Travel Blogs from Barcelona
... up nicely by the afternoon.
The pattern continued each day where we would pick one of the barrios (neighbourhoods) to explore, which we mostly did on foot, following one of the walking tours in the BCN city Lonely Planet guide (a copy of which was provided by our Airbnb host). Each barrio has its own distinctive feel and style. BCN is a cool mix of medieval and modernista, and it all just seems to gel together so well. Almost every barrio has a Mercado too, which ...
... turning a large handle and by sliding a knob. The sign says to avoid having the sliding glass door and the room door open at the same time! On the balcony there are two chairs and a table.
The “Guest Assembly Drill” was at 4:30 PM. It’s mandatory but you don’t have to wear a life jacket to the drill. Everyone has a specific location to go to: mine was on deck 4. One of the crew members assigned to your location checks your name off ...
... made him feel so sick that he always uses a knife and fork for everything and never touches food unless he uses his dettol. It was one of those very strange but funny moments. After the police station I met up with a group from my tour in the markets at La Rambla (La Rambla is the main shopping street in Barcelona). We walked down La Rambla to the pier where we had lunch at a tapas restaurant overlooking the water. When we ordered we didn't put two and ...
I'm not entirely sure where to start with Barcelona. I was there for a week longer than I anticipated because I had so much fun and didn't want to leave. I met up with my friends Jess and Roxy and we decided to get an apartment together for one week. We were in a great location with La Rambla just one block away, the beach was only a 5-10 minute walk, and our favourite club was only a 2 minute walk. It worked out great! It was one of the ...
... us talking about how they had been robbed and lost money, computer, and passports. (I remember thinking, those poor people, they are worse off than us....more about this later) So anyway, with a lot of charades we finally got the police officer to figure out what we wanted and he tells us that the place is UNDERGROUND. Well, gee, I never thought to look there!!! So back over down the streets we go and finally find this place. And of course the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hostal Grau Barcelona
Top Place to stay!!!!!
Just returned from a 3 day stay in Oct 04. The Hostel is in a great location. At first glance thought it was in a bit of dodgy area but soon felt at ease. Room 226 had just what we needed for a good base in a very central part of Barcelona. I do agree with a few other reports about noisey toilets but it didn't bother me. Why pay extra money for pricey accommodation when you can book somewhere like this and spend more in La Rambla enjoying yourself. This is the first time I have stayed in a Hostel type accommodation and would definitely do so again. Recommended.
Great location & friendly staff. Basic but very clean rooms (don't stay here if you like a bit of luxury). I would definately stay here again if going back to Barcelona, its just of Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas and cheap in comparison to a lot of the hotels in that area.
Great value but noisy area
Just spent 3 nights here, lovely atmospheric little hotel in a great location for seeing Barcelona, we didn't need to use public transport & did all the main sights !
Weather was very hot & no air con. however both our rooms had fans. The larger room was at the front & a good size with en-suite plus a second basin in the room - all good except for the endless noise from outside all night & too hot to close the window - would stay again but only at a cooler time of year when we could sleep with the window closed.
Our son had a small single at the back & he slept pretty well with only the odd disturbance from late returning guests - if you aren't bothered about a view try for a room at the back for a more peaceful experience
My friend and I visited Barcelona for the Sonar festival, and stayed at Hosteria Grau for 7 nights. This quaint hostel is basic but homely and welcoming. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms and bedlinen/towels clean. Only drawback was some noise from outside. And also the fact that the ajoining cafe closed 3 days into out stay. We had 3 lovely breakfasts there, and was disappointed to see it was closing. If i return to Barcelona I will definitely stay here again, excellent value for money.
We spent seven nights at the Hosteria Grau in May 2004, and had a great time. We rented one of the apartments in the adjoining building (directly connected to the main hotel via a door and stairs), for a bargain seventy euros a night. The apartment was huge and very clean, with two balconies overlooking the street. The bedroom would have slept three, and the other room had a fridge, kettle, table and chairs, plus another double bed. There was also a separate loo and shower room.
The staff were friendly and helpful and spoke good English. The Grau is in a great location, only three minutes' walk from the Rambla and about the same from Plaza Catalunya. I will definitely try and stay here again next time we go to Barcelona.
My wife and I spent 5 nights in Barcelona in mid May 2004 and had wonderful time. This place is conveniently located close to all the actions and relatively quiet, however street leading to the place is dirty. We had an inside double room with shower and bathroom which was dark, not very clean and with sewage smell. Don't get fool by the pictures in their website. The reality will hit you once you see this place. We had reservation for 5 nights and canceled 3 nights as soon as we saw the room. We could hear every flush in the building. Not recommended.
The room was not very clean and the walls were very thin. The bed had an annoying plastic sheet under the sheets which was very noisy, as was the bed frame itself. The staff was friendly and the location was very central. At night, however, the streets approaching the hotel did not feel exceptionally safe. Not a place I'd return to.
Place to stay if you like street culture
We stayed in Room 202 in May 2004. The room was facing the void and dark regardless the time of the day, and you can hear the sound from neighboring rooms and the echos in the void very clearly. The room furnishing is minimal, but the public space is nicely decorated and clean. (* Internet access is only 1EU per hour, whereas it usually costs 1,90EU in Internet cafes in the city.)
What makes Hosteria Grau different from other hostals is the cool location in El Raval - neighboring record stores, art book stores, sneaker shops, cafes and bars, and great skatebording and graffiti scenes. This is the best place to stay, if you like street culture.
!!Superb, Superb, Superb!!
Stayed at the Hosteria for the 3 times that i've visited the wonderful city of Barcelona and it's the best. Clean, tidy, friendly and amazing value for money - excellent and well recommended!!
Loved this place
I have stayed here twice and found it a great place to stay. The location is great just 5 mins walk from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Also I liked the very attractive design of the reception and lounge area. The rooms are clean and of a good size with ceiling fans and some have balconies. One of the best things about staying here is the cafe next door where you can get great breakfast and eat in a very authentic local bar.