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Review: Condes De Barcelona & Tripadvsor

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I tried posting this review on Tripadvisor but they never put it up. I have long thought that they filter negative reviews when they have some booking arrangement with a hotel.
I chose the Condes De Barcelona hotel because I was afraid that staying closer in would be too noisy. Every review of every hotel in the old town at numerous comments about the noise. I had asked for a quiet room in the old building when I made the reservation 3 months in advance. Instead, they put me in the annex right on the main street. The double windows did muffle to street noise to a large degree, but not completely.

The hotel proved to be a bad choice for many reasons. First, despite what many Tripadvisor reviews say, the location is very inconvenient. It is close to some of the major modernista buildings, but it is a 15-20 minute walk to the Ramblas and farther to Barri Gothic, La Ribera and Barceloneta where tourists spend most of their time. If you go back to your hotel of an afternoon rest up when things close 2-4, then that's an hour 20 minutes and four trips a day, day after day. It quickly kills your feet. We took the subway, which helped, but it was still a pain. Life would have been far easier if the hotel were a short walk. It is a big mistake to stay further out than Placa Catalunya, noise or no noise.

Second, The hotel was also a bit run down in the way older European hotels often are. The hallway carpets were filthy and the bathroom was iffy. The room floor was made from cheap laminate and had soft spots that almost led to a trip on occasion.

Third, an most annoying of all, they advertise free wireless but it doesn't work very well, so I spent a lot time frustrated trying read my email and my Skype calls. Other guests would see me trying to get on in the lobby and grunt sympathetically or tell me that they had just given up. Definitely do not stay there if you need to keep in touch with things back home. To compound matters, they have no business center and not even a computer to print boarding passes. They desk clerk told me to email the boarding pass to her and she would print. Fine, except the wireless wouldn't let me connect to the airline. It wasn't terrible but there must be better places in Barcelona to stay.

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