Europe is getting way too expensive for my tastes but it can still be done on a budget but nowhere near as cheaply as in days gone by...the Euro is hurting everyone. Pension Alamar combines the cheapest rooms in the best location for those seeking something centrally located. It is in the Gothic area, near to La Rambla, metro, the harbor, etc. And lots of cheap eateries can be found nearby as long as you avoid the obvious tourist joints which encompasses many of the restaurants in the area.
We purchased most of our beer and wine in grocery stores and only splurged once on a high priced paella meal which was good but not worth the $80 (including a good bottle of Vin Verdeho) for the two of us.
The manager Roger is a great young guy. He understands the people seeking the type of accommodation he supplies (cheap and basic) and consciously explains the various alternatives regarding prices for various activities from cheap to expensive.
the rest of the staff is a sweet little older lady and her grumpy husband; neither of whom speak english but they are patient and for us communication wasn't an issue. Lots of pointing and gestures and waiting for Roger to show up for detailed information and directions.
The rooms are small and basic (12 cells with 2 toilets and 2 showers). The exterior rooms are very noisy (Barcelona never sleeps and this is in the heart of it) and ear plugs didn't eliminate the noise. The few interior rooms are deliciously quiet and cool, except for noise made by other guests/staff.
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- Pension Alamar Hotel Barcelona
- Pension Alamar Barcelona, Catalonia