I'm currently sat in Hostal Malda wondering why they have any positive reviews. This "hostal" can only be described as an utter dive. After finally climbing 4 flights of unsafe stairway we arrived and were greeted by a very unpleasant man who you couldn't quite work out whether he was speaking spanish/catalan or a language he made up. After a mixture of hand gestures, nods and confusion we finally recieved the key (allowing the man to return to his seat to watch tv loudly throughout the night). However it then took another 10 mins to get in to the room as only brute force and shoving of the key would actuallly open the door. Upon entering the room the light didn't work and there was an overpowering smell of mould. I decided to go to the balcony for some fresh air however you start to question your safety when you look down and can see the street through gaps between the concrete flooring of the balcony. The nights sleep could not have been worse, the tranquil quite street described on the website could not have been further from the truth. Dustcarts, bars and the general hussle and bussle continued way into the early hours of the morning. I suppose it didn't help that the window couldn't be closed properly. This has continued every night, aswell as the occasional grunt from the owner as you leave and return to the hostal. I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't read the reviews of this place before they come like we did!!!
- Also Known As:
- Hostal Malda Barcelona, Catalonia