PANORAMIC ATICO mini-penthouse!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Carrer de Sant Pacià, Barcelona, Catalonia 08001, Spain

Great views in this well-equipped mini-penthouse. Central and overlooks the rolling hills of Tibidabo. Bordering the Old Town and Sant Antoni, near 3 metro stations. Modern, yet comfortable. Everything has its place. Elevator, Wifi, SkyTV.

The Space

Located on the border of the old town, right in the center of Barcelona. This area is one of the best kept secrets - with many hidden places to discover in a very multi-cultural community. It is only two blocks to the new part of town called Eixample - but far enough from it's traffic and cars! The apartment is near big supermarkets, fruit/veg markets, public transport and the tourist attractions.

The area is safe and only 12 minute walk to the Ramblas and the Boqueria Market, 15 minute walk to Gayxample, 25 minute walk to the beaches. There are loads of restaurants, bars, cafes and vegetarian options within minutes. All of the convenience without the fight with the other tourists!

TRANSPORT: 5 mins to Metro Parallel/Funicular to Montjuic, 8 mins to Metro Sant Antoni, 12 mins to Metro Liceu, 12 mins to the Aerobus (stop Urgell), 5 mins to Bus 64 to beach, 15 mins by taxi to airport (27-32€)

PARKING: parking is available at around 10€ per day, pre-booked with Parclick

THE BUILDING AND AREA: The west-facing apartment is a little building on top of the roof (atico). It is very private, and overlooks the rolling hills of Tibidabo, and you can even see the Sagrada Familia in the far distance. The apartment is newly refurbished in a building built in 1803, and has a new elevator. The area has been re-urbanised and the streets have been made pedestrian, but good planning has retained a lot of local eccentricities and character. It has a village feel, right in the middle of the city.

LIVING AREA: wi-fi, air conditioning, central heating, Comfy sofa, HDTV / MP3 speakers / USB chargers / DVD movie library of Spanish, English and adult films, Sky British satellite TV (limited channels), local TV, extendible table for four. (note: new smaller HDTV installed, not the TV in the photos. The apartment has been refreshed since the photos, and there is new artwork reflecting Barcelona street life!)

KITCHEN AREA: oven, hob, extractor fan, fridge, freezer, microwave, citrus juicer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, cooking and crockery. Nespresso machine, filter coffee machine and Italian cafetiere for caffeine addicts.

We have an honour bar (tasty treats, drinks, extra nespresso capsules, and emergency essentials available at a reasonable price).

Everyone gets a free welcome breakfast pack: (water, juice, milk, coffee, tea, yoghurt/muffins).

SMALL TERRACE: triple patio doors open allows dining for up to 6 - half in and out. table for two (inside table for 4 - just join them together), washing machine, tumble drier, clothes air drier, remote control blackout/privacy window blind, accordion security gates.

SLEEPING AREA: orthopaedic double bed (135cm x 190cm), storage above and below, dimmable mood lighting, bed linen, two foam and four feather pillows, feather and polyester duvets/comforters.

BATHROOM: thermostatic shower, constant hot water, electric hair/blow drier, hot water bottle, electrical socket, 2 sets of towels, (plus 2 beach and 2 gym towels), hypoallergenic - shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hand wash.

ENTRY AREA: Triple lock security door, entry phone from street, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, emergency flashlight, full length mirror and full length hanging space. steam iron, ironing board. shoe/luggage storage under bed zone. mini desk area with local area information, maps and games.

OCCUPANCY: The apartment is for 2 people sleeping in the bed (the sofa is not a sofabed and is not suggested for sleeping).

RECAP:Think of it as a nice boutique hotel room with a kitchen and outside space!

The flat is quiet with new sound insulation and double pane windows! Minimal traffic as this is a pedestrian area. It can be noisier on weekends, but it is quite muffled. The entire city is loud and late. Viva España!

Please Note:

There is one flight of stairs that are a bit steeper and narrower than normal. Saying that, we have never had anyone have a problem with them.

There may be a late check-in charge of 30€ for flights arriving after 10pm (22h), please discuss your flights before booking. Super early guaranteed check-in and super late check-out, if available, is 50% of the daily rate.

LGBT owned. Dry sense of humour guaranteed. We are Superhosts - our reviews confirm this.

Note about Pricing: our default price is for our last minute availability, all other prices are seasonal - as per the calendar.

Guest Access

The Panoramic Atico is self-contained and has all of the comforts you would want. It is completely private.

Interaction with Guests

We provide a thorough and personal check-in. We are then available if you have any questions or problems. We allow guests their privacy, as the apartment is self-contained.

The Neighborhood

We love the neighbourhood for its location, and the fact that it is fairly free of the zillions of tourists. The area is multi-cultural - alternative - creative and yet traditional in it's roots. It is a very tolerant and liberal neighbourhood - always buzzing with activity. The area is safe, as it has more of a village feel due to the fact that many of the neighbours were born where they live.

We also love that the guide books and online guides still say that the area is dodgy - this is a nice filter to keep away the tourists that invade the rest of the centre of Barcelona.

Getting around

You can walk to most places, but there are three metro stations (Parallel, Sant Antoni, Liceu) and the Monjuic Funicular within minutes. The Aerobus stop is a 12 minute walk. The Ramblas is 10 minutes away.

Other Things to Note

BEFORE completing your booking, we suggest that your travel plans are confirmed.

If you will be arriving earlier or later than the check-in time of 14:00 (2pm) – please send us a quick message to confirm that this time is compatible with our work schedule. (guests usually arrive 75 minutes after landing at BCN airport)

- The apartment is strictly non-smoking inside, except for the terrace or balcony.

- No house parties or social gatherings are permitted in the apartment. Local noise control laws must be abided by.

- The occupancy of the apartment is for two people, and is not suitable for babies or children under 14.

- Fair usage of the wi-fi signal – no illegal downloads.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $213
Cleaning Fee: $43
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Our stay at the Rod & Estan place was great ! The flat is very clean, nice and well located ! The welcome was also very nice.
    We recommend it for sure !

    March 2014
  • We had a wonderful time in Barcelona, staying at the Atico. It's perfect for a couple or two friends. The apartment is beautiful and has an amazing balcony on the top of the building with a nice view (You can see Sagrada Familia in the distance)
    Rod was an amazing host. Funny, charming and most of all helpful. He gave us so many tips about the city with loads of background information on everything. Couldn't have wished for more! The communication before and during our trip was so easy.
    The neighborhood is cool, located in a multi cultural part of the old town. Little grocery shops are everywhere and it's just a short walk to La Rambla, Gotico, El Born etc. We walked EVERYWHERE from the Atico.
    We'll definitely be booking this place again when we come to Barca next time.

    March 2014
  • There is no need to look anywhere else. I have used various vacation rentals sites for over 20 years and you will not find a better deal in Barcelona!! This studio apartment is perfectly designed and has everything you could possibly need. Rod is the perfect host and is a wealth of information about the city. When we were first arrived we were a bit concerned about the neighbourhood, but our concerns were quickly eradicated as it is very safe. There are grocery stores within a few minutes walk, and a great fruit and veggie store right by the front door. We love to cook, and after eating out every night in Madrid, after a day of touring in Barcelona, were more than happy to cook dinner and eat outside on the lovely terrace. The apartment is in a great area and we were able to walk to everything we wanted to see.(even not that far to train station to Montserrat) This is the BEST vacation rental property I have ever stayed in. Thank you to Rod and Estanis for providing such a fantastico place.

    March 2014
    Response from Rod:

    Joan, thank you for your great review. We appreciate it when guests get what we are doing. When we travel, we do not want to stay in the sanitised areas where the hotels are, we want to experience local neighbourhoods that ooze character, history and unpredictability. We want all of our senses and emotions challenged. We purposely make sure that our apartments have all of the modern necessities to provide a contrast with the urban colourfulness of the street. Airbnb travellers crave something different, and we are glad that we help provide that experience. Thank you again for being such lovely experienced guests.

  • We had a great time! The apartment, designed and furnished with love and care, had just everything that we could possibly needed. Great location, great tips for dinner and having fun. We loved our daily breakfast on the sunny balcony! We are looking forward coming back tot this place. Thanks guys!

    March 2014
  • Nice though small apartment centrally located. Rod and Estan are wonderful hosts and were very friendly and helpful. The apartment is clean, and has all the amenities - microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, oven, etc. We would stay there again.

    February 2014
  • Highly recommend this apartment- rod and estanos have really paid fine attention to detail to ensure there is everything you could need and instructions for how to use everything. We arrived late and there was an honesty box of food and drinks so we didn't have to worry about shopping. The apartment was cosy in the winter, although it was warm enough to enjoy the balcony and views over the city. It is in a great area, a minute away from the lively raval square, rambla del arrabal, where there were many good bars and restaurants including a good vegan place (juicy jones) and some excellent tapas.

    February 2014
  • We had a lovely time in Barcelona! You was a Great host and we love the small Apartment right in the city center. We would definitely go again! Tatjana & Janina

    February 2014
  • Super nice place, I will be back for sure.

    February 2014
  • Excellent location, generous and available hosts and super great apartment.

    Thank you Rod & Estan!

    February 2014
  • Great apartment, wonderful hosts and really good location! Can really recommend it.

    January 2014
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Rod & Stan - Easy going British (born Canadian) / Spanish (born Catalan) couple. Partnered 'G' in the LGBT way of life. We try to provide everything that great travel homes should. We are part of the sharing community, to share our homes and resources with global friends with a sense of civilised adventure. Be a local, not a tourist!
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