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“Clean and great location but horrible facilities”

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Pension Casa Blanca
Ranked #132 of 308 Barcelona B&B and Inns
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Clean and great location but horrible facilities”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

The good things first. The room was clean, had hot water, safe location. Very well situated - close to the metro, five minutes walking instance from anywhere we had to be. Great Irish bar downstairs with food and a good beer selection. Supermarket in 2 minutes walking distance with a good selection of food and drinks.

The bad... The room was tiny. We were prepared for pension and not hotel quality, but still. There was barely room to move and no room for our suitcase and clothes in the tiny cupboard. No AC but there is a fan that partially helps (we were here in August, temperatures were around 27C during the day). There was light from the hallway that made it difficult to sleep, noises from adjacent rooms, etc. because the whole facility is basically a big apartment split into a bunch of tiny rooms - and not very professionally constructed either.

The bathroom is tiny and it is nearly impossible to take a shower without hurting yourself or spilling water everywhere. The hose to the showerhead keeps hitting you on the head. The sink is really inconvenient and tiny, with only cold water. The bed and mattress are really inadequate - every tiny move wakes up the other person. No fridge in the room so it's impossible to bring breakfast or supper from the supermarket, or even drinks.

To summarize, it was not very expensive (although not cheap!) but we expected something better. There is no chance we will come back. We would happily pay more for a larger room, AC, a fridge, and a decent bathroom.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Elmer and his wife may not speak a great deal of English, but they run a very tidy hostel in an amazing location. Jaume 1 metro is a minute away, the road opposite leads to the Born area and the Ramblas are accessible within 5 minutes. You can walk, get a bus or one-stop metro journey to the Barceloneta beach area. The two bed twin was much nicer than the three bed room, which was a bit too basic. But great value.

Room Tip: Get a room at the back. Too noisy at the front.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Canada
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

The central location on Via Laeitana was ideal - next to metro station, near La Rambla, the beach and Plaza Catalunya. The rooms were simple but comfortable room, one with a view over Via Laeitana, although there was a bit of street noise in the this one. Good wifi, friendly welcome and helpful staff (particularly when we got separated while drinking and needed to be let in when one of us returned late without a key). Great price considering it is in the heart of Barcelona.

Room Tip: Front rooms have view, back rooms are quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

The hotel is located in the heart of the old city center, close to the main attractions of Barrio Gotico and Raval. The room was very clean.
Unfortunately, the staff members do not speak english.
The metro stop Jaume I is just outside the hotel. Thanks to this, every attraction of the city can be reached easily.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

Affordable, very clean and organized. Close to all the main attractions, metro stations, shops, restaurants....and the hosts were wonderful....LOVED IT. Would definitley go back.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

This hostel is close to everything, metro station seconds away from the front door, a great Irish bar below which serves very good Irish breakfast (English Breakfast), shops and good food places near, 10-15minute walk from the beach, La rambles one of the main areas is parallel to the street via laietana.
Its the perfect place to stay for a short break in Barcelona.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Pension Casa Blanca
Address: Via Laietana, 23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Ranked #132 of 308 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
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Hotel Class:2 star — Pension Casa Blanca 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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