We live in a beautiful and large (60 sq/m), bright and sunny fourth floor apartment in a traditional building right in the centre of El Poble Sec a really vibrant area which has many amenities and is very close to the city centre by foot and served with Metro L2 and L3 about 200 metres away.
The lounge / dining room is a large open plan with a nice sunny balcony.
We have a piano (François is a piano teacher) and a large collection of books and music on vinyl and CD.
The guest room has a comfortable new double bed and the room is very bright and clean.
It has an external window and some herbs in the window box.
The room also has blinds and shutters.
We have free fast WiFi.
Fresh clean towels and bed linen are provided and there are a collection of guidebooks.
There is a hair dryer, iron, ironing board and washing machine which guests are welcome to use.
You are welcome to help yourselves to breakfast and we have a good selection of:
Cereals - muesli, fruit and fibre, cornflakes etc.
Tea - normal, green, red, mint...
Milk and fruit juice.
We hope you'll really enjoy your stay us.
We are happy to provide you with information on what's going on in the city.
If there is anything we can help you with during your stay please feel free to ask.
We are gay friendly.
We are straight friendly too.
Come to think of it we are just plain friendly!
We don't smoke or have any pets.
We love traveling and we love meeting new people and exploring this beautiful city.
English, French and Spanish spoken.
If there's anything else you need to know then please feel free to contact us.
Mark y François.
Guests have their own private bedroom and are welcome to use the kitchen and dining area in the morning for breakfast.
The bathroom is shared with myself and Francois but it is large, bright and clean.
Guests can also use the washing machine.
As much or as little as required.
We have very good knowledge of the city and can recommend some really great bars, restaurants, museums etc. etc.
Just let us know what you are interested in doing and seeing and I am sure we will be able to help you.
Including a few places you'd never find without local knowledge.
Poble Sec has everything you could want, there are so many great bars and restaurants withing a few minutes walk.
It really is an excellent and friendly neighbourhood.
On Carrer Blai there are many tapas bars, one of our favourites is Blai Tonight where they have a great selection of fresh Montiditos (Pinchos) for 1€ (1.20€ on the terrace) just take a plate from the bar and help yourselves remembering to keep the sticks so the waiter can work out how much to charge you.
La Rambla is a 15 minute walk and El Gotico is about a 20 minute walk.
The beautiful park of Montjuic is literally on our doorstep and is a really beautiful place to go for a walk or have a picnic.
Paral-lel metro station (L2 and L3) is a couple of minutes walk and there are numerous bus services running along Paral-lel including the night bus.
Sagrada Famillia is on L2 (20 minutes) and Park Guell is on L3 (25 minutes) and Passeig de Gracia where you'll find Casa Batllo and La Pedrera is also on L2.
You can walk to the beach in about 30 minutes or you can take the bus from Paral-lel.
Metro L2 and L3 - 200 metres away.
Buses and taxis on Avingunda Paral-lel.
A 15 minute walk into the city centre for La Rambla etc. etc.
The apartment is on the fourth floor with no lift/sin ascensor.
LOVED my stay with Mark and Francois!!!!!! Their apartment is SUNNY, clean, comfortable and in absolutely the best location! Mark, thanks for carrying my suitcase those 80 steps, to Francois for playing all that jazz music you know I loved, and last but not least for sharing a glass of wine with me! Guys, if you are ever in D.C., give (email hidden), Barcelona rocks!
We LOVED having you as our guest too!
You were most welcome to the porterage and Francois loved getting to play his records to an appreciative audience!
Oh and you're always most welcome to join us for a glass of wine!
Maybe in Washington D.C. sometime or whenever you are back in sunny Barcelona?
Mark y Francois.
Mark y Francois son unos anfitriones muy amables. La casa está perfectamente situada si queréis visitar la ciudad y/o salir a tomar algo. Hemos disfrutado de nuestra corta estancia porque la casa está muy bien, la habitación es luminosa y tranquila, se duerme muy bien! No lo dudes, si quieres ir a Bcn y sentirte como en casa, este es tu sitio!
Mark and Francois are fantastic hosts!!! They're always very warm, friendly and welcoming. Their apartment is very clean and tidy! They will give you lots of useful tips about the best restaurants and places to go. I would definitely recommend them as a place to stay. Many Thanks!!! Thai and Tobias
We loved our stay with Mark and Francois. Mark gave essential information about where to eat and what to see. The hospital de San Pau is an highly recomended place to visit. Warm welcome, comfortable bed good exercise getting up the stairs to the flat, and situated in an area which is local and less touristy than the Ramblas : What more could one ask of a place to stay?
Lovely hosts, fabulous flat and excellent location. The room is clean and comfortable, also access to Wi-Fi came very useful! More importantly Mark and Francois are incredible hosts - they were friendly, considerate and offered us a lot of valuable tips (including the best tapas in town). We had a wonderful time - highly recommend!
The bedroom is fantastic , very clean, cosy and confortable! The mattress is very good! The house is cosy and location was the best of Bcn! Near las Ramblas, el Born and Barceloneta - all the good points of BCN! I recommended this bedroom!
It was a pleasure to meet you both and should you come back to Barcelona you'd be most welcome to come and stay with us anytime just let me know when?
We are so happy that you enjoyed the apartment and your stay.
All the best and we will hopefully get to meet you again soon?
Mark y Francois.
My friend and I stayed for 6 nights with Mark and Francois and enjoyed a great time in Barcelona and this is also due to their hospitality and this wonderful and cosy apartment. Thanks a lot for having us! Top surrounding with lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. Clean and lovely designed flat. Thank you very much for your great hospitality and your quick assisance in any questions we had. High recommendable!
Mark's apartment is great - the bedroom is small but clean and comfortable, and the location is wonderful. The kitchen is also small (hey, it's Barcelona) but again very neat and clean, with everything that one could want. We didn't use it much, because we were spoiled for choice with the many cheap and good local cafes.
Mark was a very attentive host, and we would have no hesitation in returning to his apartment or recommending it to others.
Mark and his partner are 2 nice people and quite hospitable. The room they are offering within their apartment is very very small, just a bit bigger than the double bed in the room. Not sure why they are calling it a "double room" as they are only renting out one small room, the other is there's. There is no floor mat or rug in the room, there is no bed stand to put things on and the lighting is weak.The hot water works on gas and for some reason went cold in some of the showers - wasn't a great experience.
The smell of cooking in the small and not so ventilated apartment and the noise made at night some evenings are OK, if you are used to hostels or dormitories, if you are already a hotel user than it is less than great. The location is quite good, although there are better in Barcelona, it is only 500 M's from the subway and that's always a good thing. I would say that for the money I paid it was OK, but at the end of the day I longed for something a bit more than what they are offering.
This is our first complaint! I don't know what you were expecting but you got exactly what was listed on the airbnb website?
We are friendly, accommodating people and we love meeting new people
We have met and become friends with people from all over the world but you really behaved like a total arsehole.
Perhaps you should adjust your attitude, chill out and stop being such a dick, enjoy life and all that it gives us and spend less time looking for problems?
Maybe then you can enjoy life?
And if you want a hotel then pay for hotel
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Totally agree with the previous reviews, Mark and François are really nice, discreet and welcoming people.
Moreover, the apartment is nicely located not far from Mont-Juic, 3 min walk from the metro and 1 min from a cool, Michelin-awarded tapas bar. I loved the Poble-Sec area, lively without being overwhelemed by tourists. The apartment is clean and tidy, i mean.. really tidy! Just be aware you have 4 floors to get in, but unless you're on a wheelchair, this is no major problem.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.