This place is no Waldorf Astoria, but it is not a student hostel either. Notice a different spelling: hostal vs hostel. In Spain, the word 'hostal' is used to describe a small, family-run hotel, typically in a residential building, often with shared facilities. That's what Eddy Rooms is, a hostal. I've stayed in hostals in Spain before, so I knew exactly what to expect.
The place was fairly easy to find, about 10 minutes walking from Plaza Catalunya where the Airbus drops you off on your way from the airport. There is also a metro station within 3 minutes walking from the hostal.
Eddy Rooms is owned and managed by two German gentlemen. Gunther, the older guy, seems to live on the premises and doesn't speak much English. He serves breakfast and brews his own rather good coffee. Norbert, the younger guy, usually shows up afte 1pm and he speaks fluent English. He is the one who gives you the map, explains about all the important spots in the city, and takes you to your room. Both guys are super friendly and nice.
Upon check in, Norbert told me that their breakfast is very minimalistic, so I had very low expectations when I went to have breakfast on my first morning there. True, they do not serve ham and cheese, but they had fresh fruit, yogurt, different kinds of breads, pastries, jams, orange juice, good coffee, and a decent selection of teas. I liked their breakfast a lot and so did many other people I met in the dining room. Norbert also told me that everyone is welcome to bring their own stuff for breakfast, which in the meantime could be stored in the 2nd floor fridge.
There are two downsides to this hostal.
1. Unless you are the Hunchback of Notre Dame or are planning to become one, you are not going to like their pillows. The pillow I had was very thick and firm, not quite like a brick, but thick and firm to make me rather uncomfortable.
2. They start serving breakfast at 8:30 am. If you are an early riser or if you have plans to go on day trips outside of the city, this may not be particularly convenient. I had to check out of the hotel at about 8:30 am to catch my flight back home, so I asked Gunther if it is possible to have the breakfast a bit earlier. He gave me a rather firm 'no'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eddy's GuestHouse Situated in the heart of Barcelona, 5 min walk from Plaza Catalunya (where the airport bus stops). located in el Example in an old, gothic style building typical to the neighbourhood. The residence provides a quiet, relaxed atmosphere that you can call home throughout your stay in the city. All of our spacious rooms are uniquely and tastefully decorated and a continental breakfast is served. Come and sit on our balcony, sip your coffee and watch the city go by at Eddy´s Guest House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eddy`s Guest House Barcelona Hotel Barcelona
- Eddy's Guest House Barcelona Catalonia