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chic&basic Born Hotel
Ranked #101 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
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Stockholm
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“Great place to stay in Barcelona”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

The location of Chic & Basic Born is great. We found the Born area to be probably the best to walk around in Barcelona. Near restaurants, the beautiful Ciutadella Park, within walking distance to Las Ramblas, metro and everything you need.

The hotel is very hip and spacey, perfect for couples and people who love design. We were worried it would be tacky but luckily we found it to be very stylish and elegant. Even the LED light shower curtain! Our room was small but clean and light. We played around with colored lights for an hour and felt like children.

Warning: If you're shy and don't feel like showing yourself naked to the one you're staying with, you should probably choose another hotel. The shower is in the middle of the room and although there is a real shower curtain it's a so-so solution. And the toilet is in a glass closet, not like a real bath room.

We absolutely loved this hotel, and hope to stay here next time we visit Barcelona. We'll probably choose a bigger room with balcony next time though.

Oh, and bottled water was free, excellent!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Manager at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2012
Dear shimro

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and recommend other chic & basic Born.
It will be a pleasure for us to welcome you in the future.
Kind regards.
Stephan Hansmann
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

My partner and I stayed here in August 2011 and really enjoyed it.

Location - The hotel was easy to get to from the train station near Las Ramblas - we walked there on a few occasions and this made it very easy. Mind you it is a bit of a walk but we honestly didnt mind and along the way we oftens tumbled across other areas we might not have seen otherwise.
The hotel is also close to the beach (walking distance) so some days we walked down there. Ask at the hotel about renting a bike - so easy to bike ride around this area and very fun when you ride down to the beach!

Hotel - Loved it! First impression was fantastic, beautiful huge wooden door that you walk through, very interesting lights over every door, gorgeous self serve area - I really wanted to stay somewhere a little different and this definitely delivered on comfort and design.
The room was also gorgeous with lights in front of the bed and even a light 'curtain' sectioning off the shower! If you are shy there is also a proper curtain to pull over the shower. I would say though that if you book a twin room and you are not a couple you might not like the bathroom arrangements - its quite open (not a separate room), so just keep that in mind.

Service - The service was fantastic. We originally only booked 4 nights but then realised that we arrived a day early and booked a 5th night. However when we had to book the extra ight they only had a smaller room available so we had to book that. However when we arrived the hotel staff were so lovely and said they had upgraded us for the night so that we would not have to change rooms during our stay. They were always very happy to help and knew the area very well.

All in all a great stay and would recommend!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Manager at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2012
Dear Lousecum
Thank you very much for the nice words dedicated to c&b Hotel and all the staff. It will be a pleasure for us to welcome you in the future.
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Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

The good bit: excellent location in a great city. Barcelona. Great staff in reception. The hotel is basic, quirky. And not necessarily inexpensive... Everything is the hotel is sterile, whitewashed. And now worn in most ways. Barcelona has a vast number of similar hotels everywhere. The place is full of tourists all year round.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Soest, Netherlands
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

We stayed three nights in this boutique hotel. Its location is probably the biggest asset, although our room also met almost every expectation. Good size, clean, facing the (noisy) street, small balcony and good amenities.
What strikes me is that when you aim at the somewhat younger traveller with money to spend, this place is very 'basic' in supplying free wifi only in the lounge, and at the same time provide free Nespresso (chic), thea and water. Breakfast is available at very reasonable prices in the adjoining restaurant Kharma (including free wifi).
Friendly and helpful staff completed a very nice experience.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this review, December 7, 2011
Dear tge_7,

First of all we would like to thank you for sharing your experience at chic&basic Born with all the trip advisor travelers.
We are glad you had a nice experience and understand the fact of not having free wifi in the room is a bit of an inconvenience, although we offer free internet cables to connect laptops as a possible alternative.
We are planning on getting free Wifi in the rooms (the common area already offers it) in the beginning of 2012 as we know it is an essential product to offer.
We hope to welcome you back to chic&basic Born.
Best regards,

Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager c&b Born
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Tipperary, Ireland
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

loved this hotel. stayed for a 5 day city break. Love its cool decor comfie bed and HUGE front door..lol.
toilet/ shower may be a problem if you are shy but i was with my husband so it wasn't an issue for us.
Although it is a little bit out of the way, location wise, i really liked it. Felt more like living with the locals than staying in a hotel on La Rambla.Loved all the narrow little streets and open areas with authentic tapas bars. I would stay again if i was going back to Barcelona.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Dear Lin_Paul18
Thank you very much for your feedback about your stay in c&bHotel. I am happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us, and it would be a pleasure for us to welcome you again in our Hotel.

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Stephan Hansmann
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed 2 nights at the beginning of our Spain trip and 1 night one week later prior to our flight back home. Overall it was an interesting, new and exciting experience. The front desk staff are very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel as long as you are open to the "chic-ness" and "basic-ness" of the hotel.

Likes:
- Close to Barri Gotic (5-10 min walk) and La Rambla (15 min walk)
- Born area is a youthful area full of life from day to night
- The Large interior room lived up to its name (large)
- Free unlimited cold bottled water! Tea and coffee too in the guest lounge.
- Basic white rooms appeared clean. LED colored lighting of beaded curtains in the room was a cool touch.
- Natural Sky lighting in the ceiling of room.
- Free disposable slippers for two.

Things that we encountered that were issues for us but may not be issues for other guests:
- For our second stay, our room was not ready until 45 minutes after the hotel check-in time.
- No elevator for rooms on floor 1 (the same floor as gym). We had some heavy bags.
- Our room had a sewage smell that was covered by an air freshener. Initial entry into room has the strongest sewage smell, but the continuous air freshener spray blended odor to an okay level. However, we received the same room on our second stay and the air freshener was not spraying. When we requested a different room, we could not switch because they were completely booked.
- No internet in-room. WiFi in the Lounge area and a desktop available to guests in same area.
- No safe in the room and no full closet. The safe is at the front desk and there is a coat hang and a plastic drawer set in the room.

Other things to consider/know:
- Chic style may not be for everyone.
- If you need it, the front desk staff do speak other languages including English.
- Hair Dryer in-room. No Iron in-room.
- You'll need a plastic card (e.g. card key) to turn on the electricity in your room.
- About a 30-35 Euro Taxi ride to or from Barcelona Airport.

I hope you enjoy Barcelona!

Room Tip: 2nd floor has an elevator.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2011
Dear BaySFtraveler,



First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review about chic&basic Born and recommending it to people open to the "chic-ness" and "basic-ness" of the hotel.



We are happy you had an exciting experience after all and liked the location, the free snacks at the common area, slippers and the fact that you received good service from the frond desk team.



We apologize for the sewage smell. We are aware it happens sometimes in the rooms on the first floor (3 rooms), although it is an issue for the whole gothic neighborhood and the fact that the sewage system is very old in this part of town makes it very difficult for business owners to fix this problem. We wish we could have given you another room.



The plastic card (room key) has two utilities, one of them is to open the door, and the other one is to turn on/off electricity, it is just a way to make sure electricity isn’t wasted while guests are outside the room.



Chic&basic has the philosophy of having simple but chic rooms, and that includes a small closet, no safe in the room, etc, we do complement the basic-ness by offering complementary bottled water, coffee, tea and biscuits and good service from our staff.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2011

We booked this hotel for our week-long stay in Barcelona as the last leg in our trip in Spain. From the moment we stepped in we knew it would be a different experience. The staff was very helpful and friendly throughout our stay. The amenities like free coffee, tea, water, cookies, internet access, and gym were great. The room was very neat with the multi-coloured lighting, the strings hanging over the door and the middle-of-the-room shower. It was a good size and had a rack for hanging clothes and drawers.

We had a simple breakfast one day at the hotel restaurant, Kharma, and the croissant was very undercooked. The food at dinner was better though. The hotel is in a great location, situated closely to enough restaurants so there is plenty of choice. It is a short walk from the Jaume I subway, La Rambla(don't eat there), close to monuments, and a 15-minute walk from the beaches of Barcelona.

Our only complaint was the lack of ventilation in the room. After taking showers in the morning and leaving for the day, the room would be very musky when we returned and we would have to open the door for a while to clear it.

Overall, we had a great experience at this hotel and would not hesitate to stay there again if we come back to Barcelona.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this review, November 3, 2011
Dear BoscUlrich



Thank you for taking the time to write and recommend chic & basic Born.

We are happy to hear you had a good time in our Hotel. For us it is very important to know the opinion of customers and make any changes possible to improve the product and service we provide.



We hope to see you soon in the future if you come back to Barcelona.

Best Regards
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Property: chic&basic Born Hotel
Address: Calle Princesa 50 | 08003 Barcelona, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#110 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#111 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#132 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — chic&basic Born Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hotel that combines the traditional with the futuristic in a privileged environment: a building that is more than 100 years old with spectacular ceilings over seven metres high and spaces designed to surprise and enjoy. Its rooms, with an original glass shower in the room, are chameleon-like: you can change the colour depending on your mood. The passageways, full of enchantment and mystery, mutate with colour changes from the lights in the rooms. Enjoy our “Beyourself” and “Helpyourself” area in the common area where you can relax listening to music, reading any of our books or having a coffe, tea or water for free. Also, if you want to move about the city at your own pace, bicycles are available to rent. Once you try them, you won’t want to use any other transport in Barcelona. You can also enjoy our chic&basic tour, a two hour walk through Ciutat Vella in which we will mix history with some curiosities, as well as gastronomic and nightlife suggestions. Enjoy it on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays at 10:00am. ... more   less 
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