is a TINY street right in the centre. only a short walk from the taxi to the front door. Hotel Barcelona is modern and nicely decorated and with a helpful reception team, its just what you need for a City visit.

I walked along las ramblas and saw everything i wanted to , the cathedral, sagrada familia and heaps of great architecture on every turn. and still had energy to happily walk back to the hotel.

i didnt get up in time for the breakfast but with so many cafes on the road, it wasnt hard to find a delicious coffee closeby.
Barcelona is hot on nightlife - we left a club at 4am to see queues waiting to get in!!! so take ear plugs and grab a siesta late afternoon, it will really help!

Room Tip: you're so close to the street it can be a little noisy so take ear plugs - or just go out and en...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Cairo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

I have stayed in Hotel California for 4 nights in November 2012. The hotel is very good value for money. Location is optimal. Only 1-2 minutes to Le Rambles. It is inside the street that have both McDonald's and KFC. You can not miss it. From the airport, you have two options. First, take the Aeorbus from the airport to the City Centre at Placa Catalonya. From there, just walk across Le Ramblas for 7 minutes and you will be there. Second, take the train to Passeig De Garcia station, then from that take the metro (L3 Green Line) till Liceu station in Le Rambles. It is just then 3 minutes to the hotel. Hotel is in a narrow street in a busy area full of bars. Rooms are good and clean. Bathroom is very good. The room does not have mini bar or safe box. You can ask the hotel tp put your valuable things ina private safe. Hotel staff are very helpful. Hotel is safe and reception is there 24x7. They do not allow anyone to enter except hotel guests. Breakfast is very ordinary and nothing special. Some croissont along with some cold cuts, tea, and juice. I only took breakfast the first day and I skipped the others.

Room Tip: If you do not like noise, ask for rooms that are not facing the street. If the noise is not a proble...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel California
Address: c/Rauric 14, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#163 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#181 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel California is an urban hotel in the main centre of Barcelona. It's ​​recently refurbished and modernised and located in the historic, cultural and commercial heart of Barcelona. Only 1 minute's walk from the famous Ramblas and very close to the main tourist attractions of the city (the Gothic Quarter, La Pedrera, famous theatres and museums, cinemas, restaurants, shopping, the Port, etcetera). It is mainly characterised by an excellent customer and cleaning service that makes guests feel at home and experience a nice and comfortable stay in Barcelona. The hotel also offers you free services: WIFI (throughout the hotel), continental breakfast, hotel safe, room service and reception 24 hours and amenities. Its rooms have air conditioning / heating, LCD TV, international TV channels, telephone, desk, soundproofed windows and have private own bathroom with hairdryer, towels and everyday amenities. Its staff will help you in everything you need. All to experience an excellent value in the centre of Barcelona. Come and stay! ... more   less 
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