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“Good location, large, clean, and bright but a bit sterile”
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Black & White Home
Ranked #248 of 723 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Asheville, North Carolina
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107 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Good location, large, clean, and bright but a bit sterile”
Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

The location just off La Ramblas between the waterfront and the Plaza Catalonia is excellent. The apartment was large and clean and adequately appointed (it looked like an IKEA showroom). There are an unusual number of very explicit house "rules" and exorbitant potential additional charges (like a $200 euro lost-key charge that they remind you of several times, and a very high charge for late/early arrival). The fellow who met us at the apartment was very friendly and helpful (if a bit hurried, he was late for a football game), but the overall customer service experience was far less accommodating and far more impersonal than the many other similar places we have stayed in Europe. The rates were expensive but a good value considering the location. I would consider staying here again if I couldn't find a better alternative.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

The location is fantastic - right in the middle of the action. We were a couple staying so stayed in the back bedroom so noise wasnt an issue (I could imagine sleeping in the lounge you may get a bit disturbed) and everything was clean and had all the useful amenities. There's a little supermarket near enough next door and the metro is just outside too.
The chap who met us, called me about the time he expected us to have exited and as we were still leaving the airport, I called him back 10 mins later and he was there waiting for us when we arrived (he was keeping an eye on the flights so had seen we had experienced a delay) He was very friendly and explained everything. Easy to leave as well - just leave things as normal e.g. no massive cleaning exercise needed. Very enjoyable and would come again.

Room Tip: We were on the third floor
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Isabel S, Gerente at Black & White Home, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Thank you so much for your kind and valuable opinion. We work hard in order to offer a comfortable and a nice stay in Barcelona. The satisfaction of our clients is our major reward. Hoping to welcome you again in Barcelona soon.

Best Regards,
Isabel Salazar
Managing Director
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

The two members of staff we met (the guy who came to greet us and the cleaner) were both very friendly. The location was very good (close to La Rambla, metro station and the opera hall). The bedroom was quiet and spacious. We were happy with our stay overall. It's a good flat for 2 people to stay but you may find it noisy if you sleep in the sofa bed in the living room. But hey, it's next to La Rambla so it's hard to avoid the noise. The quality of the deco wasn't great. The work bench in the kitchen was damaged and the toilet did not stick well to the floor. One night we were woken up by some noise in the kitchen and saw two little mice in our biscuit bag! So maybe the management could do something about it. They could be just off the street so we were not too put off by it. So, if you're staying there, remember to put all your food in the fridge!

Room Tip: Put all your food in the fridge!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2013 via mobile

Great apartment, spacious for 2 persons. Excellent located in the middle of the Ramblas, everything nearby. Room (1st floor) was as pictured, with bedroom conveniently in the back. Friendly reception. Would reccomend.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2012

Very pleased with Black and White House apartments. We will definitely stay here again and enthusiastically recommend to others. Located just steps away from Las Ramblas and very near El Boqueria market; the big open air market. The apartments are quite livable for short term or long term stays; well equipped, good free WiFi Internet. Our 4th floor apartment was exactly as pictured. That said, we found quite a few defects that shouldn't exist; street door only sometimes automatically locks (a big security problem), the interphone doesn't work to buzz people in, the interphone's video camera is too high and doesn't show shorter people, the entrance way smells badly but definitely not our apartment, very low flow on hot shower water, bed's matress is a bit too soft, bath electrical socket is worn and doesn't snap, bath's hair dryer outlet is defective (must continuously hold plug into wall), vacuum in kitchen wall socket kept blowing fuse, bedroom wall socket cover missing, WiFi access code is nearly illegible. None of these was a showstopper for us but it does speak to sloppy management. We were checked in by a nice young man who did a thorough job. The space is ample for a couple.

Room Tip: Call for rendezvous with check-in person immediately upon arrival. This is stated in their email doc...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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South Wales
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24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2012

We found this apartment really easy to get to by public transport, it's very central and easy to get everywehre from here.
Only problem was our flight was late arriving in Barcelona, so consequently we were then later arriving at the apartment than planned. I had rung the contact number when we landed as advised by the paperwork, but the person who was meeting us had not amended her schedule so we were left waiting outside with our bags for a while before we could get access.
We saw a number of people in the same situation as us over the few days we were in Barcelona and I think this could be a bit of a problem if you arrived late at night.
However we were very happy with the apartment - clean and spacious with contemporary furnishings and very spacious.
It has a good sized and well-equipped kitchen and living area and a decent sized bedroom with lots of wardrobe space to the back of the property - so away from the noise of Las Ramblas.
There was free wi-fi and a phone that you can use to make free local calls too.
Carrefour on Las Ramblas is only 5 minutes away which is great for stocking up on supplies.
Just one thing we noticed - the bed is very low and mattress quite soft, so if you have any mobility issues you might end up on the sofa bed
Having said that, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Black & White Home
Address: Carrer Sant Pau, 8, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
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Ranked #248 of 723 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
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Number of rooms: 5
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