About this listing
Large and sunny room in an apartm with 2 Airbnb rooms and our room. It has an ensuite private bathroom: tub, toillet, bidet and two sinks. Equipped with: double bed, wardrobe, bed side table, table and seat.
At homes live Isabel, Erwin and our rabbit
Ample room with a double bed and a private bathroom. The room has natural light and gets some afternoon sun aswell. The window looks out on the street. The private bathroom has 2 sinks, a shower, bathtub, toilet and bidet. The bed was made by ourself from pallets and is very sturdy and comfortable. The room also has a big closet and desk.
The room is part of a big apartment. In the same apartment we also have another double with balcony for rent. You can also use our kitchen, living room and big quiet terrace that gets sun for the most part of the day and is sheltered from the wind by the surrounding buildings. We also have wifi internet available. The apartment is located on the first floor but in case needed there is an elevator in the building.
We are Erwin, Isabel and our rabbit Doekie. We have lived 6 years now in Barcelona and can give you further information about the city and ongoing events in it. We can also provide an optional breakfast if you want.
The apartment is located In the city centre in the multicultural El Raval neighbourhood. its one block from the beautiful Rambla del Raval. Almost all attractions in the city centre are with in walking distance of the apartment. Although its close to almost anywhere it is not as busy as some other nieghbourhoods of the centre like the Gotic and El Born. Some of the highlights of the neighbourhood are the famous Boqueria market, MACBA Barcelona's museum for modern art and Gaudi's city palace Palau Guell. It is also the place for trendy shops and restaurants to spring up, which next to their traditional counterparts make a lively mix of old and new.
Very close to the apartment is the Rambla del Raval. An open walkway filled with palmtrees and full of restaurants and terraces and a good place to have breakfast, lunch or a drink in the afternoon sunlight. Most of Barcelonas attractions like the ramblas, gothic city center, boquerria market are within walking distance of the appartment.
There are two metro stations ( Paral-lel and Sant Antoni) close by that can be use for going to attractions that are further away like the Sagrada Familia or Camp Nou.
The room is located in a big apartment with a quiet terrace. As a guest you have access to all the common areas of the apartment like the living room, kitchen, terrace and bathroom. The apartment building has an elevator in case needed.
If you like to use the kitchen to prepare, breakfast, lunch or diner feel free to do so. We have allocated space in our kitchen and fridge were guests can keep food and drinks.
Our terrace is on the inside of the block and filled with plants. We have a diner table, parasol and seats on the terrace that can be used for eating meals or having a drink. There is also a hammock in case you are feeling lazy. The terrace receives sun at summer.
There is hi-speed wifi internet available in the apartment. Guests who stay for at least 4 days can make use of the washing machine for free as well.
Interaction with Guests
We are Erwin, Isabel and our rabbit Doekie. Erwin is Dutch and Isabel Colombian. Between the two of us we speak Spanish, Dutch, English and Catalan. We live in the apartment and rent out two of our rooms. If we are at home you can always come to us with any questions or concerns or just to say hi or tell us what you did that day. Although we appreciate contact with our guest we also don't mind if they choose to find their own way. Since there is a lot to see and do in the city we find that more than often guests spend the most time of their stay outside of the apartment.
We work but are flexible with our time. Please be sure to let us know before hand what your estimated time of arrival is so we can keep this in mind when planning our day. Guests can normally come to the apartment after arrival and check-in. On check-in we will show you the apartment and answer any questions you might have.
We can help you with making reservations and can give you information about the city. If needed we can print out tickets for you.
We are liberal minded and open to welcoming guests from all walks of life, of any race or colour and with any personal preferences.
We live in the neighbourhood El Raval also known as Barri Xino (chinatown). It is one of the neighbourhoods that make up Barcelona's historic centre better know as Cuidad Vella which is catalan for the old town.
There remain various medieval buildings like the drassanes shipyards and the Hospital de Sant Crue which can bring you back to the origins of the neighbourhood. Some of the most important cultural institutions of Barcelona can be found in in our neighbourhood like Barcelona's museum of contemporary art the MACBA and the cultural centre of Barcelona, the CCCB. The recently opened Film museum Filmoteca de Catalunya can also be added to this list. Other Highlights include the famous Boqueria market and Palau Guell a city palace designed by Antonio Gaudi.
For many years El Raval has had a poor reputation as a part of the neighbourhood served as Barcelona's red light district. Nowadays only a very small part of the neighbourhood still is reserved for the world oldest profession. Since the late 1980's urban renewal has been changing the neighbourhood. Improving living standards and making it saver. By now El Raval has now grown into one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Barcelona.
The neighbourhood is popular with the cities vanguard such as artist and creatives. It is also a place were new shops, bars and restaurants tend to pop up and it can pay off to have a look around its streets to see if you can find a some unique shops, gallery or nice cafe. The neighbourhood has a lively nightlife.
El Raval still remains largely unaffected by tourism and thus a great place to experience a more local atmosphere. We would like to encourage our guests to explore the neighbourhood we live in.
The neighbourhood is flanked on one side by the famous street Las Ramblas.
The apartment is centrally located and most attractions with in the historic centre of Barcelona are within walking distance of the apartment. This means that you can explore the city as soon as you step out the door. For attraction further afield there are three metro stations each within five walking from the appartment namely the stations of Liceu, Paral-lel and Sant Antoni.
The apartment is relatively easy to find and a fifteen minute walk from Plaza Catalunya the main transport hub of the city.
Other Things to Note
Barcelona is a lively city and can be noisy as a result. Trash is collected and streets get cleaned at night. Especially on the weekend the is a lot of people out on the streets. Our street and neighbourhood is no exception to this rule. If you are a light sleeper we advise that you bring earplugs with you.
Unfortunately petty theft like pickpocketing and bag snatching is very common in Barcelona especially in busy areas like Las Rambas, the beach and the metro. Thiefs are well organized, work in teams and are very professional so please always mind your belongings out on the street.
Smoking is not allowed in the apartment. How ever you can make smoke on our terrace.
Inviting people to the apartment or organizing parties in the apartment is not allowed.
Check out is at 11 in the morning. If needed guests can leave their bags in the apartment and pick them up later.
We appreciate if guest don't make excessive noise especially at night. Also we expect our guests to be respectful and friendly towards our neighbours.
About the Host, Isabel Y Erwin
We are Isabel and Erwin. A Colombian Dutch couple.
Isabel is a Colombian national who has lived in the city for 5 years. I speaks Spanish and English. I works for a small community garden. I've work giving workshops in ecological gardening and as well yoga and salsa classes. Actually I occupy myself learning beekeeping.
Erwin, is a Dutch national and also has lived in Barcelona for the past 5 years. He've worked as a tourist guide in the city. He speaks Dutch, English and Spanish. He occupy himself with photography, drawing, cycling and playing frisbee.