Entire floor of 1888 apartment building with original tile floors, ceramic vaulted ceilings & timber windows throughout. Balconies to all rooms. In heart of Raval, 4mins from Las Ramblas and La Boqueria. Carefully restored by architect owner as home.
In November 2014 we were featured on the international architecture and design blog- design trawler. To view the post and pictures type into your search engine " design trawler grand hotel barcelona".
We were lucky to find the apartment completely un- renovated with everything just as it was built in the c19th. Our mission was to keep the soul and retain as much as possible.
We have collected the furniture and objects from the shops and markets of Barcelona and the decor is constantly being added to- each piece with a story- we will write some of these out for you soon!
The whole apartment is for rent- 80sqm with two double bedrooms, bathroom and with over half given over to the kitchen, dining and living space.
Very light and airy, the apartment takes up the entire floor, with terraces to every room. The dining and living room looks south, a suntrap in the low mid winter sun but shaded in high summer- it's our favourite spot to forget the TV and look into the world in the large courtyard (think 'Rear Window').
Interaction with Guests
I rent the apartment when I am away, so unless we meet on my way in or out, you will meet one of my friends who will make sure you have all you need.
If you want to know or do something in particular, please call or email either before or during your stay.
Raval is our favourite barrio- right in the heart of the old city-Cuitat Vella- but still full of locals and independent shops, cafés, galleries, bars and restaurants as well as some of the main sites- Gaudi's Palau Guell, MACBA, the Liceu Opera House and of course the Boqueria market- where the neighbourhood still goes to shop (enter from the Raval side avoiding the tourist Rambla entrance).
We are always discovering new places, and want you to discover yours- but if you want a list of our current favourites just let me know!
The apartment is three minutes from the L3 Liceu metro stop on Las Ramblas, taking you in a couple of stops to the Sants railway station, Park Guell, Gracia and Paseo de Gracia- but you will walking to most places- beach, shopping, eating etc.
The bus from the airport- more frequent, faster and cheaper than the train- takes to Placa Catalunya in the centre- fifteen minutes walk down Las Ramblas or on tube stop- to our home.
Cycle hire is cheap and fun, with cycle lines everywhere.
Buses nip through the old city, connecting out to the beaches and new city.
Other Things to Note
The Flat is on the third floor.
This is our home and also that of our neighbours- please respect them just as you would at home- such as not playing music to disturb them or speaking loudly on the balconies at night.
If there are any problems with our apartment, please do not hesitate to call us.
Please don't forget to close to door behind you when you leave the building.
Our stay in Francisco's appartement was wonderful. The appartement is really amazing, beautiful and the location excellent. Everything was really clean from the bathroom to the beds who were soooo comfy!! It was a pleasure to stay in such a charming and well decorated place. I really recommand this place if you want to have a great experience in Barcelona. I will definitely go back to Francisco's appartement!
Great apartment, great location, great host. Lovely space, very bright well furnished and very well designed. There are double balconies on both sides of the apartment which is pretty cool! The floor and the ceilings are incredible, very spanish :) I would definitely stay here again. Thanks Francisco!
Nous avons été très bien accueillis chez Francisco Javier. L'appartement est très bien équipé et à 2 minutes à pied de la Rambla Catalunya à hauteur de la station Liceu.
Situé au 3ème étage, l'appartement offre une belle vue arrière sur la vie populaire de Barcelone.
A l'intérieur de l'appartement, on se sent comme chez soi avec une décoration intérieure subtile et intéressante.
L'équipement est complet avec une cuisine et un plan de travail très pratique pour cuisiner.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié ce séjour de nouvel an.
Thet apartment had style and a good atmosphere. The pictures give a real impression. However it was not so clean as I'm used to in other apartments. If you have an allergy for dust you might have a problem here. Wifi was great. Building is quite noisy because isolation is almost zero. The two sleepingrooms are on the front side of the house which is a street with a lot of noise till late in the evening because of the prostitutes and pimps. Not that the neighbourhood is unsafe but the noise at night makes it less comfortable if you are here for business. So next time I will find another place in Barcelona.
Thank you for your comments, and sorry if the visit did not meet your expectations.
We are always looking at ways to improve our visitors' stays.
We take the cleanliness very seriously, and we have not had any complaints before- in fact the opposite is true.
If you had raised this with us we would have acted immediately, as we want you to feel comfortable.
Our apartment is in the centre of the old city and with the narrow streets and stone facades noise can at times be noticeable- even if there are only one or two people in the street.
The source is rather one of over excited tourists than the type of locals you harshly suggest.
This has not caused any problems in the past.
As a historic building, we have had to apply and have recently received permission to add acoustic glazing to the outside. This will be installed shortly and should address this concern. I am sorry that you were disturbed.
You state that the area is safe-- and the many people from young families to retirees who have stayed with us- and returning- agree with you.
As the sole central Barcelona district remaining that has retained its own strong sense of community, it is popular with locals and visitors of all generations for the shops, cafés and restaurants.
With kind regards
Francisco's apartment is spacious, exemplary clean, features some super-premium fittings and genuinely fascinating, personal touches. It's steps from the heart of the city and superb value.
Everything in the apartment is done with character and balance. For every playful action figure standing on a door frame, there's a beautiful clay tile or restored beam; for every rustic shutter with cast iron hardware, there's a serious tubular steel piece of modernist furniture. It's fantastic!
Do be sure to ask for excellent the hand-drawn map and extensive list of recommended restaurants, bars and sights that Francisco will provide to you. A nice personal touch.
Thank you very much for your review, and also for the feature on your website blog- including your great photos.
You have understood exactly what I have tried to bring in my home- keeping the soul of the historic and the best of the new, especially my favourite mid- century modern.
I'm glad our handmade local map helped you start your explorations in Raval, and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
All the best
Great apartment and very nice host! Will definitely come back to stay with you :) Thanks a lot for everything ! PS: The guide you sent us was brilliant !!!!!!!
The host made us feel very welcome and gave us all information required prior to arrival.
The apartment has great character with modern facilities.
The location is central so it is very easy to walk to Barcelona's main attractions or catch the bus/metro.
There are many cafes, bars and places to buy food close by.
We really enjoyed our week in Barcelona and hope to return.
I am Catalan and live between Barcelona and London, enjoying the best of both cities.
We are new to Airbnb, but I love the concept and wish this had been around earlier.
While I love London, my heart is still in Barcelona- where I keep returning, to remind myself what the sun feels like, the crazy passion of the people and late long nights of Raval.