Hostal L'Antic Espai
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 660, Barcelona, Spain, 08010
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Shopping
Expert review of Hostal L'Antic Espai
The hotel industry has become so obsessed with 'chucking out the chintz' (as we in the reviewing business like to say), that a place like this – old-fashioned, baroque and bursting with character – is a real breath of fresh air. If, that is, porcelain shepherdesses don't worry you too much.
The Gran Via, as its name suggests, is a wide and busy thoroughfare, which cuts a swathe from one end of Barcelona to the other. It's a bit of a walk to most of the sights, but public transport links are good.
The handful of rooms is filled with antiques from the turn of the last century or earlier and four of them give on to a private balcony or shared leafy terrace (avoid these if you hold your privacy very dear). Bear in mind this is a converted apartment, and rooms are small, with diminutive bathrooms.
Common areas feature an explosion of figurines atop the Louis XV furniture, so I maybe wouldn't risk it if I had small children in tow.
A very basic breakfast (coffee and a croissant, or similar) is €6.
The Antic Espai is emphatically not for all tastes, but one thing that everyone agrees on is that Abel and Sergio make great hosts. They will rustle up breakfast at any time of day, provide you with a computer should you require it, and sell discounted tickets for the tourist bus.
It's a big hit, for obvious reasons, with older travellers, but also younger couples who are tired of the usual white-on-white minimalism.
For the amenities provided, the rooms are quite expensive, but there are good deals, some of which throw in the light breakfast (6 euros otherwise) and museum tickets. Free WiFi is provided.
More information on Hostal L'Antic Espai:
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- Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 660, Barcelona, Spain, 08010
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service