If you are looking for an authentic experience living as a local in Europe’s most enchanting city, then look no further! Our beautiful home is in the heart of Barcelona’s most desirable neighbourhood, El Born, and offers you all this and so much more. Having just been fully renovated in July 2013, this newly revived apartment is the perfect hideaway from which you can explore the delights of this incredible area and the rest of the city. From first time visitors, to those who know Barcelona intimately, there is simply no better place to stay!
The charismatic and charming El Born neighbourhood is magical. From the small winding streets to the large squares where people go for lunch or dinner, it is undoubtedly the best place to spend your holiday in Barcelona. Our apartment is situated on a particularly historical street, only a few metres from the phenomenal Santa Maria del Mar church, and a stone’s throw from the Gothic neighbourhood. Within a 5-10 minute walk you have the beaches, the port, the stunning Ciutadella park and the city centre. You also have dozens of bus stops (including the tourist hop-on, hop-off bus), three metro stations and the international train station Franca within a 5 minute walk as well as the best shops, restaurants, bars and cafes in Barcelona just a few metres away.
Our apartment is a spacious (for this area!) 50m2, with a view on to one of the most sought-after streets in the neighbourhood; famous for its long history with wine merchants and artisans. The building itself is straight out of the medieval history books – with a tiny 50cm wide front door and narrow winding staircase. Thankfully the apartment is on the first floor so there aren’t many stairs to deal with! The street is pedestrianised (except for limited access to delivery vans), so is peaceful throughout the day and night.
With 3.5 metre high ceilings, the living/dining room to the front of the apartment is light and airy. It has large French doors and a wide balcony complete with table and chairs; perfect for sipping on an evening sangria and watching the world go by. There is a sofa bed for additional guests who wish to stay (to be made up on request), meaning the apartment can potentially sleep up to four people. There is also a fast and secure wifi internet connection exclusively for guests' use.
There is a good sized kitchen which comes fully equipped with pots and pans, crockery and utensils, an electric oven, gas hobs, a brand new fridge/freezer and washing machine which you are welcome to use. We provide the basic essentials such as tea and coffee, olive oil, salt, pepper, etc, and even a nice bottle of Spanish Rioja on arrival (if you prefer white wine/cava/something soft, please tell me and I will provide!)
The centre of the apartment has a very unusual ‘outdoor’ patio area, which we have decked out to become an interior garden. Somewhere to relax a while, read a book or just hang your washing! Within this area you will find the typically tiny Spanish bathroom – complete with shower, toilet and sink.
The bedroom is to the rear of the property and although it doesn’t have any windows, we find this a huge advantage because you get such a peaceful night’s sleep. There is an amazingly comfortable double bed with brand new mattress, lots of storage space and hanging space for clothes.
Both the living room and bedroom have separate remote controlled air conditioning units – perfect for the summer months when you need to escape from the hot sunshine outside!
As your host, I am here to look after you during your stay and make you feel at home. I will provide a list of personal recommendations and insights on where to go and what to do in the neighbourhood, as well as the latest city magazines so you can keep up to date with what’s going on while you are here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! :)
Respect the neighbours - strictly no parties and quiet in the stairwells.
We prefer couples and families only. Groups please contact me booking making a reservation.
Smoking is permitted but we would appreciate it if this was kept to the balcony.
Sarahs appartment has a perfect location in the middle of El Born, literally just seconds away from the square in front of Santa Maria del Mar.
She is very friendly and helpful and gives good recommendations to sights, restaurants, bars and everything else you can think of.
The apartment has everything you need, it is small but comfortable.
Lovely welcome from Sarah with great recommendations .
The apartment was in a perfect location for sightseeing and extremely well appointed.
Loved being part of El Born
Sarah was a great host, super attentive. All went perfectly, the flat was clean and as described. The location is really great, cannot be beaten, both for the sights/restaurants and the beach.
We stayed at Sarah's apartment over the Easter long weekend and found Sarah to be a friendly and welcoming host. Her communication prior to our arrival was really good, considering that we arrived at midnight, Sarah waited for us at the apartment to show us around the apartment and hand over the keys. She provided a comprehensive list of tips and suggestions and was always happy to help. The location was perfect, close to restaurants, bars, shopping and the waterfront. The only minor thing is that the shower is very small (given it's an old building) so might be a problem for bigger people . Thanks Sarah for hosting us!
Sarah is a welcoming and friendly hostess .. Great communication. The apartments location is superb .. without doubt the best part of Barcelona to base yourself. Super comfy bed ..However a couple of things I wish I had of been aware of before I chose this apartment as my base for 6 nights.... The bathroom and toilet is tiny with an unforgiving odour ... The shower sprays water all over the floor ..( I worried about structural damage!! ) There is no television (probably only an issue if u have kids) ... The washing machine was out of order .. and there is no clothes dryer ... The oven had not been cleaned in some time ... If home comforts are important perhaps this is not the right choice for you ... However if u are looking for a base in fabulous Barcrlona where a comfortable bed is your priority this apartment would suit perfectly
Sarah was a great host. We were late because of a traffic jam and she didn't mind waiting. She was very understanding and we even had a problem with the A/C and she came right away to take care of it. She had great suggestions for places to eat and the apartment is in a perfect location.
The apartment itself was as shown in the pictures, clean and kept in good order. However, my only critique is that the shower was almost too small to use. All in all we had a pleasant stay.
Sarah was very welcoming and had a bottle of red wine for us when we arrived! The apartment was great, and the El Born neighbourhood is a fantastic base for exploring Barcelona. There were some great restaurants nearby and Sarah provided a very helpful list of reccomendations. The bedroom has no window but it is air-conditioned with a big comfy bed. The shower is very small and my fiancee in particular struggled a bit with it as he's 6'4 and a big guy. We had a great 4 days and would definitely stay here again!
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Architect, designer, artist, writer, musician: all round creative! Dog lover and obsessive traveller. Owner of a small travel guide publishing company. I adore Barcelona and consider it a privilege to be able to host people in this amazing city. No matter how busy I am, I always make sure I am there to meet guests on arrival and provide local recommendations. I am on call 24/7 and do my best to help people have the best experience possible during their stay.