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“Great Value for the Budget Traveler”
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La Ciudadela
Ranked #254 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Value for the Budget Traveler”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

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.

Room Tip: I've always stayed in the exterior rooms that face the street, although the interior rooms that...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Suprised with this place.Very good location, clean, big rooms and quiet surroundings. Just across beautiful Ciudatella park, walking distance to Barcelona La Ramblas and to the Barcelonata BEach. Enjoyed it so much and definitely will go back next year.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Long Grove IL
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2012

The hotel is located across from Ciudadella Park and is walking distance to El Born, the Picasso Museum, Barceloneta and beach, Franca Train Station and Arc de Triomf metro stop. It's a ten minute walk to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya. The restaurant has a very reasonable menú del día and the food is excellent. The locals frequent the restaurant and surrounding area. The room we had faced the interior of the building, so it was quiet, clean, and on the dark side, which we liked. The only negative was the size of the bathroom, small. The lady at the front desk was very helpful and friendly, as well as the rest of the staff who were all very efficient. All in all it was a very good choice for two travelers on a tight budget.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the park have big windows with lots of light.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is very good small hotel with a perfect location. It is in front of beautiful park of Ciudadela. All places of interest are within walking distance. Rooms are simple, small but clean. If you are looking for great location for sightseeing and simple room enough this hotel is perfect for you. I would recommend it for travelers who had only few days for Barcelona.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

This is a great family owned hotel, where you get a sense of the Catalan atmosphere. The restaurant is very good and cheap. Try the Paëlla or the fresh salad with squid. Breakfast is not included, but will cost you only two/three euros if you order a café con leche and a croissant. The waiter in the morning is the best, I think he works there for many years according to the pictures in the lobby. The location is great, in front of a beautyful parc and nearby the beach and the Ramblas. We had a room on the inside of the hotel, which I think is perfect, because it's very quit and dark. The only disadvantage is the very soft matress we had. We asked for an other room, but all the matrasses seems to have the same problem. The owner told us they are only a year old... If you are looking for a place at a perfect location with free wifi and you don't mind a simple room, this is your place to be!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

This hotel is in a fantastic location, within walking distance of everything. It is a very basic, budget hotel with no frills. There is no lift, and the rooms are upstairs. The only issue we had was that the bathroom, although clean, had a strong sewer smell coming from it that permeated the whole room by that night. It was better in the morning though. It is good if you just want a place to lay your head at night.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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LA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2011

This family owned hotel and cafe in Barcelona, spain was outstanding in all respects, close to everything. Couldn't ask for more and as a bonus super rates...

Room Tip: we stayed in two different rooms and were great.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Ciudadela
Address: Paseo Lluis Companys, 2 | Pujadas, 5, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Ciutadella / Vila Olimpica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#28 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#147 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — La Ciudadela 1*
Number of rooms: 13
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