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Hotel Condestable
Ranked #404 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
Hampshire, UK.
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68 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Worst hotel I've ever stayed in”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2012

Well I guess you get what you pay for and, if you thought the lowish cost of this hotel's rates seemed too good to be true, then you'd be right.

Unfortunately we lost our booking to a three star hotel and took a risk switching to the Condestable (which always seems to have empty rooms - I wonder why?) at short notice. After the first sleepless night of many, we dubbed this the Hotel Detestable.

Let's get the plus points out of the way first,as this won't take long: the staff are friendly and helpful (and almost seem embarrassed by the hotel's shortcomings) and the central location is ideal for visiting Barcelona's many sites.

OK, onto the many negatives: The room walls really are paper thin, and you can hear every word and every click of the lighter from the guests above, each side and below you, as if they were in the same room as you. The rooms are also much smaller than they appear in the fish-eyed Internet photos. The cracked floor tiles and sagging ceiling tiles were a bit alarming, as was the detritus around the shelves and fixtures. The so-called double bed was also ridiculously small - if you're 6 ft or over, you'll have to curl up like a foetus if you don't want your feet hanging over the edge. WIFI is free, but only seems to work up to about the second floor. On the 4th floor, if you can join at all, WIFI cuts out every few minutes. Breakfast is very limited cold fare only. The rooms only have one usable electrical socket (in the tiny bathroom) and if you plug in the hair-dryer you can borrow from reception, the fuses will blow (so remember this phrase: 'Hay un corte de electricidat in nuestra habitacion" - as you're likely to need it more than once). No kettle to make your own tea. No shower gel provided so bring your own.

I loved Barcelona, but the thought of coming back to this woeful excuse for a hotel (in reality more like a hostel) every night came very close to ruining our holiday. How the Condestable achieved 2 stars is a mystery to me!

If you're a youngster out partying and just looking for a base to dump your stuff in (which is what the majority of the guests seemed to be) then the low prices of the Consestable are probably worth a look. For couples who want to get some sleep after a day visiting Barcelona's sites, then avoid the Condestable like the plague and pay a little more for decent accommodation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hampshire
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16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

Excellent location, metro station and bus stops opposite, 5 minute walk to Las Ramblas, bars, restaurants and shops.
The rooms were cleaned daily to a high standard; the room was basic but comfortable only downside to the room is the walls are a little thin.
The central location of this hotel offsets any problem with noise from thin walls.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

Had a great stay at Hotel Condestable..Service was good,quite clean,location was great 5 minute walk from La Rambla,and city center... close to everything...only complaint were, the walls a little thin...other than that a Great stay...Thank You

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

Fantastically located hotel - opposite a Metro station and on several main bus routes, including those to Camp Nou and Montjuic. Rooms were made every day and to a high standard of cleanliness. Breakfast was simple but a good amount of choice and didn't really need any more than that. Good wi-fi access throughout the hotel. Reception service was adequate but nothing special... was not given any more information than needed on check-in. Perhaps the walls were a bit thin but personally had no real problems with this. Would recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Barcelona - the location more than makes up for all its minor faults.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, Arizona
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254 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

The location remains the best aspect of this hotel since it lies right beside a Metro station and is an easy walk to the north end of La Rambla. The buffet breakfast is consistent and good quality with hard boiled eggs, cereal, breads, yogurt, coffee, and juice available.

Rooms and beds are adequate, but hope for quiet neighbors because sounds carry with ease through the walls--snoring next door will sound like it's inside your room as will any television sounds and conversations.

WiFi is available but it's rather inconsistent as are many places in Spain.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank moviegeekjn
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Barry, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

only good thing about this hotel is the location. Rooms are not good, beds not comfortable and nothing is sound proofed . we were kept awake around 2am by the person upstairs clomping around in high heels. 2 nights here were too many.
Also nothing to do with the hotel but I had my credit card and 200£ lifted from my bag on the night before we left, didnt notice until we were packing and had 2 hours to get to airport, didnt report it to the police and guess what - travel insurance didnt want to know.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Goanluv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

We went with Easy Jet holidays and booked here for four nights. The price was extremely cheap and last minute so we weren’t really expecting much. We got the Aerobus from the airport which was cheap and easy! The hotel is the last stop and didn’t take long at all. Would recommend this, rather than paying stupid amounts for a taxi.
We arrived at the hotel and although it wasn’t a very warm welcome from reception, the location of the hotel was perfect for us.
Our room was spotlessly clean. We had asked for a balcony and were given two! The room was minimalistic but we weren’t expecting any sort of luxury. It was just what we needed.
Breakfast isn’t great but who cares, you’re in Barcelona and you’ve paid peanuts.
No complaints and would definitely recommend. As long as you don’t go there expecting 5 star treatment you’ll be fine.
Would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Condestable
Address: Ronda Universidad 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #404 of 522 Hotels in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Condestable 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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Hotel Condestable Barcelona, Catalonia

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