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“Excelent location, really good budget hotel, other reviews don't do it justice”
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Atlas Hotel
Ranked #383 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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“Excelent location, really good budget hotel, other reviews don't do it justice”
Reviewed 15 May 2011

Reading some of the other reviews, I really don't know what some people expect from this type of hotel, in this type of location. They are simply unrealistic. Spent 4 nights here and worked really well.

It also seems as though the hotel has been upgraded since many of the reviews, as the room and bathroom were modern, functional and reasonably stylish. Good powerful shower compared to many hotels, and the beds were comfortable. Rooms were clean, had a free safe and free wi-fi access with very good signal. Staff were helpful and friendly.

Breakfast is advertised as continental, but there was basic hot food. Enough to start you off for the day, but if you want special cereal, fruit juices, or breads, you'll have to buy your own, or this isn't for you.

If you are coming to Barcelona to be guided around and sit on a tourist bus, then maybe not the best choice. Why sit in a hotel when there are so many bars and restaurants close by to the this hotel?

So, if you are coming to visit Barcelona, get around easily and use the hotel as simply a base, this is fantastic. It's about half way down Las Ramblas, so 10-15mins walk from Catalunya Sq, for airport connections, or 10-15mins walk the other way for the port. You are just on the edge of the gothic quarter, so really easy to explore that way as well and many nicer bars / restaurants than on Las Ramplas.

Metro Liceu is really close by on line L3.

It is noisy around the hotel, but that's because of being in this area. And yes there are building works going on around, but that seems to be par for the course in these areas. Ask for an inside room to minimise the noise. So if you want the location, you have to accept the limitations, which other reviewers don't seem to have taken into account.

If you stay here and like walking around, you don't need to buy a Barcelona Card and you only need to use the tourist bus if you are in Barcelona for a very short stay. A 10 ticket bus / metro pass or a day or 2 day unlimited pass if you want to walk less is perfectly adequate. Works out much more cost effective and is much more fun.

For a good tapas restaurant, Taller de tapas www.tallerdetapas.com is quite close to the hotel. Had good meals here, reasonably priced, seems to be used by locals and even when busy the service was good.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

My friend and I stayed here for one night in March. As we had such a short stay we intentionally chose a hotel in the lively Ramblas area in order to make the most of the Barcelona evening atmosphere.

The location was ideal for us: a ten minute walk from the Airport shuttle stop in Placa de Catalunya (also the main stop for the sightseeing buses), right in the heart of the historic Barri Gotic district and just around the corner from the Ramblas.

Reception staff were all pleasant, helpful and spoke very good English. Storing our luggage the next day was no problem. Our twin room was on the first floor and overlooked an old, but characterful, passageway. The room had been modernised and the decor was very tasteful. The bathroom was also very modern and was spotlessly clean, as was the bedroom. The mattress was very soft and comfortable and, if it hadn't been for the noise from passers-by and the occasional nearby building noises, I think I would have slept very well.

Breakfast choice was quite limited, but basically fine. The hotel does not serve evening meals and there is no bar (as far as I am aware) but the location makes up for that; you are literally just around the corner from tapas bars and open air restaurants and there is even a juice bar next door.

Having read previous reviews, and knowing I was staying in a lively area, I was expecting noise, but wasn't expecting the additional hammering sounds which, although they didn't last long into the night, were enough to stop me getting off to sleep.

If I'm lucky enough to return to Barcelona, I'd be happy to stay here again, although I'd have to bring earplugs!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Jacksonville
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Reviewed 8 December 2010

Very, noisy at night and I do mean all night! There are no insulated windows and the street noise is terrible. There is a building next door under construction and they work at night also. There are no washcloths, hand towels in the hotel at all. ( I asked the maid and the front desk clerk) I really expected this in a 3 star hotel.

EXTREMELY HOT WATER. in room 401 and it was hard to regulate. Just a shower no tub . The bar of soap was miniscule. Anyone with small children should be aware of potential scalding.

Breakfast buffet amounted to raw under cooked bacon and burned scrambled eggs for all 3 days I stayed there. We chose to eat breakfast elsewhere rather than risk getting sick from under cooked meat.

I wish I hadn't prepaid for the room on Eurobookings, I would of checked out of the room the first night. The desk clerk told me the owner and his partner own two hostels and are building a third close by. . I must admit I've had BETTER stays at hostels than this hotel. Definately overpriced. I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 28 November 2010

I stayed at the Atlas for 2 nights and found it good value for money. I got there by car, and my Garmin gps wanted me to drive down the stairs from the Rambla to the hotel which you obviously can't do so I ended up parking in the underground parking at the Placa Catalunya at the end of the Rambla and bringing my luggage to the hotel from there. When I got there the WiFi wireless internet was down, and as it turned out it was down all the stay which was a major setback for me, as I partly chose the hotel for having WiFi. I got the room on 4.th floor (5th floor by American calculation) facing the street in front of the hotel, room 404. The photos are of that room. The location is amazing! Right next to the Rambla, just across from the Rambla is the Boqueria market and the Liceu subway station is right between on the Rambla. Tip: When shopping in the Boqueria, never buy from the stalls in the center walkway, you get considerably cheaper prices by going right or left a couple of aisles. I booked it without breakfast as I rarely get up in time for it so I can't talk about it, but you really don't want to get your breakfast there in any case, go into the narrow streets of the old Barcelona away from the Rambla and pick a little place there to have your breakfast, tapas and whatnot. All in all, if you can get a room at a decent price then it's a good choice for exploring Old Barcelona and the Ramblas area.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2010

The only thing excellent in this hotel is the location. Its just seconds away from the Ramblas. Rooms are adequately sized, but beds are terribly worn out and sagging. Bathrooms are nice and modern. The noise level can be distracting as people were going to and fro in the street, but hey its the Rambla area and its Spain! Breakfast is OK but if you are this near to La Boqueria, there is no excuse not to have fabulous breakfast or meals for that matter! I would probably stay here again given the chance.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 31 July 2010

Although the hotel was described as being within 10 minutes walk of the Liceu underground station, it was actually within 30 seconds walk! This is just what you need after a tiring journey. The hotel backed onto Las Ramblas so convenient for bars,cafes, getting around on the underground, buses or just walking. The hotel is only 2 years old, everything looked fairly new. Bathroom and bedroom looked modern. The only downside being very poor quality mattress. However after a long days sightseeing this didn't prevent me from sleeping!
Breakfast was more than satisfactory and all staff were friendly and helpful. Air conditioning in the rooms was well used in the summer heat.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2010

We stayed here for a city break and the location was absolutely perfect, just off the main street .The hotel itself was pretty basic but good value for money and clean. Exactly what you want when there is so much to do in Barcelona!! One thing that did annoy was the beds, they were poos quality and 2 singles. Other than that would definitely recommend for a value for money hotel!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Atlas Hotel
Address: Cardenal Casanas 11, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #383 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Atlas Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This design hotel has an excellent location in a quiet side street only 20 metres from the famous Las Ramblas. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.The Hotel Atlas is set in the historic centre of Barcelona. It is a short walk from the Boquería Market, the Liceu theatre and the Cathedral. ... more   less 
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