Doubles from: $72 to $97
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Tucked away on Girona Street in the tranquil area of the Right Eixample, the Eddy Rooms is run by German team Günter and Norbert.
The guesthouse is described as “gay- and hetero-friendly,” and we could add “dog-friendly” to that, since it was named after Günter’s now deceased pup. (Small dogs are allowed at the guesthouse by request.)
Pros: Clean. Bright, unique décor. Charming period building. Friendly management. Great neighborhood (especially for shoppers!). Cheery communal area with window nook.
Cons: “Old building noises.” Cash only. Some rooms are cramped and rather dark. No A/C.
The Eddy has just 12 rooms, each uniquely (and elaborately) decorated and outfitted with free Wi-Fi and a TV with international channels. Rooms are not air conditioned (there are fans), and they do not have a telephone or soundproof windows. But they have flair. Lots of it. Some more than others, though—there are a couple cramped, darker rooms, so ask for one with street-facing windows.
Rooms sleep one or two people, and the single rooms, which start at €29 per night, can be an exceptionally good deal. Some rooms have a balcony (ask ahead).
All individual rooms share facilities, while a few of the doubles have a private bathroom. The bathrooms are simple but clean and offer basic amenities such as shower gel, shampoo and a hair dryer.
The “gothic-style” building that houses the Eddy Rooms is more than 120 years old, which translates to ornate molding, high ceilings and long, lamp-lit hallways (although it also means that noise can carry). This antique aspect of the guesthouse is fun, and Günter and Norbert have taken care to conserve the old charm of the space.
Perhaps the best feature at Eddy’s, apart from its location (which we love), is its lounge and dining room area, an airy space with a large communal table, elegant chandelier and charming window nook with café tables overlooking the street.
Like the rest of the guesthouse, the décor in the lounge is bright and a little over the top, with sunflower-yellow walls (lime-green in the window nook), extravagant silk floral arrangements and huge paintings hung here and there. Some may find the whole scene garish, but it fits with the period building and reflects the tidiness found throughout.
A small continental breakfast is included in the room rate, free coffee and tea are available in the dining room, and guests have access to a communal fridge. There is a free Internet station, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Note that the Eddy Rooms accepts cash only, and that reception closes at midnight. Although the building is old, it does have an elevator.
We really like this area of Barcelona. There are wonderful shops, darling cafés, a smattering of nice bars, and best of all (in our book) there is fashion. Discount fashion. About two blocks down from Eddy Rooms, on Girona Street, you will find two streets of outlet stores featuring the likes of Mango, Nice Things and other designer shops. There are great Cheapo scores to be had here!
And from a practical point (if we must), the Eddy Rooms sits right next to the Girona Metro stop, which is about two stops from Urquinaona Metro and the city center. In short, it’s a perfect 10 for a “local” location with lots of dining and shopping options.
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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Eddy Rooms Barcelona 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.