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! :)
We had great comunication with Sarah, and she met us at the flat and showed us in. It is 105 steps up but worth it for view and location. The roof terace is stunning and the flat had everything we needed. The location was great. Sarah sent us a good list of her recomendations and we eat well due to this.
We recomend as a fun place to stay for a long weekend..
The roof terrace in particular was fantastic, brilliant location in a central, lively spot but still very peaceful. Sarah was very helpful and welcoming. Would definitely recommend staying here!
Sarah was a lovely host, very welcoming and gave us lots of very useful tips. The apartment was perfect for us. Small but beautifully decorated with lots of character. The location was excellent and as long as you could cope with the stairs, I have no doubt you would find the place very charming. We really enjoyed our stay! I would try and stay here again if we returned to Barcelona.
We loved this apartment in the busy El Born area of Barcelona, it is a little haven, in the centre of things but still quiet. Sarah was very friendly and gave us plenty of information about the local area, we did eat in the restaurant she recomended around the corner, and had some of their cured ham which was a treat. We loved Barcelona and will definately be back!
It is a cosy flat with a perfect location. However, the flat has two significant inconveniences:
Firstly, it is located on the sixth floor. Sarah points this out in the flat description (105 steps). If you have heavy luggage or if you are not in good physical health, this is a disadvantage.
Secondly, the flat's bathroom is extremely tiny and old. The shower has weak water pressure and the bathroom offers absolutly no comfort.
In light of these two inconveniences I felt that the price of the appartment was "over-charged" by about 30 percent. I ended up paying approx. EUR 90 a night (for two persons) which I think is not in line with the value. A fair price would be around EUR 60.
My girlfriend and I spent a weekend here. This is a charming, central flat with Sarah being a very helpful and kind host. Recommended!
Great stay in Barcelona! Sarah was so nice and provided us with lots of recommendations which I was really grateful for! Perfect location and really enjoyed the apartments awesome views! The only cons were the stairs! I didn't realise there was going to be soo many, and I prefer a bigger bathroom normally too. But overall the apartment was great, thank you :)
Great place, centrally located and very charming.
Apartment is not bad for a short week end, perfect location, Sarah is great and helpful.
But apartment itself could be cleaner.
The flat is THE perfect place to stay in this most beautiful city of Barcelona. Almost everything is in walking distance and the area/ quarter around is more than the place to be. So cute... Sarah is the perfect host and we definetly can't wait to come back again.