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BEWARE!!!!! DO NOT TAKE THIS OPTION AND SPOIL YOUR VACATION!!!!!
Me and my wife traveled from India to Barcelona for the 1st time and had our booking confirmed with Claudia well in advance. We reached the airport and spoke to her asking for directions. She asked us to reach the place and call again upon reaching which we did.
Upon arrival we realized that there was nobody in that place. We stood outside on the streets waiting for her and finally she arrived with bad news that the specific apartment that we booked could not be given to us as there was a water problem which would not get resolved untill Tuesday( Monday we check out). She told us that with great difficulty she had arranged for a place in a hostel nearby . i presumed the youth hostel which was on the way and I had stayed in Switzerland and had a good experience but this was a shabby place with 1 room given to us. The hostel building was located in a isolated area nearby. The room had a washbasin. No breakfast. The toilets were common and were located at the end of the corridor. There were at least 6 rooms using the same 1 bathroom and 1 wc. She did not give us an option of a refund instead said we did not have to pay extra!!! Utterly shocked and tired and new to Barcelona we dint have a choice but to relent to her well planned con. She could have informed us as soon as we reached Barcelona. She could have written to us a few hours or a day prior. She works for the Youth hostel nearby as a receptionist by offered us a place in a low grade hostel.
On checking the earlier review we realized that she has done this in the past with another guest as well!
We get a strong feeling that this is well planned con. She has her connections with other Hostels which offer rooms at a lower price and she gets her cut by conning people with misleading pics and description on the site.
First trip to Barcelona was completely ruined because of Claudia.
I have to give this one a mixed review. The location is excellent if you want to be in the tourist/party district, close to metros and the city center, with lots of beautiful architecture in the "Gothic" area. The price is very reasonable. The room itself was fine and even had air conditioning, which helped a lot. There was a full kitchen and washing machine for clothes, although I didn't use it.
However: 1) Claudia is not onsite; she is posting for a friend who speaks little English. 2) That friend is essentially renting out his own room; his clothing was not removed from the bedroom. 3) The downstairs room is also being rented out (the pictures are misleading in this respect, a sofa has been replaced with another bed), and you have to pass through their room to get to the bathroom, which can be a bit of a dilemma if you want to use it at 4 in the morning. 4) The towel I was given had a displeasing odor.
Summary, if you're a young person (or couple) looking for a place to sleep in between partying, and you're on a tight budget, and you speak Spanish well, and you bring your own towel, this would be a great listing.
We didnt get to stay at this place in the end because of some valid reason. Claudia very kindly found another place for us. As there is on dryer at the alternative place. Her friend Rafita very kindly offered help us do our laundry and dry clean for us.
As for Claudia, She is great! :) She converse in english very well and is a very helpful host.
We had a situation as our things got pickpocket while in barcelona. Claudia was very helpful and guided us on what to do. As we were carrying alot of bags and luaggage, Claudia even agree and went the extra mile to accompany us to our next accommodation in Las Rambas.
A flexible host who caters to your needs is important when you are far away from home. Claudia is that wonderful flexible host.
Highlly recommended! Fantastic host, nice location, no hassle.
excellent host, perfect stay in the heart of the city.