Hotel Arc La Rambla
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Superb location fro a cheap city base
Situated right on La Rambla in the heart of the tourist area, 50 meters from Drassanes Metro station, 2 minutes walk from the Port Vell maritime complex and a 15 minute stroll from the beach.
For this price I didn't expect much, but was pleasantly surprised when our Taxi (only 22 euros from the airport) pulled up right in the heart of the action. Everything you could want is literally right on your doorstep.
The hotel is small but kept very clean and the staff were always friendly and helpful. The single room was quite cramped with only one small window and no view, but the twin room was much roomier with an excellent view of La Rambla and even though it was on the first floor noise was not a problem.
Yes the hotel is located between 2 strip clubs and prostitutes do congregate on the pavement outside, but they were not invasive and never a problem.
Overall an ideal low cost base for all sightseeing and shopping locations.
I look forward to returning soon.
Great location, shame about the nightlife
Just got back from a weekend at the Hotel De L'Arc with a stag party. Excellent location for this kind of bash (though it has to be said that although there were 18 of us we didn't generate one complaint about noise - I don't know how well they would react to a bunch of idiots staying there) or for a few lads away for the weekend, but would not want to take my girlfriend there.
The hotel itself is excellent. The owners clearly take pride in their establishment and for what you have to pay it is well worth the money. I shared a room overlooking La Ramblas itself and wasn't particularly bothered by noise.
The bar is open to the public and is very good value (3 euros for a large beer) and the staff in the bar and on reception are friendly and hospitable.
The difficulty with staying here is nothing to do with the hotel, but with the area of La Ramblas on which it is located. Pickpockets, prostitutes and drug dealers abound, e.g. I was offered drugs quite openly at 3 in the afternoon waiting at a cash machine, and although they can be shooed away without too much trouble I wouldn't want to have to do this whilst in female company or with my kids. This being said I think that the fact that there was such a large group of men together made us a target for this kind of activity, I spoke to some women on the plane on the way back who had not been approached once - maybe I just look particularly dodgy!!
If you can cope with this kind of hassle then do not hesitate to book the Hotel De L'Arc. It is really central there are some great bars and restaurants down by the harbour and a 10 minute walk takes you to some really quite classy areas.
Exactly What We Wanted
Spent a few nights in the hotel de larc at the end of january 2005. The hotel situated at the bottom of the Ramblas, was perfect for our needs. We got a very reasonable price from Travleocity and our room was very clean and spacious (huge Bathroom) and its location meant everywhere was in walking distance. I dont think we got a taxi once.
The only downside was that some prostitues hung around the front of the hotel late at night. However, the hotel porter was always close at hand to let us in.
All in all if you can get a good deal go for it. Cheap, clean and right on the Ramblas! Its Superb value for money.
we stayed at the de l'arc in barcelona before xmas 2003 and it was fantastic. we payed a ridiculously cheap price for it and was pleasantly surprised. it is right in the centre of the ramblas and our room was comfortable and well equipped it had a balcony looking onto the hub of activity and that was fantastic. at night it was not noisy either as i expected. the location was fab there is a strip club next door which did not bother us at all but may not suit those with families. it also has a small bar which is very nice and you could not be closer to anything. we have since recommendec it to friends who stayed there and if you are looking for good accomodation at a fraction of the cost this is an ideal choice
Good value hotel
My husband and I have just returned from this hotel after a 3 night stay. It is in an excellent position on La Rambla, close to Gothic quarter, marina, beaches, metro etc. We had a room with a balcony, the room itself was very clean and warm. Floor was marble, so take some slippers as the floor is cold. Friendly staff. Overall, hotel is excellent value for money. We will definitely return.
Very nice place
Right in the middle of las ramblas. It's clean and quiet. been there 5 days, no complains. If you want a place to sleep, right in the center of the city, this is a good place to be.
This hotel is in a great place on la rambla for seeing all the sights. metro and open top bus within 5 mins walk. Clean and well kept good breakfast and reasonable rates.
Great hotel in a great location.
Great hotel in a great location. Rooms are clean although invest in the air con. Breakfast was excellent. Short walk to Metro, Las Ramblas market which we felt was a must see, harbour and the old quarter. Will visit again.
After an unpleasant experience at the Pelayo a couple of miles up the road, De Larc Hotel come as a pleasant suprise. Very clean with good size rooms and bathroom. Staff very welcoming in both hotel & bar restaurant. Ideal location looking onto La Rambla in the heart of the City. 2 min walk from Metro and within walking distance from the nearby beach and harbour. We would recommend and we would visit again.
Fantastic location, right at the heart of Barcelona. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean if a little dated. The hotel was only rated as a 1/2 star, but was definitely worth the (cheap) price. Would stay here again.
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Later it was ...
... our French room mates were extremely nocturnal. They were
funny because they left us all kinds of notes of invitation in order to get to
know us better… which was pretty ridiculous. Thankfully Ovi was with us and I
scared them away with my mean karate chop ;) Breakfast was perfect and the day was
sunshiny and beautiful for our crazy power day through Barcelona. We literally
saw the entire city in a day. We bought a 25 euro pass to the touristic bus
... 7. I am thrilled to have finally gotten to Spain.
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