This was my second stay at this hotel, and I was happy to see that it continues to deliver the same value for the budget-conscious traveler that it did two years ago. The location is great --it borders the northern, quieter edge of El Born, so while it's out of the frenzy it's very close to major tourist areas. You feel as if you're in a neighborhood here. And the park right across the street is beautiful and interesting to visit.The hotel has a wonderful terrace frequented more by local residents than tourists, and an excellent, long-established restuarant that serves traditional, Catalan specialties at reasonable prices (no fusion this or that -- if you want fusion, you can find it on nearby Carrer Comerc, where one restaurant manages to fuse Catalan cuisine with that of the American South). The air-conditioning actually works at La Ciuadela, and was a godsend in late July, early August. Previous reviewers complained about the Wi-Fi signal, but the Wi-Fi worked perfectly for me on both my phone and laptop. Ask for the passwords when you check in. Be forewarned that the hotel is pretty bare bones -- no hair dryers in rooms, no irons, no soapdish in the shower, although hotel provides soap and packets of shower gel. If you need extra hangers, ask for them. But the placel is immaculate, and the rooms have good lighting (recessed lights in the ceiling and lamps on the nightstands and desk). Again, it's a budget hotel -- don't come here expecting 4- or 5-star amenities, and you won't be disappointed. It's very easy to reserve a room on the hotel's website, and the cancellation policy is reasonable (you can cancel up to 48 hours before check in without incurring any charges; hotel does not charge credit card, just uses it to secure the reservation). Quoted rates include the tax.
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- Also Known As:
- La Ciudadela Barcelona, Catalonia
- La Ciudadela Hotel Barcelona