I stayed at Ramblas Point for four nights and it was an...how shall I put it...unusual experience. First of all, Ramblas Point is not a hotel. It is a dozen studio apartments located in a regular residential building in the Raval disctrict of Barcelona. There is no reception. After you land at the airport, you call the owner and he will send somene to meet you at the studios and check you in. They ask to be paid in cash upfront. Then all you get is keys to the building and the apartment. As you check out, you just leave the keys in the apartment and close the door behind you.
The studios are very conveniently located just a 5 minute walk from La Rambla and 10 minutes from Plaza Catalunya. But the location is difficult to find as it is in a side alley of a side alley. And the alley does look somewhat intimidating at first. But it is safe and brightly lit at night.
The building is typical old style Barcelona. Six floors, steep and narrow stairs with knee-high railings. Luckily my apartment was on the 2nd floor. And the apartment itself was spotless. The one in the photo shown here could have been mine. Very comfortable bed, flat-screen tv, high speed internet, and a full kitchen with fridge, oven, stove, microwave and a washer for clothes. Bathroom had some minor wear and tear, but was clean. The AC did not work in my room, which was no problem in early October, but in July or August it sure would have been. And the place is noisy. I needed earplugs to sleep.
For a four night stay Ramblas Point was ok for me. I enjoyed being in the heart of the Raval district with bars, restaurants and shops just around the corner. But I am not sure if I will stay there again.
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- Ramblas Point Studios Barcelona, Catalonia