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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- Also Known As:
- Condestable Hotel Barcelona
- Hotel Condestable Barcelona, Catalonia