Doubles from: $123 to $191
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Barcelona’s oldest hotel has a convenient, if gritty, location. The three-star Hotel Sant Agustí is appropriately named after Sant Agustí church, with which it shares a pretty plaça.
Pros: Central location near nightlife and attractions. Historic charm.
Cons: Gritty area (watch out for petty theft). Can pick up noise. Rates are on the higher end.
The 77 guest rooms at the Hotel Sant Agustí are clean and simple. Many rooms feature sections of old stone walls or original wooden beams from the 18th century. Sleek furniture, air conditioning, a flat-screen television and free Wi-Fi are characteristic of all rooms.
The Sant Agustí’s eight attic suites are the best bet. While these are the most expensive, they don't cost much more than a standard double and the charm factor is, well, tops. The suites have a minibar (other rooms do not) and feature angled ceilings with windowed views of the plaça and church. These rooms are very private and could be the perfect "love nest."
Newish bathrooms are medium in size and have either tubs or showers plus bidets and hair dryers.
Built in 1720, the building served as a convent for 120 years before becoming the Hotel Sant Agustí. Some of its original construction is still visible inside the hotel's lobby and corridors.
The Sant Agustí offers a handful of common spaces, including a bar and coffee lounge. Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in what used to be the hotel kitchen. As you peruse the cereal bar, check out the counter made from the original cast iron stove.
Wi-Fi is free throughout, and the hotel has an elevator.
We like the Hotel Sant Agustí for its interesting location and history. Its rates, however, fall outside of the Cheapo range for Barcelona, barring the hotel from “Editor’s Pick” status. While not really a deal, the Sant Agustí offers a bit of charm (especially those attic rooms) that may be worth the splurge.
The immediate 'hood is the only drawback at the Sant Agusti. The Raval isn't the tidiest neighborhood, and while Plaça Sant Agustí is pleasant, it's also a popular meeting spot where the area's homeless set like to gather and drink.
If you’re after nightlife, creative hipster bars, cutting-edge restaurants and a bohemian vibe, then this is your zone. The area is also close to Las Ramblas without actually being on it (which is a good thing).
Try Marmalade (c/ Riera Alta 4) for drinks and an evening game of pool and Restaurant En Ville (c/ Doctor Dou 14) for lunch midweek. For super cheap (and yummy) eats go to Pizzas L’Àvia (c/ La Cera 33) which may be the best deal in all of Barcelona.
Subway: The Sant Agustí’s Metro line is the Green Line/L3 and its closest stop is Liceu, which is five-minute walk from the hotel.
From the Airport: Take the Areobús to the Plaça Catalunya stop and walk about 15 minutes Las Ramblas to Hospital street.
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.
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About the Sant Agustí 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.