SECRET RETREAT (+ relaxing terrace)

Entire home/apt
2 Guests
0 Bedrooms
1 Bed
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In the heart of the Gaudi modernist district of Example near Passeig de Gracia Metro. The hidden door leads you to one of Barcelona's secret gems. Understated luxury with a private tranquil galleried terrace. Lived-in, old world charm at its best.

living zone - bathroom to the right

living zone - bathroom to the right

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The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $57
Security Deposit: $233
Weekly discount: 3%
Cancellation: Moderate
Permit / Tax ID: on request with documentation


The Space

Deluxe private guest suite with terraced balcony. In the Centre of the Historic Modernismo area. Gaudi's masterpieces - La Pedrera and Casa Mila are only a block or two away!

It is pure lived-in luxury in the centre of Rambla Catalunya / Paseo de Gracia. The best fashion, interiors, bridal and jewelry labels are all on the doorstep - plus great restaurants, and of course, the entire Modernist area is only steps away.

Spectacular accommodation with all the extras, including an calming dry balcony to have breakfast, read a book, or have a nightcap after your action-packed day!

There is heating, air conditioning and 300MB fibre optic WIFI. High ceilings, ornate woodwork, and tiling throughout. The building has an elevator, but it is very old, so cannot be used for luggage unless guided by the porter. Regardless, it is only one floor up and a wide staircase.



TURN RIGHT past the hall entrance and fabric storage, until you come to a hidden wallpapered locked door - this is where you will enter the hidden guest suite apartment.

KITCHEN: with table for 2. Fridge/freezer, microwave/grill, dishwasher, induction cooking hob (no oven), toaster, citrus juicer. All cooking utensils and crockery. Kettle, Nespresso machine, filter coffee maker and Italian cafetiere for caffeine addicts.

BATHROOM: is off of the living area and is completely tiled with mosaic tiles. It has a thermostatic shower with complementary hypo-allergenic body gel, shampoo and hand wash. There is a large sink with sockets, adaptors and a hair dryer. Two sets of cotton towels are provided for each guest, as well as a beach and gym towels.

OPEN PLAN apartment:

1 - Living area - Comfy sofabed with TV/CD/DVD/cinema sound, DVD movie library of Spanish, English and adult films. Movistar+ cable TV with series on demand, and usually an english audio option.

2 - Work/study area. a small desk with power points.

3 - Outside area - inverted gallery style balcony with a cafe table and 2 chairs, 2 armchairs for reading a book or drinks. Plants, a fountain and soothing lighting. Complete tranquillity day and night, with a nice view of the back gardens.

4 - Sleeping area - converts to a bedroom by using the huge faux leather curtain to separate the living zones. The bed is big - 150 x 190 (queen size) and made of orthopaedic memory foam. Feather pillows, down duvet, and 100% cotton sheets. Polyester pillows and duvet are provided for allergy sufferers. Bedside LED reading lights, and a huge mirror. Wardrobe with hanging rail. Iron and ironing board. Yoga mat, umbrellas etc.

There are supermarkets and bakeries close-by, as well as every major international brand you can think of. Next to 3 metro lines and 2 train lines. Many of the top restaurants are within two minutes. Cafes and tapas bars that locals go to are on almost every corner. This area is not overly touristy like the Old Town (but is shopping central during the day). Rambla Catalunya is the civilized Rambla that everyone strolls up and down calmly, without the circus of the Ramblas!

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a late check-in charge of 30€ for check-in after 9pm - flights arriving after 7:30pm (19:30h), please discuss your flights before booking! Super early guaranteed check-in or super late check-out, if available, is at 50% of the daily rate. Use of the sofabed has an extra 10€ laundry charge per stay.

LGBT owned. Dry sense of humour guaranteed. We are Superhosts - our reviews confirm this.

Note about Airbnb default pricing:

Our default price stated is for: last minute availability, cancellations, the low season in November, December and January. Our peak price is 119 per night plus cleaning charge, plus 15 - 18 percent Airbnb commission. Some of our pricing may be managed by Airbnb's new automated pricing system, which uses their supply and demand metrics, like hotels and airlines. These prices fluctuate daily. The best way to lock-in a price is to enquire, and we will then pre-approve your booking. This will hold the price (but not the reservation) for 24 hours. Reservations are on a first-booked basis. We are full 99.5% of the year, so do not leave it if you have your heart set on staying.

Guest Access

The apartment is a self-contained guest suite - meaning that is it completely separate and private to the general area. The apartment has it's own hidden locked door.

Interaction with Guests

We provide a thorough introduction to all guests, and then let all guests enjoy their stay without interruption. We have 24 hour coverage should their be any problems.

The Neighborhood

Rambla Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia are the two main Luxe streets in Barcelona. Think of it as Barcelona's 5th avenue or Bond Street. The Secret Retreat is surrounded by international and local designer boutiques, interiors megastores, and of course, is bridal central. Some of the best restaurants, bars and hotels are on the doorstep - as well as two of Gaudi's masterpieces. A shopping addicts dream location.

Getting Around

5 metro lines and a taxi stand are just on the corner. Most people just walk everywhere - it is a walking city!

Other Things to Note

Guests normally arrive 75 minutes after landing at BCN airport.

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House Rules


- The apartment is strictly non-smoking inside, except for the balcony. Also, no pets for allergy reasons.

- 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.


We strongly recommend that you take out travel 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.

Remember that the main zones of the studio have zoned alarms, and a night vision web cam is located at the entrance for everyone's security.

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!

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

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living leading to galleried balcony

living leading to galleried balcony

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