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... It was all sooooooo good. The restaurant was cozy and had an all-white, super cute interior. The sponge cake literally melted in my mouth.
I'm hoping I can get to some of the tourist stops tomorrow. In spite of the strike today and the weird protest stuff, I had a great day! Barcelona is beautiful and everyone seems very friendly.
Need to hit the hay as tomorrow will be a busy day!
... my favourite teams were playing at my favourite ground. I wanted to watch it live. But I had no hope of getting any tickets as all online merchants told me that the tickets were over. I decided to at least be outside the stadium just to hear the sweet sound of home fans. I reached there around 3 p.m. and the match was scheduled for later in the evening. I was accosted by a Pakistani fellow speaking fluent Punjabi. He had a ticket for the match but the price he demanded ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hostal Levante Barcelona
Great Location but no air conditioning!
I stayed at the Hostal Levante in August 2003. Its cheap and the location is fantastic - its right in the middle of the buzzing Gothic Quarter so you've got lots of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops on your doorstep. Its also within walking distance of La Rambla, the beach and bus stops/ metro stations. However, I would not stay here in the height of summer - air conditioning consisted of one totally inadequate fan and the heat was almost unbearable. The area can also be very very noisy & its not helped by the fact that the hostal is right around the corner from a supermarket who get noisy deliveries from noisy men very early in the morning!
Good for the money
I stayed here in mid March 2004, and all was ok. The walls are rather thin, but if youve got a set of headphones you'll be fine. All the furniture is nice and new, and the location is just fantastic! I would probably stay here again.
There are better places...
Very much a basic and functional hostal. Stayed here in Feb 2004 and was very disappointed. The front of the building is covered in scaffolding, the walls are extremely thin, the other residents tend to be very noisey, and the pneumatic drills....
This place is good
hostel levante is an amazing place to stay, for the money you pay its fantastic, dont listen to these winging americans who say otherwise, everything there is fine and the staff are mad friendly and helpfull, what more do you need??
Very Good Value and Location
I (female) and my mother stayed at Hostel Levante on October 22, 2003, for only one night. I thought it was a really good value for the money.
Our room was large and clean, and we even had a balcony overlooking the very narrow street out front. The location is excellent; close to attractions and in a beautiful historic area. We took a cab from the train station, and were mindful of our surrondings, but had no bad experiences. I would stay here again.
We stayed at the Hostal Levante in June 2003 and had a very enjoyable stay. The rooms we spotless and cleaned daily with clean towels and linen provided everyday. But be prepared to put up with a bit of noise from the busy street outside. As there was no air conditioning in the room (which we did not expect anyway with such low prices), we had to keep the window open all night which did get a bit noisy. But in other respects, the location is excellent, near to shops, bars and la rambles. Overall we enjoyed our stay, it was cheap but very clean and friendly.
Hostal Levante dangerous
Stayed here mid July 2003, and boyfriend was mugged in downstairs lobby of hotel the night we checked in. I would not suggest to stay here or anywhere in the Barri Gottic area. We were probably followed from the station, because as soon as I went upstairs to check in two guys followed another couple into the hotel lift lobby area (they were buzzed in by reception) and they assaulted my boyfriend who was waiting for a lift to bring up our backpacks. He had money stolen, and was even bitten by one of the guys.
To get to the actual hotel you need to wander through a maze of tiny streets, so being 11pm at night, map in hand and having backpacks on our backs probably made us targets. I'd suggest staying up near Placa Catalunya anywhere away from Las Ramblas which is full of pick pockets and beggars.
Even better spend the cash and get a cab direct to your hotel, if we had done this we wouldn't have been so stuffed to walk up 3 floors with backpacks on, after walking 20 mins from the station. This hotel was quite ok, got a double room with bathroom... just make sure you go right up to reception rather than wait for the lift.
I too consulted the user review and online guides in looking for a cheap place to stay in Barcelona and suffered because of it. While cheap and centrally located, if you are at all interested in getting any sleep, forget about this place. The walls are paper thin, and I was stuck between a gaggle of giggling French teenage girls on one side and a snoring German couple on the other. The only redeeming quality of the room was that it was so small that I could stretch out my arms and pound on both walls simultaneously. Moreover since we were across the hall from one of the community bathrooms (what we initially thought was a plus) we heard a constant stream of people clomping down the hall, shutting the door, grunting and groaning and flushing all night. The constant drone of noise from the outside street that penetrated our closed window was actually some relief as it served to occassionally drown out the more annoying sounds of laughter and snoring. There are much better options than this place, and while you may end up paying a few dollars more, you'll be glad you did.
Good budget hostal
Its a good budget hotel. Stayed there for three nights and were very happy with it. Great location. The staff is very helpful and it is clean.
Don't believe the guide books
We got two rooms in this hostal and found both to be equally disappointing -- both rooms were rather dark and both had broken shower doors and mildew in the shower stalls. The only things this place has going for it are its great location and the relatively reasonable rates given that location.