Ramelleres, 27, Barcelona, Spain
Doubles from: $74 to $128
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
This cozy property feels like a snug Catalan cabin set in a quiet forest, even though it’s located along the intersection of two bustling pedestrian streets. This island of tranquility offers cute, clean two-star rooms and incredibly helpful service at reasonable rates.
Pros: Tasteful design. Rustic lounge with a fireplace. Fantastic location. Free breakfast.
Cons: Street-side rooms can be noisy. No TVs in the rooms.
Back in 1862, the Grau family ancestors opened an unnamed bar in the beautiful building that now houses the hotel. In the early 20th-century, the establishment was named “Bar Centric” and became a popular meeting place for the local Bohemian set and is rumored to have housed a basement hideout during the Spanish Civil War. The Grau family opened the hotel in 1941 and runs it in typical Catalan tradition to this day in a location that is hard to beat. The contemporary art museum CCCB is a couple blocks from the hotel, as is Plaça Catalunya, the city’s main hub. And the branch of the University located near the Grau gives this zone a young, cool vibe.
Offering 19 single, double and triple rooms with private and shared bathrooms, the hotel has options for everyone. Room décor is a bit of a mixed bag, but expect accents like wood-beamed ceilings, wicker chairs, colorful accent walls and an array of framed artwork. Furniture seems to hearken from IKEA and ranges from modern and boxy to whimsical and shabby-chic in style. Homey quilts round out the scene. Rooms don’t have a TV or telephone, but they do have air conditioning, a safe and minibar. Some rooms have darling balconies that look onto the always entertaining Carrer Ramelleres (ask ahead). Interior rooms are quieter but also much darker. There are also six apartments (three with kitchens) available in the same building and great for groups, families and extended stays.
The hotel’s communal lounge-loft has an Internet station and overlooks the street. It’s a comfy place to read a book beside a huge stone fireplace. It has a rustic feel, with rich woods, wrought iron railings and comfy red sofas. Wi-Fi is free throughout. Breakfast is included in the room rate, which is a nice (and unusual) perk in Barcelona. Another plus: Although historic, the building benefits from a recently added elevator!
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
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
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About the Hosteria Grau 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.