Travelling with a budget doesn’t mean that you have to to stay in squalid or shabby places. It is the case with Casa Marsans in Vallcarca district in Barcelona. This amazing house is now an “albergue” (a hostel both for youth and adult travellers) where one can stay for as little as 14€ per night.
But what is so special about this place and what is it’s history? This magnificent building was commissioned to the architect Juli Mariné in 1906 by the wealthy Marsans family, bankers and founder of Marsans travel agency. The family wanted to have a second residence during a time that many, now centric, Barcelona districts where independent villages. The location is near park Güell which is a hilly area rich of vegetations and with spectacular views of the city of Barcelona. An ideal location!
The architecture of the house is impressive: Catalan modernism blended with a neo-moresque style. Beautiful wood carving works with splendid colourful glasses around the house and on the roof top. At the entrance a large hall with an elegant marble stair leading to the upper floor with the bedrooms.
During the Spanish civil war the house was expropriated to become a hospital, then a military headquarter and from 1946 to 1957 it would become an orphanage hosting children from Eastern Europe. In 1982 the house was acquired by the city hall (ayuntamiento) and converted into an hotel. Casa Marzans can host up to 150 guests who are accommodated in bedroom with 4 to 6 beds. The price for a night ranges between 14€ to 25€ depending on the season.
If you are staying in Sitges and are up for a day trip to Barcelona you could combine a visit of this house while you are visiting Park Güell for example as the two monuments are fairly close. Casa Mansans will not have crowds of tourists nonetheless is a place that deserves a visit. A beautiful piece of history of Barcelona and a stunning architecture. We let the pictures here speak for themselves. 🙂
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