Lovely and cosy, with a secret staircase that takes you to the terrace. Overlooking the rolling hills of Tibidabo. On the border of the Old Town and Sant Antoni, close to 3 metro stations. Modern, yet brimming with character. Elevator, Wifi, SkyTV.
Discover the real village feel of Old Barcelona. Gritty yet charming - and quite free of tourists, yet they are only 5 minutes away!
Located on the border of the old town (Cuitat Vella), right in the center of Barcelona. The area is really is one of the best kept secrets - with many hidden places to discover in a very multi-cultural community. It is only two blocks to the new part of town called Eixample - but far enough from it's traffic and cars! The apartment is near big supermarkets, fruit/veg markets, public transport and the tourist attractions.
The area is safe and only 12 minute walk to the Ramblas, 15 minutes to gay area, 25 minute walk to the beaches. There are loads of restaurants, bars, cafes and vegetarian options within minutes. All of the convenience without the fight with the other tourists!
TRANSPORT: 5 mins to Metro Parallel/Funicular to Montjuic, 8 mins to Metro Sant Antoni, 12 mins to Metro Liceu, 12 mins to the Aerobus (stop Urgell), 5 mins to Bus 64 to beach, 15 mins by taxi to airport (27-32€)
PARKING: parking is available pre-booked on the internet from parclick.
THE BUILDING AND AREA: The west-facing apartment is on the top floor. There are 4 apartments which each have a private roof terrace. It is very private, and overlooks the rolling hills of Tibidabo, and you can even see the Sagrada Familia in the far distance. The apartment is newly refurbished in a building built in 1803, and has a new elevator. The area has been re-urbanised and the streets pedestrianized - and has retained a lot of local eccentricities and character. It has a village feel, right in the middle of the city.
The large studio apartment has a roof terrace with panoramic sunset views of Barcelona. It is on the fifth floor with an elevator (lift). 42m apartment, plus 36m terrace above! The apartment has fibre optic wi-fi and airconditioning.
ENTRANCE corridor contains:
WARDROBE/DRESSING AREA: cleverly part of the large bathroom. Lots of room to store all baggage, and to keep your clothes out of sight. There is a iron and ironing board, yoga mat, clothes airer and sewing kit.
BATHROOM: The sink area contains the dressing area, and leads to the walk-in shower. Separate toilet area. This zone is open plan, with 3/4 high walls, but private to the main living zone, via a sliding door. 2 sets of towels are supplied for each guest, as well as 2 beach towels and 2 gym towels. Hypoallergenic soap, shampoo and conditioner. A hair blow dryer and hot water bottle is provided.
Sliding door to Living Zone:
LIVING AREA: large comfy sofa, WiFi, HDTV / Sky British satellite TV (limited channels) / MP3 stereo / USB chargers / DVD movie library of Spanish, English and Adult films. There is a small balcony to the street, with no on-looking neighbours! Dining table that extends to seat 4 people.
KITCHEN AREA: oven, cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, citrus juicer, and all cooking utensils and crockery. Kettle, Nespresso machine, filter coffee maker and Italian cafetiere for caffeine addicts. The kitchen area has sliding panels, so you can make it more invisible. We also have an honour bar for snacks and drinks. Basics such as salt, pepper, sugar and dish soap are all provided. All guests get a welcome breakfast pack.
BED AREA: A comfy memory foam latex bed. The fold-down bed in the photos has been removed to install a dedicated bed with access to both sides of the bed! 100% Cotton linen is supplied, and four feather pillows and a down duvet. 2 polyester pillows and polyester duvet are available for allergy sufferers.
STAIR LADDER TO TERRACE: this is for the fit (with option to go up the main building stairs). The ladder drops out from the ceiling. The slanted roof is quirky terracotta, and the same size as the apartment.
TERRACE: panoramic views of the north west of Barcelona. Sunsets and views of the rolling hills behind barcelona. The terrace has a table and chairs for four, two beach loungers for suntanning, outdoor lighting. The washing machine is also on the roof.
We provide luxury and the extras for a reasonable price. Do your homework before you book, the reviews are the best guide. We are SuperHosts - your seal of approval!
The internal ladder stairs are only for those that are fit, as it is a ship ladder, not a staircase. The other option is to take the communal staircase one flight up, and enter from the communal passageway.
NOTE: There may be a late check-in charge of 30€ for flights arriving after 10pm (22h), please discuss your flights BEFORE booking. Super-early guaranteed check-in and super-late check-out may be available at 50% of the daily rate.
The Secret Terrace is self-contained and has all of the comforts you would want, and is completely private.
We provide a thorough and personal check-in. We are then available if you have any questions or problems. We allow guests their privacy, as the apartment is self-contained.
We love the neighbourhood for it's location, and the fact that it is fairly free of the zillions of tourists. The area is multi-cultural - alternative - creative and yet traditional in it's roots. It is a very tolerant and liberal neighbourhood - always buzzing with activity. The area is safe, as it has more of a village feel due to the fact that many of the neighbours were born where they live.
We also love that the guide books and online guides still say that the area is dodgy - this is a nice filter to keep away the tourists that invade the rest of the centre of Barcelona.
You can walk to most places, but there are three metro stations (Parallel, Sant Antoni, Liceu) and the Monjuic Funicular within minutes. The Aerobus stop is a 12 minute walk. The Ramblas is 10 minutes away.
BEFORE completing your booking, we suggest that your travel plans are confirmed.
If you will be arriving earlier or later than the check-in time of 14:00 (2pm) – please send us a quick message to confirm that this time is compatible with our work schedule.
(guests usually arrive 75 minutes after landing at BCN airport)
- The apartment is strictly non-smoking inside, except for the terrace or balcony.
- No house parties or social gatherings are permitted in the apartment. Local noise control laws must be abided by.
- The occupancy of the apartment is for two people, and is not suitable for babies or children under 14.
- Fair usage of the wi-fi signal – no illegal downloads.
A great apartment with great interiour! We had a lot of complimentary items that we could use in the first days which made our arrival in Barcelona very relaxed. It was very clean including the bathrooms (WC and shower are seperated). Rod and Estan are really perfect hosts, Rod was so kind to give us some supplies when we needed them. However there are dozens of little grocery stores and supermarkets around the apartment. Also a lot of good restaurants. It is only a 5-10 minute walk to La Rambla and the rest of the old town. I personally liked the neighourhood very much, especially for the distance to the centre and beaches, restaurants, the little shops and the alleys but if you don't travel a lot or are only used to downtown five star hotels and neighbourhoods you might be a bit irritated. However my wife and me never had any concerns! All in all I can recommendate this apartment at any time. Thanks again Rod and Estan!
Really cool cosy apartment! Loved it! :)
This was our first airbnb experience and it was everything we'd hoped for. The location was ideal for us, non touristy but close enough to walk to the main tourist areas, The apartment was clean and very comfortable, full of thoughtful touches that made you feel welcome. Rod checked us in - very friendly - gave us a bit of history and 'tips' on where to eat and how to get about etc. We enjoyed the apartment and our stay very much and will definitely consider returning and have no hesitation in recommending this lovely place to all.
Nous ne regrettons absolument pas notre séjour chez Rod et Estanis. L'appartement est vraiment bien placé et légèrement à l'écart des gros axes touristiques. Il reste tout de même très près des métros et à 10min à pied des Ramblas. Tout est à promixité (restaurant,épicerie etc...)
Nous avons passé un très bon séjour et la situation de l'appart y à contribué.
Rod nous a très bien accueilli et malgré nos lacunes en anglais nous avons réussi à nous comprendre et Rod à tout fait pour !
Si vous voulez passer un bon séjour à Barcelone n'hésitez pas !
This studio by far is the way to enjoy a week or two in Barcelona. Only regret is to not have spent more time. Very clean, organized, modern setup, fast internet, thoughtful touches the hosts, chill terrace and a convenient location. If available, book it.
Lindo departamento ubicado en zona no turística, con todo lo necesario para pasar unos buenos días en Barcelona.
Rod y Estan son unos anfitriones excepcionales, muy atentos y serviciales. Gracias por todo y por los tips de Barcelona !
1.Rod - самый учтивый хозяин, которого мы встречали. Вы имеете уникальную возможность получить ответ на любой свой вопрос или просьбу. И это важно, когда ты оказался в большом незнакомом городе, либо когда ты бывал здесь ранее и вернулся, чтобы пройти по нетуристическим тропам. Rod - человек, который даст Вам совет о лучших ресторанах, магазинах, вечеринках, времяпрепровождении.
2. В его жилье ощущаешь себя очень комфортно благодаря множеству продуманных мелочей: все, что вам только может понадобится - есть в квартире,в том числе немалое количество информации о Барселоне, путеводители, карты.
3. Самый центр города, до главой улицы Rambla 10 мин пешком, безопасный район, тихо, недалеко магазин с морскими гадами La Sirena. С этой точки до основных достопримечательностей можно ходить пешком.
4. В центре потолка - выход на крышу. Самый приятный секрет был в том, что с крыши вдали видно одно из творений Гауди Sagrada Familia.
1. О бронировании квартиры стоит заботиться заранее! Если она все еще свободна - берите, не раздумывая. Это лучшее предложение в Барселоне по соотношению цена / качество.
2. Вам точно не захочется оттуда уезжать :)
Rod and Estan's place was the ultimate airbnb experience. Estan was extremely detailed about our stay. They pay attention to anything one might need when away from home to feel like you are at home. My husband and I felt very comfortable. The apartment is very clean, everything smells clean and well cared for. Also, Estan was very helpful with any questions that we had in regards to restaurants and entertainment. Would definitely stay here again!
Don't hesitate, just book this great apartment now! There are a lot of thoughtful little things around the place that make it special, like a shampoo & conditioner dispenser in the shower and a selection of Spanish movies with subtitles for English guests. This is a great place to stay and Rod & Estanis are great hosts - thank you for having us!
I don't think it would be possible to have better hosts, or a better facility than Rod & Estan's Secret Terrace. I never met Estan, but Rod responded quickly to my initial queries, and continued that way throughout. He was kind, considerate and attentive, and quick to offer assistance or advice, but never intrusive. The neighborhood was an older one within a 10 minute or so walk of Las Ramblas. We saw few tourists, but rather a fascinating international mix.
My companion and I could walk to almost everything we wanted to see, and the easy-to-learn Metro quickly whisked us further out when we chose not to walk. Having a small kitchen saved us money and gave us more control over our food. The mostly produce shop below us on the street level was cheaper, friendlier and even had tastier than the other small stores on our street. And we loved the tapas at Obsessions, owned and operated by Martha who lived in the apartment complex where we were staying. We went there our first and last nights, plus once in the middle. Martha was quietly charming and warmly welcoming.
If ever I have the good fortune to visit Barcelona again, I'll want to stay in the same place, and if I know of friends traveling there, I'll recommend they check out Rod & Estan.