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Chic & Basic Tallers
Ranked #446 of 738 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

I spent only one night in this ho(s)tel and could barely open the door to get in my room, given the size of the room itself. That said it was clean, the location is ok and you have also a 24h self service kitchen where you get some food. Overall ok even though price was not that low for quality I got. There are better (and worse) places

Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Booked this hostel as a last resort after a date mix-up in our original plan.
135 euro/ night.
The hostal takes up 2 floors of a residential building. Check-in IS NOT in the SAME BUILDING (information posted in a tiny paper square taped to the building door).
So we go around the block to another hotel to check-in, bags in hand. They had us pay in advance.
Back to our hostel. The "room" is a cupboard with no furnishings, no lugagge space, and a hanger on the wall. Bathroom towels = bathroom napkins. Bed squeaks and best not move around if either of you plan on sleeping a wink. Which you probably won't because you hear the neighbours like they're in your room.
Breakfast is also a find: common room with a fridge, stale bread and whatever you can scavenge from the shelves. Had a nice time with a middle-age couple from Russia in their pijamas.
Would still be a rip-off at half the price.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Pedroetania
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We stayed here over the new year period. The location is ideal with easy access to the metro and Las Ramblas. It is quite secure and has numerous levels of security and CCTV. This hotel has a 24 hour breakfast area, where you can help yourself to food and make meals and drinks (there is a Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, various types of tea, etc). This was generally well stocked, however fellow guests left it quite messy on one occasion. We also had the misfortune of staying in a room above this communal area and were woken up in the early hours of the morning by guests loitering in this area and making an excessive amount of noise (loud talking, playing music, dropping things on the ground). We complained about this the following morning (the reception is in another hotel, so it wasn't practically possible to visit them that evening to report it) and the response from management was very good. They found us another room and arranged for our luggage to be transferred. We would recommend that the hotel consider restricting the hours of this facility to prevent it being abused. This could be easily achieved by inserting a door and locking this area between certain hours and we believe this would prevent any future complaints from adjoining rooms regarding the noise.

This premium room however highlighted just how little value appears to be placed on the standard rooms. The quality of the mattress and bedding was far superior in the premium room, as were the shower and toilet facilities. These are basic things which should not vary depending on the class of room (the premium room was bigger and had a balcony, which one would expect and is not unreasonable). Our first 'standard' room was a bit tired. The toilet was cramped and there was no door, just a broken shutter, which may bother people who are concerned about privacy. The mattress was also very hard and our request when booking for a double bed (not two single beds pushed together) was ignored.

We did however find the staff to be very friendly and helpful and it was very thoughtful of them to give guests a mini bottle of wine and chocolates for new year. The rooms were also cleaned daily to a good standard.

We would recommend requesting a room away from the communal area for the reasons listed above or somewhere else for that extra bit of luxury.

Room Tip: Request a room which doesn't adjoin the communal area.
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alby90UK
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

When I was looking for a hotel, I wanted one that was near Las Ramblas, but not too close to all the noise. This small hotel/hostel was an absolute great location. We were right across from the Universitat metro station. There were numerouse restaurants on our street and the street ran right into Las Ramblas. The room was small, quite and comfortable. Although this is listed as a hostel, it was more like a budget hotel because our room was cleaned each day, bed made and clean towels delivered. The room was nice and bright and the bathroom had a set of double doors that you could open for fresh air. Our room did not have a great view, but that was OK. The common area downstairs has a very small kitchen and you can get free coffee and yogurt. I would not quite call it a breakfast, but just something to get you started. The common area was very small and not much of a place for gathering. However, being that we came to Barcelona to see the city, this was not important. The location of this hotel was excellent because it was within walking distance to Placa Catalunya, Las Ramblas, the Metro, and had numerous restaurants, a cupcake shop, a small pastry shop, small markets and small shops. Around the corner were several stores for shopping.

Room Tip: If I were to go here again, I would consider getting a room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed there with my girlfriend.
First of all - not easy to find. You need the exact location - the hotel is in an appartment building.
We got there and were informed that we get the extra large room instead of large.
Happily we came to the new upgraded room and were shocked.
The room is really one room - four wals in which there is a bed , a bathroom and a toilet with one door - either the bathhrom is closed or the toilet (see pictures). I dont want to imagine what the normall room looks like (andnot the XL)
The AC is awful - does not get the room cold at all although it was working all day long.
The breakfast is really poor - you get to the fridge and take what there is in there.often there is almost nothing there , andno room to sit.
The milk is not fresh , and the orange juice as well.
Overall it is way overpriced for ehat you get.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank David_A99
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

I stayed here with my sister for 5 nights. Booked last minute. The room is very basic and like someone said before you need to be very comfortable with who you are with as the toilet and shower are in the room separated by a pane of sliding glass. The room suited our purposes perfectly. I am going to list a few bad things but these didn't deter us from our experience.

The room itself is in need of attention - the curtain rail fixing was nearly hanging off the wall, the sliding glass pane between shower and toilet was cracked, there is visible mould behind the glass sink and there is a desperate need for a couple of hanging hooks inside the shower, and the shower leaked through from shower to toilet (but nothing a towel on the floor didn't fix)! The room is quite noisy in terms of traffic noise and people coming to and from other rooms but you cannot hear other guests inside their rooms which made me feel confident others could not hear us in our room (playing music and our giggling fits! etc). The music system was not working during our stay and the TV was not receiving any channels - i mentioned this on our first day and the reception lady said she would look into it. However, neither of us were interested in the TV so this didn't bother us. The balcony is absolutely tiny but it's great to have one regardless to hang out drying clothes, for a cigarette etc.

I don't want to put others off booking here as the location is great - 5 minutes from La Rambla without being too close. Right next to Universitat Metro station. It is like having your own place rather than staying at a hotel which is great. The reception man/lady were always helpful with our tourist questions and recommendations. Wifi is very good.

The room may have needed attention aesthetically but everything worked (other than music system and TV) but we had our own speakers for music. And if noise doesn't bother you too much (which you must expect from being in the city centre in a city that never sleeps). The room was clean and tidied every day. The bed and pillows were comfy - no complaints there.

I do recommend the hotel if you're on a budget like we were and if i were assured the aesthetic items were fixed I would most definitely book here again or even try their other branches (Hotel Chi&Basic Born).

Breakfast is DIY self serve 24 hrs a day which I think is a great idea however we always went out to eat as Cup&Cake, a small supermarket, many bakeries, bars and restaurants are literally a few steps away. Had a good stay overall.

Room Tip: Maybe ask for a room that's not near the main entrance to prevent too much noise from other gues...
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Of course, I visited la Rambla during my stay in Barcelona. This restaurant appealed to me from the outside, so in I went and ordered paella. This was a perfect choice, beautifully presented. Mariano, the waiter only added to the perfect ambiance. Highly recommended.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Address: Calle Tallers, 82, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #446 of 738 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: $69 - $396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Chic & Basic Tallers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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