Marques de Barbera, 22, Barcelona, Spain
Doubles from: $57 to $240
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The one-star Hotel Barbara is strictly no-frills in, and its central neighborhood can feel gritty at times. Still, it’s tough to argue with friendly service and starting rates of €29 (for a double with a private bathroom). Each of the hotel’s 58 guest rooms is outfitted with all the usual amenities, including air conditioning, a TV and phone. Wi-Fi costs extra, and the hotel has an elevator.
• Clean, basic and cheap, cheap, cheap. Guests of the Barbara report that the facilities are simple and the rooms small (and some a bit dark). But most agree that the place is clean and overall a good value for those looking for a central place to crash. Note that a refundable deposit applies for use of the TV.
• Friendly service. An overwhelming number of guests praise the hotel’s helpful staff.
• Central, if dodgy, El Raval neighborhood. While it’s up-and-coming and hip in some parts, El Raval still has some some areas that feel a bit sketchy, and the Hotel Barbara is in one of those areas (many guests complain about the number of prostitutes on the street). It’s fine if you keep your wits about you, but solo female travelers might want to stay elsewhere.
• Some complaints. It’s not surprising that the Hotel Barbara gets some complaints (most of the cheapest properties do). Guests mostly gripe about the noise (a common issue throughout Barcelona), hit-or-miss air conditioning and questionable surroundings. Just as many, though, find the central location, cleanliness and low rates to be quite the value.
• Wi-Fi is available for an additional charge in the public areas only.
• Metro: The Hotel Barbara is located within five minutes each of the Drassanes (Green/L3 line) and Paral·lel (Purple/L2) stops.
About this listing: EuroCheapo's editors have researched the Hotel Barbara and have included it in our Barcelona guide based on its location, room rates, services offered, and user reviews.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
About the Hotel Barbara 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.