Hotel Denit

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain Book from

Attentive service, trendy minimalism and budget prices at this no-frills hotel in Barcelona's Gothic quarter
Despite being an easy stroll from buzzy nightlife on Plaça de Catalunya, designer boutiques on Calle Avinyo and the livewire delights of the labyrinthine Barri Gòtic, Hotel Denit is a noise-free sanctuary. Tucked down a quiet sidestreet, its shop-front façade opens onto a chessboard-style black-and-white lobby that sets the tone for the white, minimalist décor that runs throughout. If style is somewhat stark, the reception staff are friendly, and happy to dish out helpful advice about their city.

A slightly cramped elevator sweeps you up to 36 rooms spread across 5 floors, where you’ll find a soothing and modern blend of white wood and pale furnishings. Each is cleverly laid out to maximise space, and whilst the focus is on the functional rather than the luxuriant, you still get the odd treat: flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, power showers, complimentary toiletries and free WiFi. But the real beauty of Denit is its location (within easy reach of the city's hotspots) and its prices: the earlier you book, the less you pay.

Highs

  • Squeaky clean rooms with attractive décor and equally attractive prices
  • Peaceful slumbers are guaranteed, yet you're seconds away from the city’s main arteries and close to the street artists and market stalls of Las Ramblas
  • Friendly, helpful staff, ably led by manager Jordi, who go that extra mile to help you get the best out of your stay
  • Tasty buffet breakfasts (not included in room rate) with plenty of choice and Nespresso coffee
  • Close to boutiques, department stores and vibrant nightlife, so a perfect choice for those who want to shop and party

Lows

  • Bathrooms are behind a frosted glass door rather than being completely separate from the bedroom
  • M and S Rooms are cramped, but they make excellent crash pads if you're here to shop, sightsee and eat out
  • Rooms at the back are overlooked by neighbouring apartments - but you can always pull down the blinds or request a street-facing room
  • No place to park nearby, but we wouldn't recommend bringing a car anyway, especially when Barcelona's transport system is so good

Best time to go

Barcelona is a great city to visit at any time of year, but if you’re seeking a maximum of activities, come between June and September when the main festivals occur - ranging from the music and multimedia Sonar Festival in mid-June to human towers and local music at the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Merced on 24 September. If you can’t stand the heat but don’t want to paddle around in the rain, visit in May or October.

Our top tips

Snap the culture on a photography tour whilst improving your shutter skills - Viatour offers professional lessons which take the form of a 4-hour walk around the city’s sights and sites.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 36
  • Breakfast only (+ restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

Space-saving design combined with no-frills comfort is the trademark of Denit’s 36 rooms, spread over the top 5 floors of the narrow Gothic building and all decked out with pale wood and white furnishings. Large windows let in plenty of light, and Ikea lamps cast their muted glow once night falls. Shelving systems concealed with hanging shades host plasma TVs and iPod docks, whilst small desks and free WiFi are welcome additions for workaholics. Best of all are the wonderful beds - we slept beautifully during our first stay and again during a 2012 revisit.

Rooms are split into 4 categories - S (single), M (small double), L (larger double) and XL (largest double). The only real difference is size, so choose according to how much time you're likely to spend at the hotel. All are double-glazed, but if you like to slumber without a single sound (or turn off the air conditioning and sleep with the window open), ask for a room giving onto the interior courtyard. XL rooms can be made up as twins on request and have space for a baby cot or rollaway bed.

Bathrooms are concealed behind frosted glass doors, though the sinks are in the room with you. Power showers are great for washing away city dust, but avid soakers should plump for an XL room, some of which have tubs.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is a good reason to get out of bed at Hotel Denit. Head to the brightly lit basement and you'll find bar-style seats and counter tops hunkering around a low table loaded with a tasty continental spread. Tuck into cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, cheese, ham, salami, bread, croissants, muffins, jams, juices and slices of tortilla, as well as coffee from the Nespresso machine.

The hotel doesn't serve any other meals but Barcelona's packed with great eateries. If budget is no object make a beeline for Jordi Herrera’s Manairó (Diputació 424) and order the 9-course tasting menu to sample bizarrely scrumptuous delights like bacalao iluminado (cod cooked under a lightbulb) and meat cooked al clavo ardiente (on red-hot spikes).

More modest budgeteers should ramble along the buzzing Rambla de Catalunya to Taller de Tapas (Rambla de Catalunya 49-51), one of a chain of tapas bars in the city, where you can dine alfresco on specialities such as artichokes fried in Asturian cider and lobster stew. There are also some excellent Japanese and Catalan fusion restaurants in the vicinity - hotel staff can advise.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
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Activity:

Activities

  • Barcelona's Barri Gòtic is studded with tree-shaded, café-strewn squares, set along a maze of sinuous streets and alleys. Take time to stroll and admire the architecture

  • The Cathedral of Saint Eulalia is stunning. Look up to see gargoyles on its roof - a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical

  • Hang out in hip cafés, restaurants and bars around the buzzing Plaça Reial

  • Gawp at paintings, sculptures, books and engravings by famous Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies; the Picasso Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) are excellent, too

  • Indulge in hot chocolate and sweet churros on Las Ramblas, while you watch the street artists strut their stuff (but keep your wits and your bags about you - this is pickpocket heaven)

  • Stroll along Passeig de Gràcia and admire La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Gaudí’s other seminal oeuvres, including the iconic (and still unfinished) Sagrada Familia and the vast fairytale landscapes of Park Güell, are also well worth a visit

  • Hire a bike from the rental company in the same street as the hotel and cycle along Las Ramblas to Barceloneta port, then dive into the sea from the sandy beach close by

  • Shop in the eclectic selection of designer boutiques stretching from Calle Portal de L'Angel to Calle Avinyo, then browse the wares in massive department store El Corte Ingles, just around the corner from the hotel

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming

Kids

The hotel welcomes children and can provide baby cots and extra beds free of charge in all XL rooms.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
7/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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