We enjoyed 3 nights stay at this guesthouse from Easter Friday to Easter Monday.
The owner or his wife will always be there when you are checking-in. You'll get a tourist map from them and they will tell you the best ways to get to the attractions from this guest-house.
Getting there - From the airport take the Aerobus to Plaza Catalunia (5.90 Euros each way per adult). You will get down at the northern part of Plaza Catalunia. Cross the street to go the eastern side of Plaza Catalunia (this is at your left hand side, ~40m). Here you'll see a bus stop with time-table of bus # 41. It would be good to buy a T10 ticket before boarding this bus (else for each adult you have to pay 2.15 Euros to the guesthouse). Just for safety, ask the driver if it goes to 'Frederic Mompou - Avda Icaria' stop (if I remember correctly, this is the 2nd last of bus 41 in this direction). If the driver says "Si" just get in and enjoy the city for ~15 minutes. After getting down at the bus stop, immediately cross the road (not much traffic in this area) and continue along the footpath in the direction of the bus. Take the first left turn (do not go till the crossing in front), this is a very narrow one way street. You will see some very old buildings on either side of this street and number 26 is on the right hand side of this very narrow street. The B&B Barcelona will be written in small letters on the letter box and the entrance is a small single heavy wooden door.
Amenities - The building itself is old but its inside is renovated and has all facilities. Our room was fitted with a/c machine to beat the heat at night. We took the double room with private toilet/bathroom and common kitchen. It has all the basic things one needs to cook with coffee m/c & tea-bags always available (make yourself). The roof-top terrace with easy-chairs can be enjoyed up to 22:00 hrs. I think no room is bigger that 20 sq. meters in size.
Location - The bus-stop 'Frederic Mompou' delivers a good connection. Else you can walk north-west ~10 min. from the guesthouse to the nearest metro-stop Bogatell (L4, yellow-line). To hit the sand one needs to walk ~10 min to the south. There is a supermarket within a shopping-mall at 5 min walking distance. On holidays the is a small kiosk open up to 00:00 hrs at ~6min walking distance where you get the most basic stuff (milk, juice, bread, water, etc.).
While booking I was a little concerned about the location since I wanted to cover a lot of spots in the city within a short time. But after my trip I can only recommend this hotel.
Facilities - Bikes are available for rent @ 7 Euros for 1/2-day or 10 Euros for full-day. Printing facilities (only for a few pages) are also there with 50 cents per page black&white only. Lots of books & magazines were also there at the reception shelf. Beach towels are available at rent and umbrellas can also be requested in case of rain. If you have any questions, the owners are always willing to search out the answer and are very helpful.
They charge 20 Euros as a security deposit for the a/c remote-control and for the keys. Disposable slippers are given to all guests since they have strict no shoes policy inside the rooms. Evey thing in the guesthouse was very neat and clean.
Cons- I really have to think about it. The walls are thin and so if other guests are using the common bathrooms you can hear the shower water running. Of if people are out there in the kitchen or in their rooms chatting, then you can hear their voice from other rooms. WiFi router was not strategically located so that the furthest room can have decent signal strength.
I would like stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy, clean, quiet. And just 3 minutes walking to the beach :) ... more less
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