These are called "apartments," but they are just hotel rooms with kitchenettes. It's just one big room, with a tiny kitchen area that is not functional for cooking. It's not appointed in a way that would make it comfortable as a long-term living space. I suspect they call them "apartments" to try to get away with a lower level of services than would be expected at a hotel. They don't clean the rooms and expect you to take out your own garbage, for example.
Another service they don't provide is a front desk. Someone is there a few hours a day to handle checkin and checkout, but that's it. They give you a phone number to call in case of emergency, but our U.S. cell phones didn't work there and there are no phones in the rooms or elsewhere in the building. We did encounter an urgent situation and couldn't get help from management. There was a mentally disturbed man (apparently on bad drugs) in the lobby area. I ended up sending an email because I had no way of calling the emergency number, and I never received a response. It's upsetting that management didn't feel that this situation required any action on their part. Apparently, guests encountering drugged out weirdos in the lobby is not a concern to them.
Another time we attempted to get service and received none was when we asked for top sheets for our beds. We were there in July, and the only bedcover provided was a warm duvet appropriate for winter. We were forced to turn the air conditioning way up in order to be comfortable. The employee did not bring the sheets promised and didn't bother to follow up about his failure to do so.
We did like the location overall, though it was better suited to someone there to enjoy nightlife than a family. I lived for years in the East Village in NYC, and it reminded me of that scene. It was a bit grimy and rough around the edges, which probably helps keep our excessive numbers of tourists.
The noise was a bit of a problem. When it was just a hum from the patrons of the bars/restaurants, it didn't bother us. But there was a time that there was a band, including drums, playing at around midnight, and another time a man screaming and banging at around 3 a.m. woke us up. There was also a lot of noise from things like doors banging from within the hotel.
There were problems with cleanliness. The coffee maker contained moldy grounds and there was a used false eyelash stuck to the bedside table. (Actually, the bedside table was just a piece of gnarled wood with an open top, which couldn't be used as a table, but it seemed to have been put there with the idea that it was a bedside table. I've included photos for your enjoyment.)
I haven't even gotten to our biggest complaint about the place, which is its ridiculous design choices. Most of these complaints were small, like the unusable bedside table and terrible lighting. But numerous small problems lead to guests feeling annoyed rather than comfortable. The most terrible design choice in my book was the bathroom, which was separated from the rest of the apartment only by a frosted glass swinging door. The door not only did not lock, it didn't even latch. There are gaps all the way around the door. So if anyone else is in the "apartment," they get to enjoy the sounds and smells of the toilet. We had our toddler with us, and there was no way to keep him from opening the door. I don't think we are prudes, but my husband and I prefer not to poop in front of each other, so needless to say we disliked the bathroom design.
The free wifi worked for surfing the internet, but we had trouble watching videos and using FaceTime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Allada Apartments are located next to the Born, one of the city's most modern districts. There is a vibrant nightlife but also a great deal of culture, such as the Picasso Museum and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, and an infinite array of designer shops, boutiques and shoe stores. The beach is just a 20-minute walk away, making it the ideal place to enjoy the city both day and night, both in summer and winter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apartamentos Allada Barcelona
- Apartamentos Allada Hotel Barcelona