Spacious loft-style apartment with beautiful private terrace just off the Ramblas in Barcelona’s historic centre. Completely remodeled in 2005 by architect owner (me:) with a modern open-plan design using sliding panels and curtains to separate spaces, whilst retaining some original features such as the timber beams and windows.
I have put much love and care into this apartment which has been my main home for 7 years, and I am happy for others to enjoy it so long as they are quiet and respectful. Not for party groups! Although it is possible to sleep up to 6 people it is more suitable for 2 to 4 due to the open plan. Also note - 4th floor with no elevator.
TERRACE: 15m2 with timber deck floor, large table and chairs, outdoor cooking facilities - sink and gas cooker. Shelter from sun or rain with a remote controlled awning.
KITCHEN: fully equipped with electric (vitro-ceramic) cooker and oven, microwave, dishwasher, stainless steel refrigerator and a bar with 4 barstools.
LIVING AREA with comfy sofa, two lounge chairs, coffee table,TV, music system.
DINING AREA with table and chairs for 6 people, SOFA converts to double BED (200 x 160cm) which can be curtained off.
BATH: large bathtub which can be opened to the living area if desired, and the “inner” bathroom (with normal door) has a shower, toilet and bidet.
BEDROOM 1: spacious room with balcony to the street, large double bed (200 x 160 cm)
DRESSING ROOM: Walk-through to bedroom 1, separated by curtains, you will have plenty of space for clothes.
BEDROOM 2 / STUDY: With desk area and double bed (190 x 150 cm). Can be opened up to the main bedroom or closed by transluscent sliding panels plus thick curtains. Has a window to the street with views to the Ramblas.
The apartment is 50 metres off the Ramblas, on the edge of the cosmopolitan and happening “Raval” neighborhood of the Old Town. It is a lively area especially at night with plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs within a few minutes walk. There is no ambient noise from trafic or music but you may hear the street-life on some nights!
Most of Barcelona's major sights are within easy walking distance - 2mins Palau Guell, 4 mins Liceu Opera house, 7 mins Boqueria market... The Old Port is right on the doorstep and a pleasant stroll along it will take you to the city’s main beach in 15 minutes.
Public transport is also very convenient with the metro stop “Drassanes” just 50 metres from the front door, and many bus routes passing close by.
CHECK IN/OUT: Please let me know your arrival and departure times and I will be as flexible as possible. Sometimes the official times may have to be respected, but it is possible to drop luggage earlier or store for a few hours after check out.
NO PARTIES. Please be reminded that this is a residential building and it is very important not to disturb the neighbours. No loud music or excessive noise allowed at any time, and please always be quiet and discreet in the stairs. You may occasionally allow one or two visitors during the day if you knew them from before your trip to Barcelona, but under no circumstance should there be any overnight guests or anybody who you just met.
Smoking is forbidden inside. You can smoke on the terrace but please close the door and be very careful to dispose of ash and butts, do not leave them behind.
Please take care with the apartment and it’s contents and try to leave everything where/as you found it. If anything is broken or damaged please let me know so it can be fixed or replaced. Minor mishaps will not effect the return of your deposit, I just ask that you take care.
Departure: Please leave the apartment tidy and respectable with everything back in its place, don’t leave trash or dirty dishes, thanks
The flat is a comfortable, airy and relaxing space that finds a happy balance somewhere between homely and stylish. It is very central, although tucked down a side road, which means most of the noise and bustle of La Rambla is kept at a distance. Kimberley was very welcoming and provided plenty of local knowledge to help us plan our stay.
Le logement était très agréable, spacieux, décoré avec beaucoup de goût, calme et très moderne. La cuisine est très bien équipée. Le quartier est sympa et central donc pratique ; nous n'avons pas utilisé la terrasse car nous avons passé tout notre temps à profiter de cette superbe ville de Barcelone.
Well-stocked and roomy apartment (especially for a couple!). The terrace and shuttered windows give it a very cozy, European feel. Glad to have such a nice bathtub for a long soak. Solid Internet, lots of basic necessities for an easy, weeklong stay. The terrace is lovely and full of happy plants. Kim did an excellent and thorough job introducing us to the apartment and its details. Note: there is a washing machine—this is really useful!
The four flights of stairs to the apartment are the hardest when you're lugging up your luggage, but you get used to them after that. The street noise is pretty phenomenal—it's par for the course in central Barcelona, though. Expect noise literally all night, with perhaps a lull between 4 and 7AM. Earplugs are your friend! The neighborhood is rowdy and you will almost assuredly be offered drugs and sex, but it's not rough or threatening!
Living in Kim's amazing apartment was a privilege. Out of more than ten trips with airbnb so far, this apartment was by far the best. The location is perfect for those visiting Barcelona, and the apartment so cozy and well designed, we just wanted to just stay in and cuddle. The beds were very comfortable, apartment clean and welcoming, and Kim is the perfect host. Living in this apartment is a unique experience. There is one problem though that light sleepers need to consider: on the weekednd nights there was considerable noise between midnight and 4am from the bars downstairs. But then, this is Barcelona no?
Our experience at Kim's place couldn't have been better. The location is a great plus. It's just 50 metres from la Rambla, but just far enough for a quieter time. The area is lively and full of interesting features , not to mention a great little cycle hire store downstairs. It's just five minutes walk from the harbour and we got to the beach at Barceloneta in about 15 minutes on foot.
Kim made us feel right at home - always in touch to see how things were working out.
The flat itself was a dream with lots of space for our family of four - with a very high level of fittings inside.
Kim was a great host! It started a week before coming, when she sent us tips on the best ways to reach the apartment from the airport.
Later on we received an e-mail with all the "must see" things in Barcelona and a cheap-medium-expensive list of all the good coffee shops and restaurants in the city.
Kim received us in the apartment and showed us around.
The apartment looks great, just as it does in the pictures (and we all know that many times the pictures are not what reality gives us).
The location of the flat was great.
All in all we had a great experience in Barcelona and much of it is due to the flat and to Kim's hospitality.
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