La Rambla, 138, , Barcelona, Catalunya 08002
Fun, Funky and Charmingly Run-Down
We enjoyed our stay at this quirky little hotel! If you are expecting luxury and U.S. standards, this isn't the place for you. But if you are looking for a tiny mom-and-pop style European hotel, give it a go! Out of all the places we stayed on our trip to Europe, this is the one that gave us the best stories to tell folks back home. Again, if you are expecting a Hilton or Marriott, this isn't the place for you. This place is fun, funky and charmingly run-down. If you have a "go with the flow" attitude and can enjoy its quirks, you'll love it!
Yes, the rooms are very pink! Our room, 248, looked like an old-style brothel. The wallpaper is dark and the rooms are tiny. I could stand between the two walls with my arms outstretched and touch both sides of the room. It made for very close quarters but we managed, even with all of our luggage. The bed was touching the wall but it was comfortable and very clean. Our room had a glass door with a patio, but it looked out onto nothing but 4 concrete walls (no window or view). Some rooms have great views but ours didn't. It didn't bother us at all because who cares about sitting in their room anyway? The room had a small flat screen t.v. but it was up in the rafters so you couldn't really see the screen (not a bother to us, but something others may care about). The "closet" was a pole that ran along the top of the room.
Although the bedroom itself was tiny, the bathroom was fairly spacious and kept very clean. A hair dryer was even provided in the bathroom. Even the towels were pink! The towels provided sometimes had a very unpleasant musty, mildewy odor; if you get a smelly towel just ask for others. I can't comment on the a/c since it wasn't turned on during our visit (in May), but we were able to keep cool by opening our patio door at night to let in fresh air. The room smelled very clean, just the towels were sometimes a bit funky.
The hotel was clean but our room showed signs of serious wear. It wasn't a big deal to us, but others might be horrified. I have posted some pictures of our room where you can see the worn carpet, torn wallpaper, etc. This place is not a "dump" by any means (it is very, very clean), but if your standards are high, you need to know what you are getting into. The staff was friendly and wonderful and the hotel had very good security. Our room was quiet and comfortable and, giving the amazing location, very resonably priced.
The location of this hotel is fabulous. It is located right on the upper part of Las Ramblas with easy walking to many shops, restaurants and bars right outside your door. The wonderful La Boqueria market was right down the street so we frequently walked over there to grab cheap wine, fresh bread and fruit and more. The hotel does provide a complimentary 24 hour buffet but we never used it (except for the soda machine; it was nice to have a glass of diet soda after a long day of sightseeing; the hotel even provided ice at the buffet, which is a rarity in Europe). I didn't pay much attention but it looked like the buffet had a small salad bar, a variety of loaf bread, and a drink machine with wine, beer, water, juice and soda. Many people were eating full meals at this buffet and I don't understand why you would do that when Barcelona's many delicious and inexpensive local restaurants and tapas bars are steps outside your door!
Overall we had a comfortable stay and we would not hesitate to book this hotel again.
CHEAP AND CHEERFULL
IF YOU WANT TO IMPRESS YOUR PARTNER WITH A SWANKY HOTEL THEN PAY THE MONEY & BOOK INTO THE GRAND MARINA ,ARTS OR THE JUAN CARLOS.IF YOU WANT A GREAT LITTLE HOTEL THATS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING, WITH FRIENDLY, HELPFULL STAFF, THEN BOOK HERE.WE A CAME IN A SMALL GROUP & HAD TWIN ROOMS THAT ONLY COST £32.00 PP A NIGHT THE ROOM WAS TIRED BUT CLEAN.EVERYTHING WORKED (ELECTRONIC SAFE MICROWAVE FRIDGE TELEPHONE
TV)SHOWER WAS CRAMPED BUT ALWAYS HAD HOT WATER AT A DECENT PRESSURE
IT HAD A CELING FAN AND AIR CON WHICH WORKED FINE .A GREAT TOUCH WAS THE FREE BUFFET WHICH HAD TEA, COFFEE, COKE,OTHER FIZZY DRINKS AND BOTTLED WATER PLUS THE 24 BUFFET, AND BELEAVE IT OR NOT. THE BEER WAS ALSO FREE. ALL IVE READ ON VT IS PEOPLE MOANING ABOUT THIS GREAT LITTLE HOTEL.THEY WANT A CHAMPANGE HOTEL ON LEMONADE MONEY.GET REAL IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DRINK £32.00s WORTH OF BEER AND CHECK OUT !
Unique Quality: YOU CANT GET MORE CENTRAL , GREAT VIEWS , HELPFULL STAFF
Directions: COME TO CATALUNYA METRO UP THE STAIRS LOOK UP YOU CANT MISS THE BLUE BANNERS ON THERE BALCONIES
Not a place I would recommend.
I'll start with the positive because it's the nicest things I can say about this hotel. The personnel was very friendly and always willing to help. The breakfast was decent and included with the room price, the location of the hotel was ideal. Right on La Rambla and next to Plaça de Catalunya.
Now for the not so good things. The rooms (we had two) were very run down. From some of the oldest, decrepit furniture, to ugly (and old) wallpaper, poor ventilation, tiny rooms, unfinished ceilings, and carpets I'd be scared of touching with my hands let alone my bare feet. I was as you can tell, extremely disappointed by my stay, especially when the leg of the bed broke off. It was metal!!! Very rusty metal! Perhaps it's sister hotel is a bit better as it is more expensive.
Unique Quality: The best thing it has to offer is it's location and a friendly staff.
Directions: Northern most part of La Rambla, near the Plaça de Catalunya.
I stayed in the Hotel...
I stayed in the Hotel Continental. It's location is brilliant and it's only fault is it's entrance.
Unique Quality: Some of the rooms have views down the Ramblas, mine didn't unfortunetly. However, since i only used my room for sleeping, it made no difference. The staff are extremely friendly and most are fluent in English. Breakfast comes as part of the price, which is a continental-style buffet. The rooms are comfortable and quite large with TV, hair dryer, fridge and microwave included.
Directions: This hotel is situated on The Ramblas, so you can't really get a better location (138 La Rambla). The best way to get there is by getting a taxi from the airport, otherwise it's a bit tricky to find.
More about Continental Barcelona
Perfect location, perfect stay!
If you're looking for a spacious suite and stunning decor, you're not going to get it here. If you are looking for a perfectly functional room with a fantastic, convenient location and a fun view, then this is it. We loved staying here! The rooms were comfortable and clean. We loved sitting on our balcony in the evenings and mornings, watching the street performers, drinking wine (evenings) or with coffee and pastries. Wonderful! Prices were the most reasonable in Barcelona too!
On the street
Several of us visited the Continental for the MotoGP. We booked it based on its location and price and so were expecting what we got, a basic hotel but ideal location at a reasonable price. My tip would be to ask for a room with a view of La Ramblas. You may have to put up with extra noise, but the rooms are larger and less claustraphobic than the inner room we had. I'd imaging when the temperature is high, the inner rooms can be mighty stifling too, especially with smelly motorcycle kit.
With all the nightlife available, being a night owl would help, early to bed and the noise would be intrusive. There's a great bar and tapas venue directly opposite and early Saturday evening, see if you can find the dancing in the square on the street parallel to Las Ramblas on the church steps.
Expect shabby chic and the Continental is fine at the price.
This hotel is groovy!
It's locating is ideal, and most ideal for Spain: no cucarmargas!
The best rooms are the Ramblas rooms, with a magnificent view over the famous Rambla.
I went their in august and had a room at the back and that was a little hot, but if you choose a Ramblaviewroom you've got enough fresh air to cool the room.
The staff is friendly, there's a good all day buffet and the hotel is groovy decorated!
And it is clean and next to the metro and the airportbusstop.
If your looking for a clean and funny hotel for not such high prices this is a good hotel!
Enjoy your travel to the great city of Barcelona!
We had a great time staying at the Hotel Continental. The location is absolutely ideal along La Rambla, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Having a balcony was fantastic for people watching, relaxing in the sun, and having breakfast. The only down side was that there was no air conditioning; however, they were in the process of having A/C installed in the rooms. La Rambla could be a little noisy at night so having the windows closed could be necessary. The hotel is also very conveniently located to several metro stops.
Enjoyable time at the Hotel Continental
A very good hotel for the money had four nights there the staff were very helpful, the room although not much to look at was clean. We had a room over looking the Ramblas it was very noisy on our last night as the festivals were on. Breakfast was enough and you could go back time and again for as much as you liked and coming back after long walks around Barcelona free coffee and snacks. All in all really good value for money. Would recommend it to anybody.
Great Location, Bad Eggs and noisy.
We stayed in the Continental in November 2003 and thought it was good for the price. Standards have seemed haved slipped when we returned October 2004.
The room rate is good, but we found the hotel very noisy. This was noise from the hotel and not the Ramblas. We had to buy ear plugs to get a good sleep.
Then the breakfast was disgusting. Bread had mould and the eggs were rotten.
Staff are great and will help when they can. Get a balcony room if you can because the other rooms are too dull and stuffy.
Best location on the Ramblas. So a mixed review, but OK if you get a balcony room and miss the breakfast.
Barcelona Spain in the rain
"Whirlwind Tour of Barcelona Spain"
February 7, 2010
After lunch we came home for a nap and caught bus #23 to the airport for our flight to Barcelona. Got a taxi from Barcelona Airport to Hotel Continental Barcelona 25.50 euros. In bed after midnight. We can not praise this hotel enough.
February 8, 2010
We had previously booked a city tour for the afternoon with Julia Travel and that was about all we were able to do on Monday. Jim stayed on the bus as it was raining and he was still fighting his cold/flu. We had flown to Barcelona on Sunday on www.vueling.com Pronounced (wheyling) it rained the whole time we were in Barcelona. We stayed at the Hotel Continental Barcelona which could not have been located any better as it was on the Rambles in the city center. The staff realized we were sick and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. If you are ever in Barcelona we can recommend this hotel. Jim loved the beds but they were six feet off the flour! They had a 24-hour buffet. Instead of checking out at noon they let us stay in the room until 5pm without charge. The hotel recommended the Restaurant Danzarama www.danzarama.com which we liked and it was reasonably priced. We made it our only restaurant as it was so close and the rain came down like it was pouring out of buckets.
February 9, 2010
We slept in this morning. We made another visit to the pharmist for medicine. Larry is feeling much worse and Jim is improving some. We returned to Danzarama for a late lunch and back to our room to rest until we left for the airport at 5pm. Our flight was not until 9:20pm so we had a long wait at the airport. Back in Nice we caught bus #98 to Boulevard Gambetta and walked the four blocks to our apartment Lafenice at 26 Boulevard Gambetta, Nice, France
A team will be going to Barcelona in October. Two days total. Is Universal Hotel in the hub of La Rambla? If not, then how far is it? How far is the walk to La Rambla?
How is the Hotel Contenental Universal?
Do you also know anythig about the Barcelona Contenental Hotel?
Do you recommend another that includes breakfast?
Thanks for your help?
You can see exactly where the hotel is on its website:
It says Las Ramblas is five minutes' walk away.
You can see reviews of the hotel here:
The reviews on www.venere.com and on www.booking.com are reliable..you cannot post a review on either of these sites unless you have completed a stay booked through the site. I suggest you explore what other hotels they have listed in Barcelona. Tripadvisor reviews can be posted by anybody who signs up to the site.
I can talk only about location of these hotels. As said above the Hotel Barcelona Universal is 5-10min walking to Las Ramblas, but not a walk I would recommend, even less at night, some streets of that area are quite seedy. The area where the hotel is it's fine, and actually much better that Las Ramblas itself. Every time I pass by Las Ramblas I grab firmly my bag, walk quickly and wonder why so many tourists insist on hang out there!!!
I do not think there is a Hotel Continental Universal in Barcelona. I think you may have names mixed up with Hotel Continental Barcelona and Hotel Barcelona Universal??
Hotel Continental Barcelona is right ON Las Ramblas, but in the part near Plaça de Catalunya that's nicer and (relatively) much safer than the area near the port.
La Rambla is not that great, you know. i think it's one huge tourist trap, even the mercado. i would much rather prefer it didn't have any of those souvenir stalls and people-statues (whatever they're called), without them and hoards of tourists it would be an amazing walk from Plaza de Catalunya down to the port. If you choose a hotel on that street, take ear-plugs with you, it is not a quiet area. I think hotel Continental is in the good place.
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Address: La Rambla, 138, , Barcelona, Catalunya 08002