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“Simple, clean, safe with excellent location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Pension Casa Blanca
Ranked #111 of 325 Barcelona B&B and Inns
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Milwaukee, WI
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132 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Simple, clean, safe with excellent location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile


Pension casa blanca- its clean, simple accommodation with a central location. Its across the street from jaume metro right next to "cappacino" cafe. Its on the 3rd floor, second door (hence in the address 3,2). I found if you take the elevator its floor 3, but by stairs its like floor 5. They hotel will contact you via email before you arrive to confirm your arrival time. The room has towels changed daily, soap, tv, and a veranda window with mini walk out area. The owner is very friendly but his english is limited (but he will try to help any way he can). Gothic quarters is literally right around the corner (take a left going out the door). There is a plain grocery store 1 block away if you take a right on laicenta, but even better is the grocery going left on laicenta called veritas across street from the metro and statue. It has specialty foods like gluten free, tofu products, happy meat, organic fruit, greek yogurt, and amazing bread. Even little further up is Nostrum (across from starbucks)which is premade take away sandwiches, salads, and wine. The hotel is 5 minutes walk to museum picasso take princess street and 8 min walk to plaza catlunya to take the bus to the airport (aerobus). Overall I would recomend it if you value location over fancy accomodations.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Basic Room for 2 (11) but clean and fit for purpose - namely somewhere to sleep and shower. Ideally placed for Gothic Quarter and El Born - both have great buildings, bars, tapas venues. 20 mins walk to beach if you want to go there. 15 minutes walk from Placa Catalunya for the airport bus. 25 mins walk for Sagrida Familia. Dont bother with taxis, take in the city on foot. Las Ramblas less than 10 mins away and the same for both food markets.
Room was at back of building but still a bit noisy with passing bikes and tourists but thats what you expect in the city.
Only downside was the loo. The walls to the loo do not go to the top of the ceiling so if you are conscious of the noise of your ablutions, you will need to turn on the tv. Scented spray is also provided by the owner for excess smell from last nights tapas.... : )

Room Tip: The signage to the pension is discreet so look out for the large coffee house virtually next door...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Costa de Barcelona, Spain
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

A simple Pension with basic furnishings. Very clean & safe. Great location- a 2 minute walk from The Cathedral & Gothic area. Jaume 1 Metro station is just across the road, and behind that the Born area with interesting shops, chuches and squares. Our room was at the front of the building with a small balcony overlooking the busy Via Laietana but with the windows and shutters closed it was well soundproofed. The wall mounted fan kept the room cool enough.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Jerusalem, Israel
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34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Canada
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262 reviews
168 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Matteo S
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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 #111 of 325 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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