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Mercer House Boria BCN
Ranked #313 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
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Kiev, Ukraine
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice apart hotel. There are plus and minuses to be aware of.”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

This is an apart hotel. Some very good features and some not. Was ok for us, but may not be suitable for other visitors. See below.

Pluses:

- very good customer service. I would say one of the best I've ever seen.
- very clean and maintained.
- very good location from sightseeing and dining out prospective - located just in the center. a walking distance from almost all points of itnerest in the central Barcelona. Also its good the hotel is not based on La Rambla (one of central streets in Barcelona, which is too crowdy, too 'tourist' and full of pickpocketers). The location is quite and there is a two corner shops one 10 m away from hotel, another 15m away. The location is in Latin quarter (not in Gothic area as some people write, though very close to it), which means not crowded. Few fantastic restaraunts around.
- the rooms are quite good like you would see in a decent 4* hotel, large (they've upgraded us to suite, which we really appreciate). Nice contemporary design plus old 18 century wooden beams left exposed. Kitchen is very useful for travelling with a kid.

Minuses:
- VERY low ceilings in some places. The main room had very high ceilings but bedroom, hall and the bathroom have them very low, while the doorways are extremely low. I've physically hit my head few times quite bad. I am 1,92m (6,3ft) tall and this was sort of an issue.
- Very slow internet connection. Wi-Fi is free but, it is powered by Telefonica, a local mobile provider and it is very slow and connects not always at once. It is so slow so you can forget about things like Youtube there for instance or graphic iPad apps. Ok for simple websites. Also the signal is quite week (we stayed on 3rd floor of 4), and it didn't work in all areas of the suite all time.
- No public areas. the hotel is very small only few rooms, so there is no restaraunt, bar, gym and etc. Corridors and elevator are very narrow. I've heard there is like a pool on the roof, but we obviously couldn't use it in January.
- The area. Though it is good location from walking prospective, a half a minute walk from large street called Via Laeitana, we couldn't look through the windows - the distance to other houses was just a bit over one meter. You also almost never see sunlight, so the room was always in a dark with curtains down. Was a bit annoying after few days like that. The areas and streets are quite dirty in that area, this isn't a tourist quarter but still seems like a place for cheaper accomodation and there are few bars on that street, which are very low profile.
Also the noise proof in rooms is low.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2011

We booked this hotel after reading good reviews on TripAdvisor and we weren't disappointed. We only stayed one night but it ticked all our boxes. It's the Born district of Barcelona which is very trendy and also very picturesque, lots of bars and shops down a myriad side streets. It's walking distance to so many areas including the cathedral etc. The hotel itself was clean and comfortable, and most importantly pretty good value. We booked through Expedia and got a room for about 70 euros in between Christmas and New Year. Would happily recommend Hotel Boria to anyone going to Barcelona for a short break.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2011

A group of 5 friends stayed here 3 nights in the beginning of September.

We were a bit worried as our booking made through hotels.com was cancelled about a month before departure "due to failure in bookingsystem". We were not satisfied with the offered alternatives and then suddenly we were able to keep our room at this hotel. No problems upon arrival.

A swift check-in and cool cava waited in the room.

Placed on the edge of Barrio Gothic and El Born the location is very nice.

The hotel standard is good and the apartments very suitable for smaller group who want to stay together.

The roof top terrace was nice, but better furniture should be available.

Tall scandinavians should be aware of the height in parts of the apartment. Heads clashing in to doors was not rare in the second bedroom, bathroom and kitchenarea.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2011

Perfectly located in the Gothic area, beautiful suites and with a nice and helpful staff. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Just read the previous reviewer's comments after coming here to find out more information about why our reservation has been just been cancelled - just 10 days before our stay. Stunned! Something dodgy going on here I suspect. Currently waiting for a callback from Expedia's re-location team - but I'm not that hopeful they'll find anything at such short notice for us. Quite angry and the children will be very disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2011

Having booked via Thomas Cook, were perturbed to arrive and find the hotel closed. No notification prior to departure. After numerous lengthy international phone calls TC have managed to relocate us (a family of 5) in superior accommodation so thumbs up for that; could have done without the hassle and worry of being stranded in an unfamiliar city with the family. Thank heavens we arrived early morning so could at least sit in a square whilst waiting for the situation to be resolved.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Overland Park, Kansas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2011

We would have loved to have stay at Hotel Boria after having booked and paid for it on Hotels.com 4 months prior to our visit. One week prior to our stay, our reservation was cancelled with no explanation from the hotel. Our money was refunded per Hotels.com. They were unable to find similar lodging for the same price, especially at such short notice.

Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Mercer House Boria BCN
Address: Calle Boria, 24-26, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
#111 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#166 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#186 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercer House Boria BCN 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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