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It is Oke!!!
Just some information about Hotel Barbara:
First of all I like to say that the hotel clean and oke. It is not big, but good. A pity that we did not have a real window!!! The hotel is a bit noisy, but you will get use to this...
The staff is very friendly and they offer you every assistant with what so ever, thanks for that!
The hotel is in the red district. More people as normal and with a other purpose!! But they wont give any problem (at least we did not). After 22.30-23.00 almost everybody is gone. You feel less at ease at ramblas or any where else in the city of Barcelona.
Overall. Average hotel. With good staff (also the cleaning ladies). Location only 5 min to ramblas/metro. (It is not a hotel for more than 3-4 nights to stay).
We had a great short holiday!
A mixed bag
This was a good, clean, basic hotel and ideal for basing yourself right in the city centre. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It is true, the area might not be to everyones liking but the girls did not give any problem - the area is just slightly down market, but no more so then you would expect in any big multicultural city. There is one downside to this hotel, when we were there there was a party of 'lads', which made it very noisy - doors banging, people falling over in the corridors, shouting, people knocking on doors asking to be let into their rooms by their mates - it gave us a night of very little sleep. I am embarrassed to say that this noise only came from the group of British travellers. If you are there on a night when the 'lads' are in, you may not get much sleep. Sorry to put a damper on a very good basic hotel.
We stayed at Hotel Barbara in April 2004, it is a small but clean hotel with friendly and helpful staff. On pulling up to the hotel I was not impressed with the dark street way to La Ramlas and the seedy bar and prostitutes that occupied the square opposite. Very hard to get a good nights sleep and not the best walk back to you hotel after dark. I would not stay here again. Would be great if it was in another location.
P.S the continually locked front door should be a giveaway.
If travelling as a large group Beware!!
Went on a college trip in April 2004, we were a group of around 25 students on a trip to study the architecture. when we arrived we were met with prostitutes and street sellers right outside the hotel entrance. after we arrived we dropped off our bags and went to see what was around. when we arrived back later that evening there were alot more strange people about so we got inside the hotel and went to bed the next morning we were woken early by bin lorrys and when we went down to breakfast the receptionist was quite abusive toward the group claiming he had had several complaints and had to vist various rooms in the night when in actual fact no one had heard or seen anyone. The hotel is clean but its location (although next to la rambles)is in a bad area and the attitude of staff towards large groups leaves alot to be desired. i will never stay there again and im sure none of the other members of the group will either.
Fantastic. Highly recommended!
This place is brilliant! Two mins walk from La Ramblas, which is where you wanna be! The staff are so lovely and helpful. The rooms are always clean, and the view of the very friendly inoffensive prostitutes from the balcony is an eye-opener and very entertaining! And above all it's cheap! Oooh and the breakfast is yummy! Go to this hotel, you don't know what you're missing! The prostitutes only operate during the daylight hours, then they move on to the busier streets! There are police there all the time, so it's one of the safest places in Barcelona to be!
Great hotel for the money, location was well entertaining!!
We stayed at Hotel Barbara for 2 nights on a stag weekend and we all had a great time. The hotel, whilst small, was functional and clean. There were 13 English lads in Barcelona and whilst we thought this would cause problems, we found the staff to very polite and accommodating. Whilst we were there, we were all offered 'entertainment' by the prostitutes and weirdo¬ s outside the hotel, of course we did not accept (---). Hotel Barbara rocks and I would definitely recommend this hotel for stag do's and short breaks away, but I wouldn¬ t recommend taking your Mr's there for a romantic weekend! Viva La Hotel Barbara!!
Hotel was clean, staff was friendly and the location was BEST we could think. I really recommend this hotel if you want to sleep well and secure and cheaply in the haeart of Barcelona!
Barcelona City Hall has a very BIG project in the area of El Raval, part of the Fourm plan. Becouse that, all that "red area" is going to become the coolest, hot and happening one and only in few months.
Restaurants, shops, museums, hotels 4 stars, big megastore and more are going to be placed in El Raval of Barcelona. Obviusly Hotel Barabara is going to take the oportunity and change too, big renovation is coming up for upgrade to 2stars hotel. Our staff is very nice and friendly every one(gay and straight friendly). This is our business, this our comiment.
'orrible place 'orrible area
I booked to stay in this hotel in July 2003. I arrived with my 14 year old daughter. I was looking for a lace cheap but clean with a nice balcony.When we pulled up in the taxi there was a square in front of the door. It was full of (what appeared to b) prostitutes and lots of shabby people hanging around. The hotel is dingy and our room was tiny. It had a silly little fan on the wall. I knew I would not be staying here for one night.To add insult to injury the balcony had railings very close to the balcany doors so it only opened part of the way. We poked our heads through the gap to see outside. The view was of seedy people hanging around in the narrow alley/road.Luckily, I only had to pay for one night. I found a pension on the Ramblas itself. Then I met a guy who had an apartment and we stayed there for the rest of the holiday and it was fantastic. Hotel Barbara......nooooooo
Good location, very small rooms
This hotel has a fantastic location bearing in mind its low price. It is just off La Rambla, about halfway along it, therefore about 15 mins walk to Placa Catalunya in one direction, and the beach in the other.
The staff were friendly, and the rooms are clean. If you are looking for somewhere cheap in the middle of everything then this is fine.
However, the rooms are extremely small and are not airconditioned. The resulting stifling, humid atmosphere can be a major problem as me and my boyfriend found. We spent 10 days there, and by the end found we were dreading going back to our room to get changed before going out for the evening. I would also recommend getting some earplugs, as the walls are thin and you can hear everyone arriving home in the early hours of the morning. As an aside, there is a little internet cafe just up the road, which is very convenient and cheap. On the whole, I would recommend the hotel for those who don't plan on being in their room very much, and can put up with a bit of heat!
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