The smell. It was like a combination of mold and dirty, brackish mop
water. Truly offensive and inescapable.
From the moment we walked in the front door, we were blown away by the
foul odor that infiltrated every square inch of this establishment.
The place needs to be scrubbed down with bleach. Worse, we couldn't
air out our room during the day, because the only window was a glass
door that opened on to a shared terrace and left our belongings
The floors were filthy (we literally dropped a white towel in the
bathroom the first day, and picked it up to find it covered in
residue). I thought I'd catch something from the shower. Fruit flies
swarmed over a croissant we accidentally left out in the morning. I
recommended to the receptionist that they change their cleaning
service and products; let's hope they listen.
The other major problem was with the reception. The hostel didn't tell
us when we booked that there were any limitations surrounding arriving
at the hotel. Instead, they emailed us a day before we arrived to say
that we had to tell them what hour we were coming in (as we were
travelling, there was no guarantee we would be able to see or respond
to this message). Nonetheless, we emailed them back. After getting no
response, we called multiple times on the road from Villafranca to
Madrid from 10am to 2PM; there was no one to answer the phone.
This entire "hotel" is in fact one large apartment on the second floor
of an old apartment building that has been subdivided into tiny rooms.
We tried ringing the hotel, and when that didn't work, started
pressing the buttons for other floors, and a resident buzzed us in.
After walking up two sets of stairs to the hostel, we knocked on the
door until a cleaning lady answered and let us in.
I had high hopes for this place, but it was the first time tripadvisor
has ever steered me wrong, and the only miss on our tour of Spain
(Hotel Atlantico in Madrid, Antidoto Rooms in Toledo, Convento del
Giraldo in Cuenca, and MasTinnell in Villafranca were all superb).
What looked romantic and charming in photos was cluttered and
claustrophobic in person (not to mention filthy). The bed was small
and uncomfortable (even by European standards); the noise of the metro
shook our room; and the noise from the loud plaza below woke us early
in the morning. The air conditioning didn't work.
This isn't a matter of disliking antiques, period details, or boutique
hotels (all of which I love), or a failure to understand European
standards for rooms and beds. This place was just...disgusting.
The location wasn't terrible, but it was also some distance from the
main attractions and dining in the city. Barcelona is pretty small, so
most sites are walkable from any locale. During your visit to
Barcelona, make sure to visit the Boqueria market off La Rambla,
especially the kiosko to the left of the entrance that serves
everything a la plancha. Osmosis was a decent fine dining option. And
of course, you cannot miss the sagrada familia.
My advice: stay elsewhere so you can truly enjoy Barcelona. This place
looked like a deal until we actually stepped inside...and gagged at
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L´Antic Espai arises after a dream of creating in Barcelona a special space with an old world charm. we create an place in which always, we wished to enjoy a pleasant stay and where you feel like in your own house. Our services and personalized treatment will make you to remember and miss us for ever in all trips you plan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal l` Antic Espai Hotel Barcelona
- Hostal L' Antic Espai Barcelona, Catalonia