Hotel Chic & Basic Born

Carrer Princesa 50, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08003, Spain

The lobby of this hip little boutique hotel in the Born with its leather sofa and banquettes, can remind you of a Starbuck's; the rooms tell a different story. The emphasis at Chic & Basic, when it opened in 2006, was to be on whimsical, edgy accommodations at affordable prices (most budget billets in Barcelona at the time were probably best avoided), and designer Xavier Claramunt rose to the occasion. The rooms have bare white walls; a beaded curtain separates the stall shower from the bedroom; a remote control lets you change the color of the room lights to suit your mood. There's no furniture per se: just a collection of molded plastic modular units you arrange to make tables, seats, back rests, trays–-whatever you need at the moment. Standard rooms have Internet-capable TVs and small private terraces.

PROS

  • strategic location for exploring the upbeat Born-Ribera scene
  • bicycle rentals for guests
  • pleasant common room on the first floor, with snack bar and architectural details original to the building
  • very good value

CONS

  • no room service or minibars
  • no pets
  • no children under 12
  • clothing storage limited, on open racks

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 93-295–4650

HOTEL DETAILS

31 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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