Hotel Banys Orientals
C/ Argenteria 37, Barcelona, Spain
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Shopping
Expert review of Hotel Banys Orientals
Five years ago, the Banys Orientals seemed to be the only hotel bridging the gap between the pensiones and the upmarket and chain hotels, and it still has a good price. It now has stiff competition from other three-, and even four-star, hotels, but it's stylish, in a low-key kind of a way, and it's in the lively, pretty Born neighbourhood. Book well in advance.
The Born is Barcelona's most attractive neighbourhood, which is why I live in it. It's got dozens of good restaurants and cafés, great shops and some of the finest museums and loveliest medieval architecture. The Banys Orientals would score more highly on location if it weren't for the fact that the pedestrianised C/Argenteria can get noisy (and the hotel's soundproofing is not great).
The rooms aren’t huge, but get lots of light, and are tastefully done up in grey and teak, with Perspex chairs, small balconies, flat-screen TVs, good bathroom kits, free mineral water and everything you’d expect in a hotel twice the price. As ever in Barcelona, noise can be a bit of an issue, so pack earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. There are a couple of suites in a nearby building, but I didn't find them markedly better than a standard double, and they can feel a little isolated in comparison.
The downstairs restaurant, Senyor Parellada, serves Catalan classics at a reasonable price.
The front desk is friendly enough, although some of the breakfast staff seem less enamoured of their roles.
Tourists from the States and northern Europe, mostly.
Breakfast is OK and reasonably cheap at 10 euros.
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- C/ Argenteria 37, Barcelona, Spain
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