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“Basic hotel, fair price and great location”
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el Jardi
Ranked #219 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Basic hotel, fair price and great location”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Chose the el jardi for a last minute trip as we wanted to stay in the Bari Gotic area and this hotel had a room available at a good rate for central Barcelona. Great location 10 mins walk from the Placa Catalunya airport bus drop off, 2 mins off the Ramblas and right in the middle of a lovely maze of pedestrian streets with endless shops, bars, patisseries and restaurants. Basic hotel room, no window for us as all the outside rooms were already booked, clean bathroom with toiletries and fresh towels every day. Good value would not hesitate to return though I would like a balcony next time!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The el Jardi is a superb value considering its prime location just off Las Ramblas and the much higher prices at other hotels in the area. We opted for the 8th floor terrace room and were not disappointed. The fairly large terrace is a great place to sit in the evening with a bottle of wine and enjoy the night sky. Highly highly recommend the terrace room although the rooms on the lower floors with balconies are very nice too and save a bit of money.

The room was small as is to be expected in the midst of a large city but it was spotlessly clean, very comfortable bed and perfect location - just 5 mins walk to las Ramblas, 15 mins walk to Placa de Catalunya and surrounded by many good tapas places.

One word about the restaurants in the area - up on las Ramblas they cater to the tourists with high prices and mediocre quality food. But once you get 2-3 blocks off las Ramblas there are tons of neighborhood places....Hint: if you are being charged more than 2 or 3 euros per tapas then that's a clue you are in one of the tourist traps.

One more word about finding the hotel - we arrived at the airport late and because of the late hour decided to take a taxi thinking it would be easier. Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that our taxi driver had no idea where the hotel was. We were reassured however, when he found the address in his Sat/Nav....or so we thought. Long story short, there is a Sant Josep Oriol street on the OTHER side of las Ramblas that is about 1.5km from the PLACA Sant Josep Oriol - his satnav took us to the STREET rather than the PLACA. Not wanting to spend more money for him to drive around in circles we elected to leave the taxi and ask for directions along the way. We found a youth hostel and the welcoming young man at the desk pulled up our location on Google Earth and showed us exactly how to walk to the el Jardi.

If you do take a taxi and the driver is lost, tell him to drop you off at #80 las Ramblas. It's a bank building I think, but if you stand on las Ramblas facing #80 you will see a small street angling off to the left at about a 30 degree angle. Walk down that street about 5 minutes or less and you will pop out into the plaza facing the hotel and there is a big sign on the side of the building that says Hotel el Jardi.

On the return to the airport, we simply walked up to Placa de Catalunya and caught the airport bus which was fast, cheap, and efficient. The airport buses park at about the 2 to 3 o'clock position on the plaza if you envision the plaza from above as the face of a clock with the fountain at 12 o'clock. The buses run every 10 minutes or so all day long.

Room Tip: 8th Floor terrace rooms are worth the extra charge. Very nice place to unwind at the end of the day...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We chose the El Jardi because of its great location and good reviews but had rather a disappointing stay. Our room was a good size with little balcony overlooking a pretty square but we weren't told that rooms are serviced only every second day resulting in a missed siesta whilst we waited for a housekeeper! We were on the 6th floor which was a bit of a problem when the lift failed and little interest was shown in fixing it. Also the coffee machine was out of action so we had breakfast out, no problem luckily as there are good options on the Ramblas. Barcelona is a wonderful place to visit for a few days with so much to see and do. A jazz/blues trio at the Jamboree club was a particular pleasure. Also a Saturday morning in the busy park ,very popular with local families and having a spectacular fountain. The elegant Placa Reial was one of the cheaper places to eat and have a beer surprisingly.

Room Tip: It is worth paying a bit more for a room overlooking the square.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Located in the Plaza del Pi makes el Jardi a prime spot for rambling on las Ramblas or visiting el Barri Gotic, and other amazing places. My husband and I stayed for 4 nights in April 2013 and we absolutely loved the modern comfort and central location of this awesome hotel. Our room had a pretty (albeit tiny) balcony facing the Plaza and we loved people watching from our room. They have installed a ridiculously small elevator in a 300 year old building. It was enough to get myself, my husband and our backpacks up to our room so it was perfect - though cramped. They have free WIFI in the their lobby, and if your device is powerful enough, in your room. There is a Cathedral next door and like most cathedrals with bells, they toll the bells - starting around 7 AM, so bring earplugs if you like to sleep in. There is a small organic farmers market on the weekends in the little plaza next door. When we come back to Barcelona we will stay at the El Jardi without hesitation and without needing to look at any other hotel. I thoroughly recommend this place!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Small hotel in one of the prettiest location in Barri Gotic. 5 mn walk from Ramblas, nice view on Plaça Sant Josep Oriol and Plaça del Pi. 8 floors, narrow corridors and staircases. No lounge. Clean rooms, fair prices.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We booked El Jardi first of all because we were looking for a good value hotel in the Bari Gothic. El Jardi fulfilled way more than these two criteria. The rooms are quaint and clean with a lovely view on the plaza below. The staff was most welcoming and helpful. So close to the Ramblas you can walk to the amazing market, the beach and the metro is right there too if you feel more adventurous. It is lovely to walk around the pedestrian streets around the hotel and enjoy the cafés too. I also recommend the great value breakfast.

Room Tip: Remember to ask for a room with the view on the plaza. I booked by phone and the rooms we were recom...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in this hotel for our first three nights in Barcelona. The location of the hotel is great for sightseeing downtown, just minutes from the Ramblas. The rooms are very clean, good bed and a very nice view over the square below. From our balcony we have enjoyed a lot of streetperformers and lovely sunrises. Keep in mind this hotel is in the middle of a busy part of town, so expect noise from outside on weekend nights, sunday and monday were quiet, we could sleep with our balcony doors open. Breakfast is simple, but costs us only 6 euros, so its a fair price. We would come back here and do recommend this hotel

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Property: el Jardi
Address: Placa Sant Josep Oriol 1 | Barri Gòtic, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#36 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#187 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#203 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — el Jardi 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a privileged location, "el Jardí" is at the artistic and commercial heart of the city center. The Plaça del Pi, near Las Ramblas is a meeting point for visiting the main sights. On foot, you can visit the Cathedral, the Plaça Catalunya and the Palau de la Generalitat, the Passeig de Gracia, el Born district, the beach, the maremagnum or the port.In a 300 years old building, "el Jardí" offers 40 rooms equipped with bathroom, air conditioning / heating, safety box, satellite TV and telephone. The lobby is wi-fi ready and there is a personal computer available for our customers. "el Jardí" also offers the option of a Continental breakfast.With a friendly atmosphere and a multilingual team, our reception strives every day to provide a personalized attention to our guests. ... more   less 
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Hotel Jardi Barcelona
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