Roma Reial Hotel
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... at a pub at 11pm). The 4 went out to dinner and Bradden and I decided to just grab some Burger King and sit in the room and get ready. Oops, it was 10.45pm and we hadn't left yet! We quickly grabbed our things and made our way out the door. We were told it "wasn't that far" but wrong. We walked for 45minutes and by the time we got to the pub, thought everyone had left! The 4 from our hostel were sitting on a table outside. Apparently the pub crawl guy hadn't shown up! ...
... really quite remarkable when pulled out of context of today with architects pushing and pulling the built environment in such divers and extreme directions. The walk was well worth it and while we did have to constantly refuel with fluids and snacks along the way we all did amazingly well in the unfamiliar heat hovering near 30 degrees by the afternoon. We walked all the way back to our flat with me repeatedly urging ...
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Myself and 3 friends have stayed here twice now and plan to go back again. It is cheap and cheerful and in the most amazing location. We have had a fantastic time when we've stayed here. The staff have been friendly and helpful - happy to book taxis for us and even phoned our taxi driver after we left because we dropped a piece of paper at reception that they thought we might need. But we did try to speak a bit of Spanish to them so maybe that helped. The rooms have been clean and towells changed every day. It does get very noisy but it's always been a pleasant atmosphere. Probably better for adults though than families.
Clean and simple, nice and not expensive.
After reading the bedbugs-story, I can't resist commenting on the Roma Reial. We were there April 20th till April 25th 2004. The hotel is simple, but clean. The staff was ok, especially when you tried to speak a little Spanish. The location of the hotel is fabulous. Concidering how unexpensive the hotel is, I would not ever have dreamed it would be so nice and so centrally located. If I go back to Barcelona and if I haven't turned rich yet by then, I'll go back to this hotel.
Btw, our experience is that the hotel is quite gay friendly. At least me and my lady friend didn't get any comments and didn't see any looks.
I went Barcelona last year, and had the best time! I went with a large organised group, so we were out most of the time, and only washed and slept in the rooms. The staff are mostly spanish speaking and only some can speak english. We were right by the square, which was not noisy as in night clubbers and drunks shoutin and screaming. It had that friendly, relaxed vibe, of spanish people and tourists, chilling out and enjoying and meal and a drink after a long day. We left our door open all night and we were fine. For a one star hotel I was amazed! It had a phone, working spanish TV, a fan, balcony in some rooms, and a bran new bathroom. Marble fittings, no mould around the tiles. We got our towels very dirty, but had fresh one's everyday. That bathroom was better than a 4 star bathroom that I've been in before.
Absolutely terribble, the staff there were extremely rude, there is very little space, the place smelt of urine, the showers didnt work (hence the smell), we saw a cockroach on the floor near the lift, this was there for some time, shows how lazy the staff are.
This is without a doubt the worst hotel i have stayed in and belive me i'v been in many. I urge all tourists to avoid at all costs.
We are a couple in our late 40's and the previous reviews did worry us, but when we arrived the staff were friendly, courteous and very helpful. The rooms were spotless. The hard flooring and wooden doors do make it a bit noisy but it really depends on what sort of other guests there are. We took earplugs as a precaution. The atmospheric square attracts a lively crowd at most times of the day and night, and the noise levels are probably worse with a room with a square front window.
I recently stayed at the Roma Reial, and i was shocked to see that somebody had the audacity to imply that the hotel was 'filthy' and 'unclean'. I would like to confirm that the hotel is in fact VERY clean and bed-bug free. I would recommend this hotel to anybody visiting Barcelona, as it is one of the nicest hotels i have stayed in, in my recent trips to spain! The staff are all friendly and helpful, and would not hesitate to be of service, when needed!
Perfect for 1-star
I recently stayed at the hotel for four nights with three friends and thought the hotel was lovely for a one-star. There was a noise problem but thats expected in such a lively part of Barcelona. Perfect hotel for young people as a quad room is quite cheap. It is situated in a perfect location for restaurants, cafes, bars, and the tourist attractions. Room was very clean, a maid came each day to tidy. The staff were friendly and helpful. Maybe not ideal accommodation for families holidays due to lots of young people staying there who come back late from clubs etc. Would definately go back.
A dirty room with filthy , springless beds paled into insignificance during the night when we had to endure the shrieking of other residents echoing through the cold corridors, and the banging of especially noisy room doors which did not shut with a catch. They crashed onto their jambs, bounced open again then had to be closed with a triple bolt which could be heard in every corner of the wretched place. We booked and payed in advance for 5 nights but after 2 asked for a refund for the following 3. This was refused as we had paid through a web site.
Had booked and paid for this hotel before I read the last review so was quite concerned about it before we left. I was relieved when the room appeared clean, no bed bugs (!), towels changed every day and gallons of hot water. We were on the very top floor at the back so noise from the square wasn't a problem but noise from the school parties staying (including an English group) was. But the location was great. We found the staff quite helpful - they kept our luggage securely locked up for the day as we had a late flight and we even managed to get them to smile !
Extremely rude reception staff, Room Filthy and infested with bedbugs both my friend and I have been bitten badly, investigated the beds to discover bed bugs after first putting it down to mosquitos, realising this to be impossible too cold and non to be seen we checked the bedding and mattresses to discover the bedbug insects. Reported it, with the help of a spanish speaking friend, had a totally unsatisfactory response. So I should hope that people will think twice when deciding on where they wish to stay. The hotel obviously needs to be paid a visit from the envioronmental health, Decided to give breakfast a miss after the experience, cant comment on the food.