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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Conventional. That’s the best way to describe the Hotel Cortes. With 44 rooms and two stars, this no-fuss place—where rates, rooms, service and breakfast are just fine—is a convenient option, located just off the city’s main old town drag, Las Ramblas.
Pros: Very central. Quiet side-street location. Some rooms with terraces.
Cons: A tad worn. Thin walls.
Rooms at the Cortes are clean, spacious and simple. Colorful accent walls may be bright turquoise, grape purple or slate gray, and peach-colored curtains shade views of a lovely interior courtyard. Decoration is sparse, with nothing more than the occasional framed sketch of a pink rose or a deer frolicking in the forest.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a TV, phone, mini-fridge and safe. Ten have small French balconies and a couple have terraces with tables and chairs (we suggest asking for these, as it’s a treat to have a sunny terrace in Barcelona). Rooms in the back of the hotel are the quietest.
The bathrooms, all private, are new and tiled in grey, with basic towels (that could have been fluffier in our opinion) and flimsy shower curtains. Toiletries are provided, as are large mirrors and ample counter space. In addition, bathrooms have nice extras like hair dryers and bathtubs.
The Hotel Cortes is a simple spot, It could probably use a bit of a facelift, but it does the trick. The cheery lobby doubles as a small lounge with a few couches and a free Internet station. Large meeting rooms are available for groups.
Breakfast is included, and the café-bar offers a daily lunch and dinner menu for €10.00 (a fabulous value). Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Tucked away on Carrer Santa Anna, a precious pedestrian street beside Las Ramblas, the Hotel Cortes provides easy access to most of Barcelona’s old town sights. There’s plenty to do and see in the Barri Gotic—and plenty to buy! The hotel is close to Portal del Angel, Barcelona’s popular retail district, where Zara and Mango reign supreme.
Additionally, the Cortes is located near the Metro, and a hop, skip and a sip from Pl. Catalunya, the city’s main transportation hub. Many major sights are also nearby, including the Cathedral, Plaça Reial and La Boqueria Market. The Picasso Museum is within a 15-minute walk.
When it comes time to eat, you’ll want to avoid the tourist traps on Las Ramblas. Fortunately, there are many excellent restaurants and bars hidden in the alleys around the Cortes. Try nearby Pla (c/ Bellafila, 5), or take in a tipple or a show or both at Antic Teatre (c/ Verdaguer i Callís 12), which has one of the best outdoor terraces in Barcelona. And if you’ve had your fill of Spanish food, we love the Indonesian fare at Betawi (Montsio 6).
Subway: The Hotel Cortes is located on the Green Line/L3, just around the corner from the Plaça Catalunya stop.
From the Airport: Take the Areobús to Plaça Catalunya, and the Hotel Cortes is an easy walk from there.
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.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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Santa Ana, 25
Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 93 317 91 12
Fax: +34 93 412 66 08
About the Hotel Cortes 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.