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Barcelona City Centre Hostal
Ranked #271 of 326 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic location, lovely owner, lovely room”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

The Barcelona City Centre Hostal is in a great spot close to all the action on the Ramblas but also close to Guadi, tourist buses and traditional tapas bars. The owner, Maria, will greet you and give you all the information and support you require to enjoy your stay. The rooms are very clean and the linen is changed daily. We felt extremely welcome and comfortable. The negative review from redhotninja must have been written by some deluded fool who thinks you get a 4 star hotel with swimming pool in this price range. I agree the main hall to the building is scruffy but the hostal is clean and well looked after. Also be reminded that this hostal is at number 60 Balmes and the label for the establishment is on the bottom of the list on the door buzzer. Enjoy!!

Room Tip: Just look out for the door buzzer at number 60 Balmes. It is opposite Hostal Eden.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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bcncityhotels_com, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Hi!

First of all, thanks rating us with an "Excellent!" and sharing your experience in our place in this website.

A lot of people value our kind attention, cleanliness and the location of the hostel. These are, probably, the most repeated positive things in all reviews.

Just announce you that from your staying we have improved some things, as we always try to do. Now we have breakfasts service and all rooms enjoy a private fridge.

We are agree that the main hall of the building is not nice, but it is out of our hand to improve it, as we are responsible of our place, we don't own the full building. I see that you understood that perfectly.

Finally, you are mentioning the review of another person (redhotninja). We just can tell everybody that before booking a place the best thing is to check two very bad, two very good and two average reviews anywhere. That is normally a good way to get a good idea of what can be expected of a place and what not, but never book a place without reading some review and the place information, because you will be making simply a blind booking.

Hope to see you again! Best regards.

Maria
Manageress (Barcelona City Centre Hostal)
Barcelona City Hotels
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

This has to be the most horrific hostal experience ever. Not only did my boyfriend have to walk blocks up and down to actually FIND the place- but there is NO SIGN on the door that tells you that you've arrived to the hostal.

Let me get started by saying that I have stayed in hostals before- I highly recommend the MareNostrum Hostal in Barcelona- and I have been travelling since I was 2. The moment I walked into this place, the walls were all mossy and needed some serious painting, and lacked cared. The elevator looked like a torture chamber- a kind of Texas Chainsaw Massacre-like setting. I would honestly not be surprised if someone got caught in there once or twice.

The beds looked old (and stained) and the room faced an old broken wall from the other building. THIS IS NO WAY IS CENTRALLY LOCATED. There are far better places that you can get for what this place tried to charge us (250 euros for three night). For that price, you can stay at the Zenith Borrell hotel which is 6 blocks away and a four star hotel.

Please note that this place DOES NOT refund your money if you are not satisfied and/or decide to cancel your reservation.

Hideous place, not to mention scary. I can only image what people go through trying to find this place in the middle of the night.

Oh and here is the best part- the "manager on site" is a nearly barefooted 27 year old nerd with dirty feet who will not HELP YOU AT ALL. Do not trust the pictures on their website and if you do end end up coming and getting charged an obnoxious amount of money for such a craphole, call your credit card company and start a dispute process.

These people are fraudelent and not willing to even help you out if you are in a bind. DO NOT STAY HERE.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2011

My husband and I were moved here from another hotel and were so pleased to receive a pleasant welocme having been robbed on the Metro that day (take care in Barcelona folks)

The rooms were modern and we had a triple for the same price as a double. There was a spotless tiled bathroom. We liked the reception area witha computer to use and a seating area. The breakfasts were 5 euros and really brilliant. Unlimited croissaants and pastries fruit ,cereal yoghurt juice, coffee, cheese and ham.
We had planned to stay in Gracia but this was central with some evening tapas bars. We would return here as it is so well run.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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bcncityhotels_com, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
Hi!

Thanks a lot for your positive opinion about our place. These opinions help a lot other people to get an idea what they can expect from Barcelona City Centre Hostal.

I see you appreciated our cleanliness, welcoming service...

We think we can always improve some thing. For example, we have just put a fridge in each room of our place, something that our guests have really appreciated.

Our breakfasts may change from one day to another, so maybe one day you find a good spanish ham and the day after instead of it you find a good tortilla... You can have them included in your room price only booking in our website! If not they can cost from 3,5€ to 7€, depending if you buy them for all your staying, just one day...

Hope to see you again! Best regards.

Maria
Manageress (Barcelona City Centre)
Barcelona City Hotels
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2011

+Nice location near a metro station and not so close to the Rambla which is too noisy.
+Clean room and fresh towels, free wifi, plenty of hot water.
+Friendly staff, especially Maria
+Super-market and coffee shops just around the corner.

-The room was too small with almost no natural light and very small-no space to undress.
-The same thing with the shower, you had to put your shampoo between your teeth, because it was impossible to pick it up from the floor.
-The doors let in too much noise, we were just lucky because we didn't have noisy neighbors.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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bcncityhotels_com, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 5 November 2013
Hi!

First of all, thanks for sharing your opinion with other people in this website.

We are glad that you liked so much the location of our hostel. The truth is that it is in a privileged place. Thanks also appreciating our cleanliness and friendly staff.

On the question of the room size, Barcelona City Centre Hostel complies with the regulations, which determines the minimum square meters must have the rooms of an accommodation. Think that being in the center of Barcelona, we adjust best to provide the best value for money, so you don't pay for unused spaces.

We hope see you again in some of our accommodations in Barcelona!

Best regards!

Elisabeth Gómez
Social Media Manager
Barcelona City Hotels
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2009

This is a terrific place to stay if you're the traveler who doesn't focus on hotel amenities. The rooms and common areas are clean and well-kept. Air conditioning is controlled by room. The hotel about a 5 minute walk to La Rambla and is just blocks away from Barcelona's gay nightlife. My partner and I were able to enjoy Barcelona while staying at this small, comfortable hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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barcelonacitycentre, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Hi!

Thanks a lot for your feedback, it is very useful for everybody!

We know many people loves that the air-conditioned in the room is controlled individually.

Thanks appreciating our location and cleanliness.

Hope to see you again! Best regards.

Maria
Manageress (Barcelona City Centre Hostal)
Barcelona City Hotels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2009

We stayed for 3 nights in August 2009 and would definitely return. The staff at the hotel were all polite, courteous and professional and the front desk staff were extremely helpful when asked for directions etc...

Location wise, it is perfect for staying close to Las Ramblas, a short walk to the Hop On Hop Off Bus stop and great for general requirement (chemist, newsagents etc...).

Our room was very clean and well presented and despite being on a busy cross roads we encountered no noise at night (we were on the 5th floor). The roof top terrace was perfect for relaxing prior to and before sight seeing!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Smithan
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bcncityhotels_com, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Hi!

Thanks for your positive feedback and rating us as an excellent place!

We thank also considering positively our location, attention...

I hope to see you again in our place. Best regards.

Maria
Manageress (Barcelona City Centre Hostal)
Barcelona City Hotels
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2009

This was our second stay, after lodging here in 2006. The location is excellent, not far from Las Ramblas, and only a couple of blocks from Passeig de Gracia station (trains for Sitges, Airport; subway). We travel with a wheelchair, and we were given a triple at the double rate (less than 70 euro/night, in such a location!). We found the accommodations comfortable, bathroom fine, but with slow shower drainage. Computer with internet is available in the lobby area.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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barcelonacitycentre, Gerente at Barcelona City Centre Hostal, responded to this review, 20 August 2013
Hi!

First of all, thanks for sharing your experience in our place.

This is a bit personal response, I don't find any other way to answer it. Excuse me if it disturbs...

I remember you perfectly as I managed both bookings you made in our place, as on that moment I was working in the accommodation we first opened, the Barcelona City Centre.

As we are a little accommodation (less than 25 people capacity), we are not wheelchair accessible. I remember perfectly your first e-mail when we answered you our rooms were not wheelchair accessible but for us there was any problem to accommodate you, if for you this thing was not a problem at all and considering we would try to give you the most suitable room (we gave you the biggest one) in order to try to make your staying as comfortable as possible.

Was very comforting see you to make a second booking, I think a year after. I remember we talked about the city and its accessibility policies. Nowadays, Barcelona has the most strict accessibility policies at public and private level (new business) over the world. We are proud of it.

About your comments, it is true that the drainage of that room in the shower is slow. It is only for this room, we do everything we can in order to accelerate it, but after some time we have the same problem, just in the shower and in this room. It is one of the "misteries" of this hostel. Probably, the pipe inside the wall is curve or something like this... Maria, the actual manageress of this place, takes always care of this to minimize the problem.

Thanks again sharing your experience with us and hope to see you in a next visit in some of our accommodations in Barcelona. It was really emotive to see your opinion and remember what I was doing five years ago in our company...

I hope I have not bothered you with the answer... Best regards and hope to see you again!

Xavier Franquesa
CEO & Founder
Barcelona City Centre Hostal
Barcelona City Hotels
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Property: Barcelona City Centre Hostal
Address: Balmes, 60. Entresuelo, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #271 of 326 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Barcelona City Centre Hostal 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wellcome to Barcelona City Centre! This accommodation allows you to enjoy a privileged location in Barcelona that will allow you to sleep one step away from everywhere. Just three blocks away from Catalunya square, Las Ramblas or the gothic quarter; near Passeig de Gràcia, the touristic bus, Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and the modernistm route. The rooms offer you everything necessary to have a pleasant stay, an experience you will wish to repeat. All rooms are air-conditioned and enjoy private bathroom, tv, satellite tv, free wi-fi acces to internet, hairdryer, refrigerator...Furthermore, any of our guest rooms include access to all the services and facilities of the common area, with the possibility of using a computer with internet acces for free, microwave, kettle, cups, vending machine…Enjoy the city, sleep easy! ... more   less 
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