Let's start by the location- excellent. just between the Gotic and the Born (note to self- next time explore the Born, only had an hour there but beautiful and tres chic). it's on the main street and every night we would go explore the Gotic streets. It's located just behind the main post office- there were always policemen around. very safe.
Big plus-As you can deduce from the title- we were 3 persons in a room, and unlike other hotels that put an extra lousy bad with a thin mattress, there's a sofa with an actual thick and good mattress in the room. I'm 5'9 (1.75m) with some back problems, and had no problems at all. The room itself is indeed very dark but if you're a couple, there are better lit rooms. Anyway- no biggi. Also you can sometimes feel the metro passing underneath the hotel, but really not a problem.
The staff- some are very nice and helpful, some less so.
The bathroom is very nice but the shampoo and stuff are of a very low quality- for women (or men) with long hair- better bring your own.
The breakfast- very disappointing! I'm not a fussy eater but seriously unless you like all kinds of cold meats or sausages for your breakfast... There were some cereals + yogurt, hard boiled eggs and white bread (also some really not nice-looking muffins), one kind of yellow Swiss cheese, no vegetables at all and the fruits have seen better days. Don't let the lousy breakfast stop you- all around the hotel there are fruit shops, markets etc. we bought some veggies, fruits and nuts and ate like kings!!!
To sum up, it's recommended if you get it for a decent price, but you need to improve the breakfast and pay extra for WiFi +safe.
And if you're in the area pay a visit to the Santa Caterina market (5 min. walk in the Born) and treat yourself for lunch in their restaurant- excellent food, average prices and excellent venue.
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