Vrabac Guesthouse has all the makings of what could be an unforgettable place to stay. Sadly, it completely misses the mark.
To start with the positives, the location cannot be beaten. It is right in the heart of the Gothic district, moments walk from La Rambla, the Cathedral and markets. It is 2 mins walk from the Airport bus which was a real plus. Secondly, the room and guesthouse are beautiful. They are clean and nicely decorated. We stayed in a deluxe room at the back, and there were no noise complaints- the only thing we could hear are some occasional footsteps from upstairs but nothing to be concerned about.
To the negatives, there is no warmth to the guesthouse. We regularly stay at B&Bs and guesthouses because you expect those warm personal touches, and joy owners always seem to have for their business. This wasnt the case here. We arrived and were greeted to a lady (who spoke very little english) and escorted to our room. From here on, we literally didn't see anyone from the hotel except for a lady in the kitchen at breakfast, who didnt speak a word to us. To be honest, it was all a little uncomfortable.
Breakfast was simple- toast, 2 types of cereal, some meats and cheese and old fruit. This wasn't replenished at all so don't expect anything exciting. Also, there was a strange note saying you have to pay 5 euros if you dont eat everything on your plate.
I expected there to be some shower gel or toiletries in the bathroom but there was nothing. Considering the owners were conscious of the environment you would expect some local organic products, just something to encourage you to get involved too.
To me, when you are staying at a small place like this, its all the little things that make such a big difference. There were small things such as there was only 1 pillow, and there was no one in sight to ask for another one. Or, there was no offer of a map or local guide, and there was no one there to ask for one. When we left, we dropped the key in the letterbox and walked out the door.
I enjoyed my stay in Barcelona because the city is so vibrant, but I would recommend a good search around before you book. Im sure you can find better value for your money, without the attitude and strange atmosphere.
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- Also Known As:
- Vrabac Guesthouse Hotel Barcelona
- Vrabac Guesthouse Barcelona, Catalonia