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Luxurious & Cozy 2 Bedroom 'R.U.S.T.I.K.A.' Flat in the Epicenter of Barcelona

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Split Bathroom, Sleeps 4, Fast Wifi, Local iPhone 4 with Data Plan


Affordable Luxury with Old-World Charm in the Epicenter of Barcelona


We are able to rent our lovely apartment for several weeks and months, so don't hesitate to ask!


With the look & feel & coziness of a genuine rustic Cabin, using all-original elements of the multi-centuries-old building it is perched up above on, including early 19th century wooden beams, Catalan vaults, porcelain door knobs, and exposed brickwork, our apartment will be your oasis away from home where you can relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing around this beautiful Mediterranean city. Old-world charm meets new-world creature comforts!


Located on a small quiet street almost exactly in-between the Gothic Quarter and Born at the epicenter of both districts, you will get the absolute best of both worlds: the history and ancient Roman streets of the Gothic Quarter plus the Medieval and Bohemian charm of El Born. That’s why our apartment is literally surrounded on all sides with countless restaurants, bars, and cafes! There’s even a quiet restaurant on our street corner, just 5 seconds away! See further below for a list of nearby attractions so you see for yourself just how well-located our apartment is!


The massive and famous “Santa Caterina” Fresh Food Market that’s been running since the 19th century is at your door step! Between the huge selection of fresh food and our beautiful and fully-equipped kitchen, you won’t need to eat out to eat great! We’ve even included an English-language book with amazing and unique Catalan recipes for you to explore and enjoy!



Unwind after a long day of sightseeing with 46 inches of glorious Full HD Cable TV in the Living Room and 32 inches of Full HD Cable TV in the Master Bedroom with English-language Channels including CNN, BBC, Fox News, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fox Series, AMC, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and more! Watch news, TV series, movies, cartoons, and more all in English! Especially useful for the occasional rainy day or just to unwind after a long day of sightseeing! Several HD channels available as well!


Super-fast FIBER OPTIC Internet with Wifi reaching every corner of the apartment for you to connect all your devices. And if you don’t have any internet devices with you, you can use our Smart TV to navigate the Internet, book tours, research restaurants, and more! It comes feature-rich with a full Internet Browser, Apps, and more!


To help you get around, our apartment comes with a free iPhone 4 you can use fully-equipped with a local number and data so you can connect with local friends, navigate maps, reserve tours and restaurants, and more all on the go without having to spend a single cent! That’s right, you will be able to make free local calls, send free SMS/Texts, and use unlimited data completely free of charge on our iPhone 4! The perfect tool for exploring the city!


Unlike most apartments in the city which have Queen size beds with substandard mattresses, we have a full King Size bed (NOT 2 singles joined!) in the Master Bedroom plus 2 Twin/Single beds in the 2nd bedroom, all with Top-class mattresses from the leading Mattress brand in Spain (Pikolin) so that you rest well and can recharge for your next day. The 2 Twin/Single beds can also be joined to form a 2nd King Size Bed, just let us know we’ll leave it all ready for you! We also offer a Crib/Cot made in Germany for your Baby so that they can sleep in peace and you don’t have to worry! Just let us know in advance and we’ll set it up for you!


Most tourist apartments in Barcelona use Ikea linens, which use a mixture of polyester and cotton sheets and are mediocre at best. We treat our guests with strictly 100% Egyptian Cotton (percale & combed!) high thread count Linens & Towels for a luxurious feel you won’t find anywhere else except expensive hotels! That’s right, 100% of our linens and towels are 100% Egyptian Cotton! Did we say luxury?


Don’t bother bringing or buying power adapters for Spain/EU. We have installed universal power adapters in every single living space (even the kitchen & bathroom!) so that you can plug in ALL your electric appliances no matter where you are! Just make sure they can handle the 220V we have here in Europe!


Including a HAIR DRYER so you can pack lighter, IRON + IRONING BOARD so you always look sharp, ULTRA-FILTERED WATER through a 6-step Reverse Osmosis advanced mineralization and filtration system so that you never have to buy mineral water, PAID PARKING just a few meters/feet away in case you rented a car, DOUBLE-GLAZED WINDOWS throughout the entire apartment for added comfort and noise-insulation, PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE to prepare everything for you before your stay so that you find the apartment and linens in perfect conditions (hence the Cleaning Fee), and more!


Some may consider it a disadvantage, but we consider this a feature! Others pay to go to the Gym, and here you have the Gym come to you for FREE! We’re talking 89 steps that will help you burn all your calories from all the delicious Sangria, Tapas, and Jamon Iberico de Bellota that you will be eating and enjoying day in and day out in the many awesome restaurants surrounding our apartment! That’s 89 extra reasons to indulge more -- GUILT-FREE! :)


Guests will have access to our entire 2 bedroom apartment, plus an iPhone 4 that can be used fully-equipped with a local number and data so that guests can connect with local friends, navigate maps, reserve tours and restaurants, and more all on the go without having to spend a single cent! That’s right, guests will be able to make free local calls, send free SMS/Texts, and use unlimited data completely free of charge on our iPhone 4! The perfect tool for exploring the city!


As the owner of a tour company, I run tours of the historic Old Town almost every day, so I am very accustomed to interacting with and helping all visitors of this beautiful city! Of course, when they are guests in my own home, I am even more open to interacting with them and answering any and all questions at ANY time!


The location of the apartment could not be more perfect for both new and frequent visitors of the city. If you were to draw a square around the historic Gothic Quarter and the bohemian Born neighborhood, our apartment would be in the exact center of that square! It could not be more central! It also means the apartment is within easy walking distance to 75% of what Barcelona has to offer, with the best of both worlds!


You have a metro station (Jaume I - Line 4) just 3 minutes away on foot. The main transport hub of the city -- Plaça Catalunya -- is less than 10 minutes by foot!


Within a 600 meter / 2000 ft radius, you have:

- Plaça Catalunya

- Porta de l’Angel Shopping Street

- La Rambla

- Santa Caterina Fresh Food Market

- Palau de la Musica UNESCO World Heritage Site

- Ciutadella Park & Fountain

- Mercat del Born Archaeological Site

- Santa Maria del Mar 14th Century Church

- Passeig del Born (Main Street of Born)

- Palau de la Generalitat / Catalunya’s White House

- Barcelona Town Hall

- Plaça Sant Jaume

- Santa Maria del Pi 14th Century Church

- Picasso Museum

- Sant Pere de les Puel·les 10th Century Monastery

- Plaça Urquinoana

- Aerobus Bus Stop

- El Corte Ingles Department Store

- La Boqueria Market

- Barcelona’s 13th Century Cathedral

- Archdeacon’s 12th Century House

- Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

- Old Jewish Quarter / El Call

- Ancient Roman Temple of Augustus from 1st Century AD

- Baixada de Santa Eulalia Street / Patron Saint of Barcelona

- Plaça Reial

- Plaça del Rei

- 4th Century Roman Wall

- Eixample District

...and MUCH more!

PLUS (within 600 - 2000m / 2000 - 6500ft):

- Arc de Triomf

- Old Port

- Barceloneta Beach

- Vila Olimpica

- Paseo de Gracia

- Gracia District

- Sagrada Familia

CHECK-IN: Any time after 1:30 pm

CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Alex

Hi everyone! My name is Alex and I live in Barcelona where I specialize in providing tours of this magnificent city!

I also have a wonderful and charming rustic apartment in Born/Gotic (Ciutat Vella) that you will absolutely fall in love with! It's a multi-centuries-old 2 bedroom perfectly located in the epicenter of the Old Town furnished luxuriously for an incredible stay!

I've traveled all over the world, including the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Greece, so I'm no stranger to traveling, but I have yet to find a more interesting, beautiful, unique, and inspiring city than Barcelona!

As a host of both Tours and Apartment guests, I make sure to always go above and beyond to take care of every single need of my guests to ensure their complete and utter satisfaction. After all, it's word of mouth that helps us grow!

My life's motto is a quote by W.M. Lewis: "The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."

Why Alex chose Ciutat Vella

You won't find any apartment offering this many luxurious and practical amenities in the Old Town, let alone for this price. You will also be hard-pressed to find a cozier apartment at any price range in Barcelona.

What makes this apartment unique

With a tour guide as your host, you will have your own personal "Barcelona concierge" on call at any time to make sure you make the most of your stay in this beautiful city.


La Barceloneta Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:30 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Toilet room separate from Bathroom; individual access
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With 32' Full HD TV with Cable plus Armchair for reading
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Can be joined to form a King Bed upon request
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
As a professional tour guide, I take great care in always ensuring my guests are fully satisfied and leave Barcelona with lifelong memories.


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Luxurious & Cozy 2 Bedroom 'R.U.S.T.I.K.A.' Flat in the Epicenter of Barcelona
average rating of 5.0 based on 65 reviews

Superb location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location. Quite side street. Close to the market , bakeries and many restaurants. Apartment in very good shape and comfortable. On 4th floor which may certainly be an issue for the elderly or those that are not willing or able to walk so many steps. Alex is a great host , caring and available. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, location and owners make this apartment special

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four spent a week in R.U.S.T.I.K.A. and loved it. It was just as described by the owner (Alex) on HomeAway and by all the reviewers. Upon arrival, it did not take us long to realize that Alex has thought every detail - it was super quiet and cozy and had all the accouterments to make the stay enjoyable, from power adapters to kitchen utensils and even extra sunscreen for kids and guide books. The Gothic/Born neighborhoods are incredibly fun to explore. We especially enjoyed the Santa Caterina market next door (and its great restaurants). It's a 10-15 jaunt to the beach and it's wonderful seafood restaurants which we highly recommend taking advantage of. Lastly, Alex clearly wants you to enjoy your stay. She provided us great advice on restaurants and things to see based on our interests. We happened to be there during the recent terrorist attacks, and Alex called us within minutes to check on us and provide advice on how to get back safely to the apartment. We really appreciated that! Barcelona is one of our favorite cities in the world. R.U.S.T.I.C.A. was a great place from which to discover new facets of the city.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Toronto/GTA/Mississauga Ontario Canada

As advertised! Great apartment in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and easy access to everything!

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment. Well appointed and organized. Very comfortable beds. Close to everything. Alex is a great host and clearly cares about her guests. Be prepared for the 5 flights of stairs (no elevator) but this is a very minor issue. We loved the place, location and our host!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, wonderful appartment and extrememly helpful host.

  • 5 of 5

Just loved this apartment. Alex was so helpful. The location was perfect right between two great neighborhoods with easy access to everything. I will defiantly be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place in el Born

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, nice touches in the very comfortable apartment. And Alex was a fabulous host. Highly recommend this rental if it's available!!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location to explore El Born and Gothic Quarter!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely apartment.The owner, Alex, has taken great care to make sure everything is in very good condition and set to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $63
Additional Guest Fee $49 per person per night
Damage Deposit $400

CHECK-IN: Any time after 1:30 pm
CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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