This is the story about a flat which was turned into a loft by the creativity of a girl (the actual owner) and the power of her hands (as well as her husband's back, and their friends and relatives sweat!!). The loft grew up and so did the family. Following the same path as their mother, the kids did also contributed to decorate the house (with their wall paintings or floor scratches, for instance!!). Every little part of this loft has something of us (starting from the feet printed floor tile of the bathroom and ending with the three babies that have been born naturally in the house). If you feel like willing to form part of this story by coming and sharing your soul with this loft, this is your best option during your Barcelona visit.
On the other hand, if you're simply looking for a place to stay.. well, then I'll tell you this is a loft close to the Born area, El Palau de la Música or Ciutadella's Park. It is located in a very comercial street during the day but a very pleasant and quiet place during the night (sometimes even with windows and balcony door wide open). Eating out, shopping,.. is granted in full of nearby places.
As the appartment is a loft, everything -except for the toilette- is a unique space with very high ceilings. There are two glass platforms -I told you it was a fancy and creative apartment, didn't I?- that serve as spatious bedrooms with a glass corridor that connects them. Perfect place for children, we have two kid beds, a small table with two chairs, fairy tales and colours (we decided to tranform our children creativity in our walls by cute drawings in sheets of papers, feel free to contribute!!).
An enormous kitchen (if we had to built it again, we would buy a ruler first!!) with an owen, pans, pots, dishes, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker.. is provided. Since we are not very fond of the stupid box (TV), we have a very small one which can only be used to see DVDs with a DVD player. We have (from Feb'2015) a new broadband wifi, a washing machine and a coach (which can be split in two individual mattresses).
Hope to see you soon!
PLEASE DO NOT PRE-BOOK IT WITHOUT HAVING TALKED WITH ME FIRST
Do not leave warm pots on top of the glass counter!
Do take out your shoes to get in the house.
This is a non smoking place. If you need to do so, though, you could do it at the balcony.
Please take care of the place as if it were yours.. remember that this is not a hotel!!
Such a great trip, and we loved staying at Xavi's place! It's an awesome location and feels like one of a kind.
La casa está limpia que me parece muy importante. Toallas limpias y sábanas también. El dueño puso interés en que así fuera.
Staying in Xavi's apartment was a great experience to live as a real citizen of Barcelona ! The apartment is in a very good place in Barcelona ! We can find everything around the apartment as restaurants or stores or market. Xavi is a great host and is very nice ! He took care of us during our stay and helped us when we had any questions. The apartment is clean and compliant of the pictures. I recommend Xavi and his apartment !
Le loft est très agréable à vivre, spacieux et lumineux. Situé dans un quartier parfait pour visiter la ville, à proximité de tout un tas de délicieux commerces de bouche.
Xavi est tout le temps joignable et parfaitement agréable à vivre.
Un chouette lieux dans lequel je reviendrais avec plaisir.
Merci à xavi, beau loft correspondant aux photos, très belle emplacement... en plein centre ville, calme et proche de la mer et en tout les sites touristiques! Merci
We felt most welcome in Xavi's apartment. The space had been designed with children in mind and our son was in seventh heaven with a little table, a little bed, and new toys to explore. We were thrilled with the location of the apartment and all the offbeat, authentic details inside, particularly the large ancient doors leading to the balcony. The street below has become pedestrian-only and they were laying cobbles during our visit which was no problem at all and will certainly be charming and accessible for future guests. We were happy that we could walk to nearly everything we wanted to see, Barcelona as a city is a lot larger than we'd anticipated. We couldn't have been happier with this apartment!
We are a hippy-happy family from Barcelona with two kids. We'll be glad to have you around in our loft in St. Pere - Sta. Caterina's district, at a 5min walk from glamourous Born.