Location, location, location!
If you’re looking for an authentic experience living like a local in the heart of Barcelona’s most sought-after neighbourhood, El Born, then look no further! From the small winding streets to the large squares where people go for lunch or dinner, El Born is undoubtedly the best place to spend your holiday in Barcelona.
Our wonderful Santa Maria apartment is situated in the absolute centre of this charismatic and charming district and is amazingly well located - within 5-10 minutes you can walk to the beach, the port, the Ramblas, and the beautiful Ciutadella Park. You also have dozens of bus stops (including the tourist hop-on, hop-off bus), three metro stations and the international train station Franca within a 3 minute walk as well as the best shops, restaurants, bars and cafes in Barcelona just a few metres away.
The apartment is a large 60m2 corner apartment, with a great dual aspect view - over the pretty Fossar de les Moreres square and along the Passeig del Born (main street of the neighbourhood) on one side and directly into the door of the stunning Santa Maria del Mar church on the other. It has three large balconies where you can sip on some Sangria and watch the world go by.
With two double bedrooms (one with a sofa bed which is made up on request) the apartment can sleep up to four people. It has a spacious living room with two balconies (one on each corner), a fully equipped kitchen with oven, fridge, freezer, cooker etc, and a small bathroom with shower. There is a washing machine which you are welcome to use and also a secure, high speed wifi internet connection.
Being situated on the first floor, the only downside to this apartment is that there is a lot of noise from passers-by on the streets and square outside, and from the delivery vans who supply the nearby cafes and bars in the mornings. For us, this isn’t an issue because we love to feel completely immersed in the city vibe, but if you are noise-sensitive it is important to consider this before booking. As a matter of courtesy, we provide complimentary earplugs for those of you who are light sleepers! :) The up-side is that throughout the day you get to hear beautiful organ music playing from inside the church, and every now and again there is even a concert in the square outside, giving you by far the best seats in the house from the private balconies!
As your hosts, Chris (airbnb user 493394) and I (Sarah) are here to look after you and can provide you with all the information you need on where to go and what to do during your stay. We provide all the latest city magazines so you know what's happening while you are here and to make you feel at home, we even throw in a few essentials such as freshly baked bread, milk, tea, coffee... and Spanish wine! :)
- We would prefer only singles, couples or families of up to four please. Groups, please contact me first.
- Respect the neighbours - Strictly no parties and no noise in the stairwell when leaving or entering the apartment, especially with luggage.
- Towels provided are for use only in the apartment. If you plan on going to the beach, please bring your own beach towels.
- We are flexible with check-in and check-out times. However, where we have same-day check-ins and check-outs, we ask that guests departing can leave by 12 noon and guests arriving, come after 2pm. This allows us to clean the apartment thoroughly in between.
- If you are going to arrive earlier or later than the pre-arranged check-in time, please contact me. :)
Sarah was very welcoming and kind. We loved staying in the apartment, its location is absolutely fantastic!!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Barcelona. The location of the apt. is in the middle of much nightlife and one can walk easily to many amazing areas of the city. We especially appreciated Sarah's recommendations of restaurants and places to enjoy while we were there!
This was the second time i have stayed in this flat. Sarah always very welcomed, helpful and friendly. The flat was very comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated. The location is excellent – very close to the metro station though you don't need it because you can walk everywhere around. If you want to explore the city you should stay in this flat! When we head to Barcelona again, we would definetely stay at Sarah’s flat. All in all I feel that the flat is a home from home for me:)
This was our first visit to Barcelona and it was made especially pleasant thanks to Sarah's hospitality. The flat was perfectly suited to our needs and was nicely decorated. It was located in what we thought was the best area of Barcelona. We fell in love with the neighborhood and all its charm. The square below can get a bit noisy after hours mostly due to college kids out having a good time, but over all, the sounds of the people and activity below was part of the charm. We highly recommend this charming location and appreciate Sarah's hospitality.
Just came back from Barcelona and want to share my impression from the apartments:
- Sarah was the perfect host, I appreciate her hospitality and support during the whole period of my stay in the apartments
- Location is just brilliant: close to Gothic quarter, few hundred meters to metro (L4, yellow line)
- View from apartments is very nice (square, church)
- Great number of shops, nice cafes, tapas places and restaurants in the area
- Small Flamenco show few hundred meters away
- Nightlife is just around - people are walking during the whole night
- Complementary bottle of wine
- kitchen and shower are very small
- since people are walking late in the area sometimes it might be too nosy during night
Had an amazing time at Sarah's apartment, she was very welcoming and had no problem with us arriving quite late in the evening. Had great communication through out the trip and she had super recommendations for us. Very centrally located to all the sights, restaurants/bars and transport. Would highly recommend and have no problem staying here again. Thanks Sarah!
Sarah was an excellent host! I spent a month at the Santa Maria flat, and it was a wonderful place to come home to every day after work. She was accommodating, and friendly--couldn't have asked for more. The area is lovely, and conducive to both work and play. Would definitely return in the future!!
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Architect, designer, artist, writer, musician: all round creative! Dog lover and obsessive traveller. Owner of a small travel guide publishing company. I adore Barcelona and consider it a privilege to be able to host people in this amazing city. No matter how busy I am, I always make sure I am there to meet guests on arrival and provide local recommendations. I am on call 24/7 and do my best to help people have the best experience possible during their stay.