About this listing
Large sunny room with balcony itself. Equipped with a double bed, bed side table, wardrobe, fan and lamps. We will provide you clean towels and sheet lines. Common areas: kitchen, living and terrace.
At home live Isabel, Erwin and our rabbit Duque.
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 is 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.
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, Isabel and our rabbit Doeki. 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 also we can provide you some news.
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.
We appreciate if guest don't make excessive noise especially at night. Also we expect our guests to be respectful and friendly to our neighbours.
For arrivals after 22h there is an extra feed of 10 euros.
Isabel and Erwin we're very kind and helpful hosts. Even though our train was delayed and we got to their place much later than expected there was never a problem. They help us with every question we had and contributed to a great stay in Barcelona. Their apartment is situated perfectly in the older parts of Barcelona and me and my friend walked everywhere from their place. I definitely recommend staying with them!
Great apartment and very nice host! clean, within walking distance from centre and metro, would definitely recommend to others, thanks Erwin and Isabel :)
Emplacement pratique, hôtes agréables, mais logement extrêmement bruyant. La chambre donne sur une rue animée toute la nuit, et lorsqu'il fait chaud, il est tout simplement impossible de fermer les fenêtres. Reste les boules Quies... Les propriétaires de l'appartement dorment dans une pièce sur cour avec air conditionné...
Prima kamer, netjes, schoon, wel gehorig maar dat wisten we.
We deden het raam dicht en als we dan s'nachts een keer wakker werden deden we de balkondeur alsnog open. Isabel en Erwin zijn aardige mensen, behulpzaam als we wat vroegen. We vertrokken s'ochtends en kwamen pas s'avonds weer terug, dus heel veel zijn we er niet geweest.
Ci siamo trovati molto bene da Isabel e Erwin... La camera era pulitissima e il letto super comodo! E loro ci hanno dato tante informazioni utili! Il quartiere del Raval non è pericoloso e invivibile come dicono alcune guide...
Leuk appartement, mooie kamer met balkontje. Groot dakterras om heerlijk te relaxen. Centraal gelegen in iets rustiger stuk van Barcelona. Isabel en Erwin zijn heel vriendelijk en helpen je graag als je vragen hebt.
Isabel and Erwin were very nice staying up late for letting us in on arrival. They made us feel at home, and the place was as described on the web page. We could definitely see ourselves coming back here again.
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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.