Bottom line- PROS: Location and Price is Reasonable
CONS: Noise level, Staff
NEUTRAL OPINION: Leaving key with front desk every time you leave
We stayed at this hotel after our group of five decided they couldn't spend another night in the hostel we originally booked. Since it was a last minute expense we were trying to keep the price as reasonable as possible.
Three of us initially ventured to the hotel to make the booking. We were greeted by a comically crotchety front desk concierge. After much back and forth we booked a room with 3 twin beds for 120€. In our minds a fairly decent set up and price for the one night we needed it for.
When we came back with the rest of our group, (two additional people) we were basically reprimanded on how it was against policy to have more than three people in the room. We quickly agreed to simply get another room in order to resolve the situation. At which point the Crotchety Concierge presented us with room options she completely neglected to mention when we first booked. We would have never even booked the 3 twins if she told us about the other more appropriate options for our group.
The night we stayed was the night of the World Cup Final. The windows in the room that open to the street do nothing to damper the street noise. You hear everything; car horns, conversations, everything! This brings me to my next complaint. After coming in relatively early (2am) considering how things go in Barcelona, we were reprimanded AGAIN by yet another Crotchety Concierge about watching our noise level as we entered. Was he SERIOUS? Has he not been in the rooms to hear the hundreds of Germany fans screaming/singing literally until the sun comes out? That was part of the reason we went out, because there was no point in staying in our hotel room with all of the pandemonium going on outside.
My final complaint is no late check-out. Our train back to Madrid didn't leave until 5 pm. Hotel check out was noon, so we were at least trying to extend it until 2 pm. Neither of the Crotchety Concierges could let us know if the hotel actually provided a late check-out and referred me to the manager. The next morning I did meet with the manager who promptly gave me a “No” on the late check-out. To her credit she did allow us to store our luggage in the lobby and pick it up later on our way to the train.
Long story short, the location is nice. The hotel is right in Plaça Reial, which is a great reference point when you’re a bit drunk and trying to give directions to a taxi. The hotel is surrounded by clubs restaurants and markets. The hotel is about a 20 min walk to the beach. The rooms were basic but clean. It is noisy…the World Cup Celebration may have been an anomaly but there is always plenty of people and noise in the plaza, so I imagine it’s always an issue. The other thing that struck everybody as odd was the fact that you would have to leave you key at the front desk whenever you leave. Never quite understood the logic, but it ended up working out because no one in our group ever needed to rely on anyone to get back in the room.
It wasn't the worse experience and for the price, I might even give it another try.
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- Also Known As:
- Fornos Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Fornos Barcelona, Catalonia