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“Overpriced and noisy”
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Pension Palacio
Ranked #364 of 736 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Reviewed May 9, 2012

Plus: clean and in good location.
Minus: very noisy (on a high traffic avenue, sirens etc 24/7) - I could still hear the traffic through my earplugs.
Tiny room.
Rules everywhere (don't do this don't do that!).
Compulsory wake up at 9am (whether you are checking out or not).
Given the above, 50 euros is overpriced for a bunk bed.
In addition: Sheets are extra. Towels are extra. Use of the kitchen is extra.
Thankfully we didn't have to pay extra for the shared bathroom!
I usually stay in hostels when I travel - this was one of the worst deals.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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15  Thank Seasonedd
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

Location of this venue is perfect - very close to Port Vell and beaches, close to Barceloneta metro station and Bus Turistic stop. That, however, is its only advantage. Rooms are tiny and there are restrictions and extra charges everywhere. Be prepared to pay extra for bed linen, for towels, for use of kitchen. I wouldn't mind paying if it was mentioned in hotel's description, but it wasn't. And price we paid to stay was high enough to include minimal conveniences.
The only person who seemed to be able to speak English was Mario - and we only met him on the second day of our stay. So imagine how disappointing it was to arrive on Saturday morning - and not even be able to ask simple questions. And we didn't expect much, but not even being able to understand the word "toilet"?! Very disappointing.
Can't deny - this place is clean. But room service was a little bit of a nightmare - why on earth did they decide they could move and re-arrange our things? Every evening we had to go through quest "Guess where room service has hidden our stuff this time!" We didn't leave our things on tables, chairs and on the floor, we made our beds - and we did expect some respect and privacy, not some unknown persons re-arranging our stuff simply because they didn't like the way we've done it.
Oh, and chiped painting on the walls does make a very bad impression. Not even to mention constant limitations - save water, turn the lights off - written on every wall.
To cut the long story short, I would recommend this place if you don't mind being told off for using shower extra 10 minutes and value location above verything else. Do not stay there if you value comfort and respect from staff.

Room Tip: Rooms are very small, tiny I would say. Be prepared to pay extra for use of the kitchen (2 EUR per p...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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14  Thank Jay2306
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

The hostel is clean and in a very good place. But the other things were just terrible. Instructions and restrictions everywhere...we just heard -do not touch! do not use! do not take! It was our teenagers children's idea to stay in a hostel,as they were told by their friends that hostels are the best places to stay and to meet new friends. But this hostel was like a prison.It was unpleasant to come back in the evenings or wake up in the mornings and to meet angry faces of the staff,who were just stepping after and looking what are you doing. I saw when people were having breakfast in their kitchen, senjora Nurja was simply sitting at the same table and watching after them. Very unpleasant situation. In general, Mario and Nurja are talking with their clients in a very angry and unpleasant manner,sometimes even shouting without any reason. Once we wanted to get warm water in the kitchen and Nurja told-no, not now! There were just a few people in all pension and they did not permit you to take warm water in the kitchen! It's even worse than in a prison!
It was very an unpleasant stay, which spoiled our trip in Barcelona. The city is just wonderful,it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world,but you have to be very attentive to choose a place for staying! I would never recommend to stay in Pension Palacio!
And one more very interesting thing- they were insisting to pay for staying from the beginning of our arrival,and took 7percent more from my credit card. It was not a problem for me, but I always want to know a real price of staying when i make reservation, but not after it! I simply feel cheated!!!

Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
17  Thank RimaMarija
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

I have no complaints about this place. I found the staff to be wonderful and helpful with anything me and my spouse needed(just be respectful and friendly and you can bend the rules). I liked that the place was clean spotless at all times. The rooms are small but you don't go to Barcelona to be coped up in a hostel all day. The location couldn't be better(metro and train station right around the corner) and its very safe. In the end, the price is right just be friendly and respectful and your stay should be fine.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank quezadaj
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

The Pension Palacio was amazingly horrible! My best friend and I stumbled upon this place in the Summer of 2011. We met the owner, Mario, at the train station, he was there peddling his rooms to naive and unsuspecting tourists. My buddy and I were in need of a place to stay and Mario offered his rooms at a really good price, so we decided to take one. What a horrible decision that turned out to be. Once we arrived at the establishment it felt as if we entered a prison which was designed collaboratively by Walt Disney and Willy Wonka. At first glance the hostel was inviting, it’s very clean and colorful. However, after paying and receiving the keys we each realized that we made terrible errors in judgment.

Cleanliness. While I do appreciate a clean hostel/hotel (who doesn’t?), this place was over the top. In fact, I would classify the owners as being obsessive-compulsive with their cleaning policy. It seemed that every time we entered any of the common areas, whether it was in the morning, afternoon, or night, someone was busy scrubbing the floors or doing something else proactive to ensure the place remained spotless. In fact, my buddy and I noticed that after every shower the owner or staff member would be in there scrubbing away. One morning we woke up to find crazy-Mario taking apart (down to the last screw), cleaning, and disinfecting all of the fans in the establishment. Furthermore, when we cooked breakfast in the kitchen each morning (which costs an extra €1 per guest, per day – even for tea or coffee) we had Mario or his wife hovering over us to ensure that no mess was made. Regardless if they were watching us, we have enough class to clean up after ourselves. Like I said, I appreciate cleanliness, but this place is so over the top that we both felt uncomfortable.

Rules. RULES EVERYWHERE – no joke. Whatever room you are in, whether it be the reception, computer room, shower, toilet, kitchen or even your personal room, you will find the walls plastered with colorful and bold-text posters which highlight the rules, which are extensive and rigid. I am 28 years old and felt like I was being treated like either a child or mentally disabled adult.

Fees. Ok, so the initial cost of the Pension Palacio is low, but after the fees begin to add up, it’s no bargain. The owners charge for kitchen use, €1 per person, per day – even if you just want to make a cup of coffee. Pillow: €1,; Sheets €1; Blanket: €1; Luggage storage: €3; Washing laundry: €5; Drying laundry: €2 for 30 minutes. Furthermore, even though this wasn’t enforced when we were there, he charges a fee for using the safe or lock-box in your room.

After feeling like we were staying in a prison, or a mental institution, my buddy and I decided to bail early. We left at around 10 pm so we could catch an overnight bus back to Madrid. Just like a prison, we had to find the staff member with the keys and request that he open the door for us. Yes, the owners don’t even trust their guests enough to allow them to have access to the outside world – you are locked in! So when you come home late or want to leave early you have to signal the staff member, who is usually busy cleaning something, to let you out/in.

My buddy and I have traveled extensively throughout the world, staying in barns, campsites, hostels, hotels, trailers, and even in public places – this was by far one the worst travel accommodations thus far…no joke.

If you want to stay in an overly clean, isolationist, and prison like environment, this is your dream hostel! If not, move along…there are plenty of other wonderful places to stay at in Barcelona.

Room Tip: Don't stay here!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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13  Thank Richard T
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

This is a small hostel situated right between the Barceloneta beach and city centre, and thus very suitable both for sightseeing and swimming (or surfing). Very clean - our room was always spotless after cleaning, and the shared bathrooms were always ok. Can't say anything about meeting rooms or possibility for socializing - we stayed very little inside. WiFi is free of charge and of good speed. There are also stationary PCs with Internet that can be used. On arrival we were provided with a free map of Barcelona. The owners were also nice before our arrival - they helped us with the confirmation of booking, which had to be presented at the embassy for us to obtain a Spanish tourist visa.

One thing is really annoying - many rules!!! Previous tourists wrote about the "shower only 7 minutes rule" - this was not true, may be it is so only during summer months. However, you have to pay extras for everything - towels (bed linen was provided to us for free), kitchen etc.

To sum up - it is a great place if you are going not during the summer months (no need of aircon), and only use the hostel as a place to sleep (it is really quiet - thanks to the many rules :) ).

Room Tip: We had a room facing the inside wall of the building, and it was always very dark in the room. But i...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank innamelnyk
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

i know its long - please read all! we had to call the police because the owner was so crazy!

we stayed there late july 2011, when we arrived to the place we saw a tiny disguasting door with graffiti on it - thats the entrance. we had to go up 2 levels of old stairs (no lift) with our things.
the place was tiny, and the first thing we saw was notes saying there are fines for everything - fines for staining the sheets, smoking around the building, taking a shower over 7 minutes, washing your clothes in the sink. if you want to use the kitchen it costs 1 euro per person.
the guy showed us to the room, we passed the shared bathroom - 2 shower and 2 toilets for the whole place. the room was tiny, the "air con" was a old fan. there was no place to move and the bed was hard as a rock.

after a night with no sleep we decided to check out, we were explaining to the owner politly that it is not for us, and that we couldnt sleep because of the heat and the bed that felt like a rock. the owner said it is our problem and that we have to pay for the whole 6 nights we booked, we tried to get a compromise and said we'll pay for some but she said we have to pay the whole week. she talked to us in a very rood way while we were trying to be polite. evantually we wanted to get out of this place so badly that we decided to pay her the 6 nights and just go so we can enjoy Barcelona. after we paid she said "let me know when you're checking out so i can put somebody else in the room". we packed our stuff and said we are going to look at different places, she demanded to know if we are checking our or not - i said to her that i paid for the room, so its my room for the week and i have the right to come back. then the lady got completly crazy and yelled at us while kicking us out and shutting the door on us.

we called the police and they arrived, after a short talk they said that the place is disguasting and that we can find a much better place for the money. the cops came down with the crazy owner and she said "i dont want them to stay here ill give them the money back as long as they go and never come back" - perfect, we didnt want to stay at that disguasting place plus get the money back is what we wanted. then the crazy lady turned to me saying "where are you going to sleep tonight? on the streets? enjoy" so i said i dont think its a problem to find a different place, then she turned to the cops saying "no i changed my mind, they HAVE TO stay here i dont give them the money back i want them now to stay here the whole time". the cops had to tell her to relax and that she has to give us the money back and that we're going. then they said shes crazy and its better for us if we find a different place.

we changed to a different hotel for the same price who offered much more, was pleasnt and had a pool. for this prices you can find so much better than this prison pencion palcia.

i know the review is long, thank you for reading we had the worst experience there and dont want anyone going throught that.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank noacodish
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Address: Passeig Isabel II, 10 Pral.1a, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barceloneta , Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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Ranked #364 of 736 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: $38 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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