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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Tourists from the States and northern Europe, mostly.
Breakfast is OK and reasonably cheap at 10 euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Good price
- Bit noisy