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Spanish Flair and Super Location
While in Barcelona, we stayed in the delightful Hotel Meson Castilla. It is located in a quiet area about 100 metres from Plaza Cataluna and the Plaza Universidad, next to the Contemporary Art Museum.
It has 60 rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone & air. A buffet breakfast is served in the attractive breakfast room.
It was a comfortable hotel that was decorated throughout in typical Castillian style with ornate carved and painted furnishings, wood paneling and rich colors in the fabrics used. [It is certainly not my style, but I enjoyed it just as well.] The hotel's location was excellent for walking everywhere we wished to go.
This hotel was quiet...enough away from the commotion so that sleeping was easy.
Good buffet breakfast is included in the price.
We stayed at Hotel Meson Castilla for three nights and had a very good experience. The hotel is very well located for touring the city. The two largest metro stations are within a five-ten minute walk and the Gothic Quarter, Shopping District, and Les Rambles are also just as close. The hotel is clean, safe, and the staff is able (as with most Spainiards, don't expect a lot of smiles and gratuity). The price and location are the best aspects of this hotel; if you're looking for a place to leave your luggage all day while out playing and then get a good nights sleep, this is the spot for you. If you want the hotel experience of dining, room service (there isn't any), big bathrooms, and luxury, then this isn't your kind of joint. The hotel is very near the University and is situated in a youthful neighborhood; this means the area isn't much too look at (lots of graffitti, not very clean) and has lots of 20-30 year olds out and about at night, but it does feel safe, and offers a lot of great bar experiences, and lots of fantastic shopping and dining during the day (GO TO THE PASTRY SHOP DOWN THE ALLEY/STREET HEADED TOWARDS LES RAMBLES!). As with all cities on the planet: the unsafest street is the street you're on by yourself. I'll be staying at Meson Castilla next time I'm in Barcelona.
Three of us shared a triple room in early January. Though the street the Meson Castilla is on is a little sketchy, it is very close to where the action is so I felt fine there during the daytime. The hotel itself is very charming - sort of felt like we'd stepped back in time. The staff was friendly and helpful but not overbearing, the rooms were spotless and the breakfast was very enjoyable. It's located just a minute from Las Ramblas which was very convenient. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and will stay here again when I am in Barcelona.
Nice hotel, convenient location
I have just returned from a weekend in Barcelona. The Meson Castilla was located about 10 minute walk from Las Ramblas.
Really clean hotel, with nice staff and reasonable breakfast. The rooms were spacious enough and had a tv, mini bar and really good air conditioning system. Traditional Spanish hotel!
Luggage room if you are leaving late and safety deposit boxes. On first impressions the location can seem a bit dodgy, but many Barcelona streets can give that impression because they are so narrow.
Had no trouble at this hotel and I would definitley stay again due to the handy location.
good if you can get your room!
I was looking for an affordable accommodation in this city for a non-carnival February weekend and it was very difficult. Thus, this hotel priced at around €110/night for a double with breakfast and taxes included seemed about right. The location is great for walking all around town, is very central and only a 5-10 minute walk from major sites (barrio gotico, mercat de la boqueria, las ramblas, passeig de gracia, contemporary art museums, etc), metro stops (plaza catalunya, universidad) and the airport bus.
The room experience at the hotel was fine. My husband and I had a double bed in a room on the fifth floor with a lovely terrace overlooking the northern part of the city and Tibidao. The room was small but clean and simply decorated with painted furniture, a small TV with cable channels and a few small rugs. The bathroom was very small but had a hairdryer and basic amenities.
However, I was less than pleased with the service. Although I had confirmed directly with our hotel (given booking via laterooms) our late arrival (midnight), when we arrived, our room was not available and no other rooms were available. The staff said there had been a health emergency with the previous guests and could not give us our room. Yet, they had not attempted to contact me (and they had my phone number) in the 24 hours since the 'emergency' had occurred to let us plan for another option. While I reocgnize that this was exceptional, they did nothing to make my stay better for the obvious inconvenience they caused me and myhusband in our three-night stay there (they did remove 20% of 2 nights, which seemed irrelevant given the moving around, losing sleep and tourism time, etc.)
At about 12:30am, they sent us to one of their sister hotels for one night (a "three-star") promising us our room the following morning (which did happen). The room that we received in the Husa Oriente was horrible – it felt like a hostel and was less than standard especially for a 3-star - there was no hot water (they accused me of lying when I mentioned this at the lobby), we had to argue to get the same rate and the included breakfast, there was only an electric heater (which was insufficient for the tiled room floor), the window was onto a shaft and the floor was very dirty. Moreover, the service there was ridiculously rude and self-important. They room we received was not part of the renovated rooms and we were told that we were "lucky" (at 1am) to have this room at a reduced rate! As such, we were not able to have dinner (food options are super limited post 1am, even though bars are plentiful) and the staff person shrugged and said we were out of luck basically.
Was it not for this first-night experience, I would have recommended the Meson Castilla as an affordable option with a bed-and-breakfast style (that approaches 3 stars in Europe). Also, I think if I had not spoken Spanish fluently, I might have received even worse service in both hotels.
Perfect for a short break
For the price, this hotel was perfect for a short break. Although the rooms were fairly basic, it was very clean and perfectly adequate. The breakfast (included in the price) was a little uninspiring, but plentiful and served in a lovely breakfast room.
The best thing about it was its location. Very centrally situated, handy for las Ramblas and Place de Catalunya but not noisy. With the exception of one receptionist who was painfully slow, the staff were friendly and helpful.
We would certainly recommend this hotel for a short break and would use it again when we revisit this wonderful city.
Great location, lovely building and good value. It has great character and is such a wonderful spot. Excellent for all sightseeing or just wandering around. Wonderful breakfasts in a large airy room. We found a number of lovely places to eat and drink locally, all at bargain prices. As another visitor has said, it is in a cool area and we found the whole area very safe. Obviously as in any city you have to be careful of pickpockets but we had no problem at all, probably as a result of having lived in London for a number of years! Many of our friends have visited Barcelona and I cant think of anyone who has been robbed. Had a wonderful lunch in the sunshine down on the marina near the Hotel des Arts.
Value for money
Stayed at this hotel in February 2005. Although it is just a two star hotel I think it would easily pass for a three star. Perhaps it may not quite make a 3-star rating because some rooms were very small and lighting not very good, but our room was clean and comfortable. The hotel rates were very reasonably and it is situated only 5 minutes from La Ramblas and perfect for sightseeing. It is in a very quiet location but we did find that noise from within the hotel from neighbouring rooms does carry – we had some rather noisy English women in the room next door late one night!. The bathroom again was small but adequate (and it did have a hairdryer). Breakfast were taken in a conservatory and were adequate but not very exciting. The staff were very friendly and helpful. As we did not have a car I cannot say anything about the parking arrangements but I do believe they have parking facilities. Althought the hotel seems to be in a bit of a seedy area we did not feel threatened walking around the area in the evenings. All in all, I felt this hotel was value for money and very well placed for seeing the city on foot.
Great bars, nice atmosphere
We stayed here for three days in March and had a great time. The hotel is in a good location, very central but not too touristy. The back streets described by some people as dirty or seedy actually have the coolest bars in Barcelona - a very happening area if you look beyond the graffiti. Inside, the hotel has a lot of character, the breakfast room and terrace are beautiful, and there are antiques all over the place. I agree with those reviewers who mentioned the noise from other rooms, you might want to bring ear plugs. Our room was small but charming and had everything we needed. The breakfast was better than we expected, a mixture of sweet Spanish stuff and continental breakfast meats and cheeses. We had no problem communicating in English. Overall, value for money - we paid 95 Euros per night. Oh, and if you are a smoker, Barcelona is heaven. You can smoke everywhere, and even the non-smoking signs on metro platforms are generally ignored. The same goes for this hotel, there is no distinction between smoking and no-smoking rooms.
Good location, good value
Just got back from 3 nights here and overall were very pleased with our choice (made after reading other reviews). Good location just 5 minutes walk from La Rambla and altho this can be via some narrow streets they are all well lit and we never felt at risk, even though everyone we spoke to and everything we read before going warned us about the notorious (and threatening) pick-pockets. We never saw anything of concern. Comfortable rooms (not large) and good bathrooms (again not large) and all spotlessly clean. All rooms are quite attractive and the communal areas too, particularly the breakfast room. Good breakfast choices, including very fresh croissants which is always a bonus. On the downside, the rooms can be a bit noisy both with sounds from inside the building and from outside. In particular, there is quite a lot of building going on very close to the hotel and while we were there the lorry was arriving to take the full skip away at 4am ready for the builders to kick off again at 7am ! (It may be that not all rooms are affected but certainly those at the front suffer). Other small moan - no tea/coffee making in room - have to rely on vending maching in foyer. Worth considering though.
Bedroom in Hotel Meson Castilla in Barcelona