Firstly I would like to point out that the hotel is situated in the perfect place for tourists. 15 mins from the beach, 3mins from the tube and 20mins from the Sagrada Familia. The good points stop here...
There I was, on a school trip, waiting to get inside the hotel, when I notice an old man feeding the birds. "How nice " i thought, until I saw his testicles hanging out of his shorts. He was there everyday, always wearing the same clothes, always giving innocent school kids an eyeful. This may not reflect the hotel itself but it was the day I lost my childhood...
When we eventually got into the building we were greeted by well-spoken concierges and a comfortable, airconditioned lobby. Good, your probably thinking. See how much you like the lobby after having to look at it for an hour. The staff said our room wasn't ready. We wait an hour before ascending the stairs. A lift that didn't look like it could hold one person let alone five, drilled it's way up the centre of the building at snails pace. After lugging your bags up four flights of stairs, we finally got to our room. On first appearances it looked good, decent space, reasonably sized bathroom, a balcony. I learned the hard way that the bathroom didn't have a lock the hard way. As I had raced into the room, grabbing the bed next to the door( hoping that it would be cooler as the room had no aircon!), I came to regret it as I was closest to the constent noise that continued on into the wee hours of the morning. My roomates also woke up to find themselves covered with ants!! We then travelled down to the basement, where we "enjoyed" a breakfast of dry bread roles, horrible cereal and cold tea.
I wouldn't stay there if you paid me!! ( well maybe if you paid me)
Overall not a good experience.
Unique Quality: Good area, atrocious hotel.
Directions: Just off La Ramblas, look for the prostitutes and your there.
We booked a double bed standard room. which on the paperwork it said it had a balcony, a/c, and shower, bath, tv. when we got there, the staff were friendly, greeted us well, when we got to our room, it was two single beds joined together, and a single bed on the other wall, the shower was cold, tv was in the corner with buttons broke, no space to put suitcases anywhere and the window didnt open full and there was no veiw, just a brick wall about 3metres away. i went down and complained, the guy at the reception said thats what we booked, but then i showed him the paper and he said it doesnt match whats on his computer system, but he will try to find us a better room, within an hour, they moved us to a massive room on the fourth floor, which smelt of fresh cement with 4sngle beds, a shower which had hardly any water pressure. we stayed our night in that room and the next morning we got told to move AGAIN! because the room was booked for someone else! so we moved to room 402, we moved in and it was amazing! room looked more welcoming, double bed, shower worked, but water was boilin so had to mix it with cold but that wasnt a big issue, the shower holder was loose and had 2 hold the shower all the time but had a bath at times. had a fantastic view of the courtyard, still no balcony but window was pretty big. all the tv channels were spanish but it was much more comfotable.
slept well in the night until 3am when people around the same age as us (18-22) started screaming, shouting laffing and everything, in the hallway, happened everynight. but on the other side, outside in the courtyard. there were drunk people screaming, two bars were across the courtyard with loud music till 5am! then had some peace, until at 6am trucks were unloading for restaurants outside. so ended up sleepin till 8am in time for breakfast. breakfast in the basment, which i thought would be crap, but it was actually very welcoming, breakfast included was tea, orange juice, crossants and breadsticks with jam butter and yogurt (yogurt was terrible). the staff were very friendly, helped us out with accomodation and where to go and how to get to diff places.
the hotel is situated in a suitable place, right next to metro station (3min walk), next to all the asian restaurants and shops (if you lookin for halal food, the road directly opposite when you approach the ramblas).
having looked at 3rooms in this hotel,
- 1 was very small, about 14x14ft, had no veiw.
- the other was massive, loads of space, for 4 people, but showrs didnt work and toilet didnt flush prperly and smelt like cement and plasterboards, but had a good veiw.
- 3rd room was brilliant, cant think of a better word. the only downside was the noise from outside and hallway and the shower head, but can have bath instead. ermm no safe to keep your passports in, so you have to keep them on you, id advise carrying a manbag from jd sports lol, and keep it on the front side, too many dodgy people around who try to talk 2 u, never stop and talk to a randomer.
the staff were extremely helpful, and spoke good english, all the people stayin at the hotel were rude and stuck up (thats what we're known for). they saw an asian couple and started lookin at us wierd, like what the hell are they doing here... (same thing as u, holiday!)
ermm... there are a few dodgy people walking around the courtyard especially in the evening, so be careful and make sure u dont get pickpocketed.
there are worse hotels out there, and better ones, and you're abroad, so its just purely on how lucky u are to get a good room. the cleaners come around 12-2pm to clean the room so its never a tip when u get back.
ONE THING you have to be careful of, make sure you take ur flipflops with you, DO NOT walk bare foot in the rooms or anywhere in the hotel, the floor has tiles, which are very very slippery, even in the bathroom... be very careful!!
Unique Quality: beach (20min walk), halal food (5min walk), only a few vegitarian food places (on ramblas) which are very nice. Diagnol Av is two metro stops away. aero buses (to go airport) are about 10min walk away. aquarium is not far off, so everything is fairly close by
We have been to Barcelona for 5 days with our school class. It have been a good trip, with a lot of good sightseeing .. but enough about that :P.
The hotel Roma Reial Hotel, is a fine hotel that I can recommend, for everyone in every age. The location of the hotel is extremely good, just 1 min to a metro station and less to the Rambla! It is also easy to go to the beach which is approximately 20 minutes of walk from the hotel. If you take the metro, you can reach a station much closer to the beach, but walking in the city is an experience to I’d recommend that ;)
The hotel rooms are good looking with large bathrooms with sink, bathtub and a bedet. If the rooms are left not to messy when left in the day, the sheets will be changed and the floor will be cleaned. Some of the rooms had an air-condition with is great, but other rooms (like the one my group had) only had a fan with was better than nothing, but not optimal compared to the high day temperature. There is also a television, but it is small and the controller was missing, so no television for us (All the channels were in Spanish.)
The service at the hotel is fine, with a lobby opened 24/7, so late night trips were no problem. The hotel has a strict ONE STRIKE AND YOU ARE OUT policy, which makes sure that it is quiet at the night, but they are fair, so it is possible to have fun, and be a little noisy in the night ;)
Now to the ugly part:( remember that the hotel is a one-star hotel so here comes why! The breakfast in the morning SUX! Some of us got stomachache because of the lousy food! There is some bread and the only things you can put in top are butter and different kind of jelly, nothing else! There are some yoghurt with different flavors, but they are all tasting like something that has never seen a fruit!
The conclusion of the stay at the hotel it that it’s pretty fine compared to the price! Try the breakfast put, and if you don’t like it, just go out and buy some in a random ally ;)
Good trip and enjoy the stay! :)
Regards Tobias Madsen
Unique Quality: Good location! Nice service! The food sux!
Directions: Right next to the Rambla! less than 1 min to the metro aswell.
Our third visit to this little-known gem, in the beautiful Placa Reial, and we thoroughly-enjoyed our holiday.
The staff are very friendly, welcoming and speak good English. The hotel is perhaps best suited to younger couples and night owls, although it does provide a nice central vantage point to see all of the city's sites.
The rooms are clean, and feature individual w/c and shower room. Continental breakfast offered, or choose from the many outlets nearby.
Unique Quality: Step onto the balcony and hear traditional Spanish music. Along with a wonderful view of the Square, incorporating Gaudi-designed landposts and palm trees, the location makes the experience complete.
La Ramblas is a three minute walk away.
There is a Madame-Tussaudes-esque waxwork museum five minutes away.
There is a thriving nightlife to be discovered.
There are also nearby links to the metro stations at Liceu and Drassanes.
GOING FOR THE CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OPTION DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO COMPROMISE ON THE ENJOYMENT OF YOUR HOLIDAY!
Directions: Just off the bustling street of La Ramblas, in the heart of Barcelona is the quaint and beautiful Placa Reial.
This place was just dreadful! The location was nice, the beautiful Placa Reial, but little else.
After our arrival in Barcelona, we soon discovered our accomodations were not all they were supposed to be. We had reservations across the Placa at the Pension Villa Nueva. Or we thought we had them, the front desk there had no record of them So we scrambled to find a hotel and ended up here at the Roma Reial. It seemed nice enough, clean which is always most important. But there was no heat. And the bathroom smelled awful. And there were people up and yelling all night long. And to top it off, we were awoken by a jackhammer. They were doing construction on the other side of our wall at 6 am!
The only good thing about this hotel, is that the manager helped us find the Hotel Condestable, which was much more to our liking!
Stayed in this hotel for three nights in June 2003 and the staff win hands down the first prize for grumpiness and unfriendliness.
We had a small top floor room with a view of a roof top building site, with no fan in our room it was unbearable, it was hotter than the 38C outside. With verry little sleep for three nights a romantic trip in a fantastic city could have been ruined was it not for knowing we were heading for the coast after our stay in the 'Bangkok Hilton'.
This hotel location is fantastic, I dare say a room with a view over the plaza with a big strong cooling fan in your room would make this a top place to stay. Sadly, you will unlikely get this, and when you ask the grumpy staff for such a request, good luck, because you'll be lucky if they even bother to look up from their seat in the very cool air conditioned reception they sit in. So why the long faces guys, cheer up you could actually be a guest in this hotel?
As you can see for yourself in the picture the hotel is situated in the city centre under these porticos.
The entrance ir on your right hand side bottom of the picture.
The hotel is simple, no beautiful paintings and vases with dried flowers and velvet curtains, but the rooms are clean, the beds good and it is quiet at night, I slept well!
The breakfast was also good to Spanish standards......
Spanish men have breakfast in sort of breakfast bars: fat dark hot chocolate with those very fat chorros.......they dip them in the chocolate and at the same time they read the newspaper..
Unique Quality: The only thing that unique and wonderful is is that the hotel is perfectly situated.......I had to cross the square, walk 100 meters through a little walkway and I was on the Rambla, my Rambla I must say.
The Ramblas (plural) consists of 5 parts with 5 different names.
In fact 6 because one was added in 1995: the Rambla de Mar!
Directions: city centre near the statue of COLUMBUS....
We stayed in hotel Roma Reial with this spectacular view from our room. The room was OK, we had fresh bread for breakfast so we didn't complain about those things. Only setback was the noise! We hardly slept at night because of bands playing, people shouting, trash cars driving by,...
35 euro per person per night, breakfast included.
Unique Quality: noisy!
hi guys. anyone can tell me if the hotel mitre is a good location for a first timer in barcelona? found some excellent rates but realise its bout two km from city centre. is it difficult to move around from there?
its described to be "On Quiet Calle Bertran Next To The Ronda De Dalt".
my next option is the roma reial.
any feedback is much appreciated!
I've just sent an email to an aquaintance that just returned from from there. I'll let you know if he has any good comments.
It is a nice area, uptown (more "rich" than center).
But the marcha (bars, nice locals, fashion places, shops, people,...” is in the center. If you plan to have drinks late -which is normal in Bcn- then you just take a taxi. During the day you can have a metro very easily.
I think it is nice pensiones in center town, more funny, but your hotel is more "secure" area. The best if you travel alone is to go to a place (guest house, hotel or youth hostel) with lots of young people and you can go out together, so you feel secure. Alone it is not so funny by night.
The city is alive: lots of cinema, concerts, music, jazz, coctelerias, etc, etc.
I recomend "El Born" area, with art gallerias and old town.
I wish you a lot of fun!
thanks guys! are taxis very expensive in BCN? also does public transport stop at a certain time?
any one have any news on the roma reial hotel near the plaza reial?
The hotel mitre is better than roma reial, but this one is more centric. anyway.. u can take a taxi with no problems (it will cost 4 euros maximum) to go to the center. Is there where u will find a lot of nightlife!
Hotel Mitre is better but I prefer the location of Roma Reial.
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Address: Plaza Reial, 11, , Barcelona, Catalunya 08210