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Ronda Hotel 3.0

El Raval, Barcelona, Spain

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Pros

  • Good location in El Raval, a 10-minute walk to Las Ramblas
  • Neighborhood has tons of restaurants, bars, and shops
  • Free breakfast buffet with hot and cold items
  • Basic rooms include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and safes
  • Rooms have small balconies overlooking the street
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and free newspapers

Cons

  • Poor soundproofing means lots of noise
  • No coffeemakers or mini-fridges in rooms
  • No meal service besides breakfast
  • Style is dated and tired

Bottom Line

The 87-room Ronda Hotel is a simple budget property with a good El Raval location, a five-minute walk from MACBA. Guests can easily reach many restaurants, bars, and shops on foot, as well as the metro and Las Ramblas. Rooms are plain and dated, but they have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safes, and small balconies. Noise can be an issue from inside and outside the hotel, and some maintenance issues are common. The free breakfast buffet includes a basic spread of both hot and cold items, and there's an on-site bar. Parking is available for a fee, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Travelers looking for a place with more style could check out the historic Hotel Meson Castilla instead, where some rooms have furnished balconies and there's a lovely patio.  

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Scene

Simple hotel suitable for budget-focused travelers looking for easy access to attractions

Housed in a six-story building from the mid-20th century, this hotel is the definition of basic. Aside from its breakfast room, which also serves as a bar, there's not much in the way of public space. The lobby has a few black leather arm chairs where guests can hang out and read the free newspapers, but otherwise this is the kind of hotel where guests spend most of their days (and nights) out and about. When it comes to style, the look is budget basic, with lots of old-school details like wood paneling and faux marble in the few common areas. Because of its good location and reasonable rates, the hotel attracts all sorts of travelers, including couples, groups, families, and individuals.

Location

Good location in El Raval, walking distance to many restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions

The hotel is located in Barcelona's El Raval neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from Las Ramblas, and 15 minutes on foot to Plaza Catalunya. The area is bohemian and a little scruffy, but wildly popular and buzzing with activity. The streets all around are packed with bars, restaurants, and shops, and the Sant Antoni Metro station is a three-minute walk away. Guests can walk to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in five minutes and to the hip Sant Antoni neighborhood in eight minutes. Barri Gotic is just across Las Ramblas, and has plenty more historic sights. Gaudi's Palau Guell is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Expect a 30-minute drive to Barcelona-El Prat Airport, or 40 minutes to an hour by public transportation. 

Rooms

Plain, dated, and noisy, with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safes, and small balconies

Rooms are plain and dated, with unusual color schemes of burnt orange and blue that don't add much appeal. This takes many shapes, though in some rooms we visited it translated to burnt-orange-and-blue accents walls matched with patterned blue bedspreads and striped blue-and-gold drapery. Furniture also is blue, with wooden trim, and doors are burnt orange as well. One of the biggest complaints here is noise due to thin walls, meaning you're likely to hear everything outside the hotel, in neighboring rooms, and hallways. Flat-screen TVs are mounted on the wall, and safes are hidden in the closet. There are no dressers, but there's a work desk and closets have a few shelves. Air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi come standard, but there are no mini-fridges and maintenance issues have been reported (including poor air-conditioning). Some bathrooms have outdated floral tiling, but others have been updated with more modern accents. They come with shower/tub combos, bidets, hairdryers, and toiletries. Small balconies look out on neighboring buildings and the street. Rooms with three or four beds are available for families and groups.

Features

Free breakfast buffet, on-site bar, and free Wi-Fi

This hotel doesn't offer much in the way of features. A free breakfast buffet is served daily in a bright, sunny breakfast room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Walls are painted in the hotel's signature color of burnt orange. Breakfast selections include breads, fruits, and cereals, as well as bacon, sausage, and eggs. Food gets mixed reviews. This area also has a bar. Vending machines in the lobby dispense soft drinks and water. On-site parking is available for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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Address

Sant Erasme 19, Barcelona, Province of Barcelona 08001, Spain

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