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The Barcelona Rooms is a 30-room guesthouse situated right next to the Urgell Metro stop in central Barcelona. It’s got some quirks (like limited reception hours), but with comfortable, tidy rooms and low rates it’s an excellent option for stays in the “gay Eixample” or Left Eixample, a happening, yet residential, zone frequented more by locals than by visitors.
Pros: Cool, convenient location. Friendly staff. Spacious rooms, some with balconies. Solid value. Very clean.
Cons: Can pick up street and/or guest noise. Elevator only reaches some floors. Kitchen has limited hours. Strict reception hours (arrive on time!).
The Barcelona Rooms offers singles and doubles, with shared or private bathrooms. Rooms are embellished in the “all-Ikea” look typical of many Barcelona hotels. It may not be very original, but it’s colorful and fairly stylish (we saw funky prints in purple and green), and the furniture is newish. Some rooms have ‘70s-style wooden paneling, while others sport sweet architectural details like crown molding or an elaborate ceiling medallion.
There are six rooms on each floor, and one of these rooms is always a double equipped with a private bathroom and balcony large enough for a table and chairs. These rooms look out onto the quiet, sunny inner courtyard and are by far our favorite rooms in the guesthouse. There is usually a second room on the floor that shares a bathroom but also looks onto the courtyard. Other rooms are interior and therefore darker (and of course they don’t have the cool balcony).
All rooms come equipped with a safe, television with Spanish channels and air conditioning or a fan (make sure to specify if A/C is important to you). We recommend rooms 516 and 517 because of their views and balconies, and the owner told us his favorite room is number 46 on the top floor, because it’s one of the largest (however, it shares a bathroom).
Both shared and private bathrooms are basic, medium-sized and sport colorful touches. They are outfitted with hand soap and a hair dryer, but you’ll have to bring your other toiletries. No more than five rooms on each floor share a bathroom.
On each of Barcelona Rooms’ five floors there is a small, chill lounge area, each one different and each with a free Internet station. Most floors also have a large, well-equipped communal kitchen as well. As of May 2012 these kitchens are still open, but we should note that the management mentioned they are considering closing the kitchens due to noise complaints.
Wi-Fi is free throughout. Coffee, tea and cereal are all available free of charge in the kitchen (BYOM—bring your own milk).
It’s a bit of a mixed bag at Barcelona Rooms, so it’s good to know a few key aspects before you book. First of all, the reception closes at 9 p.m. Period. This means that if your plane is delayed and you arrive at 10 p.m., you’ll lose your deposit (and have to find another place to stay). And guests must check out at 11 a.m., an hour earlier than most hotels.
Secondly, only 15 of the hotel’s 30 rooms can be reached by elevator (ask ahead). The others are accessible only via steep stairs. The rooms reached by stairs are less expensive.
The entrance to Barcelona Rooms looks like a car garage or parking lot. It’s not. You have to walk in, and you’ll find their little office to the left. The surrounding area is fantastic for going out and having dinner. The hotel is about 10 minutes from Plaça Catalunya or 20 minutes from La Rambla.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Barcelona Rooms neighborhood
The Eixample is located just North of El Raval and the Gothic Quarter. It's home to Barcelona's most expensive shopping, swankiest residences and best examples of Catalonian Modernist architecture, with its wild ornamentation and extreme Art Nouveau flair. Antoni Gaudí's world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral can be found here.