About This Listing
Lovely, cosy 2 bedroom apartment with air conditioning for the hot summers. Access to a roof terrace with fantastic views across the city.
This apartment is great for those of you who want to be central, but far enough from the maddening crowd of tourists, traffic and noisey bars. Situated in the upper part of Barcelona in the residential area of Gracia you'll get a real sense of what it's like to live as a local.
The flat has 2 bedrooms, 1 with a double bed and the other with a sofa bed. It is perfect for 3 people, or a couple with 2 small children. It could fit 4 people, but it might be tight on the sofa bed. The flat has air conditioning great for the hot summer months, access to the roof terrace (with 360 degree views of Sagrada Famila, Montjuic, Tibidabo and the sea), where you'll be able to enjoy a lovely breakfast or dinner. The open plan Kitchen and Living room has a TV, Fridge/Freezer, Hob & Oven, Microwave, and everything else you would require for a short stay. There is also a separate laundry room with a top loading washing machine available for your use. Fresh, clean towels & linen will be supplied on your arrival.
Please note this is a top floor apartment on the 5th floor without an elevator, so you will get some great exercise whilst you are here. You'll also sleep peacefully as it's on a pedestrianised street so no traffic noise at night.
The district of Gracia, is nesteled between the top of Passeig de Gracia and Parc Guell, it´s made out of pedestrian streets and lovely little squares with cafes, bars and restaurants. It´s perfect during the day for aimless strolls and alternative shopping. As the sun sets, its slow pace picks up a little and the streets and bars are filled with locals. Between 15-21 August there is the Gracia festival where the streets and squares are full of people celebrating the district, the best time to experience a real local fiesta!!
The flat is well communicated with 4 metro stations in a 5-10 mins walk, Joanic & Verdaguer (L4), Fontana (L3) & Diagonal (L3 & L5) with only 2 stops to the centre. You can also walk to Passeig de Gracia with it's luxury stores and 2 famous Gaudi buildings in 10 mins. The centre for Placa Catalunya and Las Ramblas in about 20 - 30 mins depending on how quickly you walk. Parc Guell is only 1 stop from Fontana and Sagrada Famila 1 stop from Verdaguer, or both are a 15 mins walk from the apartment. You'll also find a local market and food stores around the corner for all your grocery needs and essentials.
Other Things to Note
Finally to ensure your stay is comfortable and stress free, you will be welcomed by a native English speaker with refreshments, a free map of Barcelona and friendly familiarization of the City, Restaurants, Bars, Tourist Attractions, Health, Leisure and Night Life that Barcelona has to offer. Hope to welcome you soon and share my experiences of this great city with you.
We are looking to host guests who will respect our home, other guests and neighbours. Total disrespect or severe complaints will result in you being asked to leave the property with no refund!! We are sure this will not happen during your stay but unfortunately due to the behaviour of some previous guests we must stipulate this.
This apartment is in a residential block so we would kindly ask you to consider the peace, security and privacy of the neighbours by keeping noise down to a minimum (no parties sorry!!), not smoking on the premises and not bringing visitors back to the apartment (unless booked in advance). Additional guests staying overnight will be charged the additional fee.
Without compromising your comfort, please help us to maintain affordable room rates by switching off unwanted lights, fans and heating. There should be enough hot water for good reasonable length showers.
Please do not take the house towels to the beach. If you require this please inform us as we may be able to provide you with one solely for beach use if available.
Check-in is at 2pm, however if the apartment is ready you can check in earlier. We are happy for you to leave your bags with us before this time should it not be ready. Check-out is at 12 noon on your departure day but we are happy to look after your bags should you need to depart later. Late check-out may be possible by pre-arrangement.
Lost keys will result in a 25 Euro fee taken from your security deposit.
We apologise for the strict house rules but they are here to protect our guests and neighbours, and hope you understand and are happy to abide by these rules. Apart from this you will find us quite relaxed and friendly as long as there is mutual respect between both parties.
We hope you enjoy your stay!!
Die Wohnung ist toll und auch zu empfehlen.
Gute Lage und hat den Anforderungen entsprochen, die wir zu zweit hatten.
Die Infos, die Aaron uns vorab geschickt hat, sind hilfreich, wenn man Barcelona noch nicht kennt. Er hat viele wichtige Infos zusammengefasst.
Auch wenn wir die kleine Straße erst ein wenig suchen mussten, hat die Anreise gut geklappt. Über den 5. Stock braucht man sich nicht beschweren, denn das hat Aaron deutlich in seine Beschreibung aufgenommen.
Was allerdings fehlt, ist ein deutlicher Hinweis, dass es sich um eine Gemeinschafts-Terrasse handelt. Wir hatten zwar offensichtlich Glück, dass wir nie jemand angetroffen hatten. Hätten uns doch auf eine private Dachterrasse gefreut.
Great trip in Gracia living in this flat. Very calm ! Aaron was not here but his friends Sem and Yashira have welcome us very friendly. He organized correctly our take in to feel free with accomodation. The flat is very comfortable with a 360° view, well situated a bit far from touristics places, that was perfect ! It was a pleasure, maybe the next time we will meet us Aaron ? Have a good time, and many thanks again.
While we never met Aaron, he was communicative and responded in a timely manner before our arrival. He sent us a detailed email with instructions and prepared a packet of useful tourist information.
However, we were surprised when we arrived at the apartment. First of all, for travelers with heavy luggage, or even those who are unfit, beware of the 5 *full* flights of stairs! Once you make it to the inside of the apartment, the furnishings are old (perhaps re-purposed) and there is only a lamp that barely works in the second bedroom (no ceiling light). The second bed is very uncomfortable - I slept better curled in a fetal position on the small couch in the living room. While he did advise that the power sometimes goes out, we experienced blackout multiple times and weren't even using that many appliances (we had the A/C on, one light in the hallway on, and a bathroom light on). The floor was pretty dirty. The wifi connection kept cutting out and was pretty unreliable.
There were no paper towels/napkins or garbage cans in the apartment, so we had to create makeshift disposals with plastic bags from the grocery store.
The location is above average; walking distance to daytime spots that a tourist may frequent but in a quiet alleyway away from the "center" of the (website hidden) Catalunya / Las Ramblas / Gothic Quarter (what I would consider truly central) is a 30 minute walk so be aware.
Overall the flat did its job providing us with a roof over our heads for a couple days and was a decent value. As a host, Aaron did what he needed to do to get us situated to the flat. I would recommend it for those who don't mind being slightly out of the action.
Many thanks for your honest review. Unfortunately I was unable to wait for you at the apartment as you arrived much later than expected and with no communication of the delay. I therefore had to ask my friend to wait for you as I had another appointment to attend to.
I'm also surprised that the stairs were a shock for you, in the description it is clearly stated the apartment is on the 5th floor without an elevator. As for the furnishings you are actually the first to mention this and they are what you see in the pictures. If you look at reviews before and after none our guests have had an issue with any of the furnishings.
You also mention that you had multiple blackout's and the internet wasn't working reliably, my apologies you experienced this, however I have checked it and it seems to be fine. Again none of my other guests before or after have mentioned this as being an issue, even when asked. We'll of course continue to monitor this as we understand internet is important to all our guests and want it to be working efficiently for them all.
With reference to the dirty floors, the apartment like all my others is professionally cleaned before each guest arrives. Unfortunately the design of the tiles may make it look dirty but the floor was cleaned properly as I was there when she was sweeping/mopping it. Also there were several garbage cans provided for you underneath the sink, as well as plastic bags and cleaning products for your use, but I'm guessing you didn't take the opportunity to look there.
You have also mentioned that the location is above average which I believe is a fair comment, again we have been fully transparent with the location and in the description have mentioned what you consider the truly central as being a 20-30 mins walk as you have pointed out.
All in all I really appreciate your review and will of course endeavor to ensure that standards are kept across all apartments. However your expectations are also better managed if you read the description as I believe we have been honest and fully transparent. It is therefore a shame we didn't meet your expectation on this occasion.
Aaron is such a good host. Very kind and helpful! The apartment is great and the air condition nice. Nice location in an authentic, not-touristy area.
Many thanks Mette Lise, it's a shame I didn't get to personally meet you but I'm sure my friend did a nice welcome for you. Thank you so much for looking after the apartment you truly embody the Airbnb spirit!! I'm also glad you had a lovely stay and enjoyed the apartment. Luckily this one has great air con which many apartments do not have. Wishing you both all the best.
Aaron is a very friendly and caring host, the place is very nice and in a quiet side-street of a very lively neighbourhood.
All great! Many thanks!
Great apartment with all you need in good condition, fantastic location. Aaron was very welcoming and helpful, gave lots of great advice about what to see, do and eat in Barcelona! would definitely come back :)
Brilliant apartment in a fantastic area, was absolutely everything and more that we had hoped. My boyfriend and I stayed there for four nights and had a wonderful time.
Gracia is a really lovely neighbourhood, in close walking distance to lots of great (and affordable) little restaurants and bars that are full of locals as opposed to hoards of tourists - polar opposite of staying near Ramblas where I've stayed previously. Perfect for wandering around and easy to get to other parts of Barcelona either en foot or by Metro (3 stations nearby). Also in walking distance to Guell Park, Sagrada Familia and easy Metro ride to beach.
The apparent itself is spacious, comfortable, nicely decorated, has good AC, wifi and a beautiful roof terrace with amazing views of the city. Only thing is is its 4-5 flights up stairs which was no problem for us but wouldn't be so not gd for people with mobility problems.
Aaron was brilliant host. Gave us thorough directions of how to get to flat, met us there and was friendly and gave us lots of advice and tips about what to do/how to get around the city. He also met us when we left to collect the key and let us leave our bags at the apparent for the afternoon after our official check out time.
Thoroughly recommend Gracia as a place to stay, the apartment and Aaron as a very reliable and friendly host.
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About the Host, Aaron
Aaron is an English Teacher is fully making the most of his life and experience here, whilst his housemate Sem has been living and working in Barcelona for many years. Between us we have a wealth of knowledge about the city, must see tourist attractions, cool places to eat and interesting things to do in this great city.
We both enjoy good food, good company, meeting new people and expanding our horizons through travel and new experiences.
When staying with us we hope to make it comfortable, relaxed and stress free.