hey egirl. i'm actually staying at hotel toledano in Barcelona
this was our first choice and we are lucky we got it, but we had many backups.
our 2nd choice was Hostal Fernando. Right smack in the middle of Las Ramblas (even more central than Toledano). According to many travel guides it "sparkles with cleanliness". A double with bath is around 6000 ptas. the # is: 34 93 301 79 93
we called them when we were booking for Barcelona and they had room. i suggest you call them right away! the only reason we went with Hotel Toledano is becaue it has 24hr reception and we are arriving in Barcelona late at night. We are not sure what kind of reception Hostal Fernando has.
Our 3rd choice was Hostal Fontanella. phone # is: 34 93 317 59 43. According to the travel books it has "hotel quality beds + baths". Doubles with showers are 5600 ptas.
I would be more worried about Ibiza. We just booked our hotel a few days ago. We are staying at Hotel Brisa which is in San Antonio. give them a try.
Alot of the smaller places don't speak english too well (look at the # of rooms beside the list of hotels at www.ibizaholidays.com
with the bigger hotels they can understand no problem.
If you don't end up getting a hotel, i wouldn't rule out just showing up in August. Alot of the smaller places we called said we couldnt make reservations because August was too far away.
when exactly are you going? we will be in Barcelona from Aug 12th-19th, then Ibiza from 19th-26th. Maybe we'll see you there and we can go for a drink