About this listing
We love our apartment, it's is a home-away-from-home and you're welcome to stay, too. It's a 68 square meter, two-bedroom retreat in the inner-city Eixample district. We're close to cafes, bars, restaurants and grocery stores and less than one minute's walk to the Monumental Metro station.
If you're a fan of architecture you'll be happy with our location as we're in the heart of modernist Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi's awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia is only a 10-minute walk. Other nearby Gaudi masterpieces include the beautiful La Pedrera and Casa Batllo, which houses the Gaudi Museum.
We spend our time working between China and Spain so it's always a great feeling to walk in the door here and fling open the balcony doors that overlook the street. We're on the 5th floor and one of our favourite afternoon pastimes is to drink a glass of sparkling Spanish Cava while watching the bustle of locals downstairs.
We escape here whenever we can so the apartment is well set up for visitors. It can sleep up to four people. It's fully air conditioned, has a large-screen TV with DVD player, Ipod docking station, Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer and a very comfortable couch (great for those afternoon siestas). We have two double bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms as well as a dining room that easily converts to an office. We also have WiFi and a printer set up as we work from here when we stay.
We're a relaxed 15 minutes’ walk to the beach and you'll pass an amazing array of cafes and restaurants. Thankfully our neighbourhood is quiet but not too sleepy. Like many spots in Barcelona, the area comes alive in late afternoon and picks up at night as people wander out for tapas and drinks.
The good thing is that you don't need a car to stay here. In the morning, we often take a walk along the street down to the local bakery for fresh bread. We're a few minutes' walk to one of the city's major avenues, Passeig de Gracia, where you'll find major boutiques and stores if you like a spot of shopping.
Our apartment is in a small complex and is very secure. Only tenants can access the entrance, we have a lift and an excellent doorman. I'm afraid we don't allow smoking inside but we have an ashtray on the balcony where you can smoke. And sorry, no pets allowed. We provide all laundry including bed linen, pillows, doonas and/or blankets, towels and tea towels for up to four guests. For longer-term stays we replace all the linen every week.
You'll be looked after by our good friend Alexander, who lives in Barcelona, not far from flat. He can answer any questions for you about the neighbourhood and the city. He can also arrange tours and offer you tailored guides to restaurants, tourist attractions and nightlife. The price will depend on your needs. He can also arrange for a trained massage therapist to come to the apartment after a long day of wandering the cobble-stone streets. There's a range of different therapies on offer including Shiatsu, Reflexology and stone-massage therapy.
If you're not familiar with Barcelona you can visit year-round as the temperature can still reach 20 degrees celsius in the mid-year winter months. Even if it's colder, there's usually plenty of sunshine. Failing that, there's plenty of cosy bars. In summer, the beachfront comes alive with DJs and pop-up bars. There's also wineries not that far away by car. We particularly love Cordorniu Winery, which was founded in the 16th century and has amazing cathedral-like ceilings and excellent Cava.
Here are a few places we like to go when we're here. We'd be happy to give you extra tips, too, if you have any particular interests:
- Gorria Restaurant, Carrer de la Diputació, 42. Has fantastic local food, please don’t be fooled by the exterior. It's in an atmospheric old underground vault.
- Can Ravell, Arago 313. Excellent authentic Catalan food in the back of a local deli.
- Boca Chica, Passatge Concepció, 12. A chic gin bar that's made it into Conde Nast Traveller.
- The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is walking distance from our place at the Passeig de Gràcia, 38. The rooftop BAR is still an insider's secret so it's not too crowded and is great for a light lunch or glass of wine.
- There's so many amazing art galleries in Barcelona, including one dedicated to Barcelona native Joan Miro, called Fundacio Joan Miro, and the extensive contemporary art museum MACBA. But our favourite is the Picasso museum (at Montcada, 15-23). It's in a series of beautiful old palaces in a central part of the city that we think has the best collection of Picasso's oils and ceramics, particularly his early work.
- If you're up for an indulgent overnight trip, the dining capital of San Sebastien has a mind-blowing concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants and is less than six hours' drive.
No Smoking (allowed in balconies), No Pets, No Parties. Only quiet and responsible guests, thanks!
Barcelona er byen som har ALT, fantastiske restauranter, gode shoppingmuligheter, mange muligheter for aktiviteter og mye vakkert og se og oppleve i tillegg til sol og bading på bystranda. Alex var veldig hjelpsom og hyggelig vert. Gode og raske svar ved booking av leiligheten og veldig imøtekommende og hjelpsom under oppholdet. Leiligheten er kjempefin og er like fin som bildene viser, perfekt for 4 personer. Rett ved La Sagrada Familia og metro med kort vei til sentrum. Anbefaler på det varmeste Alex som vert og leiligheten hans.
Que puedo decir más que es un fantástico departamento. Muy bien equipado con dos dormitorios, dos baños y una cocina estupenda. Alex siempre muy atento al recibirnos y al momento de la salida. Conectados con buses y una estación del metro en la esquina. El único punto a tener en cuenta es si uno quiere usar el balcón puede ser un poco ruidoso, pero es el precio a pagar por un departamento ubicado en una zona transitada. Resumiendo súper recomendable departamento
We had a great time at Alex's apartment. Alex was very friendly hemet us on arrival and organised a taxi on our departure. The apartment was perfect for us, being close to la familia, city and metro. Highly recommend to anyone.
Alex was a very nice and helpful host. The apartment is very nice, just like the pictures. Great place, great location, great host- we would definitely come again!
Nous avons été merveilleusement bien accueillit par Jordi qui nous a conseillé et aidé durant notre séjour (bonnes adresses / réservation d'un taxi). L'appartement est magnifique et d'une propreté exemplaire. Au pied du métro ligne 2, super pratique pour visiter Barcelone. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour.
modern ingericht appartement, van alle gemakken voorzien.
prima ontvangst, op de dag van vertrek konden onze koffers tot 18.00 hrs op het appartement blijven.
slaapkamer aan straatzijde erg lawaaierig.
What a wonderful time we had in Barcelona! The apartment was beautifully appointed (fab kitchen), by far the best shower of our four city trip to Europe and the perfect size for our family of four. And how very welcome our host Alex made us feel. Warm and friendly, nothing was too much trouble for him, from making sure we were met in person upon arrival, sorting out small problems and queries, giving us insiders advise on this beautiful city as well as organising our taxi for the trip to the airport when we left. He also went more than that extra mile on our last day when our youngest daughter came down with tonsillitis and everything in Barcelona was closed (Sunday). Alex, you are wonderful!
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About the Host, Alexander
I´m a very easy going and open minded person....my friends say that I might be "the most Zen person" around ( think thats a bit too much lol ). I love meeting people and cultures,entertaining guests and sharing experiences ....travelling is my passion!! . I enjoy very much having friends over for dinner, dinning out, dance-theater, cinema and arts in general!!. A big fan of contemporary dance! adore music ( almost any kind) and adore sharing good wine and exquicite food! ( fast food not included ). People say that I am a good dancer...I certainly enjoy dancing a lot! even on my own.....its simply a therapy, a great one! I also enjoy laughing...even at myself! enjoy sharing jokes, stand up comedy and funny videos with friends....I find it a great therapy for stress :-) . I love biking( including spinning at the gym ),Volleyball ( I used to play on a team ), yoga, watching Tennis and football ( eventhouh I dont play ). Still have many places to visit, but so far Montreal, Amsterdam, Santorini, Formentera and NYC are among my favorites...a bit of everything!!!. I believe that "life its 3 days" and 2 are cloudy :-( so, I try to live my "sunny day" everyday......yes, I am a very optimistic person, who loves helping people in any way possible. I speak Spanish, English, French and basic German......understand and can follow a basic conversation in Portuguese and Italian. Consider myself a spiritual guy who respects all kind of religion, but I dont follow any....was raised as catholic, but I dont believe in church now days. I would love to have a dog or cat, but I spend many hours out working and travel a lot, so wouldnt be fair for a pet to be alone for so long. By the way, now days it seems that if you are not on FB, you dont exist?? well, I am NOT on FB, but I am real!!! LOL. Well, I guess I have said a bit too much lol......thats it!! until we meet sometime! ciao