I am back from my long slumber, or rather a forced down time being sick! Today, as the rain falls outside and skies are white, I am thrown back to the rainy Spanish holiday. So without further adieu, let me tell you about the hotel we stayed at during our time in Barcelona.
We stayed at the Aslyp 114 – a very cozy little modern hotel/guest house in a beautiful neighborhood on the Avenue Josep Tarradellas 114. It recently opened in March 2014, so it was still in its early months of operation when we visited in May 2014.
Now, it might be called a guest house, but it was nothing short of a 5-star accommodation for us. The property scored on all aspects and it was one of the best places we have stayed at so far during our travels, and as you read on, you’ll know why!
While the guest house is located in a very cozy neighborhood, away from the nasty Barcelona traffic, it is rather easy to reach via public transport. We took the Aerobus A1, the comfortable airport bus service that runs between airport and the city. Once you get off at Pl. Espanya, just off towards the Arenas de Barcelona and the bus stop right opposite to it. From here, just take the bus number 27 that takes you to the guest house (good thing is that the bus stop for the guest house is right outside it, so you won’t have to pull your luggage along for miles!). The place is well-connected to other parts of the city via various bus routes, plying at regular intervals – a 10 mins bus ride to La Ramblas, and a 20 mins ride to reach Park Guell.
The train station is a 15-minute walk away, and Barcelona airport is 20 minutes-drive.
The neighborhood itself is very typical Spanish, and you will see lines of houses with beautiful balconies and facades. A supermarket is just round the corner and restaurants are nearby (I particularly enjoyed eating at La Tagliatella, a great place serving Italian cuisine.) There’s also a bakery right downstairs, serving up delicious breakfast treats.
Check in/Check out
The check in/check out was hassle free and easy. Check in is from 1400 hours, while check out is until 10am. We had an early flight out of Barcelona, and the staff was very helpful to clear our bills a night before. The reception is not manned after 11.30 pm, but there’s always someone available on call.
We made our reservations through booking.com and the room rate included breakfast and VAT. A € 0.72 city tax per person per night is charged at the time of check out, and is not included in the room rate.
The guest house is on the first floor of a building complex and at first the access can get a bit confusing as there is no signage. We rang the wrong bells and had to wait outside, and finally decided to call them to let them know we were waiting to enter. But once you figure out which bell it is for the guest house, it was alright.
Soon as you enter the guest house, you will be charmed with its modern yet simple decor. The property has 11 rooms, a mix of double room with 1 bed, double room with 2 beds, and twin rooms. The rooms are spacious and well-built, and while it is done up in bright colors, it is still pleasing to the eye. Our rooms looked over a neighborhood street, but we didn’t have any troubles with street noise, except for one night when the garbage truck passed through. But the heavenly bed make up for it – best quality mattress and pillows bless your sleep, and you will sleep like a baby, not wanting to get out of the bed the next day! If only there were English channels on the TV, I swear I would have never left the bed! 😉
Though the shower cubicle is quite small in area, take my word when I tell you that you will have the most awesome shower here. The hot water gushing with full force takes away the day’s tiredness.
I am very fussy about a place’s cleanliness, so for me, one of the biggest strengths of Hostal Aslyp was its cleanliness – the guest house was sparkling clean and hygienic. The bedsheets and towels were clean and fresh. Full marks for that!
There is a common area where breakfast is served and here you can lounge around on the bright sofas. There is a small kitchenette, with a fridge and microwave. I also appreciated the fact that the staff was happy to re-fill our water bottles for us, if we ran out of it – at so many places I have seen there is no water in the room and you have to depend on buying expensive water.
Cheese, jams, fruits, yogurt, croissants, cake, ham, breads, and Spanish omelette – everything was just perfect! The breakfast option is simple, but good for the price you are paying. Good variety of teas, juices, and amazing coffee!
I especially want to thank Ferdie, the manager, for leaving a breakfast basket of cookies, cereal bars, and yogurt for us because we had an early morning flight to catch.
– The high quality of service. It is a family run guest house and each member of the staff will make sure your stay is memorable. Anna, the owner, was very helpful in arranging tickets for a flamenco show which we wanted to attend, even before we had landed in Barcelona! We simply spoke to Ferdie on phone and he said he’ll arrange it for us. And when we checked in, it was all already sorted for us. Also, each team member is very friendly and helpful. Tourist information, eating out recommendations, booking a cab, they’ll help you out with anything.
– The place feels very homely, and you’ll leave a happy guest. I loved the fact that the staff takes an interest in where you come from and strike up conversations with you. Anna has a such a wonderful smile and you really feel welcomed when you talk to her. Ferdie is an amazingly friendly person and has lots of stories to share from his time in Spain. The fact that I remember the names of the people I met here says a lot about the place! After all, how many times can you say you have left a hotel and have known each member of staff?!
– Wifi is brilliant!
– Round the clock free coffee and tea! Yay!
Croissants score (out of 5)
Cleanliness – 5
Comfort – 5
Location – 5
Breakfast – 5
Staff – 5
Value for money – 5
Have you stayed at Hostal Aslyp 114? Which hotel did you stay at while in Barcelona? Share your experiences in the comments section or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to feature your review of the hotel you stayed at.