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“Adjust your expectations and get an interior room.”
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Gran Hotel Barcino
Ranked #434 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
London, UK
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“Adjust your expectations and get an interior room.”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

As everyone has already noted, this is not a 4-star hotel. More like 2-star. The secret to dealing with this place is to get that into your head and adjust your expectations accordingly.

I stayed here with my wife and daughter for 4 nights in July 2014. Before booking, we read all the reviews about this hotel and still went ahead. Why? Firstly the location was great, close to everything. Secondly the price was great; 2 of the 4 nights cost less than EUR 100/night, including breakfast. Not bad for a triple room in July when Barcelona is completely full.

Upon arrival, we discovered that our request for a “quiet room on a high floor” had been ignored. Instead, we got room 202, facing the street, which was not even a triple; more like a double with an extra bed crammed in. The room was not exactly huge to begin with; with an extra bed, there was barely space to move. We asked to be relocated but were told that there were no other rooms available. Since we had arrived late (11pm) I was prepared to forgive them for this.

As previous reviewers have noted, your chances of getting any sleep in rooms facing the street are next to zero. Although there is very little traffic noise and no noisy clubs nearby, you suffer from all the drunks shouting at the top of their lungs at 4.00 am. And noise really echoes around those old buildings at night!

Next day, after being offered a small “interior” room (606) or a larger "street" room (218) we relocated to room 201, the other side of the corridor from our original room. Not only was this an interior room (the window looks out onto an internal courtyard) but also it was twice the size of our original room; more like a junior suite with a sofa, sofa-bed and walk-in closet, so easily accommodating the 3 of us. The decent-sized bathroom even had a Jacuzzi! For the next 3 nights we slept like babies!

Having wandered around the hotel and looked at the floor plan on the fire escape notice, I’m guessing that there are only 1 or 2 of such rooms on each floor. If you have a chance, grab one! It will make a difference to your stay. Even if there are only 2 of you and you have to pay a small premium for a “triple” room.

Other observations:
1. Breakfast consists of a buffet with 7 kinds of sausage, a vegetable tortilla, hard boiled eggs, bread rolls, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea, coffee. Sounds OK? Not really; the sausages are low quality and greasy, the ham and cheese are industrial & processed, the drinks (hot & cold) come from a machine. If I were in charge, I’d reduce the variety and increase the quality. What’s wrong with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, fresh coffee & OJ, decent bread? Breakfast was included in our room rate but I would not pay extra for this, especially with so many cafes nearby.
2. The air-conditioning is basic and certainly not to “American” standards. It takes away the worst of the heat, but no more, even with the thermostat to the lowest setting and the fan to the max. Make sure you leave it on when you leave the room.
3. We had no problems with wi-fi. It worked fine in every room we tried as well as in the public areas. Likewise, we had no problems with insects and each room was spotlessly clean. Yes, the furniture and fittings are old but remember, its really a 2-star!
4. Regarding the street noise, Barcelona is a noisy place and if you get a street-facing room in any old building, you will have the same problem.
5. Many reviewers have commented on the “unfriendly” and “unhelpful” staff. This was not our experience. One gentleman on the front desk (Henry) was especially helpful to us when changing rooms. Also, bear in mind that, just as this is not really a 4-star hotel, so most of the people staying here are not really “4-star people”. If I had to deal with them all day, I might have to force the occasional smile. Treat the staff with respect, speak to them in their own language (or at least try) and they will reciprocate. Works everywhere in the world, not just here.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This hotel is far below 4-star standards. Although it is well located (1min from Metro, 3min from La Rabla) and the staff is pretty helpful I don't recommend it to anyone. My room was clean but it didn't have full-size windows. I couldn't even open those 'ventilators' and look outside. Providing that the room was very dark and creepy. Air conditioner was old-fashioned and looked like it was 50 years old. I had wi-fi connection only in my bathroom :)
Breakfast was 16€+VAT and totally wasn't worth its price. Poor selection of fruits/vegetables, no live cooking etc.
I would maybe consider staying there if it had a price of 2-star hotel but for this price I dont recommend it at all. In my opinion it is a hotel of very poor quality.

Room Tip: Some rooms don't have full-sized windows.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Rivalta di Torino, Italy
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Well, for the start I really dont know how this hotel has 4 stars ****. I stayed for a weekend here in july and compare to other hotels with 4 stars does not compare at all.For example I always had problems with my key-card for my room, the noise from the street was unbearable all the time, but the biggest problem was the climate control system , which I think, was full of bacteria because the smell was like in a sewer, absolutely disgusting. I asked for a another room but they told me they dont have free rooms. When I remember about that experience I get pissed off instantly. My advise for you is to avoid this s****y hotel from Barcelona.Lucky me the city offered me beautiful experiences... Anyway, avoid this hotel!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Apparently the star ratings of hotels in Barcelona are vastly different from everywhere else we have been. I would say this is maybe a 2 or a 2+ at best. Front desk staff weren't very friendly, the wifi didn't work at all the 3 nights we were there, the elevator was constantly broken and we had to pay 3 Euros per day to get the key to use the safe THAT WAS IN OUR ROOM.
There were a few positives. The room was clean, and we had a little Juliet balcony that faced the street which was lovely to have at night to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. Also, the location was great and close to lots of shopping and an easy walk to the beach.
Considering we paid the same price for night for the Barcino as we did for the actual 4 star hotel Catalonia Born, we would for sure stay at the Catalonia again over this place.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

I have stayed at hotels all over Europe, anywhere between 1 and 4 stars. This hotel is, without a doubt, the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. First of all, I have never come across such rude management. The man at the front desk who told us he was a manager literally shouted at us when we discretely tried to tell him about the many bugs we had found in our room. Then he told us "he didn't understand the problem." So we went to the tourist office to ask the woman who we had booked the hotel through to help us with our issue (bugs all over our room) and when she called this so called manager he proceeded to yell at her too! Later on, we also had the house keeping manager rudely shout at us about how she didn't see the problem. We were literally scared to enter the hotel because we thought someone was going to start shouting at us at any moment.
So more on these bugs, I've never encountered a bed bug before but after staying in this hotel I had dozens of bites all over my body. I have pictures of what they looked like and I can only assume based on the research I have done on google and after showing the pictures we took of them to a few people who are much more familiar with bugs than me that that's what they were. Both of my arms were nearly completely covered in itchy bites. By covered I mean there was 40+ on each arm. For two weeks after staying here I had to constantly take antihistamines and use lotions on my skin to reduce the itching. Needless to say, this took a real negative toll on my European vacation.
After the terrible treatment we received by management and the horrible itching caused by the bugs at this hotel (which they yelled at us about) I tried to contact the hotel chain, Gargallo Group, to tell them about our negative stay and to request some sort of compensation. I have sent them three e-mails and they have not so much as bothered to send a reply. Therefore, not only do I highly recommend you stay as far as possible away from this hotel, but from the entire chain in general. They clearly do not train their management properly or care about their guests.

Room Tip: Our room was incredibly loud and I assume all rooms would be because it is a relatively busy area an...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Laguna Niguel
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We were only in Barcelona for one night and I wanted a good rate in the Gothic Quarter. I came prepared with earplugs for the noise. I guess we lucked out and hand a room not on the street. Best night sleep in 12 nights as the bed was a great improvement over the horrific Disney Cruise bed. Even though we were adjacent to the elevator, no noise at all. Clean comfortable room in a great location and a very fair price.

But the only thing I want to add for future travelers is that the staff was clueless in regard to the shuttle to the airport. I had not looked that up prior to going and my memory had faded from my last trip to Barcelona. The shuttle should be a selling point for this hotel but for some reason they offered no guidance. For those that don't know, the shuttle costs 5.9 Euros and leaves every 10 minutes from Catalonia Square or whatever it is. It is a totally easy walk from this hotel letting you take one last stroll past the old Cathedral, through the old Roman gate and then a few yards to the shuttle letting you say your goodbyes to the city with a final walk thinking "oh how I did not get enough of the sipping chocolate."

Room Tip: I guess away from the street side.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Me with my family and other friends stayed there from 12th May to 14th May 2014. Nice location. Rooms were neat and clean. But they charged me approx 40 euros extra (I paid 910 euros instead of 864 euros) which was totally unacceptable. The reason they explained that it was for city tax which was not written in my booking confirmation.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Gran Hotel Barcino
Address: Jaime I , 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#217 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Gran Hotel Barcino 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Gothic quarter, surrounded by shops, restaurants and leisure areas, Gran Hotel Barcino offers you to enjoy Barcelona with all the comforts of a 4 star hotel. Thanks to its excellent location, accessible within a few minutes walking las Ramblas, the beach, the Cathedral... Near the hotel you will find a parking fee and several public transport options to move comfortably through Barcelona. The Gran Hotel Barcino is located at C / Jaume I, 6, street giving to the famous plaza de Sant Jaume, where the Generalitat de Catalunya and the City Hall are located. Its prime location in the famous Gothic quarter, within the historic centre of Barcelona, and its proximity to the Cathedral, las Ramblas, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions, make it the perfect accommodation choice for Barcelona. The Gran Hotel Barcino, located in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, offers 68 comfortable rooms, decorated in a modern and cosy style with marble floors and spacious bathrooms. All the rooms have: air conditioning and heating, telephone, TV, private bathroom with shower or bathtub, hairdryer and toiletries, safe (with charge) and Wi-Fi Internet. ... more   less 
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