I write this at 4.30 in the morning local time, which probably says something in itself. I can clearly hear a conversation in Spanish from the lobby and I am on the 1st floor. Correct, I was woken up and I am not a light sleeper.
Firstly the positives
The staff are friendly and have gone out of their way to accommodate a change in booking. Their standard of English is fine. The rooms are clean although old and tired. The breakfast although basic cold 'continental' is adequate – just adequate and nothing more.
This must be the noisiest hotel I have ever stayed in. You can hear every activity at all times. For a hotel without a restaurant and no reasons to move anything around in the early mornings I just wonder what they are up to. Yes you read this correctly the hotel has no restaurant although the profile says it does.
Everything clatters and I can hear most of the activities taking place in the adjacent rooms. I really cannot believe how every noise from the reception, to the lifts and stairs carries and my room is down a rather dark corridor not on the main one.
They only serve cold breakfast so you have to eat out. However, a good local eatery was recommended and I am sure they know many more.
Although close to a metro line it is a bit off the beaten track (you have to change to get to Espanya, which they failed to tell me here on the first day) and because it is small non of the cab drivers knew where it is. Still they got me there by satnav and the spanish equivalent of the A-Z eventually.
My colleague booked because this for me and she believed it had Internet, there was non which is rather ironic because I am at Mobile World Congress in a city which is suddenly claiming to be Mobile Wireless Capital of the world.
So in conclusion
Friendly, adequate for a short stay but noisy and missing today's basics.
Rubbish for modern business.
Ps the car that turned up and woke me up has now gone and the noise in reception has gone with it.
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