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chic&basic Born Hotel
Ranked #102 of 513 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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“Different, but exciting and enjoyable”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

To be totally honest, we had a strange feeling right after arrival first night in this hotel, couldn't understand how do we feel about it. A lot of mirrors and two ground levels in the room made feel differently. Next day it was obvious we enjoyed and liked it. Good price and quality. Very interesting hotel with great attitude and service. Long breakfast from 7-12AM. Next room's flushing could be heard, but it didn't bother us somehow at all. Car parking at underground parking place for 26Eur per day. Nice restaurant around the corner.
If you're waiting for very traditional accommodation, then this hotel isn't for you. If you're ready to find something different and interesting, then go for it.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

We had a four night stay at this hotel on a short break. The hotel is clean, functional and in an extremely good location for all the local sights. However, what sets this hotel apart is the helpfulness and efficiency of the reception/bar staff there. We had a problem with a pre-booked transfer back to the airport that we had made ourselves and the staff did there utmost to help us sort this out with one member even escorting us on foot to try and meet our taxi as we were unsure of where we were going. When this still didn't arrive he quickly and efficiently arranged another taxi for us enabling us to make our flight in time. I am sure at a five star hotel a member of staff wouldn't have given us this service! Well done Chic & Basic.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I stayed here for a few days as a short family holiday with my wife and two grown-up offspring. We all loved it! Friendly reception staff and slightly edgy interiors made for an exciting arrival. The room layouts and interior lighting schemes were fun too. Cleverly laid out to make the most of the old traditional building which has been converted in an unconventional but contemporary and imaginative way. Sound insulation between the rooms was pretty good. If we went again though we would choose one of the rooms overlooking the interior courtyard as there was quite a lot of noise from the street below (to be fair, mostly traffic, scooters etc. but also the odd loud voices) and we are light sleepers, but my kids, who live in Central London, didn't really think it was a problem. And it was nice to have the balcony overlooking the street. Everywhere was very clean and tidy..there is a nice lounge at first floor where you can chill out, make proper coffee and teas, all complimentary. No problems with wifi. We only had breakfast in the hotel on the first morning for the extra cost of E9 per person.....it was OK but we found other places around that were cheaper. The hotel's in a great location..El Born is like a separate little local district with lots of squares with nice bars and restaurants, tapas places etc. around..we spent 6 enjoyable days exploring Barcelona. It was all we needed and if visiting again would stay at Cheap & Chic Born again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

If you go to Barcelona, it's certainly not to stay in your room, but these ones are big, clean, modern with style. In fact, you do not know if your are in a museum or an hospital. The and coffee available for free, sport machines available as well, poor internet but good enough to check your emails

Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

In reverse order:
The ugly: perhaps only the inability to check into one's room before 3 p.m. which was an annoyance especially after a very early start, but easily forgotten by leaving one's bag at the hotel and stepping out into this throbbing city.
The bad: the wireless connection was poor in my room but soon remedied by....
The good: the staff make this hotel what it is. They are young, enthusiastic, incredibly friendly and go out of their way to make your stay with them a success. I asked at the time of booking online for a quiet room at the end of the corridor and got exactly that. My annoyance with the poor wireless connection was soon put right by the loan of an ethernet cable, and some tapas in a local joint recommended by them. Indeed their recommendations were always well placed. Its location in one of the trendiest parts of town is also a big plus. All in all this hotel does what it says on the tin. It is chic - its reception/bar/breakfast area is informal, hip and simpatico - and relatively basic, so if you want luxury this place is not for you. But if you are just after a room that is clean and comfortable and in the heart of the buzzing Born, then look no further because what it lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in the warmth and helpfulness of its staff.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

If you want more than a ho-hum hotel experience in the trendy Born section of Barcelona, check in at the Chic & Basic Born Hotel. Change the color of the lights shining on acrylic beads in your room. Get white or red wine (good quality) out of a vending machine. Enjoy free coffee and tea in the lovely lounge. Walk a few blocks and you're at the beach or the Picasso Museum or the park. Fantastic location. Very reasonable rates. Lovely, accommodating staff.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Barcelona
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Nice and large room (but we booked the "very large doubleroom" and a "large doubleroom", both with own balcony, very comfortable!). Very friendly stuff, who always take time to support you. Good breakfast buffet. Located in an area with a lot of restaurants and bars, but not noisy during the night.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Dear Kirsten H
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and recommend other chic & basic Born. I would like to thank you as well , for the nice words dedicated to the staff.
Its great to hear that you had a good stay with us. It will be a pleasure for us to welcome you in the future.
Best regards from Barcelona
Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager
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Property: chic&basic Born Hotel
Address: Calle Princesa 50 | 08003 Barcelona, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#110 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#111 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#132 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — chic&basic Born Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hotel that combines the traditional with the futuristic in a privileged environment: a building that is more than 100 years old with spectacular ceilings over seven metres high and spaces designed to surprise and enjoy. Its rooms, with an original glass shower in the room, are chameleon-like: you can change the colour depending on your mood. The passageways, full of enchantment and mystery, mutate with colour changes from the lights in the rooms. Enjoy our “Beyourself” and “Helpyourself” area in the common area where you can relax listening to music, reading any of our books or having a coffe, tea or water for free. Also, if you want to move about the city at your own pace, bicycles are available to rent. Once you try them, you won’t want to use any other transport in Barcelona. You can also enjoy our chic&basic tour, a two hour walk through Ciutat Vella in which we will mix history with some curiosities, as well as gastronomic and nightlife suggestions. Enjoy it on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays at 10:00am. ... more   less 
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Chic And Basic Born Hotel
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