Historical Traveller Reviews of Jardi Hotel
Exactly what we wanted...
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in the Jardi recently and was very pleasantly surprised. No, it is not a 5* hotel or anything like it. Inside is clean, pleasant but basic. Tiny elevators bring you to your floor - we were on the top floor, which was the 8th floor... which was super as we had a terrace with a table and chairs overlooking Placa del Pi (as opposed to just a balcony on the other floors). The location is superb - near the Ramblas, in the old gothic quarter, overlooking 2 quaint squares, beside an old church. We paid 96 euros a room which is just £65 so no complaints!
Nice Hotel - Great Location
we stayed at this hotel for four nights & we liked it. The rooms were basic but very clean & everything worked OK. I asked for a room with a view over one of the squares & we were given a room with two windows had a view of both of them. The staff were very helpful & friendly & everyone who was around during the day spoke English. I would definitely return although I would ensure that I had one of the outer rooms. We didn't have any problem with noise as was reported in some reviews.
Dissappointed by Hotel Jardi
from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel Jardi was recommended to me by a friend and I was very dissappointed. The first "reservation" was taken over the phone with a credit card. When I arrived in Barcelona I was told that the desk clerk had made a mistake and we could only stay one nite, of three reserved.
They then tried to send us to this incredibly horrible place a few blocks away. I made other arrangements and continued a tour of Spain.
A few weeks later I gave the Jardi another chance calling from Ibiza and making reservations, this time for two nites. Having the last visit fresh in my memory, I proceeded to call the Jardi two additional times, once to make certain they had my reservation, next to tell them the ferry would be late from Ibiza but we still wanted the room. I could not believe it when we arrived and the desk clerk said they were are filled up and the morning guy had "overbooked"..I was angry and said I was going to an internet cafe to begin writing this review. While at the desk another weary traveler arrived with a reservation, without a room also.
I will never return to this hotel again. I do recommend the Bar del Pi downstairs. Great tapas! But alas the Hotel Jardi has some major problems and I would not reccomend it to anyone.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Above average for the price. Great location, clean, attractive. Rooms with balconies can be on one of two plazas. One of these (on the west side of the building) has an outdoor market on Sundays but they take it down late Sunday night so it can be noisy then. Also, our room had quite thin walls between rooms so it pays to go to bed late. But we'd still go back.
Super location and spotless. Room a bit small but who wants to stay in it when in Barcelona. Some very good tapas places around as well. My only worry is that the Sunday Times keeps recommending it and I will be hard put to stay there again.
Watching the world go by
FINDING the hotel that first night was not easy, but once I arrived the location could not be beat. About a block off the Rambalas, about 2 blocks from the Cathedral, and I could look out over the placa and a beautiful old church from the tiny balcony of my room.
I would advise asking for an outside room, but what you get for what you pay was impressive.
I would not go back to Hotel Jardi
The one thing that hotel Jardi has going for it is it's location. It is a basic hotel that is luckily for it in a nice part of the town. We found that their customer service was quite poor and they were pretty unhelpful when they made a mistake on the type of room we had booked even though they were happy enough to admit it was their mistake. The rooms with a view and two single beds are absolutely tiny and cell like and quite depressing. I would advise spending slightly more and getting a room with a balcony or with 3 beds in it. Although we didn't have any trouble from noise outside we did suffer from noise inside the hotel as you can hear everything and it was a case of being woken up very early each day. I thought that hotel Jardi was ok, I wouldn't reccomend it to any of my friends and i wouldn't stay their on my next visit to Barcelona.
Great Find for a Great Price
from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Jardi gave me the most bang for my buck, so to speak. Most of the hotels I checked out were charging almost twice than I paid for in Hotel Jardi. The hotel is fabulously situated in the center of the Ramblas district and has clean and nice rooms. The staff is nice and can speak in English. The hotel itself is clean and located in a safe area. The downside is the noise from the plaza that you can hear in the middle of the night. Just close your windows and crank up the AC. For anyone who is looking for a great value at a great price in a great location, Hotel Jardi is the one. I will definitely come back...
Excellent location but get the right room!
I have given the Hotel Jardi 4 pips out of 5 here because one has to bear in mind this is a budget hotel where the bill isn't difficult to pay. It is sitting in a prime location overlooking two plazas in the Barri Gotic, a few steps away from La Rambla and not far away from Plaza Catalunya and other such great plazas with all that goes on there. (And don't miss La Boqueria market off La Rambla - a sight to behold). Underneath our balcony was the Bar del Pi, reckoned to be one of the best bars in Barcelona. Next to that is one of the best tapas places in the City. In the plaza below us they held a market of crafts and home-made produce like local honey flavoured with orange flowers or chestnuts. Anywhere you go within a few steps you will find something of interest including a Catalan restaurant. Contrary to the advice I have read here about getting an interior room to avoid noise, you must ask for a room with a balcony. This way you have the view over the plazas and the life of Barcelona (and the 'French' windows, I think, are double glazed anyway). I was there off-season, admittedly, but I would choose to have the room with the view. It's a simple place and the price charged reflects that. The beds were extremely comfortable and the en suite bathroom was great. Cleanliness? Haven't seen cleaner. And there's a safe in the room for passports. Downside - not good for disabled people - there's a tough flight of stairs to negotiate to reception and a few steps more to the lift. Luckily a young man was around to help with heavy suitcases. Day staff speak English but night people don't. My own Castillian Spanish was lost there too. And breakfast is late, so our early plane meant breakfast in the airport. But this isn't a bed and breakfast, anyway. You have to book and pay for breakfast. Easy thing is to go out on the street where all things are happening, including breakfast. And the tapas around there are to die for. I recommend Hotel Jardi as a place to hang your hat. It's in a perfect situation for you to discover everything that surrounds it. But remember to do what the locals do - don't carry a handbag. You're so safe when your arms are free. Despite that warning, Barcelona is marvellous and the Hotel Jardi is in the right place. Within a few steps of the hotel my friend and I were having a ball. It's an ultra-clean, plain place to sleep but has balconies overlooking Barcelona life - get one of those rooms. As budget hotels go, what more could one ask for?
not what we thopught
Having read the rave reviews of this hotel we too were very disappointed. The Hotel was clean and the towels changed daily. The breakfast was adequate and served by an excellent server. All the reviews had advised to seek an interior room and we did that. We booked for a week. Our room had no natural daylight an opaque panel window with no curtain showing light all night. We couldn't leave the window open as we could almost shake hands with the people in the room opposite the light shaft and as we were on the second floor(the first on this side of the hotel) it would be possible for someone to scale the window. Two army type metal framed beds. Roasting hot as the air con did not work and the hotel would not change our room. We feel the guide books recommend these interior rooms as noone who has seen them would book. We will not be returning.
Top Local Tips for Barcelona
We thought that pick-pockets were just those who bump into you or pick up a bag you've set down. Be warned, people will come up and physically rip things off of you and run away. And don't expect anyone around you to provide any help. You always think it won't happen to you, please be safe.
Cafeteria at top of El Corte Ingles
Don't miss the panoramic view (and cheap food!) at the cafeteria on the ninth floor of El Corte Ingles department store at Placa de Catalunya! A great find. You can even just have a drink and sit at the window and look at the city below. Bring your map - the bird's eye view gives a newcomer a good idea of distances and the layout of the city. Would also be a good place to bring your kids/family, as they can pick and choose what they want from the cafeteria.
Buy the 10 single trip multiperson metro ticket
I think you probably don't need a day pass in Barcelona, if you are travelling in groups, you can share the 10 single trips multiperson metro ticket, it's multiperson - so that all of you can share one ticket!