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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Peninsular Barcelona
Clean, Simple, An exceptional place in a busy city
We stayed here for two days, partly because it was such a good value at a great location. The two staff were great. The breakfast is okay. Our room is on the top floor, in the "attic", so it was nice to come back to the hotel, and to be "away" from the busyness of Barcelona streets. The room is very simple, I like the big wood beams on the ceiling. I think the room is a bit sexy, actually, because it is so simple, and not fluffy. Stone/brick floors.Beware the cab drivers in Barcelona. Coming in and going out, we had two cheating drivers, one didn't turn on the meter and want to overcharge us by a whole $10 euro. The other turned around and around to get to a preset price he had quoted. Watchout for those cabs that look like a half-van. No no! ... Even the staff at the hotel says there's nothing they can do to stop it ...
A Taste of 'real' Barcelona
My brother and I have just returned from a four night stay at Hotel Peninsular and wanted to share our views on the experience. I have stayed in Barcelona before in a number of places, however it was my brothers' first time. From the moment we walked through the door we were impressed. The staff, as others have said were very friendly. The communal area is quite breathtaking. The rooms are indeed basic but more than adequate for our needs(we even had a third bed in ours). Our room was spotless. It was cleaned every day and the sheets were also changed daily. To some extent noise is an issue - sounds do carry. However we both commented that we had stayed in much noisier places. The breakfast is very basic but most hostels in Barcelona do not provide breakfast and it was at least a way of easing into the day. I can think of worse ways of starting the day than ciabbatta roll and as many cups of tea or coffee as you want. Above all else we liked the location of the hotel. It was central for the sea, La Rambla, the Metro. It was also located in a very cosmopolitan area. It was great to go for a walk or a drink and be around people who live in the area as opposed to tourists - this also led to cheaper prices in bars etc. We would definitely go back to Hotel Peninsular. My Brother felt that it was the best introduction to Barcelona that he could have had and that he had sampled a piece of the real city off the traditional tourist trail.Finally, I would like to make reference to eurocheapo.com from where I found Hotel Peninsular. Their review was accurate and fair. I would certainly use them in the future.
Good times at Hotel Peninsular
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week durring our spring break. We went the cheapest route, staying in a room that had no shower (there was a community one on our floor). I would have to say that at $30 a night we got what we paid for. The only complaints I had were the continental breakfast and our room getting cleaned. The breakfast was the same every morning (roll with jelly and a muffin) and our room was not cleaned very well or frequently. There was lots of dust and we had the same sheets the whole time we were there. Other than that, it was fantastic. The hotel was a great location being about 3 blocks away from the Mediteranian and directly off La Rambla which has everything a tourist could want. The hotel staff was very helpful and very friendly as well. It's a great place to go if you're a student looking to stay someplace affordable but probably not so great for families or people who like to go to bed early. Sound does travel pretty far given the structure of the hotel, although it never really bothered us too much. It's definately the place I will stay at again the next time I make it to Barcelona.
Worst night's sleep ever
We were booked in to Hotel Peninsular for the full 4 nights of our stay, and were really excited about it as the reviews I had read on it were glowing, and my Mum's hairdresser recommended it! We weren't even put off by one review which mentioned the "cell-like quality of the rooms" as we thought this might be kind of quaint. However we arrived, and the staff were really nice and friendly and we wondered up the stairs to our floor overlooking the beautiful courtyard, and the overhanging plants - all good so far. Then we entered our room, and our hearts sank. Basic is not really the word for it. It was bleak and austere (clearly the aforementioned cell-like quality). The bed was uncomforatble, and the world's smallest double. The shower had no curtain so it soaked the whole room however careful you tried to be. The requested view was into other people's houses. Anyway we tried to remain positive and went out for the day. But when we returned and attempted a night's sleep, we realised the error of our ways. Every noise in the whole building was amplified, people were slamming doors and talking in the corridors from about 5 am. The walls seemed to be made of paper. So the following morning we decided to check out and find more quieter surroundings. Then we had the best time ever!
Cheap, clean and very friendly...
Just what we wantet, my wife and me. A calm, cheap, clean (very clean!), and very friendly hotel in the center of Barcelona. Not fancy, not with a lot of sevices, not much,- but enough......We will return....
Beautiful building, great staff
We're booking for our third stay here, the staff are always helpful, the rooms quiet, clean, bright and basic, the atmosphere is relaxed and its very handy for everywhere. Having worked as a tour operator for 10 years I can say with confidence there aren't many as good as this for the money!
Amazing hall ways
Hotel Peninsular was outstanding. Central Location. Friendly and "willing to go out of their way" staff which were in no way intrusive. fantastic atmosphere and a good, yet basic breakfast..i would definitely stay there again.
Romantic, charming hotel
Stayed at the Peninsular for 1 week (April/May 2002) and fell in love with both the hotel and the vibrant city of Barcelona.
Upon reading guide books, I had been worried that the El Raval area would be a seedy and dangerous area to be in, but this was not the case. It was 'edgy', but in no way did I ever feel uneasy, even walking back with my fiance in the early hours of the morning.
Our room was basic, but spacious and clean, overlooking the bustling apartments of local people, which was fantastic.
The dining room had beautiful 'Modernista' architecture and the reception lobby and stairs were stunning.
Staff were always polite, humerous and genuinely pleased to help us, no matter what our request.
Barcelona has everything a traveller could wish for, culture, fantastic hill views, delightful food,beaches, bars - a real cosmopolitan air to the place.
I cannot wait to return and hope to be lucky enough to stay at the Peninsular again.
More than we had hoped for
I wish to bring to your attention some experiences we had recently with a spanish hotel which was recommended on your website. After much research from various websites and guides (including that of your organisation's), myself and 3 others booked into Hotel Peninsular in Barcelona for 5 nights. Of course, being fully aware that you get what you pay for, our expectations were just for basic and clean accommodation. We were definitely not prepared for the 'extras' that came. To start with, we were given two ill-lit and airless rooms. This was compounded by the fact that one of the rooms smelt continually of damp and rotting wood, had a barely functioning air-conditioning unit and a few resident cockcroaches. The occupants of the other room thought they had escaped lightly until the discovery of huge bitey bed bugs crawling on dirty unchanged bed linen. We were able to get one change of room but had to put up with the damp smelling room for 5 nights. Needless to say the quality of our rooms diminished our holiday experience somewhat, which is a real shame as the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, and the building was quite special in it's own right. I would, however, hesitate to recommend Hotel Peninsular to anyone heading to Barcelona. 18 July 2002
A hotel that stayes in my mind
I stayed at Hotel Peninsular between 7th and 10th of July, 2002, with my 12-year-old daughter. I can highly recommend it: good reception, clean, beautiful, "ancient" atmosphere, nice interior: inner courtyard with plants hanging; simple rooms with views to the "family life of Barcelona" (from our 4th-floor room).
It is located in the street of San Pau, leading to the Rambla, close to the Liceu and in the non-touristic side of Rambla. I will certainly go back there.
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