About this listing
The guest room is on the top floor of large loft style space which used to be an old bakery but is now functioning as a live/work space for a nice Spanish girl and a small, shy dog called Sombra. Behind the office (not shown in photos) is the large nicely furnished living space, shared bathroom, small but perfectly formed open plan kitchen plus a roof terrace with plenty of plants and outdoor seating and table - ideal for outdoor breakfasts and evening drinks.
This is a really charismatic live/work space, right next to a metro stop. The space is open plan but with the office, terrace and upstairs sleeping areas separated from the main living space. It's a quirky space full of character and charm.
The house is really well connected to the center by metro and cycle paths and is 10 minutes walk from the Poble Nou park and Barcelona's beaches if sun tanning and staring out to the Mediterranean sea are on the agenda.
Guests have full access to the whole living space at all times and access to the office when it is vacant.
Interaction with Guests
I am very friendly although the dog, when she is here, will probably hide from you :)
I mostly work, as well as live, in the house (I sometimes work outside) during this time I will be in the separate office space, working quietly.
You know how it goes sometimes I will be up for a beer, coffee or lunch/dinner with guests sometimes I will just want to relax and read a book or watch TV after a long, hard day.
I appreciate a good atmosphere is important during your stay and I will be friendly, courteous and happy to share my space and local knowledge at all times though if you remember I will be working and living my life as normal and not in full on holiday mode I'm sure we will all get on fine!
Poble Nou is also Barcelona's innovation/creative @22 district (Sonar and Primavera festivals, lots of design studios/galleries, Vice magazine etc have their offices here) which is nicely detached, but actually very close to, the city centre action/noise/fun/hassles and super close to the beach.
The barrio (district) is busy Monday-Friday during office hours but is very quiet at night and weekends as there are more offices/warehouses than apartments here. The barrio has great, vibrant local community surrounding the Rambla Poble Nou which is 3 blocks and a five minute walk from the house with lots of bars/ restaurants with outdoor terraces, shops and a good local food market.
There is very little crime in this area so it is very safe, unlike the centre where I would advise you to be careful (but not paranoid) with your possessions at all times.
The accommodation is 20m away from the entrance to Llacuna metro on L4 (The Yellow line) of the Barcelona metro system which takes you into the center in 7minutes.
Sun - Thur 5am - 12pm
Fri - 5am - 2am
Sat - 24 Hours
You can cycle into the center of the city either along the beach or via cycle paths in 10-15 minutes. There are bike rental shops very near the house.
If you prefer a taxi to the center costs €10-€15 depending on the day, time and honesty of the cab driver.
Other Things to Note
There will be a shelf in the fridge and cupboard free for your food and drinks. Feel free to use all pots, pans, crockery, oils and condiments just buy your own food. Tea and coffee are also included. I also provide towels, shampoo and shower gel. Please see the Airbnb map on our profile where I have listed some of my favourite food and drink places in the locality as well as some websites listing events, gigs, exhibitions etc. in the city.
The only rule of the house is that you need to double lock the front door when you leave and enter the house - that's it! I appreciate you want somewhere nice, relaxed and comfortable for your holiday/business accommodation if you appreciate I want somewhere nice and relaxed for my live work space and we all respect each other I'm sure we will get on fine.
If you want a cigarette just walk outside to the nice terrace to light up. Don't worry it never gets too cold in Barcelona and rarely rains.
James was an accomidating and generous host. His loft is located in a quiet neighborhood and is easy to commute to from downtown . The loft itself is very charming and is a great space to unwind in after a busy day in the city. We had an amazing time in Barcelona and found Jame's recomendations very helpful.
Thank you James!
James's place is a great place to stay at- the furniture, the lights, the attention to details when it comes to decorations make it a special place. It is also very close to the metro and a 10-minute enjoyable walk away from the beach. James is a very nice person to chat with and have some drinks on the wonderful terrace late at night. His music on the backround while at home made our stay even more enjoyable. Thanks, James, for making our first airbnb experience a great one!
James was a fantastic host who made us feel at home right away. The apartment is in a really good location, just opposite a Metro station that takes you into the centre in a couple of minutes. Nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of tourists. The room is up a little narrow staircase, but it had everything we needed. Thank you James!
Jame is a very nice, flexible, and organized host. Although he was busy working, we did not have any problems with keys and other things, thanks to his arrangements. The place has an amazing terrace and a cozy (and super spacious) living room.
James was an excellent host, we really enjoyed listening to his music and chatting with him about the city or more, we felt very much at home. He even provided a bottle and two glasses for water in the room which was really very nice. His dog Sambra was a very shy sweetie, and protective of the house. The terrace was perfect for a morning coffee/breakfast, as well as resting our feet after a day of walking around town. James' home was extremely convenient for accessing the metro to all areas of the city. Get a T10 card or two and you'll be good to go!
As our 1st airbnb host we are very impressed and happy. James was an excellent and friendly host with a really cool and quirky place to stay at. The place was unique and relaxing, and James had very good music taste (that's a plus). He gave good suggestions on what can we do in Barcelona. :)
James is an awesome host! He is so friendly, courteous man with staggering musical taste, who always helped us with any questions.
House is really wonderful, creative decorated with it`s own characters and mood. Really advice to visit terrace - quiet place for lazy breakfast in the morning and evening`s meditation.
About the Host, James
Hi my name is James, I have spent many years living in Barcelona and work in the music world as a consultant and radio host. I have spent many years in the past travelling around and living in different parts of the world and appreciate what it is like to be a stranger in a new place.
Airbnb is a wonderful solution for travellers, offering a taste of home on your travels and if you choose to stay here then you will get a warm welcome and all the assistance I can offer in making your stay more pleasant and helping you to get the the heart of the city and avoid all the overpriced tourist traps.