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“A different kind (of Art)!!”

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Hostal L' Antic Espai
Ranked #63 of 308 Barcelona B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 January 2012

Almost hidden behind a "usual" front door, you don't only enter a hostal. No, you step into a world of farytales. No stuff is accidently. Every vase, every bowl of ceramic and glass, every piece of furniture and every painting have to be at THIS place. Everything is harmonizing with each other, in lovely perfection. Warm coloured rooms support the feelgood factor. Also the cleanness makes you are impressed of! As the care of owners and the whole staff. No request stays unfulfilled! After an extensive breakfast you got much power for the new day and for the next discovery tour. Your tour could always start from THAT central point of Barcelona: Place de Catalunya! It's only a five-minute-walk away from hostal (like the famous Ramblas too!). Here you also got a Metro station and the bus stop of airport busses! To stay at L' Antic Espai doesn't feel like stay at any hostal. Here you are to visit lovely friends. And friends you visit always again! We are coming back!! :-)

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

We stayed here after our cruise and were delighted with the caring attitude of all staff. We were assisted with all our airline changes by staff who interpreted for us as our Spanish was barely passable. Directions to good tapas eateries were generously provided; our heavy luggage was carried up flights of stairs for us; the internet was free; the staff actually smiled at us and assisted in every possible way despite our linguistic incompatability.
The hostal is perfectly situated for all the major sightseeing venues and particularly close to the Gaudi apartments and church; Las Ramblas,the old town and much of the incredibly beautiful architecture that constitutes inner Barcelona. But the reason I urge you to stay here is the friendliness of all the staff who show that they appreciate your custom and who understand the travellers' need for warmth and friendliness when you are far from home.
The gorgeous quirky baroque decor is fun, the charming breakfast on the terrace with the plants and birds is 'other worldly' and places you a fin de siecle stage setting- Gigi would have been quite at home here.
The only improvement I can suggest is that a boiled egg be offered with the breakfasts, and that the criossants and baked goods be straight from the oven -warm and crisp!
We loved our stay and consider it an integral part of our delightful Barcelona experience. Cheers to our hosts! May they continue to care for us forever!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank janicedis
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

My mom, sister, cousin and I stayed at the hotel in September of 2011. I have done my share of travelling and staying in different hotels, this by far has been my best experience. The owners and staff makes you feel like you are the only ones they are catering to even though there are other guests. They were friendly and very devoted to our needs. The owners (Serge and Abel) were a great delight, they made you feel like you were part of a family. They wanted your stay to be perfect and would do anything to make it possible. They truly put heart and soul into their hotel.

We ABSOLUTELY loved the place. It was full of antiques and gorgeous pieces. We loved breakfast most of all, it was served right off the terrace of our room and the presentation was just beautiful. The terrace is beautifully layed out with plants and flowers surrounding it, at night, it is beautifully lit. Having breakfast was an experience by itself, all the pieces that breakfast was served on were antiques and each piece unique. We didn't even have to get dressed up to go to breakfast if we didn't want to, we would wear our robes that was provided by the hotel. Most times we were the only ones dining on the terrace (we ate early) but when there were other guests the comraderie was great because you got to meet people from different places and you could end up chatting for a long time. .

Sight seeing was a breeze, the staff would make recommendations and we would go, we mostly did tours which suited us fine because my mom had a bit of trouble with walking. Everything they suggested was great. Our first night, they suggested we eat at a reasturant called the "Four Cats" it was just devine, if you go to Barcelona you have to go there at least once. If you are into wine, do the wine tour - unbelieveable. If you don't know what to do during your staff, just ask Serg, Abel or Muhannad - they are full of great ideas.

The hotel is just a 5-10 minutes walk to Las Ramblas, which is the center of the town and very convenient and safe.

When you leave, ask Muhannad to arrange, most times he will take you and it's much cheaper than the regular cabs.

Room Tip: Choose a room off the terrace - well worth it. Also, choose the massage package, it was great.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

This place was like taking a step back into the past (think red velvet), in a good way. Our room was small (normal size for Barcelona though) but very well-appointed, with an excellent blend of tasteful antiques and modern amenities. Apparently the owners regularly comb Barcelona's antique markets and bring home quality pieces. The staff were helpful while being unobtrusive - exactly what we were looking for.

If you're looking for a full-service modernist hotel with a 24 front desk and talking bedside tables, this may not be the place for you. I'm sure they would've offered more touristy help if we'd asked (apparently they accommodate cruise-goers all the time), but with the help of a guidebook we borrowed (and later returned) from a shelf in the hallway we didn't need it.

If you're looking for a unique hotel in a great location (walking distance to everything - we didn't take the metro or a cab once although, admittedly, we like to walk) for a comparatively very good price, this is your spot. We are independent travelers that were looking for essentially one step above our own apartment - this was a perfect place for us. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

I stayed here with my friend when we went for a weekend to Barcelona. I found this hotel on TA and the reviews sounded so good. When I checked on their website, the location is second to none.
The people running this place are doing such a good job. They are very attentive and helpful.
The only drawback was the noise from the underground. We did not expect that it will be so loud. I recommend to take some earplugs. By the second day we got use to the noise and it did not bother us.
The breakfast is very cute.
One evening we bought a bottle of rose from the hotel and drank it on their outside terrace, which is beautiful.
I would definitely stay here again on my next visit to Barcelona.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Zabka
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Additional Information about Hostal L' Antic Espai

Address: C/ Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 660, principal, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 308 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelona
Price Range: $91 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal L' Antic Espai 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
L´Antic Espai arises after a dream of creating in Barcelona a special space with an old world charm. we create an place in which always, we wished to enjoy a pleasant stay and where you feel like in your own house. Our services and personalized treatment will make you to remember and miss us for ever in all trips you plan. ... more   less 
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