Lovely and cosy, with a secret staircase that takes you to the terrace. On the border of the Old Town and Sant Antoni, close to 3 metro stations. Modern, yet brimming with character. Elevator, Wifi, satTV.
The Secret Terrace will not be available after the 18th of April. This is the last chance to stay here.
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, right in the centre 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. 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 pedestrianised - 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 over Barcelona. It is on the fifth floor with an elevator (lift). 42m apartment, plus 42m terrace above! The apartment has fibre optic wi-fi and air conditioning.
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. Hair dryer.
Sliding door to Living Zone:
LIVING AREA: large comfy sofa, WiFi, HDTV / 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 washing-up liquid are all provided. All guests get a welcome breakfast pack.
BED AREA: A comfy memory foam latex bed. (135cm x 190cm) 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. 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.
The internal ladder stairs are only for those that are fit, as it is a loft 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.
LGBT owned. Dry sense of humour guaranteed. We are Superhosts - our reviews confirm this.
Note about Pricing: our default price is for our last minute availability and low season, all other prices are seasonally adjusted - as per the calendar.
The Secret Terrace is self-contained and has all of the comforts you could want, and is completely private.
Interaction with Guests
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.
Other Things to Note
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 toddlers or children under 14. We do allow babies under one year, but please confirm with us before.
- Fair usage of the wi-fi signal – no illegal downloads.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel and insurance to provide personal liability protection. For a small price, insurance will cover any unexpected events during your trip. The policy should include medical, baggage, curtailment and cancellation cover. We find WorldNomads are very good.
The provider of the accommodation, or their insurers, will not liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered by the client(s) in any way connected with the property. The safety and welfare of children is the sole responsibility of their parent or guardian.
We will try our best to help make your stay enjoyable. We kindly ask that you read all of the documentation that we provide, as it should answer most of your questions. If anything is not clear, please ask!
This was a fantastic place to stay, thank you to Rod and Stan for being such good hosts! We especially appreciated the mini-tour of Barcelona's areas that Rod provided when we got to the apartment. The area was fantastic to stay in, very centrally located with plenty of amazing places to eat and drink within a short distance.
We had such a wonderful time at this apartment. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends. Great location, great space and great hosts!
Nous avons été très bien accueillis, plein de bons plans et explications pour l'appartement.
Appartement très propre, bien pensé, bien équipé, tout est fait pour que l'on se sente bien.
Niveau accès métro et taxi c'est idéal.
Merci Rod et Stan nous avons passés un super week-end chez vous.
A bientôt !
Perfect place! Great location, great space (especially the terrace!) and really great hosts, everything was clean and organised and check in and communication were easy too. Recommendations, coffee, toiletries... We really recommend staying here!
Staying at Rod and Stans place was an absolute treat. Easily one of the best stays I've had. The flat is incredible - everything you need under one roof and more. They've really put in the effort to make your stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. The apartment is in a great location and perfect for getting around. We walked most places during our stay.
Thank you so much for everything!
This is the right spot for a few romantic days in Barcelona.
Everything was perfectly organized.
Truly s wonderful stay! Everything about it was incredible. There's no doubt when we come back, we will stay here. Just longer! The hosts were by far the best we've ever had the pleasure of booking from. Helpful beyond belief!
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Rod & Stan - Easy going British (born Canadian) / Spanish (born Catalan) couple. Partnered 'G' in the LGBT way of life.
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