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Barcelona, 08002, Spain

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    Good basic hostel in Barri Gotic


    I found this place while trying to make a booking online and read pretty positive reviews about it. This is the only way they accept guests -- with a previous online reservation, no walk-ins allowed, for safety reasons as per the owner.

    One of the things that made it look most attractive was the location and it turned out to be very convenient -- right in the heart of the Barri Gotic (gothic neighborhood). The building is rather old and the door is painted with graffitti but the premises inside are nice. They own 2 apartments in the building, one on the 1st floor and one on the 4th floor. They took us to the latter and it was pretty cool (I felt it was a bit more private since the "reception" was on the 1st floor). Both owners - Marcelo and Alejandro - were very helpful: they gave us some off the beaten path tips, recommended some places to eat and visit, provided us with a good map of Barcelona and answered all of our questions - they even lent me a cell phone to reach a local VTer. This place is just a 5 minute walk from the closest metro station and there are several little restaurants, bars and mini markets to buy supplies nearby. It's very close to the harbor and the Ramblas too. The area might seem a bit shady at night but there are always people around, even during the wee hours, and the hostel's owner assured us that we would be safe as there is no violent crime in Barcelona (he just suggested, like everyone else, to be careful of pickpockets). The gothic neighborhood is also a bit confusing with a bunch of crooked narrow streets, so it's easy to get lost, but once you get familiar with the area it's easy to get wherever you want to go (of course a map is always helpful, I never travel without one).

    Unique Quality: Although I had read that this place was noisy because it was in front of a cafe/bar that was open till the wee hours, we didn't have any problem with the noise -- probably because we were on the 4th floor and it wasn't really loud. We were provided with linen and towels, and the room had 2 very spacious closets, a table and even a fan (which we didn't need to use). The room itself was pretty big because it was on a corner of the building -- we even had 2 windows facing different streets. The kitchen was pretty basic but functional and we had our designated space in the fridge to keep our things and not get them mixed with other guests' stuff. The owner cleared up the fridge every time a guest left so that there would not be any food left behind which would get rotten after a few days.

    There were 2 bathrooms, one with a bathtub and another one only with a WC and sink. Since there are only 4 rooms on this floor we didn't experience problems with the bathrooms being occupied and having to wait too long before being able to use them; there were no problems with hot water either. The bathrooms and the kitchen were clean (although a bit run down) and these were the only areas that were cleaned by the staff: they did not come in the rooms at all because the owner thinks it's safer for the guests to not have anyone entering their rooms. We got a full set of keys so we could come and go as we pleased. Except for some very obnoxious and noisy neighbors we got on our last night, the hostel was pretty quiet and a nice place to have a good night's sleep. They also provide free WiFi connection and have a small common living room where you can sit and relax or read a book (they have a small collection available for guests to borrow them).

    Directions: In the Gothic neighborhood, a few blocks away from the Ramblas and the seaside boulevard (Passeig Colon).

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Forum Posts

What is there to do for a 4-year old in Barcelona?

by Globtrotter

I am planning on flying down to Barcelona for 3-4 days in June and am wondering if I should take my 4-year old son with me.

Will this be fun for him?
Is this a good idea or should I go alone?

Re: What is there to do for a 4-year old in Barcelona?

by doodybee

there is the aquarium in the habour area - and a shoping mall ( for you and the little one - some toys shops in there

and then there is the zoo

also you can be up the costa brava coastline in about an hour on the train ( malgrat and santa susanna seem to have plenty to do for you both or just for a day out on the beach

hope this gives you the incentive to take him along

and i hope you both enjoy barcelona and its surroundings

Re: What is there to do for a 4-year old in Barcelona?

by gilabrand

Read my tip on Barcelona for Kids.

Re: What is there to do for a 4-year old in Barcelona?

by Badger1492

The Maritime Museum is really cool if he likes ships and things like that. My girls loved it when they were 6 or so. There are the harbor and coastal cruises, "golodrinas" that leave from the port near the Colon statue.

Parc de la Cuitadela is nice on the weekend; lots going on; can rent a boat on the small lake there.

Parc Guell is fun for kids to because it is so "visual."

I'd say if your son is adventurous and interested in things, then he find a lot of see.

Good luck.

Re: What is there to do for a 4-year old in Barcelona?

by Globtrotter

Thanks a lot for your help. Just got us tickets to Barcelona. I think he will love it :))

Re: What is there to do for a 4-year old in Barcelona?

by Globtrotter

Hello again,

We are in lovely BCN and so far we are having great fun :))

I booked my flight to the Reus airport. Didn't realize it is over 100 km away from BCN and our flight back on Friday is at 8:00 am. I don't want to drag my son to the bus in the middle of the night (leaves around 3:30!) so I'm thinking of going to Puertaventura on Thursday and sleeping there since it is only 10km from Reus.

Think it will be a blast for him! Any recommendations/tips?

Travel Tips for Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with...

by Humberto_san

Barcelona is a city with charming streets, busy with people and full of life. There is nowhere better to make Barcelona's acquaintance than La Rambla, the bustling avenue, famous for the vivid colours of its flower stalls.
Barcelona is the city of marvels. The old town, comprising the Gothic Quarter, the Ribera and Raval districts, and famed for its historical monuments, narrow streets and bohemian atmosphere, is a perfect place for a stroll. A wander through the maze of streets is essential in order to understand the different periods in the history of Barcelona and to admire its finest monuments: traces of the Roman wall glimpsed between well-preserved Gothic buildings, the remains of the Jewish Quarter, witnesses to the industrial expansion of the 19th century and the design of the 20th. Musicians in the medieval streets provide the ideal accompaniment.
The city also has the biggest selection of modernist architecture: a genuine open-air museum. Most of the buildings, built in this unique style, are in the Eixample, a district planned in 1860 by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà which constitutes a unique model of European urban planning. The Sagrada Família, the Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller and the Casa Milà are some examples of this.
Barcelona is the only European capital with over four kilometres of beaches where you can enjoy the most modern amenities, the beaches are not far form Barcelona's historical and cultural landmarks, and they have opened up our modern and cosmopolitan city to the sea.
Today, the Olympic Harbour and the old port, the Port Vell, are some of the main meeting places, with many bars, restaurants, shops and recreational areas.
Barcelona is, without a doubt, a city of marvels: on foot, by bicycle or bus, it is a magnificent spectacle which you should not miss. If you estais in barcelona the obligatory excursions that to go they are the following ones:
-Gran Teatre del Liceu.
The Gran Teatre del Liceu returns in a venue rebuilt with great artistic and technological quality. It has a stage which makes it possible to present two or three works in repertory, it improves to the maximum the view of the stage from all seats, and also increases the overall acoustic level.
Building work began at the end of the 13th century and ended six centuries later. The oldest part of the cathedral is the doorway of Sant Iu; the façade, which was completed in 1890.
-La Rambla - Drassanes.
La Rambla is a lively and entertaining spectacle, justly renowned throughout the world. It begins at the Pl. Catalunya and continues down towards the Mirador de Colón, Columbus Monument, in the harbour, past long-established shops, cafés, the Palau de la Virreina, the Boqueria (the best market in the city), the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Pl. Reial and the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica.
The Columbus Monument is located at the bottom of La Rambla, by the sea. This major landmark was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition and commemorates the discovery of America.
Montjuïc was claimed by the city on the occasion of the 1929 International Exposition, when the mountain was developed and trade fair halls and sports installations were constructed as well as the parks and gardens which are to be found all over the mountain. Today it is the most important recreational area in Barcelona.
-Parc de la Ciutadella
On the edge of the Ribera district is the Parc de la Ciutadella, built on the site of the old military fortification from which it gets its name. Some of the old buildings from the fort are still in existence today, such as the chapel, the Governor's Palace and the arsenal, today seat of the Parliament of Catalonia, and the Museu d´Art Modern.
-Casas Lleó-Morera, Amatller y Batlló
LLeó-Morera (1902-1906)
Lluís Domènech i Montaner, architect.
Amatller (1898-1900)
Josep Puig i Cadafalch, architect
Batlló (1904-1906)
Antoni Gaudí, architect.
-Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Família temple is Gaudí’s most emblematic work, the greatest exponent of his genius, and a symbol of Barcelona all over the world.
-Park Güell.
This is the work of the greatest scope in terms of size which Gaudí realized in Barcelona. It covers an area of 20 hectares, and the initial aim was to make it a garden-city in the English style (the reason why it was called a park).
Tibidabo is the highest point of the Serra de Collserola hills, an extensive woodland area that has been converted into a metropolitan park 500 metres above sea level. There is an excellent panoramic view of the city from the top.

The September 11st in Barcelona

by cadiana88

It's not Twin Towers day, it's a local celebration, LA DIADA, "Fiesta Nacional de Catalunya", Catalonia's National Day, commemorating a defeat against Borbon troops.
When I was there in Sept 11, 2003; I could see the independence feelings of Catalonia's people. They wish to be an independent country apart from Spain.

Packing List

by CandS

I would recommend taking as little as possible on day trips so you don't have to carry a makes the day much more enjoyable. :) Take some shorts for gets warm there during the day...even in late October.

Next time I'd also take some thongs or sandles to walk along the beach in...I wasn't sure how safe the sand was in bare feet.

Arc de Triomf

by aliante1981

I freely admit this was a nice change from how I am used to seeing Arches of Triumph :))) Standing along the Passeig de Lluis Companys it was created by the Modernist architect Josep Vilaseca to serve as an entrance to the Universal Exhibition in the late 1880es. Its red and much-decorated brickwork and general look-and-feel seemed to me a crossover of traditional European architecture monument and Indian style.

Good shopping in Port Vell

by codrutz about Mare Magnum

Mare Magnum is a department store on the seaside. To reach it you go on the nice bridge that is called Rambla del Mar. Useful note though: that bridge retracts during the midday to allow the private boats from the harbor to go out. Then Rambla del Mar is closed to traffic and you have to make a detour to reach Mare Magnum.


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