Greetings. I’m an Irishman living in Barcelona and I am renting my apartment which has two double rooms, one with Ensuite. The apartment has two bathrooms in all. I have lived in the city for eight years, and as such, I am fairly clued up about do’s and dont’s in Barcelona and will be glad to share any advice that I can give and recommendations with regards to Eateries and Barcelona’s extensive night life.
The Apartment is located in Urquinaona very close to the Palau de la Musica and to Metro Line 1 (Red) and Line 4 (Yellow). There is a metro entrance/exit around 30 metres from the building. My apartment is located within walking distance of las Ramblas but is still very central enjoying proximity to Gaudi's Casa Battlo, the Padrera, the Picasso Museum and is around 5 minutes walk from Parc Ciutadella which houses Barcelona's Zoo.
Whether you stay at my place while in Barcelona or another location “Bona Sort i que vagi molt be.“
Tomás is indeed a caring and honest owner. We had an unfortunate mess-up on arrival and were homeless for a few hours, but it was clearly us unintended human error. Just be very sure you have THE contact phone number to call and the apartment number -- prior to arrival!
We all have our highly subjective comfort levels, so my group may be rounding out the reviews here a bit, only with the intension of allowing those looking for some of the physical comforts we were a sense of balance.
The building is classically old in a great section of the City. The elevator is indeed a unique old thing, but, we were forced around 50% of the time to go back down and try again (door would not unlock) or, go to the floor above and walk down. Quirks of an older building.
From what we look for when staying in someone's home (we rent out a property in the Carribean), we found the platform beds uncomfy, and the towels old and scratchy. The kitchen needs a major restocking of basics like glasses and dishes (we found one wine glass, three champagne flutes, assorted and sundry sizes of glasses). Furniture, especially in that charming rounded window nook that sold us on the place, is really uncomfy -- sofa way too low, cushions flat. A quick trip to Ikea would solve this dramatically!
Must be noted that one of the two bedrooms' windows faces into an interior air shaft. We switched out who slept in this room each night, as it was oddly noisy with plumbing/water noises and people right across the way facing you. Just saying....
The apartment felt clean and safe, as is the City location. Guess it just depends on what elements of a flat one focuses on and prioritizes when staying in someone's home. It is location, location, location for many, but we, for example, would have liked to have had a comfy dinner at our home away from home -- but didn't really feel at home.
Tomas was very good at keeping in touch. Gave us all the details we needed in advance of us getting there. We arrived quite late (11pm), Tomas had someone waiting there to meet us, let us in and show us around. He was able to answer any questions we may have had. The apartment was just as described. Had everything we needed and a lot more! Lovely balcony, can be a little scary if your not good with heights.
The local area was very nice. It was quiet and pretty but still had shops close by and a medium sized super market. We were able to get to get to all the main transport links by foot (even though we didnt use the metro). The main shopping roads were also close with all your large international shops.
The beach wasn't too far. We went there a few times. Towards the end of our stay we started getting cabs to the beach as they are so cheap it was a busy/hot period so navigating to the beach can be hard if carrying stuff.
Tomas was really helpful from the time of the booking though to last minute question before we arrived. He answered questions promptly. The apartment is very conveniently located for exploring the city. The wifi worked well which was a life saver especially for kids.
We have just returned from this flat in Barcelona and felt like we received a great bargain for everything you get with this place. We were 3 people, my wife and I and a friend. We felt like we had plentiful space to kick back after a long walk around Barcelona. Clean, well appointed, a generous DVD selection, guidebooks, good kitchen with a washer/dryer. And the building itself is AMAZING. The elevator is a real treasure. Tomas arranged a friend to let us in and show us around. Both Tomas and his friend was very nice, friendly and helpful and offered any help they could. Perfect neighborhood, near La Rambla, across the street from a taxi stand, next block is a metro stop. When I return to Barcelona, I will be staying here again.
Communication with the host was great, everything worked out well, someone was at the apartment to greet us and explain how things work.
The location of the apartment is fantastic, short walking distance to all major tourist attractions and sites, very safe and quiet neighborhood.
I would rent again when visiting Barcelona next time.
Tomas responded to all my questions quickly. He was honest and trustworthy. The apartment was clean and ready for us when we arrived. The apartment is in a great neighborhood and it is only a block away from the metro and is only a 10 minute walk from las Ramblas. I loved all the shops and restaurants nearby. The apartment has been renovated with gleaming hardwood floors and a comfortable couch. The beds are comfortable. We used to clothes washer in the kitchen. I would not hesitate to do business with Tomas again
Truly a fabulous apartment! Great location; can walk everywhere and metro station very close. Quiet for sleeping and felt secure in area and a very secure building. The lift was great and worked fine. Very bright with lots of light. Beautiful little terrace and balcony. We loved the sunny sitting area for morning coffee and croissants and wine before dinner. Plenty of room; we had 4 people and never felt on top of each other. Beds very comfortable. Plenty of towels and hot water for showers; great water pressure. One large bathroom off bedroom and one smaller bath with small shower. Great to have the 2 showers for getting ready for the day. Great kitchen with everything you need if you want to cook; we hosted a dinner party with no problem. Also nice to have the clothes washer, iron, hair dryer there. Wi-Fi worked perfectly. Tomas is very accommodating; my flight was cancelled coming into Barcelona and changes had to be made for keys at last moment but no problem. I will definitely be booking Tomas's apartment for my next stay in Barcelona!
Very much as advertised: great location, comfortable and home-like feeling, good value.
Tomas is an excellent host: charming, flexible and available.
We really felt home in Tomas apartment. It is located in a very cool historical building near plaza Catalunya and Rambla street. Nice terace with nice view, Special thanks go to Johny, very helpful and friendly host. Thank you Tomas, very much for everiting, and we hope to come again!
A delightful bright apartment in a very central but quiet area. All amenities close by. We were three adults staying for ten days and there is enough space not to be on top of each other. We were able to walk to most places and for further afield there is an excellent metro at the end of the street. Parc Ciutadella is close if you feel like a morning jog! There is a good internet connection so you don't need heavy guide books and dictionaries! If you like cooking, the Boqueria market will delight and Tomas has some great pots for cooking. Tomas is a very helpful host and responds promptly to emails and messages. He sorted a problem we had with the fridge.
All in all, a great holiday and would be happy to return or recommend to friends.
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