I decided on this hostel as I was planning a trip to watch football at Camp Nou and I like to be close to the airport which is a 20 minute walk from terminal 2 (avoid the motorway and choose the little road which runs adjacent to it called Cami Cal Mones - look at google maps). I had seen the Scam City programme on TV and avoided taxis for my entire stay, my friends who were over to watch the match also spoke of taxi scams they had encountered too.
I was greeted at the hostel by a receptionist called Marta (Martha), she was knowledgeable and informative with a good understanding of the English language - unlike my Spanish. She explained how cheap it is to travel by public transport and where to get the ticket which allowed me to travel around the whole of Barcalona on Buses and the metroline for the whole stay for just 10 euros! Thank you Martha - you are a credit to the hostel!!
The rooms are basic but perfect for a few days stay, the shower in my room worked perfectly and the water was hot although the bathroom floor is a bit grubby from soap residues (maybe a need for flip flops next time). The balcony was large and quiet, ideal for chilling out for an hour or two before heading off in to the City again. Breakfast was a typical European affair with cereal, bread, cheese, toaster and meats etc - all of which were perfect. Vending machines are full and have water and snacks if you forgot to stock up on them while you were in the city, a good place to dispose of unwanted coins too.
The local town is well kept by an army of recycling operatives and street cleaners, very much different to the last time I visited Spain - well done Spain!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 3 km from Barcelona's El Prat Airport, guests at Centre Esplai Albergue can reach the city centre in 40 minutes by bus and Metro. This hostel features an indoor swimming pool and accommodation with balconies.Set in a striking, colourful building, Centre Esplai Albergue has modern decor. Each air-conditioned room and dorm has Wi-Fi, and overlooks the hostel's grounds. There are either shared or private bathroom facilities.Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Centre Esplai's restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner. There is also a lounge area.The Centre Esplai's 24-hour reception can arrange bicycle hire and guided tours of Barcelona and the Llobregat Delta. Garraf Natural Park is less than 20 km from the hostel, while the beaches around Castelldefels can be reached in 15 minutes by car.Hotel Rooms: 74 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centre Esplai Hostel Province Of Barcelona/El Prat De Llobregat