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Offering 24 ample rooms plus a sparsely decorated lounge, the one-star Hostal Campi is basic but dependable. A central address on Carrer Canuda, places the Campi right in the core of the Gothic Quarter shopping zone.
Pros: Near Las Ramblas. Great shopping. Close to many sights in Gothic Quarter.
Cons: Near Las Ramblas. Touristy area. Likely to be noisy. No elevator.
Most of the Hostal Campi’s rooms are larger than average for a hotel in the Gothic Quarter. All are clean and no-frills where decór is concerned, with long built-in headboards, blond pressboard wardrobes and maybe a small table, desk or chair. Framed prints (usually botanic in theme) hang on the walls, and some rooms have pretty, colorful floor tiling.
In-room amenities are slim: There’s no air conditioning or Wi-Fi, but each room has a fan, heater and television. However, one perk is that many rooms have large wooden French doors which open up onto balconies with street views (note, however, that these rooms can be rather noisy).
The Campi offers only five rooms with private bathrooms. Some of the remaining 19 rooms have an in-room sink, mirror and shower, while the rest share all facilities.
Though clean, all bathrooms are small, basic and could benefit from a remodel. The especially modest should know that in rooms with a shower and sink, the stall shower is located in the room (with no bathroom door). A hair dryer is available at reception.
The Hostal Campi’s neoclassical building dates back to 1779 and was once the palace of the Sabadossa baron. When the building was later divided in two, the part that now houses the Campi was a Casal del Exercitant (religious house) before expanding into a full hotel. The other half of the building (Canuda 6) is occupied by Ateneo Barcelonés, which is worth checking out—especially the turtle pond and library. (You may have to go with a tour, as the Ateneo Barcelonés is a "club" of sorts).
Whether a result of the Campi’s low rates or its roots as a simple religious house, the hostal is pretty bare-bones. There are lounges for “chilling,” but you probably won’t want to. Fortunately, it has an easy location for venturing out. (We suggest relaxing in the plaza off Carrer d’En Bot, where you look down onto fourth-century Roman tombs.)
The Hostal Campi has two Internet stations (for a fee), and free Wi-Fi is available in the common area next to reception. Breakfast is not offered, but the hostal’s central location makes it easy to find a cheap bite. Note that the Campi does not have an elevator.
Shops, restaurants and nightlife are all easily accessible from the Hostal Campi’s strategic location. Barcelona’s central hub, Plaça Catalunya, is just a few minutes away, which makes getting to the Campi by the bus or train a cinch. This also means that carrying burdensome luggage from the airport shuttle bus will be quick and painless (although we can’t say the same once you get into the elevator-less building).
The Campi is near many attractions and historic monuments such as Plaça Reial, the Cathedral, La Boqueria Market, the city’s history museum (MUHBA), Las Ramblas, the old Jewish Quarter and many Roman sights. The port is about 15 minutes away by foot, and it’s a quick bus ride to the beach.
A word or two on food: In this area it’s hit and miss. There are some stellar spots around the Gothic Quarter, but there are also a ton of eateries catering to tourists. Don’t eat on Las Ramblas, and don’t order a beer or sangria if you want a “local” experience.
Try the ATN Restaurant (Canuda 6) right near the hotel for excellent Mediterranean lunch and dinner offerings. We also recommend sipping cocktails at Ginger (c/ Palma de Sant Just 1) and hitting up the lunch specials at Restaurant Tallers 76 (c/ Tallers 76). As is true with all central locations, watch out for pickpockets around the Campi.
Subway: The Hostal Campi’s Metro line is the Green Line/L3, and its closest stop is Plaça Catalunya, which is a five-minute walk to the hostal. Easy.
From the Airport: To reach the Hostal Campi from the airport, take the Areobús to Plaça Catalunya (the last stop), and it’s a short walk down Las Ramblas to the hostal.
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
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hostal Campi neighborhood
A maze of moody, touristy, twisty streets built atop the ancient Roman city of Barcino, the Barri Gòtic, along with La Rambla, comprises the center of town. Charming gift shops, tacky tourist shops, cute cafés, trendy bars and a zillion restaurants line the cobblestoned streets. The Barri Gòtic is also home to Barcelona's 13th-century gothic cathedral.