About this listing
My home is a really nice area in Barcelona, close to lots of tourist places but with a good amount of locals living there, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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Great quiet apartment in Born, very close to Sta. Maria del Mar church, in the old city, with lots of restaurants and bars around, and just 15 min. walk from the beach. Just around the corner you can find the high street with lots of brands and small designers! Lots of terraces, markets and beautiful shops to wander around.
In a short walking distance you can find the big Cituadella park, the Picasso Museum and Textil museum, the Cathedral, the roman square of St. Jaume, the Gothic neigbourhood.
1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom and a double sofa bed very easy to open. Also a brand new bathroom, automatic blinds, big kitchen, WiFi internet, TV with USB connection, DVD player, hair dryer, washing/dryer machine, oven... all facilities! And also alarm for your safety.
And a big lift to carry all your luggage!
Buses 2 minutes away to all central Barcelona and tourist spots, Jaume I tube station (yellow line) 4 minutes away or Barceloneta station very close as well. Estacion de Francia train station in a short walk and taxis and bicycles by the main street to take you around the city!
The flat is all yours, but, of course, you need to respect the common areas as they are shared with other neighbours.
Interaction with Guests
My brother or I will welcome you in the flat and will pick up the keys when you leave. During your stay I will not be with you but you can always email or call me to ask any question you might have! I love to help!
Other Things to Note
Once you get there I will explain you how everything works (alarm, blinds, etc).
This is a non smoking flat. Please parties are NOT allowed, so no loud music/TV and no noise on the stairways.
Please be reminded that this is an apartment within a residential building so great care must be taken to ensure no disturbance is caused.
Also, downstairs door must be locked from 10pm overnight.
We provide a clothes hanger to dry the clothes inside since hanging them on the balconies is not allowed in the neighbourhood.
Other than that please feel at home, do not do anything you would not do at home! :)
We found the apartment be be super. This is all about location, el born is a great barrio and this apartment puts you right at the centre of the action. With great bars and restaurants and little over a 10 minute walk to the beach what more could one want. A quite nights sleep is not an issue, the apartment is not on the main areas for pedestrians. Any questions or enquiries were dealt with very quickly. Loved it could only highly recommend.
My husband & I rented Helena's fabulous apartment for 5 weeks this summer. We could not have picked a better place. The location is outstanding, everything is on your doorstep or within very easy reach. The apartment is super safe with a great security system (though we found Barcelona very safe) Helena could not have been more helpful, she answered all our questions quickly and was in touch with lots of handy hints. We were working quite a lot of the time and the wifi was excellent as well. The café below the flat run by the French brothers is a secret gem as well. By far the best menu del dia in Barcelona. All in all we would be back at the drop of a hat and are looking for dates for next year already.
I had a wonderful travel experience and staying at Helena's place made my experience even better. Helena emailed me all the relevant information before I left the US. She sent me pictures of how to use the Alarm and the best places to eat and her sightseeing spots. When I arrived at her place her Brother, Antonio met me, do to her Mother having eye surgery. I was greeted by her Brother with open arms. He was waiting for me, looking out the window to make sure I wasn´t lost. Wow! He called out my name, I felt comfortable instantly, knowing he was my greeter. He showed me everything, how to turn on the Alarm and use the keys to giving me his contact if I needed anything while I was staying here. Her place was located in the middle of Born, exciting part of Barcelona. It was in a great location, quiet from the noise, double pain, floor to ceiling widows, that opened to the breaze at night, automatic storm shutters to keep it dark and safe. All the amenities that she described were exactly the same. Great WiFi. Clean, and everything that you need to having an easy vacation. Just down the stairs and out the door you can get a great cup of coffee and pastry in the morning and a night cap at the Irish Pub, just steps away. I was amazed how close everything was in walking distance, Maria Del Mar and Picasso Museum, just around the corner. Once again, Helene would text and email me to make sure I was comfortable and that everything was to my liking. I never felt alone in a strange place. If I had a place in Barcelona, I would ask her to watch it and be my Host. I will refer your place to my friends and I want to stay in your flat again. Perfect 10!
Helena's apartment was great! I can't say enough about how great the location is! I couldn't have asked for a better location. It's in the heart of Barcelona close to all the places you want to be near but at the same time is on a quiet road, so is peaceful at night. The building is also very safe. The apartment is really clean and we had everything we needed. Linens and towels were clean and plentiful and the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need! To top all that off, Helena had left a list of great restaurants and places to see in the apartment as well as sending me an email before I left on holiday with all the must sees and places to eat! She was super helpful and was always available when we had questions via whatsapp or email. I can't think of a single negative about Helena or the apartment except that I didn't get a chance to meet her! Luckily though, I got to meet her super sweet mom! I feel super lucky that my husband and I got to stay at Helena's apartment! We will definitely be staying there again on our next visit....or at least I hope!
We spend almost a month in Helena's apartment with our 9-month old daughter which worked out very good.
Helena is a very good hosts. Helena responded quickly on emails and gave us a lot of recommendation on what to do, eat and drink in Barcelona which was great! Helena's brother met us in the apartment upon arrival and gave us all necessary information. He was also available for any questions during our stay which was nice.
The apartment is corresponding to the description and was clean and well organized. It has a very good location in Born, central but still quiet corner. We really appreciated the fact that there is an elevator in the building as we had stroller with us.
We would happily recommend the apartment and Helena as a host.
We stayed in the apartment for almost two months and we really enjoyed it.
Helena and Antonio are great hosts,extremely professional,great people,always ready to help.
Host that you can only wish for!!!!!!
We will rent the apartment again with pleasure!!!!!
My 4 month stay at Helena's flat in El Born was amazing. I loved it, and it will always remain a special place to return to while in Barcelona.
First, the location of the flat is unbeatable for a stay in Barcelona. El Born is full of restaurants, bars, cafes and its alway buzzing. Also, its centralized between the beach, Las Ramblas tourist area, Parc Ciutadella and more. Also, the flat is just steps away from the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar.
Second, it is comfortable, cute, and full of amenities. All of the windows come up via remote control, allowing the flat to become completely sunny and full of air.
Finally, it feels very safe for Barcelona due to Helena's new security system. Once we got the hang of the system, it is an easy way to make the flat completely protected.
Overall, my experience with Helena was a great one. She responded to all concerns or issues quickly and effectively, and had her brother and mom on hand in Barcelona to help us out.
For now, I will miss Helena's flat; however, I can't wait to stay in it next time I am in Barcelona!
About the Host, Helena
I am a Spanish architect who loves to travel! I love finding new cafes, reading the paper on a sunny Sunday and... the sea! The designer shop around the corner and a good movie on a weekend make me happy.
I have been travelling since I was very little and I like to feel like at home, I always thought hotels could be impersonal so travelling to homes is a better option! :)
I hope you enjoy my place!