Doubles from: $47 to $79
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The two-star, 17-room Hostal Lausanne is located in a beautiful 18th-century building on the popular shopping street, Portal de l’Angel. Not much has been changed in this old beauty since 1900, but its super simple rooms are moderately priced and its location is one of the most coveted in Barcelona.
Pros: Charming central location. Historic building. Lots of shopping nearby. Nice communal bathrooms.
Cons: Very basic rooms. Small beds. Old building (can be noisy).
Apart from the building’s elaborately carved ceilings and outdated chandeliers, the Hostal’s Lausanne’s guest rooms are basic (think pressboard wardrobes, nightstands, maybe a small desk and little else). You may spot a lace curtain here or there, but aside from that there is nothing much in the way of décor.
Some beds in the triples look like they’ve seen better days—or would be more appropriately called “cots.” (Note to tall folks: Your feet will hang off the beds.) The tiny doubles and singles have standard-sized beds. We recommend asking for the only room in the hostel with a balcony, as it also happens to be quite large.
None of the rooms are air conditioned, but fans are available and all rooms have television (and the list of amenities stops there).
Eleven of the Hostal Lausanne’s rooms share bathrooms, which were remodeled in 2010. These are the nicest communal bathrooms we’ve seen in Barcelona: very chic in stone and tan tiles.
We can't say the same of the private bathrooms, which are basic and have about 10 years of wear and tear on them.
For the most part, the Lausanne feels worn, but quiet and cozy. The rate provides good value, especially for doubles with a shared bath.
There is a very pleasant lounge area, with sofas, a television and vending machines. The highlight of this antique living room is its balcony view, which is as entertaining as it is picturesque. Outside, street performers play an international selection of music, and tango dancers clash with decked-out hip hop performers amidst drooling shoppers.
Although the Lausanne’s building is quite old, its technology is 21st century. There’s a small elevator as well as an Internet station and Wi-Fi throughout (both free). Note, though, that a historic building means there may be some additional noise, thanks to thin walls and older pipes.
There is no breakfast available at the hotel, but there are plenty of places nearby where you can pick up something cheap.
Besides the terrific entertainment and shopping it affords, the Hostal Lausanne’s location is also superb for catching public transportation. El Corte Inglés, one of Barcelona’s largest department stores and supermarkets, is right around the corner, and shoppers might spend all they’ve saved staying at the Lausanne in the plethora of shops that line Portal de l'Àngel.
There are also restaurant choices galore in this area—everything from simple pastry shops to sushi. (However, we’d recommend heading away from the hostal into El Raval and La Ribera for a more “local” selection of eateries and nightlife options.)
Subway: The Lausanne’s Metro line is the Green Line/L3 or the Red Line/L1. From from either, your closest stop is Plaça Catalunya, a five-minute walk from the hostal. The Yellow Line station Urquinaona is also fairly close by.
From the Airport: The easiest way to reach the Lausanne is to take the Areobús direct to Plaça Catalunya. Trains depart every 5 minutes and the journey takes about 35 minutes.
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.
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Avenida Portal del Angel, 24 1º
Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 93 302 11 39
Fax: Same as phone
About the Hostal Lausanne 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.