My husband and I spent six nights at El Balcon del Born in mid-October and had a lovely stay. Our arrival was a bit challenging…no reflection on the B&B…my phone had been stolen in Portugal and the information/photos provided by Roberto that were designed to help us with directions, etc. were no longer available. Those directions would have been very helpful, so be sure to bring them with you if your plans include El Balcon del Born. We asked some shop-keepers in the area for assistance and they pointed the way to the right door. We were met by Anna and Pablo and a nice cold glass of water. That evening, Pablo provided a map of Barcelona with suggestions on things to do and places to eat. All of the staff provided on-going information and recommendations throughout our stay. We never had the sense that we were bothering them or taking up too much of their time when we asked for clarification. When we encountered difficulty obtaining tickets for the Sagrada Familia, Anna accompanied us to the local bank that normally provided these tickets.
Our room was #1, and we found it spacious, comfortable, and clean. Loved the balcony, especially when we returned to the B&B after a busy afternoon of sightseeing. Sitting out there with a cold drink and watching all of the activity on the street was great. I had some reservations about the lack of a private bath, but this wasn't an issue during our stay. Not once in our six day stay did I have to wait for the bathroom.
Breakfasts were very good. Food was plentiful. We particularly enjoyed the freshly squeezed juices and croissants. Access to the kitchen was a plus as was the availability of bottled water, beer, tea, and coffee. Some mornings we ate on the balcony at a table for two, but during most of our stay we shared the larger table and had fun chatting with folks from Wisconsin, Holland, Quebec, France, England, etc.
The location of El Balcon del Born is perfect as we were within walking distance of almost everything we wanted to see. The daily rate was reasonable; we felt we received great value for the cost.
Other reviewers commented on the noise from the street. We found that this wasn't a problem as we closed our balcony door to sleep and this muffled any noise that might have bothered us. There was a fan in our room, but we never needed it.
Overall, our stay was a very pleasant one in a bustling corner of Barcelona, a city that deserves a longer stay than we could manage. The welcome extended by our hosts, Anna, Pablo, and Roberto made the experience special. If we return to Barcelona, we'll definitely stay at El Balcon del Born.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EL BALCÓN DEL BORN BARCELONAis a guest house just in the centre of Barcelona, in Born, a district with distinctive cafés,bars, restaurants… where many artist live. It's a 5 minutes walk to The Cathedral del Mar or the Picasso Museum, and 10 minutesto Las Ramblas or the Barceloneta beaches. We have a house with 5 bedrooms. One has its own bathroom (suite) and the othersshare one bathroom every two rooms. All the rooms including the dining room have an exterior balcony, and therefore plentyof light.Rates per night for one or two people:Room 1 (El Palau): Our biggest room, with 20 square meters. The room has a kingsize bed or two twin beds and an exterior balcony facing the pedestrian street ReraPalau. 95 €Room 2 (Els Encants): An ample room with its own bathroom (suite) and anexterior balcony facing the street Rera Palau. 100 €Room 3 (La Ribera): Spacious room with a king size bed or two twin beds. Exteriorbalcony to the square El Tripó. 90 €Room 4 (El Racó): Our smallest and coziest room, with a double bed and a balconywith a double view, one side facing the square Plaça de les Olles and the other sidefacing the street Rera Palau. 80 €Room 5 (Les Olles): Spacious room with a king size bed or two twin beds and anexterior balcony facing the square Plaça de les Olles. 90 €The prices include continental breakfast, towels, bathrobes, hairdryer, wifi andhouskeeping. Optional service (extra cost): LaundryOnce you arrive, please pay for your whole stay with us in cash. We do not accept creditcards.You will have your own keys, so a 20 € guarantee deposit is required. You will get itback when you return the keys.Check-in : 3 pmCheck-out: 12 amHow to get there:El Balcón del Born is located almost right in front of the train station Estació deFrança. FROM THE BARCELONA AIRPORT, TERMINAL 2:· By train (the cheapest way to get there): Take the train (Renfe) at the airport andstop at Passeig de Gràcia. Once you get there, take the train that goes to Estacióde França on the very same platform. Get out of the station and cross the avenue;four blocks down you will find the street Carrer Rera Palau.· By bus: Take the Aerobús and get off at Plaza Catalunya (30 minutes). Fromthere, it’s a 5 to 10 minutes taxi ride, depending on the traffic.· By taxi: It’s a 25 minutes taxi ride from the airport. FROM THE BARCELONA AIRPORT, TERMINAL 1:Take the bus that connects with Terminal 2 to get the train that will take youdowntown, take the Aerobús that will take you to Plaza Catalunya, or just take ataxi.! IF YOU COME BY CAR:There is a car park next to the Guest House (Plaça Comercial) that charges 23,15euros per 24 hours (the price is subject to changes in the policy of the car parkcompany). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Balcon Del Born Hotel Barcelona
- El Balcon Del Born Barcelona, Catalonia