Hotel Banys Orientals
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Banys Orientals Barcelona
my friend got flight delay, so moved to a single room for the night...and loved it...got all the rest i needed and had a fabulous dinner in their cafe...the next night moved to one of their apts....also very comfy
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Banys Orientals Barcelona
Great Little Hotel
I really wonder how many hotels some of those who give this hotel a poor rating have stayed in. Our room on the front was spotless and immaculate condition. The walls are thin not paper thin. I've stayed in far more expensive hotels with worse soundproofing. I wouldn't want to stay on the front in tghe summer with the windows open. You are in the old town and there is a lot of activity outside. The staff were invariably friendly and helpful and there were no nasty suprises with the bill at the end. Great location plus an excellent restaurant in the old ticket hall for emmigrants to S America. It is essential to book a table for this very popular establishment
Noisy, unfriendly staff, not too clean
I haven't got much to add to the other comments. If you have to stay here, avoid the 'entresol' room because the noise in that room isn't from the street only, but also from the staff slamming doors after restaurant closing time (tlll 3 am) and in-hous staff showering (from 5am). The only good thing about this hotel is its location.
Don't do it
Looked good at first. I spent 3 nights there and had to move my room after the first because of the street noise. The bathrooms in both rooms smelled horribly and the dark decor took on an ominous look after awhile.The phones hadn't any letters on it so that dialing charge codes were difficult to figure out. The best part was that there was a case with bottled water that was free (I hope) for guests.
Novelty wears off after 10 minutes
First, the good (then the bad, then the ugly):
The good: the hotel is close to the metro and has a decent restaurant downstairs. It "looks" great from the outside but within 10 minutes, the novelty wears off. The "Style City Barcelona" book needs to pull this hotel from it's next edition.
The bad: windows to the street are not sound-proof and, unless you're a heavy sleeper or have joined the late-night party crowds (which is not exclusive to the weekends), then this is NOT the place for you. Walls are paper thin so you can hear your next door neighbor coming in and out all hours of the night!!
The ugly: one reviewer's comment of the "bathrooms stink" is understated. Travelers should always be weary of black-tiled showers: it's just a trick to TRY to hide the grime and evidence of the lack of cleaning products used to disinfect the bathroom. Also, even though it says it only accomodates "doubles" we found a "little friend" in the bathroom, which gives you an indication of how clean this place really is...
I expected more
Read a hymnous article in the "style city guide" incl. photos and decided to book a doubleroom there.
The place tries to be a design hotel which not always works. The bathroom badly need some repair. Not all the staff at the reception is friendly.
The place is very noise but that's the price you pay for the good location.
The one top thing about the place is definitely their room rates - they are fantastic !
Only for extremely heavy sleepers
Great location but the thinness of the walls made this hotel a bad call. We stayed in over ten hotels during our trip to Spain and Portugal and this is the only one we wouldn't recommend. Though only a few years old, the bathroom was already showing signs of disrepair and what Banys calls a wall is a joke.
Nice, modern decor, but rooms are small & bathrooms stink
I was looking forward to staying in this hotel after reading all the good reviews about it. But I was disappointed the minute I stepped into the room.I got a single room (I suggest you never get one) and was surprised to see a shoe box. It had enough room for just a single bed (which occupied the entire length of the room) and a table and chair. What's worst is that the bathroom stinks. It smelled like the sewerage pipes were leaking or something.This hotel has a potential to be great, but management must maintain it well. Last advise, get rid of those single rooms. Better combine rooms rather than disappoint guests.Last comment, service at the restaurant (Senyor Parellada) sucks!
Good value for a good location
We stayed only one night (a Wednesday) here as it was booked solid for the weekend. So if you are thinking of staying here you should book far in advance. I agree with the earlier review, the room is taken up by the large (but very comfortable) bed. The location is excelllent and the price is fabulous. The websitegives the impression of a quiet relaxing place, but I think that is a little misleading. The lobby is actually quite small and busy, and the noise from the restaurant (which we did not visit) spills over into this space. Our inside room, however, was perfectly quiet, though of course with no view. The staff was very nice to us. Our cabdriver said he could not drive down the street at all, but we only had to walk a few doors down from the plaza where he dropped us. I found this hotel because it was mentioned in a popular travel magazine earlier this year, and I think they have just been overrun by tourists since then. The price and location make for a very good deal if you can get a reservation.
Ideal location, elegantly understated décor, and very reasonable rates
We recently stayed at Hotel Banys Orientals on a recommendation from a friend and were happy to say that it entirely lived up to the write up it had been given. When we eventually found the place, (200m from the Jaume 1 metro station, yellow line) which would have been a lot easier had I not left the address in a previous hotel, we were faced with a throng of people in the entrance lobby who were queuing to get into the excellent restaurant on the ground floor. We were efficiently allocated our room on the 4th floor and went off to investigate. The room itself was very simply and tastefully decorated, air conditioned with four-poster bed, small desk and chairs etc., and though not large, was acceptable if your luggage was for a weekend stay. The lighting was very subdued, even when we did find all the switches, and the storage space a little on the compact side, but they did have a safe for peace of mind. The bathroom was again stylishly kitted out, with large shower area, and separate toilet. An illuminated makeup mirror was apparently appreciated. Even though our room was not street facing, the noise in the morning from the kitchens below was noticeable, and the dividing wall between the adjoining room, I half expected to see a shadow puppet show during the night they were so thin. Not withstanding this, the hotel is in a great location, is clean and tidy, right in the heart of the El Born district, which is the hip and trendy place to be according to the guide books, and we certainly found it to be so. There really is a vibrancy and buzz about the streets in this area, which is infectious. There are lots of clothing and shoe shops if thats your thing, and tapas bar galore, the trick is to understand how they charge for tapas in each one if your Spanish isnt that hot (one counted the toothpicks left on your plate that hold the tapas together as the criteria). The restaurant downstairs proved to be the best food we had in Barcelona, hence the queues, and for 2 main courses, dessert and a bottle of vino, came to under 30 euros. Breakfast at 9 euros was of a similarly high standard, and great value. I only hope that I can make a reservation the next time I travel to Barcelona. Wonderful hotel. - Patrick Myers - London
Great new boutique hotel in Barcelona
Just returned from a visit to Barcelona and a stay at the new Hotel Banys Orientals. This is a 3 star boutique small hotel in the Born district just a few blocks southeast of the Cathedral. The hotel is very chic in its decor (think W Hotels) and the location is very good.
There is a Metro stop one block away and the Ramblas is only a 10 minute walk. The hotel has an excellent and very inexpensive restaurant on the first floor. Two of us had dinner there one night (no wine or dessert) for a total of of only 25 Euros. The only real draw back to this hotel is the fact that the rooms are small. Our room had a four poster bed (two twins pushed together) and this left just enough room to walk around the bed. There was also limited storage space for folded clothes since there was no dresser, but there was a large closet for hanging clothes and a couple of shelves that adequately served the purpose. Also, like a lot of other chic boutique hotels I have stayed in the lighting was very stylish, but not as funtional as you might like. We did like the very large and strong shower (no tub in our room) and the separate toilet. All in all this hotel is a great bargain at about 88 Euros a night for a double. We did not eat the breakfast, so cannot comment on that. There are a lot of shops and restaurants in the neighborhood and the hotel fronts on a street that is blocked off for pedestrians and very limited traffic such as cabs. I would highly recommend the hotel for its location, price, and value; but don't go there expecting a high level of service like you would get in a 5 star luxury property.