Relax in El Raval-Double w. Balcony

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 and sunny room with a double bed and private balcony. The room has a lot of natural light trough out the day and direct sun in the afternoon. The balcony looks out over the lively street Carrer Riereta. The bed is handmade from pallets and very sturdy and comfortable. The balcony in equipped with a small table and two seats where you can have breakfast or relax with a drink enjoying the afternoon sun or the fresh breeze at night. You share the bathroom with us but not with other guests.

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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  • Gran apartamento, limpio y agradable, muy bien situado. Todo súper cómodo e Isabel & Erwin de lo más amables.

    July 2014
  • Isabel and Erwin's place really is a true gem within the El Ravel area. The place is spacious and light just like the pictures depict and my sister and I had a wonderful stay.

    Both were lovely hosts and were very helpful during our time. Our bed was comfortable and we were able to use the kitchen quite a bit which was great. There is quite a bit of street noise but nothing ear plugs couldn't fix.

    Definitely would recommend for anyone coming to Barcelona!

    June 2014
  • I enjoyed my stay very much, the location is central and very lively, a few steps from the Rambla of Raval, in a multicultural neighbourhood. The room is very small but cosy, there is a tiny balcony from which the view is not that romantic (there is a dilapidated empty lot in front of it), but I enjoyed to sit there, observe the city life around and talk to the children of the opposite building that where throwing cat croquettes at me. It is not a very quiet neighbourhood, but it is safe, and our hosts, Erwin and Isabel, were very polite and give us many tips. We could use the kitchen and the big terrace to have breakfast (there is a nice "pasteleria" very close). I would recommend this place to my friends!

    June 2014
  • Erwin and Isabel were wonderful hosts. We really enjoyed our stay in Barcelona. The room was clean and spacious. They gave very detailed information of how to get to their home and offered up suggestions for nearby places to eat. The street is a little noisy, but I think that's more of Barcelona than location or room.

    June 2014
  • Thank you Erwin and Isabel! Kind hosts, nice and clean room and all flat, comfy bed and perfect location!

    May 2014
  • We have stayed there for 2 nights and we were not disappointed! Erwin and Isabel were very helpful and great hosts! They're well organised and communication with them was superb! Also the standards of the flat are high plus they have HUGE terrace where you can enjoy your morning coffee !

    May 2014
  • Everything went wonderfully. From their prompt response to my questions prior to the booking till the day we left. They were kind enough to recommend places and restaurants as well as gave us space in their kitchen to keep our food. Room was exactly as pictures, sunny, clean bedding and nice balcony for breakfast on a sunny morning. Location is absolutely perfect, convenience store right next to the place, walking distance to everything and so near the metro (really convenient if you are planning to make day trips out of the city). Would stay here again on my next trip back. Thank you Erwin and Isabel!

    April 2014
  • Thanks to the guys! Apartment is absolutely amazing. The room was clean and spacious. Recommend to anyone!

    March 2014
  • we enjoyed staying with eric and isabel! the location was perfect for us, we loved the Raval neighbourhood.
    basic but nice room, most important: comfortable matress and clean bathroom with a good shower:)

    March 2014
  • Erwin and Isabel are both warm and lovely. Their place is very central that you could just walk all day, all night and you'll never run out of places and things to do. You've got to meet Isabel's friends and spend a salsa night with them! Definitely recommended!

    January 2014
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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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