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The two-star Hostal Ramos is located close to the city center in the varied Raval ‘hood. It’s a cozy and inviting family-run place, with pleasant, simple rooms and a friendly staff. Plus, it’s a great value.
Pros: Trendy, central neighborhood. Friendly staff. Excellent value. Some rooms with balconies.
Cons: Neighborhood can feel gritty. Rooms can pick up noise from the street and neighboring guests. No elevator.
The 33 well-kept Hostal Ramos rooms have a simple yet fresh appeal. Bedspreads are vibrant, the paint job is perfect and light fixtures and furnishings are newish. Some rooms sport cute wrought-iron bed frames and decorative floor tiles. In others, décor is limited to a few framed prints.
Each room is equipped with a telephone, television, safe and air conditioning. Double-paned windows help drown out the late-night commotion common in this area (but you may still want to pack the earplugs). Some rooms have balconies looking out on the beautiful San Augustine Church and plaza.
For a stellar deal (around €100 a night) book the one “suite” at the Hostal Ramos. It’s almost as large as a small apartment and has a private terrace with a fountain, plants and views of the church across the street. And its bathroom has an enormous jacuzzi.
The small private bathrooms are immaculately tidy. They are outfitted with toiletries and a hair dryer, and all but three have tubs.
The Hostal Ramos is situated in a lovely historical building. Interior rooms overlook a bright, airy courtyard with a black-and-white tiled floor and a smattering of plants.
Free Internet stations (and puffy couches) are available in the hostal’s agreeable lounge. Note that the Ramos is located on the second floor of a building with no elevator.
The Hostal Ramos boasts an excellent location near Las Ramblas and a 10-minute walk from the port. Crossing over Las Ramblas, you’ll find yourself in the Gothic Quarter which also offers much in the way of nightlife, eateries and sightseeing. Here you’ll come across the city’s Cathedral, Roman wall, History Museum, Jewish Quarter and lots of shopping. The hostal is about a 20- to 30-minute walk to the beach. (Better yet, the 59 bus will have you there in 15 minutes.)
The Ramos is located within easy walking distance from the Metro Liceu stop and many bus routes, and close enough to Las Ramblas that safety problems shouldn’t be an issue. Still, proceed with caution—and a map—as this neighborhood can be a bit tricky to navigate and pickpockets are common.
While there are plenty of restaurants and cafés along Las Ramblas, it’s best to avoid these (and their outrageous prices). For more unique and non-touristy options, explore the depths of El Raval, which is jam-packed with interesting bars and restaurants. Rambla de Raval is home to many good spots, and Pizzas L’Àvia (La Cera 33) has some of the heartiest grub in the area for inexpensive prices.
Subway: The Ramos is located off the Green Line/L3, and its closest stop is Liceu. From the Metro it’s a five-minute (if that) walk to the hostal.
From the Airport: The Areobús departs from the airport every five minutes and takes about 35 minutes to reach Barcelona. Get off at Plaça Catalunya (the last stop) and walk for 10 minutes or so down Las Ramblas to Carrer de l’Hospital. From T2, take the RENFE Cercanías train (it departs about every 20 minutes and takes about 35 minutes) to Passeig de Gracia. Transfer to the Green Line/L3 Metro to Liceu.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hostal Ramos neighborhood
Intriguing, densely populated (but less heavily touristed) El Raval is located to the west of La Rambla. Formerly known as Barrio Chino, the area was historically a slum, notorious for petty crimes and prostitution, and today's cleaner, modern El Raval still has a rough-and-tumble edge. And it's home to open-air markets, legit old eateries and a trendy nightlife scene, as well as the contemporary art museum.