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El Balcon del Born

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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

We love El Balcon, first and foremost because of its location. Our visit to Barcelona was decided last minute, so we decided to go for El Balcon again, because we loved it so much the last time. The bosses of El Balcon havent change, and so hasn't their breakfast. The first visit we didn't really mind that much, but as... More 

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new york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We choose this b &B because we had stayed there before and so enjoyed it. Especially the born area. We stayed in the same room, the shower had mold around it, the floor tiles were broken, it seemed very tired and dusty. Breakfast was just ok. Nothing special- no fresh pastries. We were so very disappointed. Daysi was friendly and... More 

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Kibbutz Gezer, Israel
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

First off, this would be a five but that we were there in September in a heatwave and really felt the lack of AC. El Balcon del Born is definitely a five kind of place! All my correspondence with them before our trip was quick and helpful, arriving was coordinated well, and the place is both comfortable and adorable. The... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

First things first... there is No A/C here, and if you're traveling in the warm months of Spain, it can really make a difference. There is quite a bit of noise from below since there are 2 patio restaurants right outside the windows. You might consider asking for a room away, unless noise doesn't bother you at night! Very quaint... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

El Balcon del Born is located in a great area of Barcelona. I didn't know what to expect, but the room is not newly renovated nor are the beds brand new. That being said, this is a great place to stay. The vibe and feel of where you are is amazing. You can hear people outside having drinks, talking, and... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We overall enjoyed our stay at El Balcon del Born. We had a lot of trouble finding the place. We were not sent detailed instructions in advance on how to find it, and the name was not written anywhere on the outside of the building. Our US phones didn't work there - we only found the place after a couple... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

I am returning visitor in el Balcon, and the charm of this place is a constant. By now I have stayed in 3 rooms and all of them are precious - old traditional tiles, wooden balcony doors, antique lamps and wooden furniture, everything bears special charm and creates an extremely cosy atmosphere. Size of the rooms - comfortable and big... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

The location of this B&B is perfect. In the Born area, walking distance to the Gothic quarter, and the area right outside is great for local bars, restaurants and the Picasso Museum is just down the street. It is about a 20-25 min walk to the beach. I stayed in a room on the upper floor (3rd floor). There is... More 

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Reviewed 20 July 2016

We stayed in El Balcon del Born for three nights during our visit to Barcelona. The location is perfect right in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and within a walking distance to Barcelonetta Metro Station and Franca Train Station. The staff were polite and friendly, and the rooms were clean and tidy. We stayed two nights at one of... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

I spent 3 nights here while in Barcelona. It's in a great location in the El Born neighborhood, near the train station and Picasso museum. The building is lovely and my room was spacious and very well equipped. It even came with bathrobes! I met Pablo and Daisy who were both very nice and accommodating. I loved the balconies. My... More 

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El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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EL BALCÓN DEL BORN BARCELONAis a guest house just in the centre of Barcelona, in Born, a district with distinctive cafés,bars, restaurants… where many artist live. It's a 5 minutes walk to The Cathedral del Mar or the Picasso Museum, and 10 minutesto Las Ramblas or the Barceloneta beaches. We have a house with 5 bedrooms. One has its own bathroom (suite) and the othersshare one bathroom every two rooms. All the rooms including the dining room have an exterior balcony, and therefore plentyof light.Rates per night for one or two people:Room 1 (El Palau): Our biggest room, with 20 square meters. The room has a kingsize bed or two twin beds and an exterior balcony facing the pedestrian street ReraPalau. 95 €Room 2 (Els Encants): An ample room with its own bathroom (suite) and anexterior balcony facing the street Rera Palau. 100 €Room 3 (La Ribera): Spacious room with a king size bed or two twin beds. Exteriorbalcony to the square El Tripó. 90 €Room 4 (El Racó): Our smallest and coziest room, with a double bed and a balconywith a double view, one side facing the square Plaça de les Olles and the other sidefacing the street Rera Palau. 80 €Room 5 (Les Olles): Spacious room with a king size bed or two twin beds and anexterior balcony facing the square Plaça de les Olles. 90 €The prices include continental breakfast, towels, bathrobes, hairdryer, wifi andhouskeeping. Optional service (extra cost): LaundryOnce you arrive, please pay for your whole stay with us in cash. We do not accept creditcards.You will have your own keys, so a 20 € guarantee deposit is required. You will get itback when you return the keys.Check-in : 3 pmCheck-out: 12 amHow to get there:El Balcón del Born is located almost right in front of the train station Estació deFrança. FROM THE BARCELONA AIRPORT, TERMINAL 2:· By train (the cheapest way to get there): Take the train (Renfe) at the airport andstop at Passeig de Gràcia. Once you get there, take the train that goes to Estacióde França on the very same platform. Get out of the station and cross the avenue;four blocks down you will find the street Carrer Rera Palau.· By bus: Take the Aerobús and get off at Plaza Catalunya (30 minutes). Fromthere, it’s a 5 to 10 minutes taxi ride, depending on the traffic.· By taxi: It’s a 25 minutes taxi ride from the airport. FROM THE BARCELONA AIRPORT, TERMINAL 1:Take the bus that connects with Terminal 2 to get the train that will take youdowntown, take the Aerobús that will take you to Plaza Catalunya, or just take ataxi.! IF YOU COME BY CAR:There is a car park next to the Guest House (Plaça Comercial) that charges 23,15euros per 24 hours (the price is subject to changes in the policy of the car parkcompany). ... more   less 

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Address: Carrer Rera Palau 2, Primero 2a, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Price Range: RM328 - RM470 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Don't pick a room on the same level where breakfast is served (1 level) !!”
 of 5 bubbles KatiaBerli, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms with the small balcony; or if you prefer with an in room bathroom”
 of 5 bubbles 2013Travel_Companion, 29 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Choose the bigger rooms in top floor, room 5-10.”
 of 5 bubbles anyaptk, 12 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Very high up with no lift”
 of 5 bubbles 390trandafirm, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
“If you are a light sleeper, ask for a room off of the courtyard as it can be noisy at night.”
 of 5 bubbles kjparks2015, 19 May 2016 | Read review
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