Doubles from: $125 to $132
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The outstanding three-star Hotel Banys Orientals offers 43 rooms in a sought-after setting on Carrer Argenteria, a picture-perfect cobblestoned street lined with unique boutiques and bars.
Although its rates are on the higher end of the Barcelona Cheapo spectrum, the Banys Orientals is still a solid value, and we consider its location and style to be worth a splurge.
Pros: Swank, luxurious style. Superb dining and nightlife nearby. Old city charm.
Cons: Noisy street. Touristy area.
Attention to detail is of obvious importance at the Banys Orientals, where the rooms are spotless and the beds huge and comfy. The hotel was freshened up in 2010 and is decorated in a cutting-edge, sleek style.
It’s all swank and sophisticated here. Rooms rock a crisp black-and-white color scheme, slick furnishings and large framed artwork. All are equipped with a flat-screen TV, telephone, safe and air conditioning.
Bathrooms are posh, with cool black tiles and stylish boxy sinks. They are also stuffed with amenities—count on hair dryers, bathtubs and a good selection of toiletries.
Set in an 18th-century building, this family-run hotel is a class-act. Hotel staff members are incredibly friendly and will gladly help to set up car rental service or organize excursions within the city and around Catalonia.
The well-known on-site restaurant, Senyor Parellada, is popular with guests and non-guests alike (make a reservation in advance). Each floor also has a “communal minibar” with fresh fruit and pitchers of filtered water available for free 24/7.
Wi-Fi is free throughout. A delicious and ample breakfast menu is served for an additional €10, but those who don’t want to fork out too much on breakfast can get a coffee and croissant two doors down at a local café.
The Hotel Banys Orientals is not (by far) the cheapest hotel in Barcelona. In fact, it’s one of the more expensive Barcelona hotels we review on EuroCheapo. However, the hotel does sometimes offer special rates, which can be a good deal. And for those looking for a little luxury, we think this plush hotel is worthy of a splurge.
The Hotel Banys Orientals boasts an enviable location in one of our favorite neighborhoods for experiencing Barcelona. Situated minutes from Barri Gotic, El Born was somewhat run-down and dodgy 20 years ago. Now it’s known as Barcelona’s hippest ‘hood, especially popular with artsy foreigners and creative Catalan designers and chefs. (Try nearby restaurant El Rovell for unique tapa fusion, or Bubó for mouth-watering artisan chocolates.)
The Picasso Museum is located here, as is Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral, one of Barcelona’s more famous religious sights. The Cathedral, Gothic Quarter, Roman Wall and countless other sights are all within walking distance. The beach is about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Reserving at the Hotel Banys Orientals
As we point out in the box above, the Banys Orientals does not offer online reservations. To book a room, you will need to email or call the hotel directly to reserve a room (click the “more information” link below for the phone number).
Those looking for a nearby option that offers online booking (and is cheaper) might consider the fresh and contemporary Park Hotel. The Hostal Lausanne (a simple and cheap spot with old world charms) and amenity-packed Hostal Fernando—both located in nearby Barri Gòtic—are also worth considering.
Subway: The Hotel Banys Orientals is located just a half block from the Juame I Metro stop, on the Yellow Line/L4 (one of the best lines in the system).
From the Airport: Pick up the RENFE Cercanías train in T2 and take it to Passeig de Gracia, where to can hop on Yellow Line/L4 to Juame 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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Hotel Banys Orientals neighborhood
Located just east of the Gothic Quarter, La Ribera is the hot new neighborhood in town. Its twisting, ancient streets packed with trendy galleries, bars, cafés and nightclubs. The beach is a five-minute walk to the south, and La Rambla is ten minutes to the west. Other neighborhood points of interest include the Parc de Ciutadella (with its parrot-filled palm trees) and the renowned Picasso Museum.