We were in Barcelona for a conference, so for the first few days, we stayed in a hotel that was close to the CCIB. Afterwards, we wanted to explore a little and get a taste of what Barcelona's all about. So we chose Barcino 147 because of its location and the reviews from here. And are we ever glad that we did! I must say we never experienced such incredible hospitality before...
From the moment we buzzed in, to the time when we had to rush to the airport, we got amazing service from the owner, Ferran. The doorman helped us with the luggage upon our arrival; we had to put our cases in the service elevators b/c the guest elevators had a weight limit. The elevators were an experience in itself! I loved it 'cuz it felt like I was travelling back in time. We were greeted immediately by Ferran (who spoke fluent English!), and the first thing I noticed was that the place and hallways were filled with smooth jazz music. What a treat! Although there was a bit of a mix-up of rooms (due to power outage, i.e. we didn't get the Picasso that was agreed upon before in the email), Ferran put us in a nice room, the Dali. After showing us around, Ferran pulled out a map and wrote down all the local places, restaurants, etc. that were "must-visit". Wow! - That conversation in itself was worth our stay...and you could just see the passion he had for the city (I mean, having done the same talk probably hundreds of times, Ferran still gets excited when he talks about Catalonia...) We got so many tips (and warnings!) that made our trip to Barcelona one to be remembered! Ferran even ordered us a taxi and woke up at 05:30 in the morning to help us with our suitcases the day of our departure! What a great host!
Room: The bed was comfortable with a good mattress, and we had no problems falling asleep because of noise from the street (the occasional motocycle buzzing by). The room was equipped with a plasma TV, though we rarely used it b/c when we got back to our room, we were usually exhausted, plus there was no CNN. The wireless internet access, I must say, was very convenient.
Breakfast: Breakfast was self-serve and the good thing was that there was no time-limit, like some other B&Bs that tell you breakfast is from 6-10am. There was assortment of breads with different spreads, cereal/granola/biscuits, and coffee/tea/juice/milk. Plus there was a grocery store right across the street if the items don't suit you. And we could use the fridge anytime (for beer/wine, etc.) if we wish.
Bathrooms: I didn't read the fine print about sharing bathrooms, so that was my bad. There were multiple bathrooms for our use, and although I am usually uncomfortable with sharing with others, I never ran into anyone coming in and out of it, and eventually got used to it towards the end. I only used the one across from the Dali room - it had a big stained-glass window and was well ventilated. The decor could use a little help, but all in all, functional. (So if you can't handle shared bathrooms, this is not the place for you.)
Location: Barcino 147 was in a convenient spot in the city, not too noisy and congested. It is close to the TMB Verdaguer station, and within 10-15 minute walking distance to Las Ramblas and Passeig de Gracia. There is a bank (La Caixa) close by as well if you need to do some last-minute currency exchange. It felt very safe walking back to the B&B every night after dark.
Bottom Line: Ferran made our stay in Barcelona/Catalonia an unforgettable experience - he went above and beyond. I just wished we had more time to explore the city and the surrounding areas (like Sitges and the wine country) that he suggested. I would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a place that has character and individuality. I can't wait to come back to Barcelona! If you want a taste of our adventures in Catalonia, feel free to visit the pictures on my website at [--]viaphotography.com/barcelona.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcino 147 Hotel Barcelona
- Barcino 147 Barcelona, Catalonia