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#6725 - 03/17/04 06:57 AM Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
verdammt Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 8
Just came back from my trip n hope this will help you folks with the planning.

Barcelona:
Hostal Opera- 44€ (dbl room with common bathroom)
Very good location, right beside the La Rambla. Nice n friendly staff n speaks quite good english. The best thing, is that they clean n pack up the room every morning! Isn't it nice to come back every evening to fresh, neatly folded bedsheets!

Granada:
Hostal Bumblebee-28€ (dbl room with common bathroom)
it is not located in the city centre,about 15min uphill climb. But thats the nicest thing about this hostal, as it is located in the former muslim quarters,atop a hill overlooking the city. So u'll get a wonderful view here. It is ran by a young couple. (guess the lady is an American) Very homely, definitely a must for anyone visiting Granada.

Cordoba:
Hostal Bagdad (34€ dbl room with bathroom)
Rather good location. Whats especially nice, its the hostal itself. It is so beautiful, that we just stayed in the room all the time. smile The staff speaks quite good english too.

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#6726 - 03/17/04 09:13 AM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
El Dougo Offline
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Registered: 11/23/03
Posts: 66
Bumblebee Granada

Hostal Bagdad Córdoba.

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#6727 - 03/17/04 02:30 PM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
arizbe Offline
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Registered: 03/15/04
Posts: 3
Does Hostal Opera in Barcelona has a website ? How was the location? How I get in touch with them?
Thank you for your information

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#6728 - 03/17/04 05:41 PM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
Sheryl Offline
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Registered: 02/17/04
Posts: 144
Loc: Lowell, Massachusetts
The hostal opera does not have a web site or, for that matter, a fax machine. I made my reservation through phone. The number is: 93-318-82-01.

I haven't yet stayed at the hostal. I read some excellent reviews of it at TripAdvisor.com. I must add that your current review puts me, even more, at ease. I'll be there in late May and, actually, am looking forward to my stay there.

I don't know Barcelona...Madrid, on the other hand, is another story all together. I lived there for several years.

Thanks for the info on Opera.

Sheryl

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#6729 - 03/17/04 07:29 PM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
halfcreek Offline
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Registered: 03/17/04
Posts: 3
So Sheryl,
What your recommendation for a family of four for a two night stay in Barcelona?
Thanks,
halfcreek

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#6730 - 03/17/04 07:52 PM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
Sheryl Offline
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Registered: 02/17/04
Posts: 144
Loc: Lowell, Massachusetts
Sorry...I can't answer that...my experience with Barcelona is, practically, nil. I made a reservation for my husband and myself, as well as another colleague, at the Hostal Opera. Based on all that I have read, it appears to be fine.

By the way, I opted for a room with a private bath...I don't want to be walking the halls in the middle of the night.

Sheryl

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#6731 - 03/17/04 08:39 PM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
arizbe Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/15/04
Posts: 3
Sheryl... how much was the room in opera?. and is it in a good location?. This will be my first time in Barcelona, or Spain, and I am overwhelm with information.
Thank you for your help.

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#6732 - 03/17/04 10:54 PM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
Sheryl Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/17/04
Posts: 144
Loc: Lowell, Massachusetts
Well, let's see if I can answer your questions...a double room, with a "cama matrimonial" and private bath is 55 euros a night; a single "individual" with private bath is 35/night.

As to the location...I know that it is next door, or across the street, from the Barcelona Opera House. It's within, according to what I was told, walking distance to the Plaça Catalunya and about 5-10 minutes from the University.

Most places in Spain are within walking distance of everything. Are the streets safe? I know they are in Madrid...probably safe, as well, in Barcelona. But, let me add...I was raised in a major city (NYC to be exact) and I always keep my eyes open. I never, by the way, carry a pocketbook. Any thing I need, I carry in my pockets...it's harder to get to then a bag which is easy picking.

For the most part, though, I wouldn't be hesitant. Enjoy yourself.

Sheryl

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#6733 - 03/18/04 12:05 AM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
El Dougo Offline
Member

Registered: 11/23/03
Posts: 66
Don't know if this site is current, but they list an email address for Hostal Opera as info@hostalopera. com
Here is a picture and map. Seems to be on a pedestrian only street, too (gray-shaded).

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#6734 - 03/25/04 04:23 PM Re: Hostel Reviews: Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba
laskamarie Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/25/04
Posts: 8
Loc: Minneapolis, MN, USA
How convenient was that location for you (as far as getting to Parc Guell and Catedral Familia Sagrada?).

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