The unimaginative name, "Barcelona Rooms 294" had me wondering what I was walking into. But, it was in the area we wanted, and fit our budget. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.
We were warmly greeted by Tina and her husband Jose, who live on the property. They immediately commenced to give us a map of the city and an insiders scoop on Barcelona. My Spanish is abysmal, but Tina speaks English flawlessly. So communication was not a problem.
Our room was clean. It had a little refrigerator, stove and sink, plus a bathroom and groovy low set window that opened out onto the street from the 2nd floor to catch the breeze and the abundant perfume from the spring blossoms. But, if you are planning on hanging out in your room all day and watch t.v., go somewhere else. The room too small for lounging around all day. However, it was fine for us as we spent most of our time out adventuring.
The B&B is in a great location. There are sidewalk cafe's populated by locals every half block or so with good food, good espresso and reasonable prices. A great place to just sit and soak up the atmosphere. We were about three blocks up and three blocks over from the Familia Sagrada and two and a half blocks from the Metro which will get you anywhere you want to go in Barcelona. Park Guell is an easy 20 minute walk. Well, actually get a ride to Park Guell and walk back, as it is uphill to Guell and downhill home. You'll want to save you legs for strolling around the park all afternoon and not be tired when you get there.
It is a charming area, and I would certainly use Barcelona Rooms 294 again. However, next time I will book directly with them instead of using an online agency. Not just to avoid the agency fees and get a better price, but because the online agency I used to book it screwed up the reservation. We had been having trouble with the booking agency before we got to the room. But, my wife wisely had contacted Tina at Barcelona Rooms to confirm before we arrived. By the time we got to Barcelona, the online booking agent still had things all messed up (they never did get it together) but Tina made sure that we were ok. She very professionally made sure the problem stayed between herself and the booking agent, even though the agent was still trying to charge us for nights we did not stay. Tina did a great job of intervening, taking care of us, and making sure we were billed fairly. It could have been a fiasco, but after one conversation with Tina, we never had to worry about it again and were free to enjoy ourselves.
As I said, I would stay here again. The location is unbeatable, the room was clean, my wife felt safe and the price was reasonable. Tina and Jose were great hosts. They seemed like honest and respectable people and were full of good information.
I've included a photo of my wife in the window taken from the street just in front of the B&B. She is a little blurry, But, you can see the building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BARCELONA ROOMS 294 B&B is a small, but well situated, centric, clean, economic alternative for lodging in BARCELONA, for young people who travel on a budget. Our Rooms are small, simple (not much decoration) but well equipped. We have single, double, triple and quadruple rooms all with the possibility to add 1 - 2 extra beds for an additional cost. There are bunk beds in all rooms, some with a double bed under and a single above, others with only single beds. We are open to meet the needs of our clients and we always try to accommodate you in the room that best suits your needs (depending on the availability for the moment, of course). All rooms with private bathroom have refrigerator, microwave, air-conditioner and safe. Two of our 5 rooms with shared bathroom (share 2 bathrooms) have the same equipment. The other three have fans and safes. All rooms have access to the common kitchen. TAKE MAXIMUM ADVANCE OF YOUR TIME with our personalized tourist information! SAVE MONEY using our kitchen or the kitchenette in your room (rooms with private bathroom -except individual room that have refrigerator and microwave) or just take your time at breakfast and eat as much as you want to start the day with a satisfied stomach before you start to explore Barcelona and it's uncountable tourist attractions, from which we are just a few steps away!For example; Sagrada Famila 5 min walking, Centre (Paseo de Gracia) 10 min walking, Park Güell 15 min walking, Ramblas and Plaza Cataluña 5 min with metro (Yellow Line (4) Joanic - 3 min walking from B&B) or 10 min by bus 47, Camp Nou football stadium 15 min by bus nr 15, The beach (Barceloneta, Port Olympic, Bogatell, etc.) 7 min by metro L4 or 10 min by bus 45, Montjuic (Miró Museum, Magic Fountains, National Museum of Art, Olympic Park) 20 min by bus 55...SLEEP WELL! Here you can feel totally at home, safe and free to come and go, only respecting the silence at 11 o'clock pm, so all of us can sleep well and wake up refreshed! WELCOME! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelona Rooms 294 Catalonia