Now lets look at things that weren’t as great:
First off, nobody says anything about this, but Barcelona smells like sewer. Their sewage system is not fit to be inside a major European and cultural city. Given the fact that this hotel is inside the Old Town (so to speak), where the sewage system is even older and given the fact that the location there is filled with Fish restaurants and based on some historical records, the town council skipped on installing the full system. You get used to it after the first 2-3. Afterwards you only smell it when it gets worse. Another thing is the streets there are small and narrow, so basically the big trash pubellas (trashcans) are sitting right on the street, so you have huge trashcans every 10 meters. Those stank at night when walking past them. Also you have the classical piss smell from people or animals pissing on the street corners and all that.
Secondly, the rooms are not as big as they seem in the photos. From what I can see, this building had half fewer rooms, (which were twice bigger) so they sliced the room in half and made 2 rooms. You can see this if you look at the ceiling mosaics.
Everything is mirrored and gives you the impression of a huge room, but it’s not that big. If you wanna stay more than a few days, you should pack your stuff well because you'll be living out of your trunk mostly. They do have 2 small boxes and a place that you can hang your clothes, but you only have 5 or so coat hangers ( not sure if you can get more, we haven’t asked ).
The balcony is nice, but it’s like half a meter wide and they have those classic wooden frames which ply, so you have to first open them at max and then you can enjoy the balcony.
Thirdly, we didn’t like the shower because it didn't have a detachable head, so you're basically stuck with water pouring down from above ( it’s hard washing places where the sun doesn’t shine). Water pressure wasn’t great ( it may vary ).
We stayed at Chic & Basic Born in late August/early September 2015 for 10 Days. This review applies to that period of time.
First off, the people at the reception were very friendly and knew enough English, so communication was never a problem. We had 2 reservations, a 3-day one and a 7-day one. The 3-day one was in a slightly bigger room (the Double Deluxe with Balcony, while the 7-day one was in a Double Room with Balcony). They were nice enough to let us stay in the big room for our entire 10 days without having to pay extra for that.
Breakfast was not included (and this is very clearly written on the reservation), but it was only 9 Euro per person, and given what bars/restaurants you had around you, which we did visit a few times, the breakfast was good and very cost efficient. It was standard Buffet breakfast, with 2 types of ham, salami, cheese, 2 types of bread, croissants, cup-cakes, orange juice and you got a free coffee / cappuccino (you might be able to get more than one free coffee, I don’t know, ask there, if you're the type of person who chains 2-3 coffees at a time). Dining area is not that big, but in the morning and if it’s nice outside you have 5-6 tables outside along with those inside, but its something to consider if you're coming here in mid season. People outside the hotel can get breakfast menu here as well, so you're gonna compete with them. For 9 Euro per person, it was a good choice, nothing groundbreaking but good.
The place itself was pretty clean, room cleaning was done daily, and towels and other things were changed often. There was never a chance to run out of toilet paper either (i know, i know but you would be surprised to see how many times that happens even to better hotels).
Our room had air conditioning inside the walls, you had a control panel to mess with it, but we just took it off as it wasn’t as hot during the night, and in the day we weren’t staying in the hotel room anyway.