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chic&basic Born Hotel
Ranked #98 of 516 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We were very pleased with our stay here. Firstly, the location is excellent, being a stones throw away from the Arc de Trionf and a few minutes walk to the old city. As mentioned before, the hotel and the reception are in two different building, but once you are aware of this, it presents no problems. Staff are very friendly and helpful, with someone available at the front desk 24hrs. The hotel is very chic (obviously) with toy animal heads decorating the corridors, which I thought was a fun touch. The room we were in was No. 14, overlooking the main road, but noise was not an issue. Your basic room really, comfortable bed, nice powerful shower, plenty of closet space. Small iPod adapter by the bed, and table and chairs on the balcony. There is a small common area with free tea, coffee and water, which is a nice bonus for those hot summer days. We didnt get the breakfast, so cannot give any details. The only bad points are the wifi, which as mentioned before, is very slow, the bathroom door did jam up a lot, but this was not a major problem. All in all, we were very happy with our stay here, and would recommend it. However, if you are looking for a traditional hotel with room service etc etc, this is not for you.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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ChicandBasic, Gerente at chic&basic Born Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2014

Dear dermo1979

Thank you very much for your review.
I am happy to hear that you had a good stay in our Hotel chic&basic , as I saw on you photos you stayed in chic&basic Zoo.
The chic&basic Zoo is just 150meters from chic&basic Born and is a 1 star Hotel .
We hope we can welcome you again in chic&basic Zoo or maybe next time in chic&basic Born
Best regards
Stephan Hansmann
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Chic & Basic is all about image and branding. While the concept is interesting and sometimes well-executed, overall the place just feels strange.

The hotel has an excellent location, great price, and very friendly and helpful staff. The lobby is nicely decorated with a great lounge ambiance. I enjoyed the breakfast buffet, which is a great value if you like to eat half your daily calories in the morning like me. But at the end of the day, I just wanted a comfortable room to sleep in, and this was not the right place.

The vibe they are going for is highly stylized, uber-trendy, too cool for school. In reality, the place is filled with tired IKEA furnishings in need of some scrubbing. The beaded curtains outside each room and in front of the showers look cool at first, but it gets old when you have to touch the grimy plastic to push them out of the way. The shower-in-the-middle-of-the-room concept is bold, but our room had an overpowering odor of mildew, probably because the shower leaked onto the wood floor with every usage. Wi-fi was painfully slow, to the point where it was basically useless.

Chic & Basic Born gets some things right, but not the important things. Though I liked some aspects, I would probably not stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

staying here during my Spanish course, reasonably priced, great and inexpensive breakfast, bicycle almost for free, friendly staff, free coffee and cookies, great location, within walking distance to Barcelonetta and Ramblas! tastefully decorated modern rooms in historic building.

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I have recently returned from staying 2 nights at this hotel (we also stayed 2 nights last year) this year was particularly special as we were checking in with 16 other friends who had all joined us in Sitges for our wedding on the 5th of July.
The hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful, they arranged a group rate for us and dealt with everyone seamlessly while making reservations. As we all arrived on mass they managed to have a few rooms ready for us where we left luggage etc before heading out to explore Barcelona. All the staff at check in were so helpful, the checked us in quickly and were always there to help. They even managed to arrange a last minute booking at a restaurant round the corner from us after the restaurant I already booked (and re confirmed three times cancelled on us).
The hotel is in a great location, clean, cool and we will be back again next year. Definitely book the rm's with the balcony overlooking the street.
We would also like to thank the hotel manager 'Stephan' for the lovely cava and chocolates that were awaiting us in our room.
We love the hotel, the staff, the location and will continue to make our yearly visit to Barcelona and the chic and basic.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Just arrived back from Barcelona this evening having had an amazing time with my daughter.
The hotel us in a great location and the reception staff extremely helpful and friendly.
The hotel is situated in a great location close to bars ,resturants,shops .
You come out of the hotel and have a beautiful park on your door step and only approx 10mins to las ramble.
You can walk to the the port and beach from this location.
Barcelona is absolutely beautiful and the hotel in a perfect location.

Room Tip: Request a room over looking the park.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I visited the hotel last week. The service was awesome, everybody is smiling, easy going, very helpful when you need assistance or guidance.

Order a room with a balcony! We got a balcony facing Princesa street. There is no better way to start or end a day than drinking coffee or tea (free..) on the balcony.

Next time in Barcelona, we definitely go back to Chic and Basic Born hotel (or apartment if we come with children.)

Room Tip: Large room, Balcony!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank AMetzer
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

this hotel is super cool !
loved the rooms, the lobby & all the "be yourself" areas.
Really great location.
Perfect place for a great city!
really dont understand the negative reviews - no pleasing some people.
My boyfriend and I had a great time, staff really helpfull
Enjoy!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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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:
#16 Best Value Hotel in Barcelona
#110 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#111 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#132 Business Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range: £46 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Chic And Basic Born Hotel
Chic&Basic Born Hotel Barcelona, Catalonia
Hotel Chic Basic Born

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