We decided to stay in Barcelona at the end of a trip to France, and initially tried to book a luxury hotel, but found that most of the big hotels could not accommodate two adults and a 7-year-old in a single room (3 of them suggested that we needed to book two rooms - at 300 euro per room per night this was never going to happen!).
However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it allowed us to find L'Antic Espai (via tripadvisor). I am always drawn to quirky hotels (not the main chains) and if they are family-owned, so much the better.
Every experience with L'Antic has been top drawer. This included the initial communications (replies to m y emails within minutes, and I had the booking done within an hour of first coming across the hotel).
On arrival, Sergio greeted us and gave us a helping hand to bring our bulky luggage upstairs. We were quickly shown to our lovely room (105, a double and single bed - large hotels take note - it can be done) which looked on to the gorgeous terrace. Abel gave us helpful instructions on returning our hire car to Sants rail station.
From the moment you arrive, you are aware of the quality of the furnishing and the decor. What was particularly pleasing for me was that the owners never showed any concern about the fact that our child (a 7 year old) could potentially damage their valuable furnishings, crockery etc. (believe me the hotel is simply overflowing with wonderful things), they seemed genuinely pleased that we were staying with them, and indeed were very patient and caring with our little boy. They were not to know that our son is quite mature and very careful for his age, but I know that the staff of many other hotels can make parents feel quite uneasy in these situations.
We were asked if we wanted to take breakfast (7 euro per person), and we decided ( I am pleased to say) to aval of this. The breakfast was set up on the terrace bang on time each morning at the prearranged time (unlike us!), and to have a wondeful breakfast (fruit juice, fresh fruit, yoghurt and muesli, toast, divine jams, croissant with cheese and ham, cakes, fresh coffee) all served in quality china, on a terrace surrounded by greenery, and to the backdrop of the gentle tinkle from a little fountain, is my idea of how to start a day. If you can get his for 7 euros anywhere else, let me know. (Forgot to mention that they also served up lovely hot chocolate for our son).
On another evening, Axel (hope I spelt this right) the charming Argentinian night porter, was good enough to set up wine in a chiller (again with two lovely wine glasses) on the terrace.
The beds are extremely comfortable, and the bathroom very clean, hot shower and nice clean soft towels - oh, and lovely fluffy dressing gowns. The original tiles and lovely light fittings all add to the experience.
The guys recommended a number of restaurants but we were only able to use one (the Patagonia Restaurant directly below the hotel). This is not owned by the hotel and is entirely independant, but I can wholeheartedly recommend it. It was quite busy on a Tuesday night, with many Spanish business people there. Do yourself a favour and order the steak (it is shipped in directly from Argentina), and the crepes / toffee combination for dessert is delicious too. The hotel does have an arrangment that allows you to prepay and order from a pre-set menu at well discounted rates from the Patagonia, and It is excellent value. If you have an early start ot make the next day, it is also extremely convenient, but in no way compromises quality!
The guys sorted us out with a taxi for our departure (again, right on time), as well as a very early breakfast, once again on the terrace - at 7.30!
By this stage you realise that we loved our stay at the 'Espai', and we are counting the days to our inevitable return. Thank you, thank you for making our trip to Barcelona so memorable, thanks mainly to your kindness, and your incredible attention to detail!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostal l` Antic Espai Hotel Barcelona
- Hostal L' Antic Espai Barcelona, Catalonia