Relax in the Raval - Double w. Bath

Apartment - Private room · Carrer de la Riereta, Barcelona, Catalonia 08001, Spain
Erwin Y Isabel
Your host, Erwin Y Isabel
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The Space

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. The apartment is naturally cool but also has integrated heating and air-conditioning. 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 and Isabel have lived almost 4 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 (email hidden)ly 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.

Guest Access

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 or kitchen and fridge were guests can keep food and drinks.
Our terrace is on the inside the 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 for the most time of the year.
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 and Isabel. 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.

The Neighborhood

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 (email hidden)ly 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.

Getting around

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 (email hidden)ly 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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $7 / night after the first guest
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This was my first ever Airbnb experience and it was outstanding. Isabel and Erwin are truly wonderful hosts. They have a really welcoming home with a great layout and fabulous outdoor terrace. Everything is exactly as shown in the pictures and description. Everything works and the location is perfect. Isabel greeted me with a huge smile when I arrived and made sure I had everything I needed for my whole two week stay. I also met really interesting and charming guests who stayed in the other room they let out.

    I loved being in the Raval, in the middle of Barcelona, with all of the street life happening right outside my window. This part of the city has great character and charm. The location of Isabel and Erwin's apartment is perfect. Even though I used the very convenient metro (just a few minutes away), I mostly walked wherever I wanted to go because it was so easy. Erwin and Isabel have a really fantastic knowledge of Barcelona and can answer any question about where to find things and how to get there.

    This was also my first time in Barcelona and I fell in love with the city and its inhabitants. I could not have chosen a better place to stay! I will definitely return to Barcelona and hope to stay with Isabel and Erwin again. They are a very special couple and they made me feel special. They know when to be available and are never intrusive. I didn't want to go home! Australia is a long way, but I will be back.

    Fabulous, fabulous, FABULOUS!

    June 2014

    June 2014
  • Chambre avec salle de bains propre et confortable. Les propriétaires très correct. Par contre le quartier assez bruyant. Mais si je retourne à Barcelone je réserverai encore la chambre.

    June 2014
  • Erwin and Isabella's place is creative & friendly. The ensuite bathroom and bedroom was a luxury being so large, clean and contemporary with Barcelona's hotspots within walking distance! The huge outdoor terrace was a relaxing space hidden amongst apartment blocks and this gorgeous couple have created a little garden of Eden. El Raval neighbourhood gets a bad wrap but as a solo traveller I enjoyed being in the heart of this vibrant city with high ethnicity and busy streets I felt completely safe at any time day or night! For complaints about street noise, it would be hard to find anywhere central without it, it's part of Barcelona's atmosphere! If your looking for a central, modern & clean place with the ability to come and go as you please.. This is it! Thanks again guys for such a great stay :)

    May 2014
  • A perfect experience !
    Clean, comfortable room and great hosts.
    We enjoyed staying with Isabel and Erwin.

    March 2014
  • Everything was great!

    February 2014
  • One of the best locations I've stayed ever. The bedroom and bathroom were both great. Erwin has also been an extremely great host. Overall, a definite recommendation.

    January 2014
  • I had a great time staying at Erwin's place; the room was a good size and the bathroom was fantastic. It almost has a private entrance so you don't feel like you're imposing too much on your host. Shower had good hot water, pressure. Overall a lovely experience that I would highly recommend - a bargain for the price.

    December 2013
  • molto gentile e discreto, camera e bagno con arredi nuovi... unica pecca la mancanza di serratura a chiave della stanza..

    November 2013
  • Although the weather was bad last weekend, Erwin's apartment made my day easier. Erwin and Isabel are very nice, friendly and welcoming. Erwin helped me a lot during my stay. They are so kind to let me do early check in and late check out because of my flight schedule. All in all, they are great to live with!

    Now about the apartment. Great location, walking distance and easy access to metro to all attractions. With the detailed guide from Erwin, you don't even need a map to find the place from the airport. 10 minutes walk to the port, 15 minutes walk to the beach, 7 minutes to La Lambra and metro. The neighborhood feels safe at night. The room and bathroom is super clean. The bathroom is big enough and have everything you need. Super comfortable pillows! The room is exactly the same as shown in the picture. So you will not be disappointed.

    The only downside about this room is that it's kinda noisy at night (between 12 to 3) there was a sound of rolling door going on all night and it was super loud. And sometimes you can hear party people walking by. But as long as you are not a light sleeper or you have your ear plug with you, it won't bother you at all.

    November 2013
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We are Erwin and Isabel. A Dutch Colombian couple. Erwin, is a Dutch national who has lived in Barcelona for the past 4 years. I've worked (email hidden) in the city. I speak Dutch, English and Spanish. I occupy myself with photography, drawing, cycling and playing frisbee. Isabel is a Colombian national and also has lived in the city for 4 years. She speaks Spanish and English. She Works for a small community garden and gives workshops in ecological gardening and as well yoga and salsa classes.
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