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“Can not think a ONE negative thing about this boutique hotel.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hostal L' Antic Espai

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Hostal L' Antic Espai
Ranked #42 of 324 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
White Rock, Canada
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Can not think a ONE negative thing about this boutique hotel.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

From the moment we were picked up at the airport in early August.... to 3 days later rumbling along in Abels's 1955 car to our cruiseship.....I still smile and my family still talks about this experience at Antic Espai. I look back months later with happy memories of this hotel and more importantly the people we met working here. Serge and Abel was professional, real and totally hot! When we walked thru the historic door to the building we were met and our luggage was carried up. I arrived with my teenage sons a night before my husband; we felt safe. The rooms were clean...breakfast was good...beds were comfortable...the decor was spectalor...and the cava bubbly was terrific! (I recommend you buy a bottle of the Antic Espai cava). A side note: Abel let me purchase one of his personal possessions from the hotel; I am so happy to own this and display it with pride! Thank you again. - You will not regret staying at this boutique hotel.

Room Tip: Enjoy a bottle of their Cava....
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Hostal L'Antic Espai is ideally situated for exploring Barcelona, being just a few minutes' walk away from the majority of the must-see locations,as well as the aerobus and metro stop. Although on a busy road, the double glazing ensured a good night's sleep in a comfortable bed.

If you want a spacious, sleek, modern room, this is not for you as it is packed to overflowing with antiques and could feel a little cramped. However, that is its charm, with so many quirky and interesting things to catch your eye - I loved it! We had Room 102, which had a tiny glazed-in balcony, complete with seating and pot plants.

All the staff were wonderfully welcoming and made a real effort to make our stay as rewarding as possible. As soon as we arrived, cakes and sangria were produced to welcome us, as well as a surprise complimentary bottle of bubbly on my husband's birthday - they'd noticed that date on his passport! The recommendations for eating out were spot-on, especially the tapas bar a couple of blocks away, and the Argentinian restaurant downstairs that had the best steak I have ever tasted.

Breakfast is an interestiing experience, taken on the terrace and served with amazing tableware (the teapot had a wonderful china stand complete with tea-light!) whilst being surrounded by cage birds and copious plants. However, that is the only place to eat, apart from your room, so not ideal in late autumn.

There's no lift, so you have to lug your bags up a couple of flights of stairs, and there's no tea-making kit in the room. You can tell I'm English and consider an early morning cuppa absolutely essential before speaking to anyone, but there's room service available.

I'd definitely stay there again; the zany individuality of the decor, the location and the superb staff combine to make it a hotel to remember.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

My wife and I stayed for four nights in a lovely double room with a private balcony over the Gran via de les Corts Catalanes. There was no road noise and we slept like logs. The area is full of good Tapas bars, and is handy to all of Barcelona sights and shopping (walking distance).
Abel was very helpful with washing, and advice about the best places to look for.
The decor and facilities were a delight!

Room Tip: Best room 102.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Everything wonderful thing said about this hotel is true! BUT no one mentioned the fact that the hotel is located on the 1st, ie 2nd in Europe, floor of a four story walk-up. Which means that my husband (64) with three knee scopes on each knee and me (66) with hip replacement surgery ninety days prior were faced with an impossible task. No help at all, No porter, no lift, nothing!

The result: my husband is having a MRI scan of his back and another one for his right knee after our return home as I write this review, Our two week trans-Atlantic cruise was ruined from their lack of service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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pgolpe, Propietario at Hostal L' Antic Espai, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Thans to let us know your opinion.
We would like to clarify something: Our place have not elevator. It’s located in the first floor from one apartment building from Europe building type. If you travel with a lot of belonging with you, it’s your responsability. It’s also not my fault if you have some health problem. We appreciate that people with some mobility problems don’t come to stay here. We don’t want accidents happens in our place. Especially, if you are not an easy traveler. We are here to help peoples with their luggage and so, but for it are necessary to know your arrival and departing timetable. Please, remeber, we have not a person to carry bags. We don't offer this service. We can help but is not a service we offer.
I think, this reason you mention is not really strong to give only one point to our work.
Sorry and thanks to stay in our place.
Abel Estévez González.
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Essex
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a quaint hotel which is well situated in Barcelona. The rooms are not large but they are adequate as well as clean. The bathroom was modern with a nice glassed in shower. Muhannad, at the front desk, added a lot to our stay at the Hostal. He was very friendly and more than willing to help us get tickets to the museums, help us with our boarding passes and was especially nice to just visit with!

Room Tip: We chose a room on the street. It was a little noisy but we like to see the activity outside. If you...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

My wife and I stayed 4 nights in a Double room with access to a shared terrace. The room was not large but adequate and the bathroom was compact but had a great shower. The elaborate furnishings will bring a smile to your face and you will realise you are staying somewhere special. Everything has been well restored with lots of beautiful antiques and china. Breakfast on the terrace ,amongst the greenery and birds ,is a joy and is also served on delicate china.
Your hosts are extremely welcoming and of assistance. There is no one in attendance over night and for an "antique themed " hostal , it had hi-tech finger print access for guests. No worries about losing or carrying hotel keys! It's location is less than 10 mins walk to Plaza Catalunya and Las Rambla. If you are looking for somewhere a little different, this is it ! We loved it !

Room Tip: Any double room onto Terrace....104 was good.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Steve B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Located on the first floor of a traditional Barcelona apartment block, you enter through a large elaborate door off a slightly unassuming staircase, into a fantastically decadent interior. Every inch of this boutique hotel is packed with period features and objet d'art that produced amazement and delight in equal measure. It was like entering our own piece of Wonderland.

The hotel staff were inviting, eloquent and incredibly helpful - speaking excellent English. They made food recommendations, and tourist attraction advice, all based on local knowledge and experience. They offered to make dinner reservations on our behalf, and enabled us to make the most of our five days in the City.

The hotel is located centrally from all the key tourist destinations, in easy walking distance of the Metro system and the main Airport train and bus services. Its located in a well-to-do area which always has lots of people going about their business, so we always felt safe and secure.

Room Tip: If possible, ask for room 102 which has its own separate lounge area. Failing this ask for either 10...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hostal L' Antic Espai
Address: C/ Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 660, principal, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 324 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal L' Antic Espai 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L´Antic Espai arises after a dream of creating in Barcelona a special space with an old world charm. we create an place in which always, we wished to enjoy a pleasant stay and where you feel like in your own house. Our services and personalized treatment will make you to remember and miss us for ever in all trips you plan. ... more   less 
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