Goya Principal Hotel

, Barcelona, Spain
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Goya Principal Hotel

, Barcelona
2 star

Rooms: 7

Pau Claris, 74 pral.2ª - Barcelona - 8010 - Spain Hotel Website | | 933022565
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Nice place!

from chandeb
We stayed four nights in two separate rooms in March 05 and paid E65 for the room on the regular floor and E70.50 for the room on the Principal floor. Although the hallway was nicer on the Principal floor, our room on the regular floor was much nicer by far!!! Had comforter beddings, very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Excellent location!

Excellent location and very friendly staffs

from Cheeseburger397
The location is excellent, walking distance to Placa Cantaluya & Pg.de. Gracia. Quiet and convenient. Metro is just across the street. Staffs speak fluent English & being very helpful. They even provide free champagne for New Year's Eve and left a plate of pastries in our room.
Price is reasonable. I would definitely recommend this hostal to other people who plan to visit Barcelona. The only draw back is the shower that you might want to be aware that water might spill out quite easily.
Other than that the room is clean & comfortable.

Lovely but noisy

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a very pleasant stay here for 7 nights,a nd would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to any of our friends. As many reviews have mentioned, one of the major selling points of this place is its location. It is absolutely unbeatable! The neighbourhood is upscale and chic, with the major shops of Pg. ge Gracia (e.g. Chanel, Burberry, etc...) mere steps away. Plenty of excellent dining options (Hostal de Rita and Madrid-Barcelona were two favourites), and there are a number of Metro stops all within a few hundred metres. We stayed on the renovated lower floor, and the room was lovely and very stylish in an Ikea-display-suite sort of way.

The only major negative associated with Hostal Goya is the noises from other guests' footsteps, doors and voices. This was probably particularly bad given that we were on the lower floor, but voices from next door rooms carried, as well as door sounds. Given that when in Spain, people tend to keep late hours, this can get a bit annoying when you are trying to get a good night's sleep.

Apart from that, the only minor issues we had were a shower that was slow to drain and occasionally overflowed (slightly) and a a/c unit that required a good smack every so often to keep it from sounding like a rocket about to take off.

Terrible, depressing!

from efarkasTeaneck_NJ
Centrally located in an old building featuring small rooms on the newly renovated hotel floors with old furniture, clean and new bathrooms Very noisey as floors are not carpeting making sleep impossible after someone awakens. Good perhaps for young people but not a bargain at $100/night with the lower value of the dollar.

Friendly Staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
I visited Barcelona early November 2004. I heard great reviews about Hostal Goya so I made the reservation through email.

1. Their email response was very prompt and helpful.
2. Excellent location close to Placa Cataluya.
2. Great price for clean room.
3. Extremely helpful English speaking staffs.
4. They offer free coffee and cocoa.

Unfortunately, Negatives (little stuffs):
1. Room 212 was very small & window faces the elevator corridor (You can actually see the elevator moving up and down.)
2. Small rooms are so small that people with claustrophobia should reserve a bigger room.
3. Water will be all over the floor when you take a shower so bring a slipper.

Overall, I would definitely stay here again.

Great Hostal

from Simonfitzuk
Goya Principal (EUR70 per night) Double en suite (room 102)

If you want a well priced bed in the heart of the city you will be hard pushed to find anywhere cheaper. My only criticism is that the rooms are all very close together and this can make it a little noisy. People seem to be coming and going all of the time making a short siesta a very noisy affair.

Otherwise this is a great place - within 5 minutes walk of Placa de Catalunya which is where the Aerobus arrives. I went on the views from this website and my best piece of advice is that you have to remember how much you are paying. This is not the best place to stay but it is excellent for the price and if you are only using it as a place to sleep and refresh yourself you'll love it. If you want your accommodation to be a feature of your trip then try a hotel.

The location is probably the next best selling point. The Placa de Catalunya is the focal point of the city, especially for tourists. From here you can catch the Bus Turistic which is well worth a 2 day ticket for the two routes it runs,and the discount book you'll get.

Highlights of the city:
La Sagrada Familia (EUR6)
Casa Batillo (EUR13)
Casa Milo (La Perdera) (EUR6)
Parc Guell (free)
Olympic Stadium (free)

Absolutely loved Hostal Goya!

from SwedishTINA
Hostal Goya Principal - Top 5

1. LOCATION - Couldn't be any better. Safe neighbourhood. Very close to the center of the city and to the shops and the restaurants.

2. ROOM - Very nice room that had a modern touch to it. It was to my surprise cleaned every day, which was amazing for such a good price!

3. BATHROOM - The bathroom which was shared with only 3 or 4 rooms was superfresh and clean and had a lovely shower.

4. STAFF - The staff was extremely friendly and helpful.

5. PRICE - I doubt that any other hostal in Barcelona will give you a more pleasant stay for a better price!

The only negative thing I had to say about Goya was that the walls were thin so if you, like me, will have a snoring neighbour that's not too much fun.

Will recommend both Barcelona and Goya to all of my friends and would definitely stay there again!

The Best Inexpensive Hotel in Spain!!

from RTWtraveler
This was the absolute best hotel we stayed in in Spain and Italy! Not only is it decorated in a hip, modern style, but the place also smells fantastic and is so quiet (we had a room off the street - and I should mention that we were in the newly renovated wing - it's worth it!). The staff are very, very helpful too and will aid you in navigating Barcelona. Plus, it's pretty inexpensive. Staying in this hotel was the highlight of our trip to Barcelona!

The best hostel in Europe

from A TripAdvisor Member
I love the Hostal Goya! It was nice, clean, affordable, in a wonderful part of the city -- just two blocks from the ritiziest hotels. So you enjoyed all the same local attractions at a fraction of the cost.

The staff was the most impressive feature -- when there was a taxi strike the morning we had to go to the airport, one of the members personally escorted us to a bus stop and saw us onto the right bus so we would make our flight. That is literally going the extra mile. For that, I have to recommend them to anyone and everyone!

Promised more than it delivered

from benpattom
Having been seduced by the hostals web site, and promised a renovated room for which we payed extra, we trudged up the 3 or 4 flights of stairs to the hostal with high expectations. We were soon deflated when shown to our rather ordinary room. Sure, the bathroom was nice, but the decoration of the actual room reminded me more of the youth hostals I stayed in many years ago, rather than the "almost hotel standard" I was expecting.

On the plus side, the hostal in in a great location. Also, the rooms on the floor below, which are also part of the Goya, are of a better standard(and the ones shown on the web site) If you do stay here, go for these rooms.

Personally, I found the place dark and dreary (although it was clean.) Most people staying seemed to be young backpackers-nothing against them, but the hostal was very noisy in the early hours with various people arriving back from their night out.

I certainly won't be checking in here next time I visit Barcelona. There must be better quality around for a similar price.

We stayed in 7 hotels in our trip to Spain, and all for around the same price.
This one was way below five of them.

Awful decor. Dreary. Dull. Fun free.


Top Local Tips for Barcelona

Gallery hours I ended spending my Monday shopping, as most of the galleries were closed. Not all are though, so it's worth checking this when organising your itinerary.

Chocoholic's dream Besides serving incredible Spanish hot chocolate (the Azteca was our favorite), Cacao Sampaka has the most amazing dessert chocolate. Their boxed chocolates are excellent - but I especially liked the bars. White chocolate with strawberry and rose petal, dark chocolate with saffron, and other flavors like cappuccino, bergamot, and gin and tonic, are beautifully done. They also have a great variety of single-source chocolate bars. Had I known the stuff can't be ordered online I would have loaded up on a lot more of it than I did. There are a couple locations in Barcelona, as well as in Girona, Valencia, Madrid and a few other spots. Bubo (there's both a chocolate shop and a tapas bar) is also excellent.

Travelling in Barcelona Arriving at Barcelona, there's an Aerobus which gets you to the centre of the city in less than half an hour and only costs E3.50 one way, and if you are there to be a tourist in this city, the open top tours are a brilliant way to see and familiarise yourself with the city but I would suggest combining them with underground. Do a full loop of each route, and then go back to the sights you are interested in (getting to the sights first thing in the morning is a very good idea to avoid long ques). As the buses only travel in one direction, if you hop off, you would have to do the entire route to get somewhere else which is why I suggested using the undergrown. Gaudi's works are really something to see and if you do want to get to Parc Guell I would strongly recommend you get there in the early morning... tour groups pour into this park from as early as 09.30 which makes for very busy photos and not much opportunity to relax.


Other names for Goya Principal Hotel

  • hostal goya
  • Address: Pau Claris, 74 pral.2ª - Barcelona - 8010 - Spain
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