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Barcelona Ramblas Hostal Reviews
Jul 24, 2007
This hostel was easily the best we had stayed in during our time in Spain and possibly the best hostel I have been in.
The actual rooms were in a street behind the main reception, a place that had one main locking door, an internal door leading to our rooms and then locks on the rooms, so we felt very secure.
The rooms themselves had lovely bathrooms, showers, hard but otherwise comfortable beds and plenty of storage space, as well as safes you could set your own code for. Each room was air conditioned and had digital tv; albeit seemingly one channel. After a week camping, one channel was fine!
Both rooms had fridges and one had a microwave and electric oven, perfect if you wanted to self cater for a few days. We only stayed one night so didn't really take advantage of these. Although we didn't use them, the hostel reception tells of free breakfast, internet, linen and animals being allowed.
The only downside was that the apartment was set near to a red light district, so may only be suitable for those travelling in pairs or groups. I wouldn't suggest lone women travel in the area especially at night, simply in case you get mistaken for one of the working girls who were working at midday (as silly as that sounds, both girls with us were approached in this manner and were not dressed inappropriately). Lads are more likely to get propositioned than anything else, though again like anywhere in any major city, you should keep aware of your surroundings.
Watch out for random motorpeds whizzing around corners and blaming you for being in the way!
The hostel was just off the Ramblas and near to a cash point, shops and the city centre.
The hostel cost 40 Euros each for the night which was a tad pricey compared to what we had paid in other hostels. However, we did think that if it was booked in advance it would be much cheaper.
All in all it was a welcome refuge after much messing about travelling, with a friendly owner who spoke good English and was more than willing to forgo our 20 Euro deposit for a driving licence and passport (returnable of course!).
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