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.“
No Smoking inside the apartment (can smoke on balcony). Do not move furniture around and if you do so please do it carefully as the floor scratches easily. Also carry luggage through apartment rather than wheeling as this too can scratch the floor. Be conscious of neighbors. If you are listening to music in the living room/study please close kitchen door and living room/study doors. Pets are not allowed.
Bright and cheery, this is a nice central place to stay in Barcelona. We walked to most sites we visited. However, the immediate few blocks around the apartment are somewhat lacking in restaurants, although of course, there are plenty within a 5 or 6 block range.
Tomas was helpful and prompt about responding to inquiries, including his favorite restaurants.
The apartment has a lot of square feet, but that didn't completely translate into comfort for us. The bed so completely fills the first bedroom, that it's hard to move around it. Several passageways are engineered so that you have to, for example, close the kitchen door before you can open the refrigerator door. Ditto with bedroom and bathroom. And the apartment could use more lighting. It is rather dim for dining or reading at night.
For a week-end, none of this might matter. But we were there for 8 or 9 nights, so it did matter to us.
Tomas was a wealth of information regarding what to do in Barcelona and where to eat as well he gave us great tips on how to stay safe while walking the streets.
The apartment is so well situated. It is within walking distance of all the major places to see with the exception of the Sacrada Familia.
We found the apartment a little small for two couples but we were not there often. Tomas offered us free access to his large DVD movie collection which unfortunately we did not have time to view.
This is Tomas' home so he stays with a friend while he rents it out. All his belongings are in the home but he does make room to hang some clothes if you so desire.
You need to go with the flow if you stay in this apartment. The cushions that are shown in the window are very thin and uncomfortable. Also Tomas is a plant lover so there are many plants around and the balcony is full of them.
Our stay at Tomas's place was great. The location is superior; it is within a walking distance from most of the attractions, including the beach, the gauthic quarter and La Rambla. The apt itself was nice and well equipped. We enjoyed our stay very much. Communicating with Tomas was super easy and he was always there to answer any questions we had. It is highly recommended.
Tomas's apartment was not only quiet, clean, comfortable, charming and well appointed, it was also well equipped with everything you could ever want or need (including an abundance of glasses and soft towels!)
The location alone was incredibly close to all the sights and sounds of Barcelona, some of the best restaurants, close to public transport and within walking distance of some of the best shopping and markets. Thank you Tomas, we thoroughly enjoyed your hospitality, your walking tour, your guidance where needed, how quickly you responded, and for making all so seamless and enjoyable, and especially your recommendations on the culture of this amazing city. We highly recommend your apartment for anyone looking for a fantastic place to stay in this beautiful city. See you again!
This is a lovely apartment in a fantastic location which is quiet & feels safe. The building is gorgeous inside & out. Its a corner flat so has lots of windows so is light & airy.
This was our first time using airbnb & we were not disappointed. We felt like this was home from home. There was everything we needed & a fabulous selection of books & dvd's for those that want them. It was clean with fresh towels/bedding.
Tomas was brilliant. Gave us step by step instructions including pictures to help us find it (altbough its in a great location so easy to find). He was always ready to answer questions & in fact recommended an amazing tapas place for us.
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.
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I'm Irish and Living in Barcelona. I'm a marine biologist and ex computer programmer. I now have a business here in Spain in the Solar Energy sector. I've been living in Barcelona for 7 years and speak fluent Spanish and Catalan. Look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Barcelona.