He is 28 years old, holds a degree in Tourism and is a fishing lover. He loves dealing with young people and does not waste any opportunity to meet people from other cultures. Therefore, he enjoys hir job as receptionist in the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés, where he has been working for 3 years.
Between check-in and check out, Felipe Enrique Peña explains what his work is and invites us to discover Barcelona.
Would you join us?
What differentiates the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés from other hostels in Barcelona?
For me, a remarkable factor is its location, in a neighborhood as Les Corts, quiet and safe, but also well connected with all the amenities guests need.
What is the best of working in the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés?
Surely the fact that I interact daily with young people of different nationalities and cultures, and to discover their motivations for traveling worldwide.
What is your job in the Hostel?
I welcome guests with a corresponding check-in, and say goodbye with the check-out. During their stay I give them all the tourist information they need about Barcelona. I also manage the arrival of the groups that come on their own or through travel agencies.
What is the first thing you do when you get guests?
They are always received with a warm welcome! When the guest check is done they are given the keys to the room. After, I inform them about the building facilities and where is everything located.
What often asked at the Hostel reception?
The most common question is what to see and do in Barcelona. They ask about tourist areas, the main monuments and the best places for partying at night.
Has anyone famous stayed at the Hostel?
Yes, some bands and in my years here I remember the visit of the painter Otto Cavalcanti.
And what is the visit you remember most? Any quirky guest?
We had a Japanese guest, about 73 years old. It was really fun because he did not speak a language other than Japanese, but he always found a way to understand, whether by design or by signs. The truth is that the 4 days he was staying at the Hostel were special days because nobody could understand anything he said, but he was always happy! and if you had a bad day he encouraged you quickly. One day I remember he was trying to ask for a towel, but I did not understand him and neither his drawings, so I took everything I had in the lingerie, but until the last thing I was not right …
Finally, let’s play at completing sentences:
Young people who travel to Barcelona can not miss to visit …
The iconic buildings of Gaudí: La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia; the old town of Barcelona and if he is a sports fan, he must visit Camp Nou, of course!
Barcelona is the perfect city for…
Wandering around every corner and enjoy the Catalan culture, which is mixed with cultural diversity that enriches the city.
What is a must in a Hostel Reception…
A constant smile to the host. All workers in the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés try to create a bond of friendship with visitors to make them feel at home!
If, as Felipe says, you want to travel to Barcelona, staying in a quiet Hostel and feel yourselves at home do not hesitate to visit the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés, safe accommodation bet!