If you’re looking for an authentic experience living as a local in the very heart of Barcelona, come and stay at our little home in the city’s most popular neighbourhood, El Born. Aside from the trendy shops, restaurants and modern transportation, very little has changed over the years. From the small winding streets to the large squares where people go for lunch or dinner, El Born is undoubtedly the best place to spend your holiday in Barcelona.
Just a stone’s throw from the stunning 14th century Santa Maria del Mar church, our apartment is perfectly located. You have the main thoroughfare in the neighbourhood, Passeig del Born, (an old jousting ground) right around the corner, so you are literally in the heart of everything the moment you step out of the door. Within five or ten minutes, you can walk to the beach, the port, the Ramblas, and the beautiful Ciutadella Park. 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 3 minute walk.
Our apartment is located on one of the most historical streets in the neighbourhood, where the old carriages would enter on to the Passeig del Born, carrying the royal family before a jousting match. Translated into English as “Glass Street”, it was home to many of the city’s glassworkers in medieval times. It is a pedestrianised street so other than a little noise from the bars at the weekends; it is generally very quiet for such a central location.
The apartment is on the sixth floor of a 200 year old building, with no lift. Personally, we find that those 2-minutes of exercise climbing the 105 steps is a welcome relief after indulging in all the amazing tapas and wine from the nearby restaurants, but this is something to be sure about before booking.
With a total space of 45m2, the size is very typical of apartments in the city centre, and big enough to comfortably accommodate two people. It has a main area consisting of the living room, double bedroom and dining space/entrance hall, which can be segmented by a system of curtains and blinds to create smaller, more private spaces, or left as one big open-plan space. We have designed it in such a way that you can choose! (Please note that the bedroom is not a separate room!) There is a private terrace of 4m2 which comes off the living room, where you can sit out and dine or relax with a good book and a glass or two of Sangria in the evenings. There is also a fast and secure WIFI connection.
The kitchen is a separate area from the main space and comes fully-equipped with ample cooking facilities and everything you need to cater from home, including a washing machine which you are welcome to use. The bathroom is extremely small but perfectly formed – a 1.5m2 wetroom which consists of a shower, toilet and sink. Again, this is very typical of apartments in the medieval heart of Barcelona, and we lovingly call it ‘The Shed’!
Another short climb of around 30 steps and you will reach the rooftop terrace which has the most spectacular panoramic views over the whole of the city of Barcelona. As the building is one of the highest in the area (hence so many steps!), the views are unobstructed so you will have plenty of privacy to lie in the sunshine.
The apartment is adorned with beautiful, original floor tiles which are over 100 years old, and it has been designed around an organic garden theme, with a mixture of new, vintage and up-cycled furniture. We recently renovated the whole apartment and the fascia of the entire building has also just been restored, with new doors and windows added.
As your hosts, Chris (airbnb user 493394) and I (Sarah) are here to look after you and can provide you with all the information you need on where to go and what to do during your stay. We provide all the latest city magazines so you know what's happening while you are here and to make you feel at home, we even throw in a few essentials such as freshly baked bread, milk, tea, coffee... and Spanish wine! :)
- The apartment sleeps only two people and is therefore best suited to couples only.
- Respect the neighbours - Strictly no parties and no noise in the stairwell when leaving or entering the apartment, especially with luggage.
- PLEASE be aware that the apartment is on the sixth floor with a winding staircase and no lift. Although we can sometimes help with carrying luggage, we advise that you do not bring large and heavy suitcases.
- Towels provided are for use only in the apartment. If you plan on going to the beach, please bring your own beach towels.
- We are flexible with check-in and check-out times. However, where we have same-day check-ins and check-outs, we ask that guests departing can leave by 11am and guests arriving, come after 1pm. This allows us to clean the apartment thoroughly in between.
- If you are going to arrive earlier or later than the pre-arranged check-in time, please contact me. :)
Our stay in the appartement was great! The communication before and during our stay was very good and fast. Sarah gave us a lot of tips about things to do in Barcelona. We couldn't do it all so we certainly have to come back! The appartement had everything we needed for two persons and a lot of useful stuff like towels, shampoo, an umbrella (which we unfortunatly needed one of the days...). Very practical when you travel low cost. The stairs were heavy but were a good compensation for the tapas. Thanks to the height of the appartement the view from the terrace was terrific and we almost didn't hear anything altough the appartement is located in the middle of El Born and between bars. The rooftop terrace was a great extra. The bathroom was a little bit too cosy but apparantly we were the last guests before the renewal of the bathroom. I recommend this appartement!
We really enjoyed our stay in Sarah's apartment. The location is excellent, right in the middle of El Born with plenty of busy bars and tapas restaurants nearby. Sarah was very welcoming and provided a thorough email with many great recommendations. Just one word of caution: the bathroom is a small wet room which may not be ideal for some.
We loved this apartment from the moment we arrived. Sarah greeted as at the apartment with a lovely warm welcome and was able to give us some great tips about the city and a fantastic list of recommended restaurants and other interesting places via email.
The apartment looks just as good as the photos, the main living area is beautiful and feels very authentic in its Spanish style but whose remaining livable as guests. The bathroom is quite small, but this didn't bother us as it was in keeping of the old Barcelona style and it served its purpose. The highlight is the roof terrace with stunning 360 views of Barcelona, it really took our breath away.
The El Born area is fantastic and everything we hoped for: lots of little bars, shops and restaurants dotted around picturesque old Barcelona streets. There was a lovely atmosphere around the area even in February. It's a good base to explore other areas too - gothic qtr/cathedral 5 mins walk and in the other direction 15/20 mins to the port and beach area where there was a lot of activity going on. El born is also within walking distance to other areas such as Eixample for the Gaudi houses and Sagrada Familia but if this is too far to walk there's a metro just down the road.
We loved our stay here and we have so much of Barcelona to explore, we would definitely jump at the chance to stay here again when we visit again!
This place is absolutely perfect. In the middle of my favourite part of the city, we had wine and cheese on the roof. Sarah was extremely lovely and welcoming and even sent us a list if places we had to see.
Sarah welcomed us very warmly in her beautifully decorated little home. Sarah is a great host and superfriendly. A bottle of wine was waiting for us when we arrived.
The appartement is on the 6th floor but the stairs are a great counterweight for all the food and drinks you'll enjoy in BCN. The apartment has a private terrace which is lovely for breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening. There's also a rooftop terrace, with a 360-view on Barcelona.
Yes, the bathroom is small, but it has everything you need.
The location of the appartement was just perfect, 5 minutes to the closed metro stop, 3 minutes from the train station and 10 minutes from the beach. It doesn't feel touristy at all in El Born, and you won't know which restaurant to try first, as there are hundreds to choose from in the neighbourhood. Sarah also gave some great recommendations. We have loved staying in Sarah's appartment and would definitely recommend the place (I already did, this morning :-))
Such an awesome little flat in an awesome location. Sarah's a great host, very welcoming (bottle of wine in apartment) and supplied loads of useful local info. The apartment is perfect for two, on top of a 17C building with a roof terrace with incredible views. Bang in the centre of Born, so ideal location for eating, drinking, culture, hanging. And as you're high up, you get all the goodness of Born but none of the nighttime bar noise. recommended!
Immediately upon arrival I felt at home in the lively quarter where the apartment is located. Cozy bars and restaurants all over, people standing outside and having a good time: What a wonderful atmosphere.
The apartment itself is very cute and it definitely pays off that it is on a higher floor, so no noise at all. I liked the little balcony just to look down, if street-life already started. And the terrace on top with wonderful views over whole Barcelona.
Sarah was a great host with fast and easy communication and very helpful: I arrived at 23 h and left at 5, both was no problem for her!
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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.