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Reviewed 27 August 2011

i know its long - please read all! we had to call the police because the owner was so crazy!

we stayed there late july 2011, when we arrived to the place we saw a tiny disguasting door with graffiti on it - thats the entrance. we had to go up 2 levels of old stairs (no lift) with our things.
the place was tiny, and the first thing we saw was notes saying there are fines for everything - fines for staining the sheets, smoking around the building, taking a shower over 7 minutes, washing your clothes in the sink. if you want to use the kitchen it costs 1 euro per person.
the guy showed us to the room, we passed the shared bathroom - 2 shower and 2 toilets for the whole place. the room was tiny, the "air con" was a old fan. there was no place to move and the bed was hard as a rock.

after a night with no sleep we decided to check out, we were explaining to the owner politly that it is not for us, and that we couldnt sleep because of the heat and the bed that felt like a rock. the owner said it is our problem and that we have to pay for the whole 6 nights we booked, we tried to get a compromise and said we'll pay for some but she said we have to pay the whole week. she talked to us in a very rood way while we were trying to be polite. evantually we wanted to get out of this place so badly that we decided to pay her the 6 nights and just go so we can enjoy Barcelona. after we paid she said "let me know when you're checking out so i can put somebody else in the room". we packed our stuff and said we are going to look at different places, she demanded to know if we are checking our or not - i said to her that i paid for the room, so its my room for the week and i have the right to come back. then the lady got completly crazy and yelled at us while kicking us out and shutting the door on us.

we called the police and they arrived, after a short talk they said that the place is disguasting and that we can find a much better place for the money. the cops came down with the crazy owner and she said "i dont want them to stay here ill give them the money back as long as they go and never come back" - perfect, we didnt want to stay at that disguasting place plus get the money back is what we wanted. then the crazy lady turned to me saying "where are you going to sleep tonight? on the streets? enjoy" so i said i dont think its a problem to find a different place, then she turned to the cops saying "no i changed my mind, they HAVE TO stay here i dont give them the money back i want them now to stay here the whole time". the cops had to tell her to relax and that she has to give us the money back and that we're going. then they said shes crazy and its better for us if we find a different place.

we changed to a different hotel for the same price who offered much more, was pleasnt and had a pool. for this prices you can find so much better than this prison pencion palcia.

i know the review is long, thank you for reading we had the worst experience there and dont want anyone going throught that.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank noacodish
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

We stayed here in the middle of summer and could not sleep. It was 29 degrees inside the room and 26 outside. Our room was 4m x 4m and the only window was about 90cm x 30cm. This would have been livable if there was air con but we only had a fan and felt this wasn't enough in the middle of summer. Every time you enter you have to buzz the door, this goes on well into the night. There was a lot of internal noise from other guests.

We found the rooms were clean and bathrooms were spotless. Some other positives were the free wifi and that each room had half a shelf of the fridge.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Gralice1
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

It is located centrally. The building it's located in is quite bleak but I guess that is part of the price. The hostel itself is very brightly decorated. There were however endless rules, signs and the extra costs added up so much as to bump up the price. We had to pay for each family member to use the kitchen even on the day we just made a cup of tea. We were charged quite a lot to leave our bags, which was free everywhere else we went ( as were the kitchens). It was quiet which suited us but if you are looking for somewhere a bit buzzy this is not the place.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

Because there are excellent rules such as: No smoking, no noise after 11PM, etc, everything goes well for ALL guests. Our hostess and host, Nuria and Mario, treated us like family. The rooms are small but well-designed/maintained as is the entire establishment, from the baths to the kitchen to the reception area, to the computer room. Laundry service(loved that), tourist advice, fast internet, and a wonderful location near Barcelona's marina and the El Born section filled with some of Barcerlona's most charming shops, cafes, and bars(especially the one(Cava=.85Euro/per glass & food from 2.50Euro) just around the corner on Carre de la Reina Cristina and Bar El Born where a cafe con leche & pastry is 1.90Euro and a sandwich & small beer is 2.90Euro).

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PegandHarold
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

The owners seem to have a cleaning frenzy that has gone totally wild, everything that has not been recently cleaned and nicely organized is looked upon with suspicion and notes all over the hostel exclaim how dirty travellers are.

There are fines for staining the linen, the pillow cases, for taking showers over 7 minutes, smoking anywhere near the hostel building and for hanging around. This place is not meant to be a meeting ground, one person at the time might use the kitchen while surveilled by the owners so that all kitchen supplies get cleaned right away and there are no sofas or common rooms.

If you cannot stand dust and wish to be left alone this is a really good place to go, but if you want to have a memorable experience of your stay in Barca you better go somewhere else.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank miniskida
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