I was going to visit Barcelona, Spain in February to meet relatives who had stayed there before. We have previously stayed in an affordable hotel in the city center.
I have tried to learn more information on the internet, but unfortunately they did not have their own website and they are listed in one of those sites where you can add your comments and pictures. The room photos (taken by a previous guest) were not very exciting so I searched the internet for alternatives. Even in February, hotel prices in Barcelona seem to be somewhat high, so staying in England and knowing that bed and breakfasts in the UK, Ireland and Chamber (Eq) are good value, have tried searching for bed and breakfasts in Barcelona.
Soon I found the place that was in the city center, and it was an internal residence and called itself "Comfortable, quiet and modern stay in a central location in Barcelona".
When we got to the place on a warm February evening, he showed us the place. Apartment on the second floor with double room with en suite facilities, in addition to a shared lounge, two twin bedrooms, an additional bathroom and a kitchen. The place looks like good pictures on the owner's website. There was one thing missing – breakfast. Now in Britain and Ireland, the B & B Hotel traditionally serves a cooked breakfast although more and more establishments now offer a continental breakfast of croissants / rolls and coffee / tea, you will also find in France. At this Barcelona B & B after 5 nights stay there No breakfast!
Upon returning home, I took another look at their website. In a small edition the phrase was "Another advantage of this bed and breakfast is the fully equipped kitchen where guests can prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner, or help themselves to have cold drinks or fresh fruits whenever they want." My comment would be – although a modern kitchen, it lacks nothing to make coffee (without a kettle) only in a pot, considering that the stay was for two other double rooms, but small cups wouldn't be much useful! The operators of these institutions in Britain, France and Ireland cannot escape this, and in the United Kingdom they can be prosecuted under the Commercial Descriptions Act. On March 2, 2006, I decided to email her …
Dear Sir / Madam, You advertise "Bed and Breakfast" and when we stayed there for 5 nights in February, the breakfast was not delivered. You definitely shouldn't advertise your place as a breakfast and unless you actually serve breakfast? – I look forward to hearing from you. Regards Philip Sutter
On March 9th, 2006, I didn't get any response. So much for good customer relationships.
If you are booking a place like this, confirm it over the phone or via email that if they call themselves "Bed and Breakfast" they really serve it. They mentioned in the reservation receipt sent by email that they want to be paid on arrival. What they didn't mention is that they want to get an additional 10 euros to process the credit card.
My relatives stayed in the "very unimpressive" hotel, it was not luxurious, but if its owners had photographed it themselves on a website and showed the room we visited, we would stay there. The price was much cheaper than B & B and I paid extra for breakfast. (But you would have gotten it) Beware of your travel and if someone serves breakfast in Barcelona, you will be ready, although you may get a bed that you may have to find your breakfast elsewhere.