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“A great surprise!”
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Hostal Athenas
Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A great surprise!”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

We stayed here in late May for 5 days as we were going to Primavera festival a little down the coast. We opted for this hostel because it was a good budget option and the nearest we could find to the festival.
Arriving around midday we had to use the self service check in machine which was actually very straight forward, once we got inside and to our room we were very pleasantly surprised - before coming we had been a little skeptical because of the 2 star rating and the fact it had not had a Trip Advisor review in over a year (not any more!) but found ourselves very glad we had not changed to a different, more expensive option as it was clean, quiet with good looking modern decor.
Our very reasonably priced room had it's own bathroom and 2 decent sized bed, a window that opened a fair way AND excellent free WI-FI, no catch!
When we had to pay for our room the receptionist was very friendly and helpful despite our speaking little if any Catalan, with his small amount of English we managed to sort our room for the whole trip on the second day.
The area it is located in is quite a residential area so it was peaceful and there was a fantastic bakery just a couple of doors down from the hostel which we frequented throughout our stay.

Overall it was a great stay, I hope this up to date review will encourage others to stay in this top class budget hostel especially those destined for Primavera Fest as the bus to the festival stops just a few yards away and for those visiting the city it is just a 5 minute walk to the metro where you can get to anywhere from!

Room Tip: All rooms seem to be identical which rules out agonising if you will get a worse room than others!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

Good price /buen precio
Simple
Confortable / comodo
Clean / limpio
Good location / buena localizacion

You will find a confortable room, clean, with hot water and a tv. Thats it .....

  • Stayed February 2012
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Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2012

It has been almost a year since our stay, so what I can remember:

The good:

- cheap
- 5 minutes from subway, 20 minutes ride to city center
- the neighbourhood looked a little bit scary at night (but the streets were empty and we didn't experience any problems) but in the morning it turned into a very lively residential area with many shops, cafes and a huge grocery market across the street where we bought fresh food every day
- we had a clean double bed room for ourselves with private bathroom

The not so good:

- the bed was small for two people
- the hotel was going through a reconstruction, so there was some noise and dust there, I guess it's different now.

Can't remember much more. But I know I can recommend this one if you don't want to pay extra for a better location.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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sligo ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2009

We stayed 6 nights at this hotel, even though it is not in a touristy area getting around was not a problem as the metro was at the end of the street.The room was basic with an en-suite bathroom but very comfortable even without airconditioning, though our room did have a balcony. The stay was made even better than we hoped by the high standards of the staff. From pointing us in the right direction for good food and sights to comming back to find a a very clean room each evening. Even though there is no restuarant I would recommend the pizza! Value for money definately. Another plus in our case was the fact that the owner had very good english and this was one of the many reasons as well as the wonderful city that Barcelona is made our stay there a holiday to remember and makes us want to come back again as soon as we can.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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abraxas08001, owner at Hostal Athenas, responded to this review, 25 June 2009
Thank you very much. Reviews like yours makes our everyday work worthwhile!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2009

was here to catch the primavera rock festival at the Forum. Hostel was well located for festival but a little isolated from central barcelona (fine in the day but had to catch a metro on time in eve). Very friendly and helpful inspite of a few mishaps (there seemed to be persistent problem with reading cards - room and credit) and great to have the privacy of my own room. Shared bath but never had a problem with this.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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2 Thank dannerssc
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Hostal_Athenas, owner at Hostal Athenas, responded to this review, 15 June 2009
We regret the inconvenience caused by a card reader/recorder that wasn't working properly, The recorder has been replaced and the problem with the cards has now been fixed.

The underground system opening hours remain unchanged: Mondays to Thursdays 5:00 to 24:00, Fridays 5:00 to 02:00 and Saturdays 05:00 to 05:00, days prior to 1/1-24/6,15/8 and 24/9 non-stop service. Night buses leaving form the Centre (Plaça Catalunya) have improved their frequency, becoming a good alternative when the underground service is not available.
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Property: Hostal Athenas
Address: Andreu Soler 2, 08930 Sant Adria de Besos, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Sant Adria de Besos
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Sant Adria de Besos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostal Athenas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Athenas is a modest but clean hostel that occupies the 2nd ,3rd and 4th floor of a comercial building. Hostal Athenas is located at the heart of Sant Adrià de Besòs, a seaside city just off the city limits of Barcelona following the coast. It is very well comunicated (as little as 25 min. from the center of Barcelona city center by underground). The area is a commercial but quiet zone and counts with many shops, bars and restaurants.SERVICES- We provide hot and cold snacks and drinks- Internet point (Wi-Fi)- Laundry- Fax service. ... more   less 
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