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Historical Traveler Reviews Pension Dali- Barcelona
Better than expected
Stayed at Pension Dal1 2-4/11/04. We are two middle aged couples and found the Pension Dali far better than we expected for the price we paid. Rooms were basic but very clean as was the bathroom, beds and towels. Great location, everything within easy walking distance. We had rooms 204 and 207. 204 was located over a central courtyard and was very quiet. 207 was on a side alley with some noise from a bar situated on the ground floor but this was not excessive.
Wow! What a place. No, this was not exactle our first impression. The room not very clean but O.K., the bathroom door could be closed but there was no latch. So we were little worried. We reached this hotel 3 hours prior to check in time and the stuff were nice enough to find an empty room and ready it for us to check in within half an hour. After a 13 hour train journey it surely felt good. The employees were extremely helpful, and bilingual. They actually called on our behalf to the next hotel on our itinerary to make sure that they hold the reservation for us and get a direction to the place. The location is excellent. Right next to Licieu Metro station within 20 meters of La Rambla and also within walking distance of the Gothic quarter as well as the Barcelona harbor. I will stay with them every time I go to Barcelona and would recommend it to anybody. However, if you are the nosy type please do not bother.
We opted to book a double room at the pension Dali due to the location and cheap rates offered. Despite reading some less than impressive reviews on the net, we booked months in advance requesting a quiet room. The staff are chain smoking, indifferent minions who throw a key at you and bark directions to your cell. The miniscule lift is a death trap that brakes in a way that launches you into the air at every screeching stop. Our room was located directly opposite the lift, it resembled a converted broom closet and smelled like a converted urinal. The rooms in pension Dali are cells that blanket you in a state of depression regardless of the central location and affordable rates, you are better off commiting a minor crime and spending a few nights in jail. We relocated the next morning directly over the road, a few euros more saved my marriage/sanity.
Everything ok, very nice staff, specially Jose!!!!
we loved Pension Dali, very nice location, central, however building needs some renovation...bed linen and towels are ok, but the room is not the cleanest, but who wants to stay in the room in Barcelona? Perfect location!!! And the staff is very friendly specially Jose (night turnus), we had a lot of fun in Barcelona, the next time, I will stay in Pension Dali again
Great place to stay on a budget...
Saw this hotel in the tripadvisor reviews. Found its website and thought yes, it looks ok. Booked the room over the web and paid with card. All done with no problems. When we got there we found the painter & decoraters were working, but still no problems and apologies were made straight away by the staff. Room was clean and tidy, clean sheets daily. Just somewhere to lay your head after a days site seeing. Its a great place to stay just off La Ramblas. Cheap and cheerful. Staff friendly and helpful. Will use this place again and again.
we stayed at 'dali' for 3 nights from han 28th 2004. great place....very cheap....basic...if u like 2*/3* DO NOT GO. if u like somwhere to base yourselves right in the heart of barcelona well this is the place.
the rooms are basic but clean/ maids daily to change towels etc/ t.v / comfy bed....what more can u want.... the staff are very freindly...one particular porter gave us a late night 'history chat' on the area of Barcelona...etc there are some great places to eat....depends on your budget.....theres on place u should go and thats ESCRIBA restaruant on the beach front..10 minutes from port olympic.....paella to die for!!!!have fun......
Budget lodging in central Barcelona
Me and my girlfriend stayed at Pension Dali in early January for a week. We were quite pleased with the attention and the service they give us:....very friendly staff, homely athmosphere, excellent location and fair value for money, considering that accomodation in central Barcelona is normally very expensive. We'll be back in Barcelona in July and are definitevely staying at Pension Dali for another couple of weeks
Only weak point was furniture: a bit out of date but fulfilled our needs.
Pension Dali, I'll go back next time I'll be in Barcelona
Pension Dali,I've stayed at Pension Dali last weekend, with my girlfriend & mydog. The location was great we could go walking to most of the nicest places to visit in Barcelona.We had a room facing to the street; to be in the center and near some famous clubs was very quiet.I recommend to reserva a room in this pension the staff was very helpfull and the rooms were clean.
We spent a long weekend in Pension Dali while in Barcelona. The room we first got was facing the inner courtyard and right in front of the lift - it was a nightmare. We hardly slept through the night as you could heard people keep going in/out from the lift and they were laughing and talking loudly early in the morning(from after midnite till 5am).The next morning we requested a quieter room. It was on the top floor by the stairs. This room was quieter. We could feel and hear the springs of the bed. We slept a bit better but the bed definitely needed to be replaced.However our friends hit lucky with their room - right at the back of the building over looking the back of the garden - with good bed. It was a quiet room.The rooms are basic - bed, chair, table and a wardrobe. There's satelite TV in Spannish. The bathrooms are ok. The first room we had had a shower which was pretty good. The second room we had had a small bath with shower over. It was a better bath suite than the other one. However, we think the shower curtain was too short to close at both ends of the bath - it was a square bath and the shower curtain goes round it in an L shape. After each shower, the water always wet the floor outside the bath (no matter how careful we tried) and you would think the bathroom was flooded.Consider yourself lucky if you get a decent comfortable and quiet room. We think Pension Dali need some renovation to give the basic comfort that each room deserve.The reason we picked Pension Dali was for its location - its definitely central and within walking distance to many places. Its close to the bus station to get to the airport and the metro.
We loved Barcelona but had booked Pension Dali based on information from a few sites. I'm not sure how people could stay there. The room we were led to had a door with a hole in it that could be easily broken and the room looked as if you must be broke to stay there. I got charged for the first night even though we didn't stay there. I did see people there. The lobby had broken chairs, etc. I am used to staying at a place with a little more finesse. It is nothing like what you see on the website.