Perhaps it looks better form the outside, and the rooms may be a little small, but this hotel is conveniently located near amenities and public transport and is a great base from which to explore the city. Borderline rating of 3.5/ 4, but better value than similar more central hotels.
Close to several Metro stations, including one less than a minute away, and only a few short stops to Las Ramblas.
A Bakery, large supermarket, coffee shops and bars dotted down the road
Safe in room (we didn't use it. There might be a charge)
Free wifi in room (signal was strong, but this may vary with room location)
Telephone with free locals calls (I assume?)
TV with lots of (mostly) Spanish channels
Good shower with lots of hot water
Rooms a bit small. We didn't have much of a view either
Air conditioning didn't work
Room rather dirty upon arrival
A bit stingy with the soaps, but there was enough for our stay
Not all porters will smile at (or even acknowledge) you, but don't take it personally!