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“Chic but very much NOT basic”

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chic&basic Born Hotel
Ranked #108 of 517 Hotels in Barcelona
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

this place is the real deal forget the fancy W hotel in Barcelona i urge you to stay STAY here what ever you do !!!!!!! This place is super cool and the staff are really nice and it has that boutique style by the shovel load, yet it does not feel over pompous ........ lets keep the independent hotel alive ....thanks for a great stay.
PS: love the showers ..... wink wink :-)

Room Tip: all rooms are great just stay here ..... FACT
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2013

Dear shandy9292
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 to see that c&b staff helped you in every need.
We are looking forward to welcome you again in chic&basic Born,
Best regards
Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Both my daughters and son had stayed here and encouraged us to do the same. The position is excellent just near the Estació de França train station and handy for everywhere. It's very unusual with the changing ambience you do yourself with the different lighting. We also liked the lounge with free coffee, tea and biscuits and of course wi-fi. The receptionists very friendly. Downside - I found the room we stayed in - supposedly L for large very tiny and disappointing. Also if you were staying longer you only had a little rail to hang a few clothes and two plastic boxes. We got a good deal in February so were very happy and the first time you go you'd be impressed by the lighting.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2013

Dear marymieia
Thank you very much for your feedback about your stay in c&bHotel.
For us it is very important to know the views of customers and make any changes to improve the product and service we provide.

And we are looking forward to welcome you agian in chic&basic maybe then in an Xlarge room.

Best regards from Barcelona
Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager
chic&basic Born

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We arrived in Barcelona at late night ( 11.45pm) on the 10thFeb and from the metro station Jaume I you have to walk just 5 mins no more.The reception services were impeccable and really professional. Nothing to complaint about the room: we booked a large double room and the size was perfect, absolutely stainless clean & everything was working perfectly. Even if the balcony was overlooking the road, we didn't accuse any rackets of any kind.
On top of everything it is very close to amenities and located in the heart of Born at nighttime and just 7 mins walking from El Gotic&La Rambla
We will highly recommend this accomodation for couples however it might not suits families due the presence of the shower in the room that doesn't leave you much privacy... ;-) however it was exactly what we were looking for and we will definitely come back there and recommend that to all our friends!

THANK YOU to all the staff :-)

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

Dear Fiona_Sherk

Thank you very much for your feedback about your stay in c&b Hotel. I am happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and to see that c&b staff helped you in every need.
We are looking forward to welcome you again in chic&basic Born,
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Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Very good location, very-very friendly staff, comfortable and quaint rooms, big lobby with free tea/coffe and nice organization of space. Fantastic combination of ancient and modern buildings of the original interior, tipical for Barcelona in total.
Really, by my experience... I want back here with my boyfriend ;), it's very romantic place.

Room Tip: We had a room without proper windows (it was two windows with frosted glass and few windows in roof...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013

Dear Maria_7254

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and recommend other chic & basic Born. I would like to thank you for the nice fotos. It will be a pleasure for us to welcome you and your boyfriend in the future.

Best regards from Barcelona

Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager
chic&basic Born

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I just got back from a week long holiday in Barcelona where my wife and I stayed at the C&B born. It certainly is an odd and quirky hotel, the customizable lights in the room, the lack of cupboard space, the exposed shower are some of the things that make this hotel unusual. That being said, we had read the reviews and had done our research beforehand so we knew what we were getting ourselves into. I must say, the quirks made the hotel much more memorable and made it feel like it was our own to an extent. In the middle of the week we flew off the Sevilla for a couple of nights where we stayed at a more "conventional" and upmarket hotel; although great, it seemed sterile in comparison to C&B irrespective of the oppulent interiors and the luxury service. What also set the Chic and Basic apart is the friendliness and the helpfulness of the staff, from the front desk crew to the housekeeping team, everyone was just so chilled out and helpful. One of our most memorable meals in Barcelona came off the back of a front desk member's recommendation (tapas 24 off passieg de gracia). I also think the location is fantastic; El Born is a great home-base and is appropriately distant from all the uber touristy bits. I would recommend the chic and basic to anyone travelling to Barcelona with one Caveat, do your research, take a look at the room pictures, and if you ok with it, then the hotel is definitely gonna exceed your expectations.

Room Tip: Rooms 31 and 32 are great
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2013
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Apreciado manassar79,

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de escribir una crítica y por compartir con el resto de miembros de Tripadvisar su experiencia en el Hotel chic&basic Born. Es un verdadero placer, leer que hemos cumplidos con sus expectativas y que el hotel y su personal han realizado con éxito su cometido.
También me alegra que le gustado nuestra recomendaciones.

Esperamos poder recibirle de nuevo en chic&basic Born.

Un saludo

Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager
Chic&basic Born

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Anna checked us in and she could not have been more friendly and helpful. She recommended some great restaurants for us to choose from very close by and she marked up a map to include the metro stops needed to connect to the main bus station the following day. She was very busy but handled everything really efficiently. She put us in Room 10 with a balcony overlooking the main street which was lit up with festive Christmas street lights at the time - beautiful!

The hotel is a wonderful surprise - the main wooden door is magnificent - 7 metres high! The corridors are dimly lit with each room door circled by hanging plastic beads lit up by different coloured led lights along the way - you feel like a child on an adventure playground as you make your way! The room itself was a surprise as an entire wall and the shower unit (which is freestanding within the room - surrounded by glass) was lit up with more of the floor-length hanging beads! You can change the mood of the room to no lights at all - so just a classic white walled room - or to a romantic red, blue, green or any-coloured room! The white bed was big and comfortable.

Although the rooms were very clean, the hotel could do with washing the huge white net curtains that are along the main staircase corridor as these seemed a little tired. The 'help yourself' area was generous - with excellent coffee, tea, water and cookies to choose from and a pay-bar if you wanted something stronger. There's also free wifi in all the rooms and a gym if you wanted a workout (we didn't!).

The hotel literature warns of thieves active in Barcelona (as is the case in most popular cities unfortunately). We took their advice and left everything but a credit card and a small amount of money and set out for lunch and some sightseeing. Luckily we did, as even though we had hardly anything with us, a North African youth flew at my husband out of nowhere and snatched a gold chain from around his neck (a St. Christopher medal that he has worn constantly for 20 years and had completely forgotten about!). There was a lucky ending to this though as the thief got the gold chain but not the engraved medal itself - unbeknownst to us it fell into my husband's clothing and we found it the next day on the bedclothes - a great surprise for us and a great start to 2013!

We would happily recommend this small, friendly, hospitable hotel to people who are young at heart and who love something that little bit different! We would also caution you to be aware of opportunistic thieves who operate in the neighbourhood (despite the police's best efforts who have to deal with them being released back on to the streets as fast as they are brought to the courts) and to follow the hotel's sensible recommendations.

Enjoy beautiful and happy-go-lucky Barcelona!

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony over-looking the main street if available!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Dear Orla Cait

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and recommend other chic & basic Born.
For us it is very important to know the views of customers and make any changes to improve the product and service we provide.
I am happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and to see that c&b staff helped you in every need.
I am sorry to hear that you had this bad experience on the street!
But still it would be a pleasure for us to welcome you again in c&b Born

Best regards from Barcelona
Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager chic&basic Born

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Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We are backpacking our way through europe and this hotel is great. It has everything we need. The location is amazing. Could not be better. We took the train from the airport and it was easy to find from the station. Tons of restaurants around and close to station makes it convenient. We feel very central. There are lounges in the hotel - one with free coffee, tea, water and a vending machine with soda and alcohol. Theres even a small workout room. Only gribe is wishing the room had more closet space. But all in all id recommend.

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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Dear Raegoble

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.
Best regards from Barcelona
Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager
chic&basic Born

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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
#132 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $59 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Chic And Basic Born Hotel
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