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chic&basic Born Hotel
Ranked #98 of 516 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 28, 2013

In reverse order:
The ugly: perhaps only the inability to check into one's room before 3 p.m. which was an annoyance especially after a very early start, but easily forgotten by leaving one's bag at the hotel and stepping out into this throbbing city.
The bad: the wireless connection was poor in my room but soon remedied by....
The good: the staff make this hotel what it is. They are young, enthusiastic, incredibly friendly and go out of their way to make your stay with them a success. I asked at the time of booking online for a quiet room at the end of the corridor and got exactly that. My annoyance with the poor wireless connection was soon put right by the loan of an ethernet cable, and some tapas in a local joint recommended by them. Indeed their recommendations were always well placed. Its location in one of the trendiest parts of town is also a big plus. All in all this hotel does what it says on the tin. It is chic - its reception/bar/breakfast area is informal, hip and simpatico - and relatively basic, so if you want luxury this place is not for you. But if you are just after a room that is clean and comfortable and in the heart of the buzzing Born, then look no further because what it lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in the warmth and helpfulness of its staff.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you want more than a ho-hum hotel experience in the trendy Born section of Barcelona, check in at the Chic & Basic Born Hotel. Change the color of the lights shining on acrylic beads in your room. Get white or red wine (good quality) out of a vending machine. Enjoy free coffee and tea in the lovely lounge. Walk a few blocks and you're at the beach or the Picasso Museum or the park. Fantastic location. Very reasonable rates. Lovely, accommodating staff.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Nice and large room (but we booked the "very large doubleroom" and a "large doubleroom", both with own balcony, very comfortable!). Very friendly stuff, who always take time to support you. Good breakfast buffet. Located in an area with a lot of restaurants and bars, but not noisy during the night.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2013

Dear Kirsten H
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and recommend other chic & basic Born. I would like to thank you as well , for the nice words dedicated to the staff.
Its great to hear that you had a good stay with us. 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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Reviewed September 29, 2013

When you book a hotel called "Chic & Basic" you can't expect five star luxury. This is a quirky hotel and although the rooms are quite spacious and the décor tries to be trendy it is the helpful and enthusiastic staff which really make this hotel worth the visit. The location is great - lots of bars, restaurants and shops within walking distance. The area is lively without the frenzy La Rambla. The Picasso museum, the newly excavated Born Market and the Parc de la Ciutadella are all nearby. Don't miss the tapas in El Xampanyet in Carrer Montcada. This is a hotel for people who are "bohemian at heart".

Room Tip: We had a room with a view of the street there was a bit of traffic noise but not too bad
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Fintona7
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 hope we will welcome you again in our Hotel.
Best regards from Barcelona
Stephan Hansmann
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

This trendy hotel, located in the old part of the city center, gives all you need when you are looking for: good food, nice people, big and modern rooms, shopping possibilities, bars with good music… on walking distance!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Karen B
Thank you very much for your feedback about your stay in c&b Born Hotel. I am happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We are looking forward to welcome you again in chic&basic Born.

Best regards from Barcelona
Stephan Hansmann
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Common areas of the hotel were quite nice. The rooms were unique but starting to show signs of wear. The service was excellent. Given it's proximity to barceloneta, barri gotic, and parc de la ciutadella it provides an excellent, central base for all of your activities. There were also tons of great bars and restaurants in this area. We felt that the price was quite reasonable for Barcelona.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

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Address: Calle Princesa 50 | 08003 Barcelona, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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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:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#110 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#111 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#132 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: $55 - $180 (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
Chic&Basic Born Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia
Hotel Chic Basic Born

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