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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Espana Barcelona
I loved this hotel. Great interiors designed by Art Nouveau architect Montaner. Room was simple/clean. Bathroom was good size. Included continental breakfast was okay. Great location right next to La Rambla.
The hotel has English speaking staff. Very smokey hotel (but most of Barcelona is). Excellent location very close to Rambla and metro (subway) station. Charming old hotel. Clean rooms. Breakfast was terrible....prepackaged pastries, coffee or hot chocolate from a vending type machine. Close to a excellent restaurant called Organic on perpendicular side street.
We loved it!
We just returned from Spain (June 2004). After leaving a luxury cruise ship we went to spend a few days in Barcelona. The hotel Espana was a nice change. We felt like we were staying with the locals. Everything was at our fingertips, La Rambles, Food, Metro, Tour busses. We could walk to everything quickly. Take time to look around the hotel, go behind the close doors and discover wonderful remains of its past history. Marble fireplaces, ceramics in the back restaurant on the walls, many unique details throughout the building. The rooms are plain but very clean. From the small balcony you could watch all types of people. This is not an upscale neighborhood, but we felt safe at all times. If you want to see old Spain this is a great place. Day staff speaks English but night staff has limited English, if you are calling for information call during the day in Barcelona (I called at 3AM, EST for details - 6 hours difference)
We stayed at the hotel for five nights and found the hotel very nice and worth the money. Rooms were clean and air conditioning worked well. The location was also very good, about 50 metres from Las Ramblas and the nearest Metro station. Recommended!
My husband and I recently stayed a the Espana hotel and found the rooms small but adequate the room was newly renovated. It is not the smartest of hotels but you only get what you pay for and the hotel was good value and close to all amenities.
I would stay there again, as I visit Barcelona on a regular basis. The staff were friendly and the hotel was clean and bedding and towels changed regularly.
Overall good value, and clean and close to the Rambles.
Great prize in a Good Hotel
I stayed at the hotel on March 26th for 6 nights. I did not see any ants, or another insects you have mentioned. The breakfast was not like a five stars hotel but a nice continental one that you had to serve yourself without limits. The room was big and had good climate, without any water or any other bath problems. So do not hesitate: enjoy Barcelona staying in this old hotel.
It should be mentioned that Hotel Espana got a new lift. Worked perfectly, so don't let that stop you from choosing this hotel. The woman serving your cheap breakfast isn't smiling a lot, but the rest of the staff of this hotel were nice. And they spoke good English. Travelling in smaller groups or as a couple, I think I would rather choose a hostal, but we got this hotel very cheap. And it is VERY central!
A special surprise for genuine art lovers
For anyone without much money but a lot of love for the creative arts the hotel Espana is a very well kept secret which must be visited and explored at all costs. The architecture and tiling in the restaurant is spectacular and the fireplace in the breakfast room was designed by the same artist responsible for the amazing opera house. There are marvellous panels in the central 'atrium' reminiscent of Mucha and although very basic, the shuttered room I stayed in was very 1920s in atmosphere.... kind of 'film noir'....the sort of place which doesn't exist in England any more. The restaurant provides excellent traditional Catalan food at lunchtime....exquisite fish soup etc.....at pocket money prices...and it is Such a romantic place to sit in. The breakfast is absolute rubbish however and I fear from the other comments that the hotel may have been overmodernised recently....But..
don't be put off by the moaners ....anyone on the Gaudi trail who is interested in Architecture must at least go to lunch there ...and make sure you take a trip in the archaic lift and walk down the stairs from the top to enable you to appreciate the small mosaics and tiling which decorate every floor (not to mention the classic view of the internal courtyard which you artists and culture vultures will appreciate)...Try to encourage the owners to keep the good and improve the bad things with sensitivity!! work on them! Allie
I Stayed at the hotel Espana in October this year (2002) along with 25 other classmates and friends. The holiday itself was a research trip for our art diploma at Milton Keynes College.
The hotel itself situated within convenience along the Ramblers, down a dark alley was incredibly dank and dingy. The entrance hall cleverly decorated in intricate Art Noveu detail led up to a lift that was a remnic from the dinosaur era, which jumped and jolted and got stuck between floors on a regular basis throughout our time there.
The next treat in store for us was a mix-up with the bedrooms. Apparently given a three bedroom on the second floor we struggled with the difficult lock on the door only to be greeted with two beds and a smell that would only be at home in among sewage. Then given a different room, we expected things to improve slightly. How wrong were we. Our new room required us to be sleeping almost shoulder-to- shoulder wile the foul smell was still drifting around even though we were now a floor higher. The worktops were sticky; the curtains were dotted with cigarette burns but will still had some optimism.
After experiencing a restless night because the hostels on either side that coincidently were almost within reaching distance from our window, we went down for breakfast promptly. Sitting at the tables we waited patiently for breakfast to be served, and waited and waited until we realised that the dry bread rolls in the centre of the table along with five miniature muffins were the breakfast. We were given no plates only a knife while a Spanish lady brought round coffee and then rather reluctantly tea. And evidently milk did not come included. After that we all bought breakfast every day from the supermarket causing us to spend our money on something we had already paid for.
We then discovered the Ants. ArmyÂ’s of them coming in through cracks in the walls, holes in the bathroom as well as the safety deposit boxes. Some rooms even came with cockroaches and dirty underwear left on their balconies free of charge. The heat in the hotel was almost unbearable. Although it was hot outside, it was cooler than being in the room with the hot sticky stale air. We were lucky with our room at least we had a window that opened outside, other rooms were stuck with rooms that only opened out on to the huge greenhouse-like seating area (with out the seats unlike the picture in the brochure).
Also cleanliness is something we all expect no matter where we stay. Although the hotel cleaners spent hours cleaning and scrubbing the stairs, they hardly touched the rooms. The floors (marble stone) were not swept or washed, while the tabletops werenÂ’t wiped. The beds were made but the sheets were not changed only moved around the beds in the rooms. And I highly doubt they cleaned the toilets or the bathrooms.
The hotel staff knew hardly any English so the language barrier made it hard to communicate. And I would have had a heart attack if IÂ’d of seen one of them smile. When a student was ill, we asked the man at reception if he could call the doctor only to be told that the 'doctor already been, need no doctor'. We explained as best we could that we knew the doctor had been earlier on in the day, but our friend had collapsed so could he call the doctor. He only replied that 'doctor would take to long so take her to hospital'. He then turned his back on us to answer the ringing phone without offering any more help or even to tell us where the hospital was.
We as a group were constantly getting complained about for making too much noise when we were not up, we were all in bed! Funny how we could make all that noise asleep.
All in all the hotel was terrible, Having paid nearly three hundred pounds for five nights bed and breakfast we had expected more. If it had been advertised as a hostel we might not of had such high expectations, put having stayed in hostels across Europe I hadnÂ’t experienced a Hostel as bad as this hotel. I donÂ’t know if the experience would be the same for other guests staying there, but a word of warning to students or big groups: steer clear.
Hotel España review
Me and my girlfriend have just been in Barcelona and stayed at Hotel España for a week.
At first, we hade the misfortune to get a room on top floor (4). The room itself was simple, but ok. There was trouble with warm water in the shower, only a very thin jet was available and it took ages before it got warm. Also, the door was very hard to lock.
Then the next morning, at 7.30, we both got awaken by a horrible noice just outside the window. A quick check revealed constructionworkers knocking down a wall of one stair down (probably renovating the hotel).
After complaining we were able to change room (at first the receptionist tried to act as he was unaware about the workers, but after some argumentation there was no problem), and got a new one the same afternoon at first floor. This room was much more nice than the first one, with a good bathroom (probably just renovated). Also, there was no problem with the shower or the hot water. I spotted one little cockroach, but it quickly disappered and didn't show up again. However, bring your earplugs. The noice from the constructionworkers upstairs and people running the stairs in the middle of the night or early mornings could be irritating.
One really bad thing with España is that the security deposit available at the room is expensive to hire, about 50 euro for one week. It use to cost 1/5 of that normally.
Except the first mishap I think España was ok. The staff spoke good english so communication was no problem. It's extremly close to everything with the Rambla just a hundred meters away. For that kind of money (75 euro/night/room) I think it's ok.
- Mattias, Sweden.
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