Hotel Ciutat Vella

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Carrer Tallers 66, Barcelona, 08001, Spain

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Hotel Ciutat Vella
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  • Families84
  • Couples83
  • Solo66
  • Business33
  • Worst Stay in Barcelona


    This hotel opened on Sept 17, 2007, so we were among the first guests of the week. On the third day of our stay, I discovered the contents of our hotel room safe were missing. I couldn't open the lock, my code wasn't working. So the receptionist came up with the master code and unlocked the safe...all gone! 1,700 euros and my husband's passport missing. We were incredibly shocked and shaken. Hours of police report and investigation, the staff were fingerprinted, our room brushed for fingerprints.
    We suffered not only from this theft but also the aftermath, primarily dealing with the hotel manager, who also manages Ciutat Barcelona Hotel, who was not only elusive (he refused to meet us in person, only accessible by telephone through his staff), but evasive about how, when and if we would be compensated. In the end our euros were returned to us on the day of our departure from Barcelona (we were going on to Venice that weekend) but would not compensate us for the costs of recovering the passport (my husband's nationality is Korean so we had to go to Madrid to get a new temporary passport -- a 9 hour+ return trip, another wasted day).
    After the theft, our belongings never felt secure in the hotel..
    To add insult to injury, upon check out we were informed that our hotel bill was payable in full ("the robbery is one thing, and the hotel bill is another." When I balked at this, he offered 25% reduction. When I refused, he threatened to call the police for not paying our hotel bill! I told him we would have gladly paid the entirety of our hotel bill if our trip went just as planned, without such an incident caused by the hotel's negligence (lack of security, insecure locks) that completely marred our stay in Barcelona. In the end, we had a plane to catch, and paid for the nights up until the robbery and gladly left this hotel.
    There are a wealth of good hotel rooms in Barcelona (and the city itself is fabulous) - this is not one of them.

    Directions: Raval, just west of Las Ramblas

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B&B in Cuitat vella

by Joeplaboem about City hall B&B

A little difficult to find but in the very heart of the city excellent base for visiting the city.

A stylish, quiet and modern bed and breakfast in the heart of Barcelona's Ciutat Vella.
This stylishly designed apartment is extremely quiet for its central location on the historical Templers street, next ot the Barcelona´s City Hall. Located in a totally restored building in the very heart of Barcelona's Ciutat Vella, has a fully renovated elevator to take you from the large and spacioius entrance to the top floor where the apartment is located. With bars, clubs, restaurants, museums just a short walk away, it would be the perfect base in Barcelona. Its location, quiet and fully equiped kitchen if you want to stay for a longer period

Rent a Flat, It's Better!

by mesoblonda

Located in the 'Ciutat Vella'.

A great place with plenty of room for two people. Even though it can sleep up to four, I don't recommend it due to the small water heater which would not allow four people to bathe (we found this out, don't ask how!).

Modern in decor and clean, clean, clean! Washing machine in unit (yea!) but you hang your clothes out to dry on the small balcony. CD player, hair dryer, dishwasher...most everything you need to cook a complete meal.

NOTE: Parking is worse than San Francisco and you'll pay over $25.00 Euro per day in a lot.

You won't go wrong renting this place. A cafe is below the flat, in addition to the most AMAZING market FULL of anything you could want (wine, cheese, meat, fish, produce, eggs, dairy, etc.)

Walking distance to Margarita Blue (see my restaurant tips page).

One of my most memorable moments was waking up to the sound of banging outside the window. Looking outside I found paella being made in HUGE pans, approximately 8' in diameter. You can bet I sampled was INCREDIBLE!

Great untapped hostal/hotel

by jhoolko about Sol y K Hostal

Our stay here was great. The location is PERFECT for anyone visiting the major sights in Barcelona (off c/ d'Avinyo in Ciutat Vella). The hostal is run by a really personable guy named Philippe. He is from France, as seems to be the case for the rest of the staff, and they are all also English-speaking and very helpful. The hostal has rooms with private bathrooms, and rooms without, as well as rooms with balconies. Each room is designed differently, and though not LAVISHLY decorated, they are tastefully done, and the typical hostel-look is completely abandoned in favor of something more chic-ly minimal expected from a modern boutique hotel. The shared bathrooms are spacious and meticulously clean with fresh towels everyday. The shower, toilet and sink are all in one locked room, so it's really almost as good as having a private bath. There are also sinks in the room, and towels are changed and beds are made daily. There's no AC but there were fans in the room that made the summer heat bearable. Overall, a great experience, and a FAR superior alternative to the other options in the price range in the city. It wasn't too loud either, though earplugs are provided, as are magazines in French and Spanish and an assortment of trendy flyers and ads in the "lobby"/entrance way. Great experience. Check out the website. Pay hostel prices, but feel like you're staying in a cute hotel. Its also away from the continual stream of tourists that seems to continue, magically, on all the streets surrounding this little place.

Ciutat Vella (the Old city)....

by coeur.chaud

Ciutat Vella (the Old city). Tiny, narrow, winding streets characterize this area. Just follow your instinct and discover its treasures!

Avoid this area at night.
Its architecture


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Forum Posts

hotels ciutat vella ,

by diamonddog

Hi folks, just booked a cheap flight to BCN. Plan to book a hotel in the Ciutat Vella area. Is it a safe area and a good starting point to discover the city ?any suggestions ?
What to do on Monday when most of the musea are closed ?
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Re: hotels ciutat vella ,

by Maurizioago

Hi! On monday you could catch the train (ask at the tourist office what station!) and go to Girona. Its old centre is beautiful. In the afternoon you can go to Besalù by bus.It is a very beautiful medieval village. Not far from Besalù you can go to Banyoles. A village with a big lake. Here you can rest.

Have a nice holiday.

Re: hotels ciutat vella ,

by irisbe

what a coincidence LOL
I am going too `-)

hey 485 VT-ers registered living in Barcelona? Where are you hiding?

Re: hotels ciutat vella ,

by ckinspain

The whole city is pretty safe...As for teh Ciutat Vella area, it depends on where exactly you are...most areas are very safe but the Raval area which is West of the La Rambla is a little bit more seedy...The best way to explore the city is on foot and via Metro and on Monday you can visit Parc Guell which is one of my favorite spots in BCN...The weather has been pretty bad lately, so don´t forget to pack a good jacket and some umbrellas...


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