Charming Born Penthouse ★★★★★

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Plaça Comercial, Barcelona, Catalonia 08003, Spain

A gorgeous penthouse in a perfectly restored 1920's apartment building in Barcelona's most exclusive neighbourhood, surrounded by pretty cafe terraces, delicious tapas restaurants, the Museo Picasso and the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella.

The Space

You will be renting a gorgeous penthouse in a perfectly restored 1920's apartment building in Barcelona's most exclusive neighbourhood, El Born and opposite the Mercat del Born, from which the hip and trendy, "El Born" neighborhood takes its name, and one of the most important buildings in Barcelona.

The apartment is in the Roman historic centre of Barcelona, one minute from the Museo Picasso and the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella, close to the beach and metro and surrounded by pretty cafe terraces and delicious tapas restaurants.

Perfect for couples, small groups or independent business travellers, this is the ideal base from which to explore Barcelona in style and, as you can see from the reviews, everyone falls in love with it!

We are experienced airbnb hosts and take guest satisfaction very seriously which has earned us Superhost status and a five star rating. Whatever you need; from fresh sheets to restaurant recommendations or local insights, we're on-hand to help in whatever way we can.



A bright penthouse at the top of a beautifully restored 1920's apartment building with balconies on all sides. There is a new lift and a sunny roof terrace with views across Barcelona to the Tibidabo mountains. The apartment has central heating throughout for the winter and air conditioning for the hotter Summer months and includes;

• A bright, contemporary lounge with parquet floors, a comfortable sofa and a large day-bed (perfect for a well earned siesta after an epic day of tourism). Two large sets of double doors open out to balconies overlooking Calle Rec so you can throw open all the doors and let in the sunshine (the apartment is full of light from dawn until sunset). There is a big wooden dining table which seats six (great for long dinners with good wine). There is also a guitar, just in case you want to flex your flamenco skills.

• High Speed Internet: There is a secure WiFi signal and a MacBookPro for guests travelling without a laptop.

• Kitchen: A clean, fully fitted kitchen with all utensils, crockery and spices - just in case you get the urge to experiment with fresh ingrediens from the excellent Santa Catarina food market just around the corner.

• Kiddies: For guests travelling with children there is a high-chair, a foldable baby cot and we are happy to provide information on stuff to do with kids of different ages in Barcelona and recommend a good babysitter.

Note: For more detailed information please just click Amenities above.



The bedrooms are both large, bright, clean double rooms fully heated in the winter, with double beds and comfy tempur mattresses. The master bedroom has it's own private en suite bathroom and a large bath. There is also a second bathroom with a shower, WC and large sink. Three sets of traditional shutters open up to balconies on both sides with views of the old market and Calle Rec, "The best street for boutique shops in Barcelona" according to Monocle Magazine. There are always fresh white sheets on the beds and a big pile of clean white towels in the bathrooms.



Literally just around the corner is Paseig del Born where you will find sunny cafe terraces, boutiques and historical sights all clustered around the beautiful 14th century Santa Maria del Mar church. The apartment is just a few minutes walk from the beach, the Picasso Museum and the lovely Parc de la Ciutadella as well as most of the city's famous historical buildings and museums (see map). Some of Barcelona's nicest cafe's and tastiest restaurants are all close-by. There are also two metro stations just a few minutes walk away, the nearest of which is Barceloneta.



FROM THE AIRPORT: The easiest way to get to the apartment is simply to jump in a taxi outside the airport which will cost around 30€. If you're travelling along and want to save money there is a train link from the airport (T2) but trains only leave every hour or so (annoying if you just miss one) so it's easier and cheaper to jump on the blue AeroBus from the airport (7€ - leaves every 15 minutes) and then take a taxi from the final stop Plaça Cataluña (10€)

BY TRAIN: If you are arriving by train, the lovely Estación de Francia is just a one minute stroll from the apartment. This is also an excellent transport link to get to the beaches and some enjoyable day trips outside the city, for example, pretty Sitges, the Dali Museum in Figueras and the breathtaking monastery in Montserrat.



You can check availability accurately by clicking on the calendar link above. Bookings are only accepted through the AirBnB website. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and allow for time differences if you're in the USA.

Gracias y hasta pronto!

Barny :)

Guest Access

Guests will have full access to the apartment and the roof terrace which is a communal space but rarely used by the other residents. It's perfect for getting a view across barcelona and a sunset glass of cava.

Interaction with Guests

We remain constantly available for our guests; for anything from local advice to fresh towels. It's really important to us that everyone who stays in the apartment has a really positive experience.

We can provide restaurant recommendations, suggest walks and day trips, organise tours of Barcelona's markets and boutiques and do everything we can to make sure you get under the surface of Barcelona and discover it's many wonderful and surprising secrets.

The Neighborhood

The apartment is in the Roman historic centre of Barcelona, one minute from the Museo Picasso and the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella, close to the beach and metro and surrounded by pretty cafe terraces and delicious tapas restaurants.

Just around the corner is Paseig del Born where you will find sunny cafe terraces, boutiques and historical sights all clustered around the beautiful 14th century Santa Maria del Mar church.

Barcelona's nicest cafe terraces and tastiest restaurants are all close-by.

Getting around

There are two metro stations just a few minutes walk away, the nearest of which is Barceloneta but most of the galleries, historic buildings, parks and, of course, the beach are all just a short walk away.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: $21 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1710 /week
Monthly Price: $6127 /month
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • This place is a real find. We had a wonderful stay in Barny's apartment - extremely characterful, charming place right in the heart of a great neighbourhood. Barny was a lovely host, nothing was too much trouble. He made us feel extremely welcome, suggesting some great places to eat and drink. We would definitely return.

    April 2014
  • This was a lovely apartment in El Born section of Barcelona. Two full bathrooms and two bedrooms make it perfect for two couples. It is a lovely and LIVELY neighborhood very near restaurants, bars, the beach, shops and culture. A bit noisy at night but we soon grew accustomed to that. Barny was a wonderful host, and we would stay here again!

    April 2014
  • Our stay in Barcelona was lovely. The apartment was very clean, we had plenty of towels, Barny even supplied food staples such as tea, coffee, milk and bread. We had some difficulty with the TV remotes, an email to Barny brought quick results, by the next day Barny sent someone by to assist. I think our friends were disappointed that the apartment building and the apartment itself were not new nor in perfect condition, but certainly the price made it a great bargain because the neighborhood is FANTASTIC, & the apartment is walking distance to most places we visited. Barny is a great host, we thank him for a memorable visit to a wonderful city.

    April 2014
  • My family and I really enjoyed staying at Barny's apartment. The location is perfect. The neighborhood has everything you need, with easy access to all the other charms of the city. The apartment with all those great windows and old wood framed balconies echo the warmth and history of the area. Being on the top floor allowed a nice sense of space from the streets below, to me just enough. The elevator did come in handy after long jaunts. The beds were clean and comfortable. Communication with the host was great, although we had no issues, I felt certain they would have been taken care of. I would certainly go back.

    March 2014
    Response from Barny:

    Thanks so much for our nicest, and probably most articulate, review John. I'm really happy that you had such an enjoyable stay in the apartment and I hope you took some great memories, and lots of photos, back to Maine with you :)

  • Ok, this was the best! We (2 couples) loved staying here at Barny's 2 bedroom, 2 bath apt. Safe location, lots of easy to find eats and shopping within a few feet, subway 2 blocks away on Princess St.. Our stay was just perfect. We had a couple of items malfunction, no fault of anyone, but we notified Barny and he was on top of it. Kitchen is well appointed, we ate in a couple of nights. Elevator was nice to have (4th floor, if counting as in U.S.). We would highly recommend!

    March 2014
    Response from Barny:

    Thanks for your kind review Steve. I hope you had a good trip back to Asheville, North Carolina. Please remember that you always have a second home here in sunny Barcelona any time you need to recharge and enjoy some delicious tapas and spanish wine :)

  • we had a perfect stay in this flat right in the trendy center of barcelona. almost everything at a walking distance from it. the flat is really clean, beds are confy, living room is big. feels like home. just everything you need in there when you arrive, food, guitar, computer and sunshine.. thanks barmy, it was perfect, hopefully we'll come back one day!! best

    March 2014
    Response from Barny:

    Thanks Fred. I'm happy you felt at home in the apartment. Come back any time!

  • March 2014
  • The house was comfortable, neat, clean and extremely well situated for both staying in the Born as well as to transportation to get around the rest of the city. Barny did a great job of communicating, making sure I had directions and being there to deliver the keys on time. When i asked to check in a bit early on my arrival he was very accommodating. I wouldn't hesitate to rent again.

    March 2014
  • We had a fantastic time at Barny's apartment. It is located in a perfect area of the city with a tonne of excellent bars, restaurants, cafes, great shops and lovely architecture all on the doorstep. It's also the perfect base to walk around the city (we walked easily to the beach, port, Las Ramblas and Montjuic). The apartment is exactly as advertised. It's homely and well presented and feels like a very authentic Barcelona pad. Everything went very smoothly but Barny checked in regularly by text to check all was ok. We would highly recommend staying here to anyone wanting a true Barca experience.

    February 2014
    Response from Barny:

    Thanks so much for your lovely review Andrew. People might think I paid you to write that! I'm so glad you enjoyed the apartment and gorgeous Barcelona. Don't forget that you a always have an apartment in Barcelona any time you need to recharge the solar batteries and eat delicious tapas!

  • We were very fortunate to have Barny as our host. He made himself readily available for any questions or concerns during our stay and provided us with a list of restaurants and cafes to visit while strolling around Barcelona. The location of this charming penthouse is perfect in terms of seeing the sights of Barcelona and having the opportunity to enjoy great restaurants and cafes in the area. Barny was a great host and I would recommend him to any future potential guests.

    February 2014
    Response from Barny:

    Thanks Roy, I hope you had a great trip to Barcelona and please remember that you are welcome here any time!

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I'm an experienced AirBnB host (and traveller) with a good understanding of what you need to make the most of this lovely city, from guidebooks and maps to local insights and recommendations. I used to rent rooms in our lovely apartment in Barcelona through Airbnb,which was an exceptionally positive experience through which I made many friends and enjoyed numerous fascinating conversations with people from around the world - usually lubricated with a good bottle of red wine on a cafe terrace. These days I spend most of my time in Montpellier, France so I rent the whole apartment to groups, friends and couples taking a break in sunny Barcelona. I also help manage a second apartment with a close friend in the gorgeous Placa del Pi, right in the heart of the Gotico which is also available on AirBnB to couples, families and groups of up to 5 people.
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