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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gotico Barcelona
Stayed at the Hotel Gotico on 20th and 21st April, 2004. Really bad experience. On the first night, the room we were given had a terrible smell of sewerage & mildew and the air conditioning was "switched off until summer" despite an outside temperature of 24oC. The only window in the room opened onto a ventilation shaft that was used for dropping dirty linen (imagine the smell yourself). We complained (the manager was seriously unhelpful and unpleasant) and were told that no other room was available until the next night. A room was available at 8am the next morning when we approached the desk to refuse to stay another night. The second room was an improvement but on the main street and we didn't sleep at all due to noise from passing party goers & traffic. The rooms are definitely not "sound proofed" as advertised in the hotel brochure. Otherwise, check-out was stressful; they attempted to charge us again for the rooms despite our having a valid voucher from a travel agent and, on refusing to pay this, they presented us with a bill for 30 euros for what must have been a truly stunning continental breakfast (for someone. Not us. I recall a tiny breadbun, a stale coissant and a cup of coffee). If you have booked with the Gotico, do yourself a favour and change the booking. It'll ruin your entire experience of a wonderful city.
Not a 4-star hotel
If you want a 4 star hotel do not go to the Hotel Gotica.Apart from its great location in the Barri Gotic area of the City. Hotel Gotica is really a 2-3 star tourist hotel.Our room was small and fittings in the shower room were broken.The ambiance of the breakfast room and the food was nothing like good enough to justify a 4 star rating.The Hotel Rialto along the road, (a 3 star belonging to the same Hotel Group) appeared to have a much nicer reception area and more staff.
Not bad at all
I returned from Barcelona yesterday and spent 3 nights in the Hotel Gotico.I had originally booked the 3* Hotel Suizo just round the corner, but they had overbooked and so we were moved to Gotico.
I'm surprised to see some of the poor reviews below, though I do agree that 4* is somewhat ambitious. Beyond the smart looking reception area, the hotel and rooms are a similar standard to a Holiday Inn type motel.
In other words the rooms are clean and modern if uninspiring and the bathrooms are clean, modern and functional.
Some of the poor reviews here may be about expectations. We paid 63 Euros per night for a very nice twin room in the best possible location of the city. My expectations were therefore exceeded as the cost of a similar hotel in central London would be very much more than this.
As for the noise, we were there in March so the nights were cold enough that the verrandah doors were closed the whole time and noise wasn't a problem. With them open traffic noise and bustle is loud, but this would be the same anywhere you stay in central Barcelona. I personally like the hustle and bustle and the sounds of a busy city, but if that's not your thing, you may have to look outside to one of the quiter residential areas.
In summary I'd say if like us you get a great deal on the price, you won't be dissapointed. Perhaps if you've paid full 4* star price for a bit of luxury, then you're likley to be dissapointed.
One final point about Barcelona relates to food. We wanted to experience some nice spanish food but without breaking the bank. The LP guide was pretty useless in this respect. I wish I had done some internet research first because we ended up taking pot luck most of the time and paid way too much for some pretty mediocre food in restaurants around La Rambla. I'm sure you wouldn't have to go too far off the beaten track to get away from tourist rip-off prices.
Central location not worth the problems!
We stayed at the Hotel Gotico in August 2002. About the best thing I have to say about this hotel was the location was convenient.
However, the convenient location also meant a lot of foot traffic passing by. As our room faced the street, we heard noise from people all night long. This was especially bothersome, because the air conditioning never worked so in a vain attempt to capture a breeze, we were forced to leave the window open.
The room itself was small, but adequate, but it had an overpowering smell of mildew. This was so awful that we were driven out our first night, despite jet lag, to roam the streets in a desperate search for a candle or some incense to help. We finally found some, but it honestly made very little difference.
We tried changing rooms, but the front desk personnel spoke very little English, so we finally gave up and burned incense all night long.
Barcelona is a wonderful city, but if you visit, I recommend you find somewhere other then Hotel Gotica to stay!
Had a good time
Great location near ramblas and stores. The room was OK. Nothing spectacular. The AC worked well and showers were cool. Not spotless but you won't complain.
Just Ok -- Not A True 4 Star Hotel
The best thing this hotel has going for it is its location in the center of the city, just steps from the Rambla and the (very hip) Gothic area. It's very convenient for touring the city. Don't expect much else. We were underwhelmed by the rooms and service, both of which were not up to 4-star standards. The rooms are dowdy and a little worn --ours had chipped paint here and there and some small ceiling stains.
On a positive note, the room was quiet and clean. Service-wise they don't offer much more than a front desk with very young staffers. If we were to return to Barcelona, we might seek out a hotel with better rooms in a similiar location. Or we might ask for a better room at this very ideally situated hotel.
I had aslo read these bad reviews AFTER booking this hotel - and was a little worried. Well, all I can say is i was pleasantly surprized. This hotel has an EXCELLENT location, and is probably one of the few hotels that does have such a great spot. It is located right within the gothic district, old ruins of buildings lie behind and beside this buliding if you cared to wonder round and look, and you are but a moments walk from "The Catedral" and many important museums and structures, as well as the enchanting " la Ribera" district. You are also conviently located right by Jaume I metro station, which accounts to the area being quite bustling and lively - but pleasant. The hotel has a lovely reception, and staff are kind and pleasant though most only speak a little english...but like the previous person said...you ARE in spain, and trying to make an effort with a little spanish should be part of the adventure of your trip. My only low points, though NOT bad points would be that this hotel is more of a 3 star than a 4 star...But for Spanish ratings, It might just be a 4.The ONLY real reason i say this is because the price of the rooms can be quite high £120+, if you can get a good deal £70+ or so, then it is very much worth it. You are paying mostly for the great location I would say... But the rooms, though quite small are clean, pleasant and comfortable, and are more than basic - the chambermaid service is good too. Though we did not use room service and did not eat breakfast there...WHY would you bother...there are a million wonderful places to explore for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.There are no real balconies that i could see, just french style doors the open in onto a flat style grate panel which is very consistant with the period bulidings. I can imagine the front rooms being a little noisy overlooking Jaume C, our room was at the back, overlooking a somewhat sorry looking little patio..(this is feb) ..and a wall...I think the top rooms may be high enough to see over the builings..not sure though. I liked it...it was very gothic and at night the back rooms are quite and peaceful. The rooms did have very good central heat - which i assume is very good central air in the summer. Overall i really liked this hotel, it is a very old building that has been total renovated, you can tell...as you can feel that under the tiles and thin paint lies a very old building with a history, and though you may expeirnece a few "glitches" with this hotel not being up to a 4 star standard...i would consider the age of this city, how most people like to live and enjoy it. I do recommend it!!!
Hotel Gotico gets the thumbs up!
I read the other 2 reviews after I'd booked the hotel and was really worried that I made a huge mistake. It couldn't be further from the truth. The rooms ARE well sound proofed and spacious as well as being clean and well kept. You do get a certain amount of noise from outside, but our room was one with a balconey next to the road side, it certainly didn't prevent me from spleeping! The staff do speak little English, but then they are Spanish, if you make an effort to speak their language, they will make an effort with you. You could not get a better location to explore Barcelona, it is a 5min walk from La Rambla and a 30 second stoll to the nearest metro - perfect. Can't comment on the breakfast as it wasn't included in my deal, but I would recommend this hotel and would go back myself
Bad marks for service
The hotel was well situated in the Gothic quarter and had an interesting decor, somewhat funky. Bur the service was nearly non-existent from the front desk. They lost our reservation, with no apology or explanation. The rooms are very small. The front desk was almost rude, seldom an acknowledgement. The breakfast was cold eggs and warm milk and one of our wake-up calls was non-existent. I would not consider this a 4 star so save your money and apply it elsewhere.
This is at most a 2 star hotel
The hotel claims itself to be a four-star hotel. It is at best a 1-2 star hotel, and at worst a hostel only. The rooms do not have air conditioning, even when the outside temperature is well over 25C. The excuse given by the management is "it is winter time now" (October with a temperature of > 25C in Barcelona is hardly winter). When we complained that the room was too hot, the answer was a ridiculous "Open the window. It will be very nice". The sound-proofing of the rooms is non-existent. If your room faces the street, it is as if you are directly sleeping on the street. If your room faces the patio, where the plumbing and sewage system is located, it is even worst. Everytime your neighbour flushes his toilet, you can hear the sound of a small waterfall. When your neighbours pi, you hear every drop of it. The situation is not better if you are high up (on the fourth or fifth floor), for water is hardly pumped up and your shower is merely drops by drops. In a "4-star" hotel, English is barely understood, and at times people at the reception, when they cannot understand your English, simply bark back impolitely in Spanish. In the breakfast room, cups, glasses, cutlery etc are difficult to come by, because there are not enough staff to take care of you. The average wait for a cereal bowl is 10 minutes. You don't get eggs if you come after 9:30 am (part of the management's scheme to cut cost), and coffee is cold after 10 am (because the electric pot is turned off to cut cost). Honestly, this is by far the worst hotel we have ever seen in Spain. Frankly, Hotel Gotico is a shame to the Spanish system of "stars" to hotels.