About this listing
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. :)
Great location and host. Made for the exact experience we were looking for. Sarah was easy to work with and was right on with recommendations. Location was right in the middle things and made life so easy. Would go back in a heartbeat.
First of all we wanna say thank you very very much, your apartment is just lovely and so are you!
The apartments's location is just perfect, 10 minutes walk to the beach, when you go out of the apartment you are right in a little shopping street and the big shopping street is just 5 minutes walk.
The apartment by itself is small but for 4 people it is perfect, 2 bedrooms, 1 cute kitchen, a small bathroom and a really nice living room with two balconies where you have the best view ever!
Thank for making our trip to Barcelona perfect!
I can't recommend Sarah's flat enough. It's a beautiful apartment in an amazing location. We had a wonderful holiday only made better by staying here. If we come back to Barcelona we will be staying again!
The apartment is in the most perfect location, especially if you want to be right in the midst of things. We were able to walk to most things (beach, the Gothic quarter, Plaza de Catalunya etc) and we didn't have to look far for something delicious to eat and drink. Sarah provides you with an extensive list of places to try - none of which will disappoint, we enjoyed every place we tried on her list. Sarah was the perfect host : punctual, friendly and informative. Sarah also went out of her way to find us an iphone charger when we told her we'd forgotten ours - fantastic service and very kind of her. If you want to see an authentic, fun side to Barcelona then you must stay here. As many others have said it can get very loud at night but we found we were so tired from exploring all day that it'd didn't stop us from sleeping too much! An absolute gem, I would definitely stay again!
We had an amazing stay in Barcelona. The location of the apartment is right by Santa Maria del Mar so guests are guaranteed a great view. While the bedrooms are really nice the large living room is simply great for hanging out if you are traveling with friends. Sarah was extremely welcoming and flexible when it came to our arrival and the overall arranging of our stay. She has extensive knowledge about the area and is more than willing to provide insight into possible activities and recommend amazing restaurants. She also left us a bottle of wine which came in handy the first night. In short, the apartment and host are both very recommendable.
The location was great! It's walking distance to many points of interest, also close to a metro station, close to the beach and the port which was awesome. There's tons of restaurants, stores and everything you need within minutes of walking. Sarah was amazing and took really good care of us. If we needed anything she was definitely beyond helpful and sent us tons of suggestions and things to do.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Sarah’s delightful apartment beside the Basílica Santa Maria del Mar in the heart of the bustling El Born district. The first-floor location and three balconies create a feeling of almost being on the street. The location throngs with pedestrians from early morning into the small hours and would perhaps be less suitable for people sensitive to noise. If, however, you want to be at the centre of things and feel Barcelona’s beating pulse, this is a perfect base! Sarah was very welcoming and also quick to make herself available when we had issues with the immersion heater. The compact but charming apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and washing machine, making it ideal not only for a short stopover but also a longer stay. El Born is a great location for exploring the city, close to public transport links – with bus, metro and train stations all nearby – and is just a few minutes’ walk from the beach at Barceloneta. A perfect venue for a visit to Barcelona and warmly recommended!
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About the Host, Sarah
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.