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The two-star Hostal Rembrandt may be a bit ragged, but its rates are low and its location is central. Situated just one block from Las Ramblas on the café-lined and boutique-loaded Carrer Puertaferrisa, this medium-sized guesthouse is a convenient choice.
Pros: Near Las Ramblas, great shopping and many sights. Super Cheapo. Very clean.
Cons: Near Las Ramblas (busy area). A bit worn. No air conditioning.
The Hostal Rembrandt’s 27 rooms are a mix-and-match bag, each one decorated in its own (somewhat bizarre) style. They are all very clean and have a sparse, bare-bones theme in common, with worn furnishings, a fan, small space-heater and free Wi-Fi. Windows are not soundproof, but the mostly commercial area is pretty quiet at night.
There are some sweet touches, like wood-beam ceilings, rounded sunburst headboards and the occasional old-fashioned painting. About half of the rooms have balconies looking out onto the pedestrian shopping streets (ask ahead—then again, these may be noisier).
The Rembrandt offers a couple of rooms that sleep up to five and are a good value for families or groups.
Some rooms have private bathrooms, others have an in-room shower and sink, while still others share all facilities. Shared, private or in-between, the bathrooms are clean, but have seen better days. We advise springing for a room with a full private bathroom and skipping the hassle of the communal shower.
The Hostal Rembrandt has all the basics, plus an easy location near Plaça Catalunya, the city’s most important transportation hub. It has a few funky aspects (mainly a dated feel), but the good-natured and friendly proprietor, Kamal, makes up for these. (Check out the message board displaying “thank you” cards he’s received from all over the globe.)
Breakfast and an Internet station are available, both for an additional charge. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Shops, restaurants and nightlife are all easily accessible from the Hostal Rembrant’s strategic location. And with Plaça Catalunya just a few minutes away, getting to the Rembrandt on the bus or train is no fuss.
Major attractions from Plaça Reial and La Boqueria Market to the Cathedral and Liceu Opera House are all easily accessible from the Rembrandt, as are Las Ramblas, the old Jewish Quarter and many Roman sights. The hostal is also 15-minute walk from the the port.
Food-wise, the area is a bit hit or miss. There are some stellar spots around the Gothic Quarter, but there are also a ton of eateries that cater to tourists (translation: less authentic, more money). Don’t eat on Las Ramblas. Period.
We recommend Bar Ginger (c/ Palma de Sant Just 1) for cocktails and Restaurant Tallers 76 (c/ Tallers 76) for ta cheap lunch. La Dolça Herminia ( c/ Magdalenes 27) also offers a good lunch special, and the Santa Caterina Market, a short walk from the hostal, offers loads of delish dining options.
The Rembrandt is super central, which means there may be pickpockets in the area. Hold onto your bags.
Subway: The Hostal Rembrandt is located off the Green Line/L3 Metro line, right between Plaça Catalunya or Liceu. From Plaça Catalunya it’s an eight-minute walk down Las Ramblas to the hostal.
From the Airport: The Areobús departs from the airport every five minutes and takes about 35 minutes to reach the city. For the Rembrandt, get off at Plaça Catalunya (the last stop) and walk eight minutes down Las Ramblas to Carrer Portaferrissa.
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
- Bathtubs Available
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Hostal Rembrandt 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.