We stayed at Hostal Q in Barcelona for 4 nights in mid-August 2013. Although we would have liked windows, the room was just what we needed for our brief visit in Spain. We were not bothered by street noise and light because we were in an inside room. We did notice the metro rumbling underneath the hotel, but this was infrequent during the night and did not affect our ability to sleep. The bathroom was beautiful with tasteful minimalist decor, as was the bedroom.
The desk personnel were all excellent and helpful. WiFi was free and available, as well as 3 laptops in a common area next to the small eating area with a couple of tables and some chairs for those who brought in outside food. There were also some magazines, books, and information regarding Spain and Barcelona for perusal. Drink machine next to the elevator.
Even though there is no food service offered, there is a bakery/sandwich/coffee shop literally a few doors to the right of Hostal Q after you step out the front door. Yes, the metro is a short distance to the left of the front door on the corner. Catalunya Square is about a 10-minute walk to your left, too. There you can walk to Les Ramblas, catch the hop on, hop off sightseeing bus, or shop in El Corte Ingles Department Store, for example. Small, quality restaurants are located within easy walking distance, from next door, to a couple of blocks away.
Please note that in Spain the words "hostel" and "hostal" designate two different types of budget accommodation. A "hostel" refers to accommodation that is often dormitory style with several beds per room and usually includes shared bathroom facilities, sometimes with only a lavatory in the sleeping area. There might also be shared kitchen facilities in a hostel. Hostels also tend to be frequented more by younger, college-aged customers.
On the other hand, a "hostal" refers to a small budget hotel, usually providing small private rooms and private bathroom facilities and limited amenities. Hostal Q is a good example of the hostal. It's customers ranged.from college students to young families with babies to senior travelers looking for budget accommodation.
Our goal was to see highlights of Barcelona in a just a few days. We managed to do this easily using the hop on, hop off bus, metro, walking, and taxis. Our focus was Gaudi's Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and the Park Guell, among his other works and the wonderful Picasso Museum tucked away in a small alley.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hostel Q has 21 double rooms, functional and comfortable. All rooms have private bathroom, LCD TV, air conditioning and heating. Most of them face to the street plenty of natural light. There are rooms with queen size bed and others with two beds. Remember selecting the appropiate option when you book your room. The rooms are fully equiped, all with a full bathroom with a fantastic rain shower. The room has a flat screen TV, and free wifi signal inside the room. The Guest rooms are completely new, we are opening on summer 2011. This new urban design makes the hostal Q a excelent place to enjoy Barcelona, without spending a lot of money. We offer a new and demanded kind of hotel establishment, simplicity, quality, design and especially a good price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Q Barcelona, Catalonia