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El Balcon del Born
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Totally agree with John C, explorer1970 & Kerstin Z.

We took six rooms, two of which had on suite bathrooms
Our hosts made us fell very much at home & could not have been more friendly & helpful.
We had a great time & will return if we get the chance

Room Tip: Sharing a bathroom is no problem, we thought room 1 the best, big & nearest the bathroom
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

The staff at this B&B could not have been more friendly and helpful.
Ideally situated the accommodation was clean with real character and the breakfast was plentiful.
I was with a group of friends and we took over the whole floor which made the experience extra special.

Room Tip: Only one room has its own en suite and the two bathrooms are shared by four bedrooms.
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

From first email contact to the time we left, El Balcon del Born cannot be praised more! Pablo came to find us as we couldn't quite find the entrance, he welcomed us with an ice cold beer and map filled with lots of ideas, restaurants, recommendations, tips and directions. He tried to change a booking we had for a restaurant, without any prompting from us, he got straight on the phone.
The apartments are old and beautiful, basic room but lovely old wardrobe. There was no fridge in the room but one just outside in the kitchen, where we could buy very cheap drinks. Breakfast was continental but plentiful, the coffee was lovely! You could also have the choice of having breakfast on the intimate balcony
We had the en-suite room, with a lovely balcony overlooking the square. Lots of people have complained about the noise from outside and if you are a light sleeper I recommend you take ear plugs but if you enjoy the city as you should, you will be too tired to worry about the noise.
The location was perfect, a stroll to the port in one direction and Las Ramblas in the other. Lots of bars and restaurants around. No noise from these, just the traffic.
We told Pablo that we got engaged in Barcelona and when we arrived back that afternoon a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a lovely personal note was waiting for us from Pablo and Tom.
On our last day, check out was 12 but our flight was not until 22.40, we had to vacate the room but were allowed to keep our keys and use the shower facilities, kitchen and balcony until we had to leave for our flight. We also met Roberto, who I was originally speaking to via email and he was lovely
If you want a base to visit Barlelona then El Balcon is perfect, especially if you have never been before as Pablo could not be more helpful. We will definantly be going back to Barcelona and will stay at El Balcon

Room Tip: according to the reviews, higher up. bring ear plugs and enjoy Barclona, you will then be very tired!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank explorer1970
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We loved it! Located in El Born, but at a quiet little plaza, it is the perfect place to stay. The team does everything for making you happy. One bathroom for 2 rooms is absolutely no problem, because everything is so well kept and cleaned up every day. Many thanks again to Anna, Tomek and Roberto - you are wonderful!

Room Tip: We had room 4 and 5 with little balcons - both very nice.
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2  Thank Kerstin Z
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

We had a great stay at this very comfortable B&B in Barcelona. The location is in the heart of El Born which makes it very convenient to walk to most of the sights in the old city. Our room (#1) was bright, spacious and even had a tiny balcony which made it quite charming. There is only 1 room with a balcony on the upper floor and we felt quite lucky and special to have got it after requesting it on arrival. There are two shared bathrooms on the floor which are very clean and also a small shared toilet. That said we never had to wait at any time even during the busy morning hours.

The highlight of our stay without doubt was Anna, our host who made our stay really special just by being very friendly and helpful at all times, together with her excellent recommendations of what to see and do and where to eat and drink. We were very impressed by the handy booklet listing recommended places to visit as well as eat and drink, that was given to us upon our arrival. Anna even prioritised places to see considering the time we had and also must eat and must do things in Barcelona. We were so glad we covered most of the must dos suggested by her as they were the real hidden local gems where we had the best tapas.

Her brother, Tomek was one of the warmest and most considerate persons we've met. He went out of his way to help even though his English was not as good as Anna's (although infinitely better than our Espanol). He made sure the place was obsessively neat and clean. Our room was cleaned daily and the bed made.

The room is equipped very well with all basic amenities, breakfast was just right with excellent coffee, warm and cold milk, fresh orange juice, fresh bread, ham, cheese, cereals and yogurts.
We recommend this gem to anyone visiting Barcelona and you will see why it ranks as #1 on tripadvisor for making your trip to Barcelona extra special.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony if you can
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