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Modern Barcelona Chic

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 731 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

HUTB-010922

We love our apartment, it's is a home-away-from-home and you're welcome to stay, too. It's a 68 square meter, two-bedroom retreat in the inner-city Eixample district. We're close to cafes, bars, restaurants and grocery stores and less than one minute's walk to the Monumental Metro station.

If you're a fan of architecture you'll be happy with our location as we're in the heart of modernist Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi's awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia is only a 10-minute walk. Other nearby Gaudi masterpieces include the beautiful La Pedrera and Casa Batllo, which houses the Gaudi Museum.

We spend our time working between China and Spain so it's always a great feeling to walk in the door here and fling open the balcony doors that overlook the street. We're on the 5th floor and one of our favourite afternoon pastimes is to drink a glass of sparkling Spanish Cava while watching the bustle of locals downstairs.

We escape here whenever we can so the apartment is well set up for visitors. It can sleep up to four people. It's fully air conditioned, has a large-screen TV with DVD player, Ipod docking station, Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer and a very comfortable couch (great for those afternoon siestas). We have two double bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms as well as a dining room that easily converts to an office. We also have WiFi and a printer set up as we work from here when we stay.

We're a relaxed 15 minutes’ walk to the beach and you'll pass an amazing array of cafes and restaurants. Thankfully our neighbourhood is quiet but not too sleepy. Like many spots in Barcelona, the area comes alive in late afternoon and picks up at night as people wander out for tapas and drinks.

The good thing is that you don't need a car to stay here. In the morning, we often take a walk along the street down to the local bakery for fresh bread. We're a few minutes' walk to one of the city's major avenues, Passeig de Gracia, where you'll find major boutiques and stores if you like a spot of shopping.

Our apartment is in a small complex and is very secure. Only tenants can access the entrance, we have a lift and an excellent doorman. I'm afraid we don't allow smoking inside but we have an ashtray on the balcony where you can smoke. And sorry, no pets allowed. We provide all laundry including bed linen, pillows, doonas and/or blankets, towels and tea towels for up to four guests. For longer-term stays we replace all the linen every week.

You'll be looked after by our good friend Alexander, who lives in Barcelona, not far from flat. He can answer any questions for you about the neighbourhood and the city. He can also arrange tours and offer you tailored guides to restaurants, tourist attractions and nightlife. The price will depend on your needs. He can also arrange for a trained massage therapist to come to the apartment after a long day of wandering the cobble-stone streets. There's a range of different therapies on offer including Shiatsu, Reflexology and stone-massage therapy.

If you're not familiar with Barcelona you can visit year-round as the temperature can still reach 20 degrees celsius in the mid-year winter months. Even if it's colder, there's usually plenty of sunshine. Failing that, there's plenty of cosy bars. In summer, the beachfront comes alive with DJs and pop-up bars. There's also wineries not that far away by car. We particularly love Cordorniu Winery, which was founded in the 16th century and has amazing cathedral-like ceilings and excellent Cava.

Here are a few places we like to go when we're here. We'd be happy to give you extra tips, too, if you have any particular interests:

- Gorria Restaurant, Carrer de la Diputació, 42. Has fantastic local food, please don’t be fooled by the exterior. It's in an atmospheric old underground vault.

- Can Ravell, Arago 313. Excellent authentic Catalan food in the back of a local deli.

- Boca Chica, Passatge Concepció, 12. A chic gin bar that's made it into Conde Nast Traveller.

- The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is walking distance from our place at the Passeig de Gràcia, 38. The rooftop BAR is still an insider's secret so it's not too crowded and is great for a light lunch or glass of wine.

- There's so many amazing art galleries in Barcelona, including one dedicated to Barcelona native Joan Miro, called Fundacio Joan Miro, and the extensive contemporary art museum MACBA. But our favourite is the Picasso museum (at Montcada, 15-23). It's in a series of beautiful old palaces in a central part of the city that we think has the best collection of Picasso's oils and ceramics, particularly his early work.

- If you're up for an indulgent overnight trip, the dining capital of San Sebastien has a mind-blowing concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants and is less than six hours' drive.

More Details

Property Manager
Alexander Lembert
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 2017

Amenities

Eixample Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 731 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5 Bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
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Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Modern Barcelona Chic
average rating of 4.352941 based on 17 reviews
Tucson, Arizona USA
3

Nicely Furnished

  • 3 of 5

This property is quite "chic" with original art and smart Eames and Van der Rohe furniture. A nicely stocked kitchen complimented by air conditioning that worked well and much to do and see nearby made for a potentially great experience. A metro station just around the corner makes it easy to travel about the city. On the downside it is mind bendingly noisy. The symphony generated by a quartet of jackhammers, complimented by the scream of concrete saws eight hours or more daily were absolutely unacceptable. One is prepared for the usual hustle and bustle of the city, but this was crazy loud. Each morning a fun loving Harley rider would stop in front of the apartment and rev the engine through straight pipes, sans mufflers and set off the neighborhood's various car alarms. Peaceful like being assailed by mortar fire and .50 caliper machine guns. Perhaps my biggest gripe was with the owner whom expected us to show up within a thirty minute window when driving from Madrid and then was quite "curt" when we were thirty minutes late. Please note parking is easy if forewarned that one will have to search out and reserve a space, but the owner's answer was "I tell people not to drive." Then he advised while we were double parked and trying to get people and luggage out of the car and into the apt. that we would have to find something nearby. A nightmare that could have been avoided by a simple heads up prior to our arrival that we could search the internet for parking nearby and reserve at a discount online. I suppose that if you do not drive, expect nothing of the owner and don't mind brain searing noise this would be a solid five star experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento California
5

Great apartment in a good location.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed in this apartment during our recent trip. The apartment was lovely. It was well kept up with everything we needed for a wonderful stay. Alexander, who manages the apartment for visitors, was very helpful. Alexander went out of his way to help us on several occasions. The apartment is very close to public transportation and several stores and restaurants are within walking distance. We also walked to the beach several times during our stay. La Sagrade Familia is only a metro stop away as well as many other tourist attractions, food markets, and major shopping areas. I would highly recommend this apartment for your visit to Barcelona. Thanks Alexander for the great visit to Barcelona!!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

would have given 5 stars if...

  • 4 of 5

I would have given 5 stars if the AC unit in master bedroom was working- we had to keep the bedroom door open to get some cool air in there because the working unit was in the television/living room, so I had to be very quiet when I wanted to read at night or make some tea when my wife was asleep already.

Otherwise, everything was as described- clean apt., close to Sagrada Familia (<10 min walk) and both casas built by Gaudi (~20 min. walk); the subway/metro station around the corner; couple of supermarkets nearby.

The owner (Alex) is very pleasant, he made it easy to check in and out.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this beautifully furnished apartment. It's central location provides easy access to transport links, local amenities and pleasant walks to the beach. Alex was very attentive both prior to and during our trip. We felt as though we were staying with friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three (two adults and our 17 year old daughter) stayed in the apartment for 5 nights and it was perfect. The apartment is as it appears in the photos and is well appointed with quality furnishings. It is convenient to the metro and several markets nearby. Alexander was a gracious host. We loved the apartment. We ate at one restaurant nearby and took the metro to others throughout the city.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2

Cannot recommend

  • 2 of 5

What a disappointment. The unit is very modern with sleek surfaces. However, there is a constant bombardment of noise. Street noise from cars honking, motorcycles revving. Trucks rumbling. Recycling stations on sidewalk below continuously generating loud noise of broken glass being dumped in or out by sanitation workers. We could only sleep by closing Windows and running AC.

Noise persisted from apartment above with loud footfalls and from adjacent apartment we had loud conversation and a screaming child plus much barking of dogs.

Right after our arrival and a cursory tour by the agent, I realized main light in kitchen was inoperable. I reported it and was told it would be fixed. This did not happen during a six night stay. We were not told where directions were for stovetop(no simliar product in US) or the washer dryer combo. Once I learned from agent where directions were kept, I had to use the flashlight on my cell to use stove for boiling water. Same for washer/dryer. Very inconvenient.

The location is very proximate to Sagrada Familia and is very convenient to restaurants and neighborhood groceries. It was easy to hail taxis from the flat.

It was a nice amount of space and very nice to have two bedrooms and two toilets.

There is a fabulous restaurant, upscale, right next door, that we enjoyed. Barcelona is a fantastic city with much to see and do. I would have preferred something with noise insulation. After long days of seeing the sights, it was difficult to get any rest. I did not feel the agent was interested in our comfort.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I sadly find this review a bit unfair considering that I welcomed them and show them around everything and we have had other american guests in the past and never had a problem dealing with the kitchen appliances at all, they are all user friendly and I did asked if they were any questions before I left the place and was always answering right away to all their questions by email, previous and during their stay. There is a second room, they could have used it to avoid the "noise" in the room closer to the street, but I guess they did not think about that....I can not change that. I only do have to admit that I did not get to fix the Main lighting situation in the kitchen because I had a very complicated week, BUT there was no need for the main light, the light in the Hallway and the secondary indirect light in the kitchen are enough, but guess not for these guests. Bottom line, its very difficult to please everybody, but 1 bad review among many good ones definitely shows it. Thanks for the good comments , may you have a better experience next time . Cheers
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Rates & Availability

Eixample Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$140
$872
$2,907
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $232.56
Cleaning $58.14

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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