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The name suggests it quite clearly:  Praktik Rambla is a very practical choice for accommodations in Barcelona.  The location is great, service exceeds expectations and the hotel is beautifully designed with Modernista touches all over.  The best part?  The price:  With double-occuancy rooms going for around €77 per night, this hotel is a real steal for what it has to offer.

GREAT LOCATION

Located at Rambla Catalunya, the hotel is right smack in the heart of Barcelona.  Feel like having tapas?  It’s across the street.  Want to sit on a bench in front of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and whilst drinking an after-dinner cup of coffe?  It’s around the corner.  Can’t live without your Starbucks drink?  It’s down the street, on the first right.  Want to do some Zara shopping?  Oh, it’s dangerously close.  Cabs are at your doorstep and public transit is also nearby.  Everything you’ll want is literally steps away.  To give you an idea:

Tapas (Ciudad Condal) – 100m practically across the street
Churros con chocolate (Bella-Tapa Restaurant)  - 220m
Starbucks – 240m
Metro/Subway – 280m
Zara – 300m
Plaça Catalunya – 350m
Gaudi’s Casa Batlló – 450m
La Rambla – 500m

Hotel Praktik Rambla - from the balcony, you can already see the restaurants outside

Restaurants seen from the balcony

AMAZING SERVICE

The staff of Praktik Rambla were very warm and welcoming—traits that I find common not just in Spanish hotels but from the Spaniards overall.  What I really appreciated though, is their flexibility.  On the last day of my trip to Barcelona with my parents, we were scheduled to check out at 12PM but our flight out won’t be for another 6 hours.  My father was suffering for high blood pressure and could not join my mother and I on the touring that we’ve planned that day.  I asked the front desk to extend our stay.  I inquired about the additional cost and they kindly offered a significant discount given our situation.  This flexibility is a real rarity in Europe.

Hotel Praktik Rambla - view of the front desk from the 3rd floor

View of the front desk from the 3rd floor; everyone who enters the hotel enjoys this sun-drenched atrium

Hotel Praktik Rambla - sun-filled atrium

Modernista decor in the sun-filled atrium where you can choose to take the elevator or staircase up

BEAUTIFUL DECÓR

Hotel Praktik Rambla’s website calls themselves a cross between a hostel and a design hotel but to me, they’re a straight up design hotel.  End of story.  The only suggestion of a hostel is perhaps reflected in their very affordable rates but otherwise, the hotel’s design and ambience could rival some of the best boutique hotels out there.

Hotel Praktik Rambla - simple, modern and clean

Simple, modern and clean combined with Modernista accents such as the ornate balcony and colourful tiles

Hotel Praktik Rambla - bedroom

Simple, modern and clean combined with Modernista accents such as the ornate balcony and colourful tiles

Hotel Praktik Rambla - details

Beautiful details everywhere from the ceilings, archways, light fixtures, doors, walls and windows

Hotel Praktik Rambla - details

Beautiful details everywhere from the ceilings, archways, light fixtures, doors, walls and windows

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY

With all of the above considered, it’s unbelievable that the nightly rate for double occupancy is around €77 per night (as of 27 January 2013).  This rate is much lower than other 3-star hotels in the area.  I can even say that the overall experience is comparable to 5-star Le Meridien at La Rambla where I spent 3 nights back in 2009.  With money saved in accommodations, you’ll be able to enjoy more of beautiful Barcelona.

Hotel Praktik Rambla Rambla de Cataluña, 27 08007 Barcelona +34 93 343 66 90

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