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“It looks like something out of the movie "Hostal"” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Barcelona City Centre Hostal
Ranked #274 of 325 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“It looks like something out of the movie "Hostal"”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

This has to be the most horrific hostal experience ever. Not only did my boyfriend have to walk blocks up and down to actually FIND the place- but there is NO SIGN on the door that tells you that you've arrived to the hostal.

Let me get started by saying that I have stayed in hostals before- I highly recommend the MareNostrum Hostal in Barcelona- and I have been travelling since I was 2. The moment I walked into this place, the walls were all mossy and needed some serious painting, and lacked cared. The elevator looked like a torture chamber- a kind of Texas Chainsaw Massacre-like setting. I would honestly not be surprised if someone got caught in there once or twice.

The beds looked old (and stained) and the room faced an old broken wall from the other building. THIS IS NO WAY IS CENTRALLY LOCATED. There are far better places that you can get for what this place tried to charge us (250 euros for three night). For that price, you can stay at the Zenith Borrell hotel which is 6 blocks away and a four star hotel.

Please note that this place DOES NOT refund your money if you are not satisfied and/or decide to cancel your reservation.

Hideous place, not to mention scary. I can only image what people go through trying to find this place in the middle of the night.

Oh and here is the best part- the "manager on site" is a nearly barefooted 27 year old nerd with dirty feet who will not HELP YOU AT ALL. Do not trust the pictures on their website and if you do end end up coming and getting charged an obnoxious amount of money for such a craphole, call your credit card company and start a dispute process.

These people are fraudelent and not willing to even help you out if you are in a bind. DO NOT STAY HERE.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

My husband and I were moved here from another hotel and were so pleased to receive a pleasant welocme having been robbed on the Metro that day (take care in Barcelona folks)

The rooms were modern and we had a triple for the same price as a double. There was a spotless tiled bathroom. We liked the reception area witha computer to use and a seating area. The breakfasts were 5 euros and really brilliant. Unlimited croissaants and pastries fruit ,cereal yoghurt juice, coffee, cheese and ham.
We had planned to stay in Gracia but this was central with some evening tapas bars. We would return here as it is so well run.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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bcncityhotels_com, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
Hi!

Thanks a lot for your positive opinion about our place. These opinions help a lot other people to get an idea what they can expect from Barcelona City Centre Hostal.

I see you appreciated our cleanliness, welcoming service...

We think we can always improve some thing. For example, we have just put a fridge in each room of our place, something that our guests have really appreciated.

Our breakfasts may change from one day to another, so maybe one day you find a good spanish ham and the day after instead of it you find a good tortilla... You can have them included in your room price only booking in our website! If not they can cost from 3,5€ to 7€, depending if you buy them for all your staying, just one day...

Hope to see you again! Best regards.

Maria
Manageress (Barcelona City Centre)
Barcelona City Hotels
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greece
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2011

+Nice location near a metro station and not so close to the Rambla which is too noisy.
+Clean room and fresh towels, free wifi, plenty of hot water.
+Friendly staff, especially Maria
+Super-market and coffee shops just around the corner.

-The room was too small with almost no natural light and very small-no space to undress.
-The same thing with the shower, you had to put your shampoo between your teeth, because it was impossible to pick it up from the floor.
-The doors let in too much noise, we were just lucky because we didn't have noisy neighbors.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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bcncityhotels_com, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Hi!

First of all, thanks for sharing your opinion with other people in this website.

We are glad that you liked so much the location of our hostel. The truth is that it is in a privileged place. Thanks also appreciating our cleanliness and friendly staff.

On the question of the room size, Barcelona City Centre Hostel complies with the regulations, which determines the minimum square meters must have the rooms of an accommodation. Think that being in the center of Barcelona, we adjust best to provide the best value for money, so you don't pay for unused spaces.

We hope see you again in some of our accommodations in Barcelona!

Best regards!

Elisabeth Gómez
Social Media Manager
Barcelona City Hotels
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2009

This is a terrific place to stay if you're the traveler who doesn't focus on hotel amenities. The rooms and common areas are clean and well-kept. Air conditioning is controlled by room. The hotel about a 5 minute walk to La Rambla and is just blocks away from Barcelona's gay nightlife. My partner and I were able to enjoy Barcelona while staying at this small, comfortable hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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barcelonacitycentre, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Hi!

Thanks a lot for your feedback, it is very useful for everybody!

We know many people loves that the air-conditioned in the room is controlled individually.

Thanks appreciating our location and cleanliness.

Hope to see you again! Best regards.

Maria
Manageress (Barcelona City Centre Hostal)
Barcelona City Hotels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2009

We stayed for 3 nights in August 2009 and would definitely return. The staff at the hotel were all polite, courteous and professional and the front desk staff were extremely helpful when asked for directions etc...

Location wise, it is perfect for staying close to Las Ramblas, a short walk to the Hop On Hop Off Bus stop and great for general requirement (chemist, newsagents etc...).

Our room was very clean and well presented and despite being on a busy cross roads we encountered no noise at night (we were on the 5th floor). The roof top terrace was perfect for relaxing prior to and before sight seeing!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Smithan
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bcncityhotels_com, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Hi!

Thanks for your positive feedback and rating us as an excellent place!

We thank also considering positively our location, attention...

I hope to see you again in our place. Best regards.

Maria
Manageress (Barcelona City Centre Hostal)
Barcelona City Hotels
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Property: Barcelona City Centre Hostal
Address: Balmes, 60. Entresuelo, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #274 of 325 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:3 star — Barcelona City Centre Hostal 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wellcome to Barcelona City Centre! This accommodation allows you to enjoy a privileged location in Barcelona that will allow you to sleep one step away from everywhere. Just three blocks away from Catalunya square, Las Ramblas or the gothic quarter; near Passeig de Gràcia, the touristic bus, Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and the modernistm route. The rooms offer you everything necessary to have a pleasant stay, an experience you will wish to repeat. All rooms are air-conditioned and enjoy private bathroom, tv, satellite tv, free wi-fi acces to internet, hairdryer, refrigerator...Furthermore, any of our guest rooms include access to all the services and facilities of the common area, with the possibility of using a computer with internet acces for free, microwave, kettle, cups, vending machine…Enjoy the city, sleep easy! ... more   less 
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