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Hotel Apsis Splendid - Barcelona, Catalunya/Catalonia (Spain) (3,5 Stars)

Visit date(s)/period(s): September 2008

 

Service type: 1 night for single/double room

Service price: approx. 90 EUR/night

 

A 3-star hotel in central Barcelona that could easily become a 4-star one soon.

We have checked it out and have found some good and bas aspects as well and have decided to share them with you.

 

The hotel is easy to approach from Plaza Catalunya from central Barcelona and what has impressed us is the kindness and elegance of the staff and the general good atmosphere one feels when entering.

 

The only negative aspects were those about some the hotel's facilities: some of the equipment are worn down and that there was a piece of hair on one of the pillows in the room.

 

There is free internet access and the speed is very good.

 

There was a minibar in the room and the drinks in it were paid for at the end.

 

Unfortunately only an internal window room was offered. There was a view over some tubular air and water systems in the interior of the building and there was very poor airing, but there was an air conditioner in the room.

 

One could hear some noise coming from other rooms and near the window there was some small machinery noise, which could have been an electric machinery of some sort, such as a large air conditioner.

 

Overall the Apsis Splendid Hotel in Barcelona has a very good appearance. It has the feel of a luxury hotel, especially the bathroom was impressively beautiful, modern, just 1 step from luxury.

 

We have booked directly online, since the hotel has its own online booking system on its website.

 

There was no breakfast included in the approximately 75 EUR/night rate, but we had to pay for the items in the minibar, which pushed the price above 90 EUR.

 

Staff: (5/5)

Cleanness: (4/5)

Location:   (5/5)

Facilities:   (5/5)

Breakfast:   (0/5)

Air freshness:   (5/5)

Window view: (0/5)

Noise & privacy:   (4/5)

Elegance/appearance:   (4/5)

Ease, security booking & payment:   (5/5)

Value for price paid:   (5/5)

 

Overall rating:

 


Hotel Erasmus de Grácia - Barcelona, Catalunya/Catalonia (Spain) (3 Stars)

Visit date(s)/period(s): September 2008

 

Service type: multiple nights for single/double room

Service price: approx. 43 EUR/night

 

Cheap hotel, a good place for students, backpackers, people who have a small travel budget and are looking for a cheap place to stay in Barcelona.

 

Staff speak English, except the maintenance personnel.

Friendly young people work at the reception and will charge you all night before the end (you have to pay at the beginning). They will also help you if you need any information regarding travel.

 

Located not far away from the Lesseps and Fontana subway station, it lies near a small dirty street where trash is often left for days and smells horrible, very close to one of the entrances.

 

Internet access is provided both through cable and wirelessly, but it often interrupts and doesn't work for days.

We asked the staff to help us, but were repeatedly given unclear/confusing response that "it works" and still had problems for days.

 

Toilet flush and sink didn't work well. Both has problems with remaining water.

 

Poor quality shower curtains: water would flow out when having shower.

 

The door lock system was electrical and didn't work well either. Sometimes we couldn't open our own door or couldn't lock it when leaving.

Asked for help, which was provided.

 

Poor quality small TV, remote sometimes doesn't work and is overused.

There were only a few channels and image quality was very poor.

 

Loud noises of other tourists were often heard, even during the night.

The street below was sometimes noisy as well.

 

Prices vary, of course, in September 2008 we had to pay around 43 EUR/night.

 

Booking can be done through a variety of websites, the Hotel Erasmus de Grácia has no booking system of its own, but they do accept credit cards and debit cards for payment.

 

Breakfast was pretty basic, but one could take more from a single item, so you can theoretically fill yourself up for a few hours of walk.

 

Staff: (3/5)

Cleanness: (4/5)

Location:   (3/5)

Facilities:   (1/5)

Breakfast:   (3/5)

Air freshness:   (5/5)

Window view: (1/5)

Noise & privacy:   (2/5)

Elegance/appearance:   (2/5)

Ease, security booking & payment:   (5/5)

Value for price paid:   (5/5)

 

Overall rating: (3 Stars)

 


Hotel Odysseon - Kalambaka (Greece) (4,5 Stars)

Visit date(s)/period(s): July 2009

 

Service type: 1 night for single/double room

Service price: approx. 35 EUR/night

 

Small friendly hotel in the northeastern part of Kalambaka town, right near the Meteora cliffs.

 

Staff was friendly, most of them were good in English and they will help you with useful information regarding travel. Ask them about train schedule, visiting the Meteora monasteries or anything related and they will help.

Some of the staff don't speak English well and when we paid for the hotel in the morning, the person could hardly give a bill.

 

Good internet access is provided wirelessly. Sometimes it might interrupt, but in general is good.

 

The toilet flush system didn't work well and even though we asked for help repeatedly, they still didn't repair it.

 

Cleanness is not an issue to worry about and pretty much everything is in good condition.

 

Maintenance staff doesn't speak English at all.

 

The Odysseon Hotel has a very good elegant feel and the views over Kalambaka are spectacular!

 

The price of 35 EUR is very cheap and the value for money ratio is excellent!

Unfortunately they only accepted cash, so you'd better have cash Euros to pay.

 

Booking was done through Booking.com and was excellent.

 

The breakfast is very rich and you can eat until you get full. No limits on how much you eat.

You can also buy drinks at the bar.

 

It is a very good hotel to stay at.

 

Staff: (3/5)

Cleanness: (5/5)

Location:   (5/5)

Facilities:   (3/5)

Breakfast:   (5/5)

Air freshness:   (5/5)

Window view: (5/5)

Noise & privacy:   (4/5)

Elegance/appearance:   (4/5)

Ease, security booking & payment:   (4/5)

Value for price paid:   (5/5)

 

Overall rating: (4,5 Stars)

 


Hotel Diros - Athens (Greece) (1,5 Stars)

Visit date(s)/period(s): July 2009

 

Service type: 1 night for single/double room

Service price: approx. 35 EUR/night

 

Cheap hotel in central Athens, in the Omonia area. Easy to agent there by subway.

 

The location is dangerous, especially at night. The Omonia Square is full of drug addicts and a large number of suspiciously-looking people who will even allow themselves to grab you.

Nevertheless it is a bad neighbourhood.

 

The only positive aspect about the staff is that they could speak English at the reception.

Hospitality could improve.

 

Worn down bathroom with barn-like door that could not be closed and major water-flushing problems with the toilet and the shower as well.

The water would come back from a whole on the ground when we used the sink and the shower.

There were no shower curtains.

 

The balcony was dirty and was in a degraded state. Pieces of concrete and other components would lie around and fell off easily if you touched them hard.

 

The air in Athens is hard to breathe, heavily polluted and this area is one of the worst in the whole city, making breathing very difficult.

The positive thing is that there was a huge window-door to the balcony that one could open for new, but not not fresh, rather polluted air with oxygen to come in and that there was an air conditioner that was working.

The negative thing about the airing was that the air conditioner could not be stopped.

 

There was wireless internet access, which adds to the quality of facilities.

 

We were not told anything about the included breakfast, even if asked. Receptionist would simply ignore questions.

We had to search for the place where they served breakfast, which was a basic breakfast of gem, some slices of cake and bread, butter, orange juice seemed to be dilated with water (thinned).

There were no limits to how much one eats.

 

Staff: (3/5)

Cleanness: (5/5)

Location:   (5/5)

Facilities:   (3/5)

Breakfast:   (5/5)

Air freshness:   (5/5)

Window view: (5/5)

Noise & privacy:   (4/5)

Elegance/appearance:   (4/5)

Ease, security booking & payment:   (4/5)

Value for price paid:   (5/5)

 

Overall rating: (1,5 Stars)

 


Hotel Balasca - Athens (Greece) (2,5 Stars)

Visit date(s)/period(s): July 2009

 

Service type: 1 night for single/double room

Service price: approx. 45 EUR/night

 

Located not very far from the Larissis Train Station and the Larissis Subway Station, the neighbourhood of this hotel is much better than the Omonia area.

 

Staff is very friendly, helpful and speaks English well.

 

The hotel is clean, but the window we had was one with a view towards the interior: one can see other buildings and balconies of homes, cars parked, sort of a place behind other buildings that doesn't have an attractive look at all.

 

The air isn't fresh and there is an old air conditioner that seems to have been built into the walls, but works well.

Otherwise the air could become almost unbreathable, one must open the small window and start the air conditioner several times a day.

 

There is no internet access, but we could connect wirelessly to several networks that had coverage in the area (not the hotel networks, but private networks).

 

Breakfast is offered without limits, but is a basic breakfast. Through, the selection of foods is medium.

You won't die of hunger at the Hotel Balasca!

 

Noise is an issue because many rooms are close to the stairs and the elevator. Noisy tourists often rush in and out of their rooms, up and down in the building.

The rooms are close and entering-exiting can be heard from the nearby rooms.

 

The hotel overall looks quite well, but seems like it has technology from the early 1960s that would need upgrade.

 

TV is of poor quality. Image isn't clear and the remote control overused.

 

Staff: (3/5)

Cleanness: (5/5)

Location:   (5/5)

Facilities:   (3/5)

Breakfast:   (5/5)

Air freshness:   (5/5)

Window view: (5/5)

Noise & privacy:   (4/5)

Elegance/appearance:   (4/5)

Ease, security booking & payment:   (4/5)

Value for price paid:   (5/5)

 

Overall rating: (2,5 Stars)

 


Hotel Claridge - Athens (Greece) (1,5 Stars)

Visit date(s)/period(s): July 2009

 

Service type: 1 night for single/double room

Service price: approx. 40 EUR/night

 

Hotel is located in the Omonia area, which is dangerous and noisy , especially at night.

Prostitutes and pickpockets, drug addicts openly using syringes on the street are in crowds of thousands.

 

Quite a cheap hotel for 40 EUR/night, but the facilities and the area did not impress us.

 

Staff had no hospitality whatsoever, they were shouting to each other and not taking account of the clients.

We had to wait about 1 hour to enter the room, which wasn't ready.

Receptionists don't give enough attention to clients. One has to wait sometimes 10-20 minutes to be taken into account.

 

There is an old lift that has no internal door, only external. This makes it dangerous.

It is a very small elevator which can only accommodate 2 people in it.

The elevator is usually busy and one has to walk op or down on the stairs.

 

There is no internet access.

 

There is a small TV in each room, but the remote is worn-down and hardly functioning.

Image quality is very poor and there are very few channels.

 

Breakfast is poor, basic and the location where it is served is worn-down.

 

Positive aspect is that you can pre-book for this hotel at HotelClub.net and then you won't have to pay at the hotel. The room is paid in advance.

 

Staff: (0/5)

Cleanness: (2/5)

Location:   (1/5)

Facilities:   (1/5)

Breakfast:   (1/5)

Air freshness:   (1/5)

Window view: (0/5)

Noise & privacy:   (0/5)

Elegance/appearance:   (2/5)

Ease, security booking & payment:   (5/5)

Value for price paid:   (1/5)

 

Overall rating: (1,5 Stars)

 


Hotel Do Centro - Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)  (1,5 Stars)

Visit date(s)/period(s): September 2008

  

Service type: 1 night for single/double room

Service price: approx. 40 EUR/night

 

It is located in central Funchal, it is easy to get there.

 

Staff don't speak English very well, but are very friendly and open to helping.

 

The room we have received was one with a view over the street in front of the hotel.

 

The air was unbreathable, dense and seemed like there was no airing for a very long time.

There was an air conditioner, which could improve the comfort level.

 

Bathroom looked overall well cleaned, but the insects we saw have cut our appetite to this hotel.

 

The hotel is worn-down, old, but has a modern elevator in it.

 

Positive aspect is that there is wireless internet in the lobby of the hotel. Unfortunately it is very very slow.

 

Online booking is theoretically possible, as the hotel is featured on several websites, but the problem is that the staff had no idea about how the online booking system works and the computer they has was from the early 1990s and could not perform complex tasks.

 

Staff: (3/5)

Cleanness: (1/5)

Location:   (1/5)

Facilities:   (1/5)

Breakfast:   (1/5)

Air freshness:   (1/5)

Window view: (1/5)

Noise & privacy:   (2/5)

Elegance/appearance:   (1/5)

Ease, security booking & payment:    (5/5)

Value for price paid:   (1/5)

 

Overall rating: (1,5 Stars)

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