My partner and I spent 4 nights last week at this Hostal. There are many things to praise about it, but too many small problems to give it an excellent rating. The good things are the location, about equidistant from La Rambla and the Sagrada Familia and within easy walking distance of both. Close to a Metro station (if you're not big on stairs, avoid the Metro!) on a line that runs direct from Sants railway station and with useful bus stops close by too. Several nice cafes and restaurants, bars, a convenience store and two huge flower and plant shops are withing two minutes walk.
The room was spacious, the bed comfortable, the shower one of the best I've found when travelling. Everything seemed really clean although when we mopped up some spilt water we discoverd the floor could do with a good mopping. It was great to have the balcony, both for the views and fresh air, and also because my partner was allowed to smoke out there.
One really annoying thing was that despite my having booked through Venere and being assured on the hotel site and in the confirmation email that I would not be billed until the time of the stay my credit card was debited immediately. The hotel told me that was policy for non-refundable bookings, which may be logical, but it did upset my budgeting as it put the charge through a month earlier than scheduled. Venere has yet to respond to either of the two emails I have sent them, even more annoyingly.
The quibbles: reception is not 24-hour and although the people were friendly there is not the range of advice available that you might expect. We asked for extra pillows, the ones provided being quite flat, but these were not available. No soap is provided for the shower and, apart from the basin surround there is not a single shelf or hook in the whole bathroom or shower area - nowhere to hang towels or put shampoo or soap down. Our room wasn't serviced the first day which I accepted as we had slept very late, but there was no offer of fresh towels or supplies. It also wasn't serviced two days later which I queried and it seemed to have been an oversight - not acceptable especially as it was suggested we might have had a 'do not disturb' sign out even though there was no evidence of one in the room!
None of these things are deal breakers, just annoyances, and I'll just mention one thing that seems to bother other people but not me - there can be quite a bit of traffic noise. The Hostal is on the first floor (there's a fabulous tiny period lift) and there are big recycling bins outside which are emptied every day, as well as normal traffic. But you're staying in the middle of town so enjoy the experience and be glad it's kept so clean!
Final word - I will definitely go back to Barcelona and this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Martinval is a two stars, pleasant and exclusively modernized. In the heart of the Eixample Neighborhood Next to the famous Passeig de Gracia and 10 minutes walk from Plaça Catalunya. The area is well connected with public transport, metro, train and bus, very close to Barcelona´s architectural wonders, "Segrada-Famila", "La pedrera" and "Casa Batilló". The historic city center, the Gothic quarter, is also just 15 min walk. Martinval is a boutique Hostal, we offer 10 private rooms, all the rooms have elevated ceilings and beautiful interiors, most of the rooms are patted with balcony. Rooms have attached private bathrooms which are modernly designed. The rooms have televisions in it with the entire regional and national television channels. At Martinval you feel at home with our exceptional quality services of rooms. We are aimed to offer tourist, backpackers and group an economical and modernize accommodation with best room services and facilities which can be found at any high level hostals in Barcelona. Have a great experience in Barcelona by staying at the most innovative and economical hostal: Martinval Barcelona!! ... more less
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- Hostal Martinval Barcelona, Catalonia