Hotel Meson Castilla
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We were out the door by 7 am to trek out of the pedestrian area to the gate around the corner. Pascal called a cab to meet us there. Just at the moment we started to be anxious if we were in the right place, our taxi appeared-an Audi! Our train whisked us away and we had better impressions of the TGV efficiency today! It was really an I uneventful morning, which I suppose is a good thing to report on a travel day cuz it means things have gone as planned! A little ...
... lady serving us didn't speak English but through a mix of furious finger pointing and nodding we got our breakfast. Churros, in Australia (I'm looking at YOU San Churros!), is a monstrosity compared to what we had that morning. The overpowering taste of cinnamon was absent. Instead, we were served a few sticks (or curls if you're being pedantic) of churro, sprinkled with sugar, accompanied by a small cup of hot, thick chocolate. Coffee with milk, or as they call ...
... center in Placa Cataluna. A good place to take care of museum and transportation passes. The next block took us to La Rambla, a beautiful, tree lined street in the heart of the old city. Galleries, shops, and museums that attract everybody - and best of all the most amazing covered market La Bom oqueria. If it is grown, raised, fished, etc., you'll find it here, this market met ...
... district. Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney don't exactly scream kebob. So best pizza of my life with 2 glasses of blanco vino did the job. I ordered the vegetarian pizza and received the cheesetarian - no complaints here!!!! To their credit it did contain veggies :) Off to bed in my cold as ice room! YEEEHAWWWW Woke up to find granola with flax seed and yogurt for breakfast :)) Walked to the Las Ramblas neighbourhood, very entertaining. One thing I was excited for was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Meson Castilla Barcelona
My friend and I stayed at the Meson Castilla for 3 nights in October 2003. The receptionists were polite and very friendly (thank goodness they could speak such good english!) and gave us good advice about what to avoid in order to have a safe holiday. We were particularly pleased that there was a well-managed safe-deposit area to store our valuables.
I had plane reservations for Barcelona to include New Years Eve, and was desperate to locate a reasonable centrally-located hotel. Ms Quinto, the manager of Meson Castilla, promptly answered my e-mail with an offer of a room, very reasonably priced, but it was their last available: nice room but the private bathroom was located across hall.
We stayed at the Meson Castille for one night In November 2003. Beautiful large room with unique handpainted headboards and furniture. Immaculately clean and thick, plush towels in the bathroom. Four guest rooms open onto a common living area, but each guest room is very private.Breakfast is hearty and is taken in the dining room which is light and airy and paneled in wood. We had a wonderful potato dish, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit and juices. In beautiful weather you can eat on the terrace.The best thing about the hotel (next to the price) is the location. Just a ten minute walk from Las Ramblas and just a stone's through from the Contemporary Art Museum. The walk to Las Ramblas is full of quaint little shops and restaurants that you may get sidetracked on your way to Las Ramblas.The staff is very helpful and willingly mark up maps to help you get to your destination. Conde Nast magazine named this hotel one of two best bargains in Barcelona. They were right!
Good Value for money
We stayed at the Meson Castilla last week. Our room was excellent and the breakfast room was a delight. The decor was amazing. I would imagen in summer it is even nicer. The location of the hotel is not in the best area of Barcelona, but having said that we did not have any problems. Enjoyed our stay, it was the third time we had been to Barcelona and it was the best hotel we had stayed in.
Glad I wasn't on my own!
The hotel was fine - no frills and the lift frequently (very) not working but as my friend and I are still fairly young this didn't matter too much to us. However, as mentioned in the title I found the little street off Las Ramblas which we had to go down to get back and forth to and from the hotel, and the area just outside - seedy - to say the least. Graffiti all over all the walls and people hanging around looking at you as if they wanted to slit your throat. I had mentioned to my son (7 years old) that I would take him next time (I went with a girlfriend) - that was before I had been - but now I know what it's like I wouldn't feel safe at all. It's a shame but I would choose another hotel because of this.
Surly Receptionist Bored With It All??
We stayed here for three nights the first weeek of October. We had read mixed reviews but found the accommodation adequate. Highly priced we felt for the standard. Paper thin walls (we could hear next doors conversation and regular toilet visits through the night - poor guy!) Very clean bathrooms - v strange ventilation which involved opening a little window in the shower through which you could chat face - to face (yes, literally) with the person in the shower next door. APPALLING breakfast with dirty table linen. Very very noisy with building going on behind near the Uni - make sure the work finished before you stay in this area! A real block booking cheap hol sort of place
Meson Castilla - Good value and great location
My wife and I loved our stay at the Meson Castilla. It's a family-run hotel with great personal service. The owner started work there as a bell-boy in 1952 and bought it in 1986. Our double room was adequate- dim but scrupulously clean, and there were several areas in the hotel with comfortable seating where you could relax. Meson Castilla is situated in a quiet street only 5 minutes walk from either Las Ramblas or Catalunya Square, both major tourist attractions. Barceloneta, the port area, is a 45 minute walk via Las Ramblas but the street entertainers and musicians en route make it seem much shorter. We found a superb seafood restaurant there called Merendero la Mar, very reasonably priced.
The price is right!
This was a charming hotel with a lot of character. The staff was friendly and the rooms were clean. Breakfast was very basic but it was pleasant to eat outside on their patio. The location was great. Right off Las ramblas but not too noisy.
Overall, I would recommend staying here if you want a simple, clean room in an average price range. No Frills!
Neat little hotel, great location
My husband and I recently stayed at Hotel Meson Castilla during our trip around Spain. We were looking for an affordable hotel that had some character and that was in a safe, centrally-located area. We got just that. Neat hotel, great location, helpful staff. We were able to walk everywhere which we really liked. They gave us access to a safe where we could keep our valuables and access at anytime. Our room was basic but clean. We paid about 115 Euros a night for a double which I thought was a tad expensive for what we got but we had a great experience overall.
charming old hotel with lots of character. loved the balcony, where we could sit overlooking barcelona. service was great and room spacious.