Santa Marta Hotel
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The last bit. There is a point at which you are near the end of one part of your journey and will be moving into a whole new part. You start to chat about the part that is coming up. You are savouring each and every day of the now bits, the today time...because very soon it will be the done bits, the yesterday time. And that's okay. Constant change. It’s part of traveling. Nothing stays still for long...and nothing is repeated. Onward we go!
... a lovely park with a huge open area for entertaining that overlooked the city. In front of all of this sit two houses that look like they come right out of a fantasy. One is the guard house and the other the gift shop today. I'm not sure about their original purpose.
... the street is Casa Matller, a residence for chocolatier Antoni Amatller. Helen called it the Chocolate House. This architect also designed a residence we would see later on our tour. I suppose it does look a bit like a chocolate cupcake – with Gothic and Nordic influences! Next door is Casa Batllo and is basically Gaudi’s idea of St. George slaying the dragon interpreted on the fašade of this home! I can see it, can’t you? Casa Mila or ...
... de Carmen in a complex called Poble Espanyul and saw a flamenco show which was very entertaining and a must for a different cultural experience. We most enjoyed the skill of the guitarist, however the dancers and singers were also great. We rounded the night out with a drink at Port Olympic. Today is a travel day where we drive back into France and along the Cote d'Azur to Nice. Au revoir for now!!
... that we could get going. We were, of course, hungry so as we were walking, we came across a bakery where we got some baguettes to eat. We were walking home and eating when Sam said that she wanted to go back because she didn't want to miss any of the fun. So we turned around and walked back to the bar to see where everyone else was going. We got there and no one was there. So we got in a cab & went home. We got to reception & found Eliza and Abbey ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Marta Hotel Barcelona
Where do i start?!?!
Well where DO i start? got there and thought it was a construction site, boards and material everywhere could hardly walk in the already narraow corridor, the rooms was small and utterly disgustingly dirty with everything covered in inches of dust and bath full of pubic hair (enuff said). We had daily visitors consisting of bugs and cockroaches..yuck yuck and to check cleanliness we squashed one once to discover that the remains where still there by the time we left..lovely!! the lift...the lift..didn't work a few times, meanign we had to go up (after a whole day walking doing our sightseeing) a whole 6 floors to our lovley rooms..ooh what a wonderful hotel..If you ever going to barcelona give this hotel a miss, believe me it's just too horrid!!
Stunningly Awful ! Yes it has a central location for all the sights and if you just want a bed in which to rest your body and feet after all the walking you will do, taking in the sights of this beautiful city it will be Ok.
But it is worth noting that there is accomedation all over the city for the same price ( some we found just off La Ramblars ) with far superior facilites and cleanliness.
" We half expected Basil Fawltey to turn up and any minute "
Workmen were always there, taking something down.puting something up !
Electrics kept going off and on. Air conditioning was adequate when it was working ! ( The workmen were forever turning it off & never back on ! )
We had clean towels every day The bed linen was clean. The room was cleaned daily.
Mattress falling to pieces ! and not a comfortable nights sleep at all.
Someone elses bath water coming up through our bath plug hole !
I could go on, but Im sure you get the idea :-)
Do go to Barcelona, we enjoyed every minute there and will return next year, but look for other Hotels or Hostels.
Much better than expected
After reading reviews on here I was more than worried about going to the Santa Marta. However, the hotel was much better than expected. I can only assume that other people were unfortunate to go when it was being re-furbished. True, it's not the greatest hotel I've ever stopped in, but it was more 'shabby' than dirty. The room was small but more than adequate for a city break base. It did have a few minor things wrong such as a drip in the bathroom and a wonky bathroom door frame, but it was very clean, quiet and very cool thanks to a good air conditioning system. As for location, it seemed ideally based, in a side street near the sea, the lines of immigrants were there, but they were quiet and unobtrusive and certainly only there in office hours.
Just up the road is Passeig Del Born, an ideal place for an evening meal or drink in the square and Al Passatore, a great pizza place is only over the road. If you expect the Ritz, you'll be disappointed, but for the very low price we paid I can't argue at all.
Hotel, Hostel or Hovel? Perhaps the latter was true on first arrival. It smelt of bleah (at least they clean it!) and the Hotel seemd to be in a state of constant repair with drilling from early to late(nice!) Thing is we didn't pay much for the weekend break and spent most of the time out of the hotel. Not the most romantic(!) place but if I'd wanted that I would have paid more (and probably should have). If you can put up with shoddy accomodation then its OK. I think next time I would look for a hotel further North.. into the nicer Extension area. I guess the location was OK but forget evening drinks in the hotel or even breakfast (unless you like stale bread) and get out and about. Would hate to stay here for more then 3 days! The guy with white hair at reception was quite friendly and put up with my pigeon spanish though....
Give it a miss!
The hotel itself is pretty average with a functional local bar. The rooms are small and uninspiring and a couple of things didn't work. Staff are not really very friendly grumpily correcting me on my (admittedly not fluent) Spanish (sorry guys, at least I am trying, give me a break). The worst thing is the fact that it is next to the imigration office which means that 24-7 you have a line of unfortunate people right outside your window. To pass the time they sing, play drums etc. With the hotel having no aircon and the kind of soundproofing you might get using A4 paper this will mean that sleep is tricky. The breakfasts are pretty grim. This place has gone down-hill in the last few years. Steer clear.
A hell hole, with a hole
What a utter piece of crap, how dare they imagine that they could get away with calling this place a 2 star hotle,the youth hostels are better, where to beggin, lets start by, having to walk to the hotel because the hotel is stuck down v narrow streets that no vehicle can fit down, the imagration office next door, with thieving little pick pocketing drug dealing scum, outside the hotel doors. A lift for staff only no fire escapes building materials all over the place, an cracks all over the wall. Lets talk about my room, the aircon that sparks when you turn on, an keeps on sparking, a non close in balcony door, the balcony rail held on by a screw each side, 40 year old bedding, the worse toilet an bathroom sysem, a light swith not a pull switch rite next to shower an sink. Rooms come with exellent features such as exposed wirein a tv that should never be used, a broken phone, no room to swing a mouse, the most important feature you can have in a room is a 2ft hole in ya room with mold wires an water dripping down, when the shower if ya mangae to switch it on. The food is super, colred water with a hint of flavour with bits of soggy string, the main course is soggy oily green chips, non mushy mushed peas an " baterd viel" apparently, me an a friend did a test with the undestructable bread, we tock it to my room 6 floors up lobbed it out the window to see if it would break, an it didnt, breakfast was a coisant an some yes you guessed it rock hard bread an coffe with powder an water,the only way to get this hotle fixed would be to bring in 1000kg of c4 an blow it up, it aint worth the risks against your health of safety.
Us, a group of 30 17/18 year olds stayed here as part of our Business Studies trip to Barcelona. This hotel was allocated to us by Schools Abroad. The hotel claims to have 2 stars which obviously meant we weren't expecting luxury, however what we encountered was not in the least expected. The first sight we were greeted by was the immigration office where lines of immigrants were waiting to aquire visas to stay in Spain. This office is just around the corner from the hotel. When first arriving in the hotel you are greeted by what looks like a respectable reception area, small but tidy. However, when you find out that the lift is exclusive to staff only, it all becomes a different story. Scaling the steps up to various different floors is quite often a nightmare. Doing it several times a day soon becomes very annoying. On our way up to the 4th floor we noticed building work going on. These were not minor corrections to a room, this was full scale construction, which according to reception was going on round the clock as the builders wished to work. Luckily the builders only drilled during the day and not during the night, which was extremely loud. Despite the construction work, people were still being given rooms on the 3rd floor. The hotel claims to have soundproof rooms, but this is blatently not true as noise from the top floor could be heard as low as the 3rd floor despite drilling. When we finally got to our rooms, some people found that their bath was only half the size of what a normal sized bath (by the hotel's standards) would be. It was luck of the draw who got a full-sized bath and who not. Another noticable feature was the wiring of the lights in the rooms. Everyone's room had wires sticking out from the back of the lights and one person even complained of sparks coming from the wires when turning the lights on. People also complained of backache from the beds, which were in the rooms. The final complaint of the rooms were the televisions which were of very bad quality. They were hard to tune, and even when tuned the reception was very bad. There were also no channels in any other languages except Spanish and Catalan. Another key feature was a lack of fire escape, which is especially dangerous in a building of this type. If you go half-board, the food was awful. We were served food which was under cooked and did not come in decent sized portions. For breakfast the milk was left out overnight. Generally the hotel was unclean despite the maids' efforts. Finally during our stay 3 doors were kicked open, which resulted in the people staying there immediately moving to another hotel and wanting to inform the police. The hotel did not want to inform the police, instead it opted to try and sort out the matter itself. After spending a night there we moved to a different hotel. The only comment I have for the hotel is the location it is in. This hotel is excellently located with very good access to the city and many of the tourist attractions are within reasonable walking distance, however a youth hostel would probably have provided a better service than this hotel. This is definitely one hotel I will never have anything good to say about as far as service and quality are concerned.
Don't be fooled by the reviews you see on other websites, as they are all false. Yes the hotel is cheap and very near the centre of Barcelona but that doesn't mean it is worth staying there. The hotel when I went there (With a group) was still under heavy construction (Despite reading a review saying this was the case about a year ago) with the builders simply leaving their materials around the building and more dust than I have ever seen in my life. The rooms are very small. Basically you get two beds and about a foot to walk around them with a TV in the corner which in some cases didn't even work. In my room there was a pipe coming from the top corner of the ceiling with a black substance surrounding the bottom. Its purpose? I have no idea as the next time I came back the builders had removed it and instead of filling the gap, they had just left a great big hole in the ceiling. A rare case? Not really, as many other members of our group found that huge holes were again in the ceiling for seemingly no reason. The bathroom is a simple toilet and a tub/shower combination. However, this has the most over complicated tap system ever devised by humans. You seem to get 6 taps in total that you have to do a trial and error technique with just to get some hot water from either the shower or the sink. A number of the groups rooms (Including mine) had a phone that didnt work and the claims (By the hotel) that the rooms are soundproof is laughable. To give you an example of the problems faced by our group, one group of 3 people to a room were moved to 3 separate rooms in two days but only slept in one of them. Again I cant explain why they were moved so many times as there didnt seem to be any reason. The people we saw at reception speak some English but dont expect any of the other staff to. The bar offers very little in variety and lacks an English-speaking member of staff. We went half board so we got breakfast and dinner included in the price. Sounds good until you get downstairs early in the morning to find out your breakfast will only be consisting of a bread roll, a soggy croissant and a coffee. For dinner we received some noodles and a piece of processed meat (Which the waitress had no real idea what it was) and some green greasy soggy chips. Needless to say we got up and walked to the centre of Barcelona to find some real food. So the hotel is cheap, could this be because they squash two people in to a room made for a single person and 3 people into a room made for 2? Could it be because it offers nothing even remotely spectacular or even interesting for there visitors to do in the hotel? The hotel is also right next to the immigration office so you will get queues of people outside the hotel nearly all day long. My advice is to pay extra and stay in a hotel which cares for its visitors or even stay in an area outside of Barcelona for the same price as our group opted to do when we realised just how bad the Santa Marta hotel was.