Very Good hotel for the money. My first room was very clean and well furnished but the window overlooked a vent shaft. After 2 days I got it changed to one overlooking the street which was great and even had a small balconey. Only had 1 breakfast there but it had a good selection and was OK for the price. There are 2 FREE internet terminals. The location is great as it's not far from the Ramblas and there is a goo cafe just up the road. I would stay here again.
web (20/03/2007 16:45:00)
Very pleasently surprised. This hotel was very central, a couple of minutes from La Ramblas. Our twin room was modernly furnished and spotlessly clean, as was our en-suite bathroom. Our excellent rate...
web (20/03/2007 16:37:00)
Hotel location central for most sites of interest and very close to the metro [Liceu] on the Ramblas. The 'superior' rooms were of a good size, with pleasant, friendly staff. Breakfast service had a good...
web (04/12/2006 11:52:00)
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights last week and were amazed that its star rating is so low. We had actually only wanted somewhere clean and basic at a moderate cost, but The Hotel Principal is spotless with recently revamped rooms which are very bright and nicely decorated. The bathroom also had an excellent power shower. Staff all very pleasant and spoke very good English. The free internet access offered was also useful. A real plus factor is the location. Turn left out of the hotel, a right turn at the end of the street, and within just a few minutes you are on The Ramblas. I had read some reviews about the hotel being in a dodgy area, and yes, if you venture into the streets behind the hotel, you find prostitutes hanging about so the simple answer is just dont go that way. We never felt threatened at all during our stay. Took a taxi from the airport to the hotel which cost 26 euro, but decided to get the airport bus for the return journey. This leaves from the placa de catalunya (10 minute walk at top of The Ramblas) and only costs 3.75 euro. We intended to have breakfast at the hotel (just over 7 euros if not included in your deal) but discovered The St Josep market on the short walk to The Ramblas. The fruit selection packs and freshly sqeezed fruit juices on offer were just fantastic and so the hotel breakfasts did not happen. All in all, a great place to stay to which my wife and I would definately return.
web (04/12/2006 11:06:00)
At first glance the Hotel looks to be situated down a bit of a 'dodgy' side street, however, that wasn't a problem at all, so don't let it put you off.
Slap bang right in the centre of town, in walking distance to almost eveything you want to see and do. Subway very nearby if you wish to go further afield.
The hotel was clean and the staff were really friendly. We didn't bother with breakfast in the Hotel so I can't comment on that but it did smell nice. The alarm call booked for 5.30 am on the last day was bang on time.
Quite frankly, for what it cost and it's location we were really very nicely surprised.
Would absolutely go back to Barcelona and to the Hotel Principal.
web (04/12/2006 11:05:00)
Just returned from a four night break and our second visit to this fantastic and funky city.
We wanted good value accommodation near the Ramblas and this is exactly what we got. It looks as if the hotel rooms and corridors have undergone recent refurbishment. Our room (104) was smallish but very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was a good size and, again, very clean. We had a balcony overlooking an interior courtyard - no view as such, but it was very quiet at night even with the windows open. This is probably the quietest hotel/room we have stayed at on any city break. Breakfast was straightforward with all the usual choices including bacon, eggs, sausages etc.
Other reviews talk about the location being a possible cause for concern and, on our arrival, we felt a little uncomfortable trying to find the hotel. However we felt safe walking back to our hotel every night, usually around midnight.
web (31/12/2004 11:22:00)
Perfect Holidays in comfortable Hotel
web (01/07/2004 13:32:00)
WE STAYED ON JUNE, THE ROOM WAS NICE AND THE STAFF VERY HELPFULL. PERFECT LOCATED. GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY
web (05/07/2003 10:45:00)
Greetings from Johannesburg!
I just want to thank all the people working at Hotel Principal. My friend, Kumiko, and I had a very special holiday in Barcelona and a lot is owed to you guys, your service and hospitality. (Rose, thank you for answering my stupid questions, giving me directions, coming all the way up to the 5th floor to check the plug, among others. Good luck with your future plan in the Indian Ocean!) Keep well and keep up with your good work.
Until next time.
web (02/07/2003 15:29:00)
Earlier this month I took a cruise from the United States to Barcelona, Spain. I stayed at your hotel for two nights, before continuing on to southern Spain. I just wanted to say Thank You for a great stay! In addition to very comfortable lodgings, I found everyone at hotel to be pleasant and accommodating. I would highly recommend your hotel to others traveling to Barcelona.