Plaza Ramón Berenguer el Grande 2, Barcelona, Spain
Doubles from: $50 to $230
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The “plain-jane” Hostal Layetana offers 20 rooms right next to Barcelona’s Cathedral. In fact, the location is the best part of this no-frills spot—aside from its very low rates.
Pros: Extremely central. Very cheap. Good views.
Cons: Basic and worn. Can get noisy. Touristy zone. No A/C
The Hostal Layetana is not a hostel in the backpacker sense of the word since all of its utilitarian rooms are private, but the amenity-free rooms still have a hostel feel. New paint jobs in rust and black make rooms a bit on the dark side, and the dated furniture is equally uninspiring.
In short, the best parts of these rooms are the views. From some of Layetana’s wrought-iron balconies you can see Barcelona’s Cathedral. Other rooms have views of a small plaza and cafés. Note, however, that many of these views come with noise from one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Via Laietana (and windows are not soundproof).
Six of the 20 rooms have private bathrooms, and the rest are shared. Bathrooms are like the rest of the hostel: basic and a bit worn. Hair dryers and towels are provided.
The Hostal Layetana’s lounge offers an exercise bike (we’re guessing it’s not used often), sofa and television. Although it’s been recently painted, the lounge is neither cozy nor inviting, which sums up the hostel’s general vibe. This is a place to sleep and shower, and not a whole lot more. (Read: Those who care more about location than aesthetics will do just fine.)
The few perks here include free Wi-Fi, an elevator and access to a communal fridge.
Those unconcerned about style and coziness may find the Layetana an easy, cheap base: its location is ideal for going out and enjoying the city. The Metro (L4, Juame I) is right around the corner, as are the Cathedral, Barri Gotic, Dalí Museum and Picasso Museum. The beach and port are within walking distance.
The Layetana is also nearby lots of excellent bars, restaurants and markets—but you need to know where to look! This area is confusing because there are a lot of businesses catering to tourists (read: overpriced) but also a lot for locals. Where to go? We like Patxoca on (c/ Mercaders 28) for dinner or tapas. They’ve got something for everyone (even vegetarians). We also dig L’Acensor (c/ Bellafila 3) for cocktails. It’s hidden away but worth it.
Subway: The Layetana’s Metro line is the Yellow Line/L4 at the Jaume I stop. From the Metro, it’s a five-minute walk to the hotel, if that.
From the airport: To reach the Layetana from the airport, take the RENFE Cercanías train (from T2) to the Pssg. de Gracia stop, and then take the Yellow Line to Jaume I.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hostal Layetana 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.