You will find this lovely Apartement in the heart of Barcelona in the popular district Borne. Who ever is dreaming about having a couple of terrific days in this exciting town is exactly right to choose this wonderful place.The apartment, next to Santa Maria Del Mar and to the Picasso museum, offers all possibilities for a beautiful time! The studio Apartement in Mediterranean style is suitably for 1 to 2 persons. By the two wing windows it is very friendly and full of light, it has a big kitchen and its own bathroom. Free Wlan and a washing machine complete the joy of living! In front of the house there is a nice little square with an iceshop, a cafe and a smal supermercado! As soon as you walk out the door all the sightseeing is waiting for you and you can dive into Barcelona's pulsating way of life! To the beach it is only 10 min to walk! (;
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This apartment is spacious and central, with great light in the front room. It's a 4th-floor walk-up, with older appliances, heating, plumbing, etc. There's some noise from the small square (which the apartment overlooks), but you soon get used to the daily routine. I stayed here 3 months and was very comfortable. I never met Katja, but she was responsive to my e-mails and arranged everything smoothly. This is a wonderful place in the heart of Barcelona!
Katja was so lovely to deal with and accommodated me at short notice. She even got in touch after my initial booking was cancelled to let me know the apartment was actually available. Katja was helpful in getting me the information I needed to find the place as well as having someone greet me and show me around as she was away herself. She also leaves lots of useful information in the apartment which is great if you are a first time visitor to Barcelona.
The apartment was in a great location. So central and above a small square full of locals and a great little cafe. I would certainly stay there again if I were to go back to Barcelona.
Summary: It was a great apartment in an amazing location!
Katja arranged to have someone at the apartment to welcome me when I arrived; the host was extremely friendly and helpful and made me feel very welcome.
The apartment is on second to top floor of a building overlooking a courtyard...falling asleep with the windows/doors open all night felt great.
The neighborhood is safe and ideal located to check out a lot of the great sites around (and a 25 min walk to the beach/sea)
If/when I come back to BCN again I would stay in this place.
My stay at Katja's apartment was not a pleasant one and I would not recommend her apt. I travel extensively and have a good idea of what makes for a good experience.
Katja's apartment is somewhat clean, bright and comfortable, it is the same as shown in the pictures. What Katja failed to add to her listing is the unbearable noise from 8am to about 3am (sometimes later). As she states in her posting her apt looks over a café, well that café doesn't close until 12am at which time the staff begins to stack metal folding chairs, metal tables and umbrellas very loudly till about 1am. The noise from the café all day and night includes loud patrons, screaming children and barking dogs (understandable but unpleasant for the people living above). At around 1am when the café closes down the local youth congregate at building alcove across from the apartment to drink, smoke and yell and scream until around 3am when finally other apartment dwellers scream at them to get lost. None of this is explained in Katja's listing. There is no air conditioning or fans in the apt so if you close the windows to the muffle the noise the apt is hot and stifling. Construction then begins at 8am in her building and across the street. Having a space to relax and have some peace on vacation is very important, this apt failed to provide this.
Communication with Katja was also spotty. She seemed to be available before I booked yet once I paid she failed to answer some basic questions. She declined to let me check in early yet when I arrived for my check in the luggage of the other guests were still in the apartment. After not answering any of my questions about where I could keep my luggage if I arrived early we walked into an apt full of someone else's stuff. We were then informed by her friend that they would not be coming back for their luggage for another hour. So rather than relax in our apt, lie down or take a shower from travelling all day we had to wait for the previous guests to come back. When they did show up they walked through all the spaces of the apt while we sat uncomfortable.
I was very unhappy with our stay and wrote a message to Katja at 2am while we were up from the noise and her response was too bad, you got a great price (which we didn't as we stayed the week before in a bigger and nicer apt for less) and this is the city and I can't control the noise. No she can't control the noise but she can disclose that the café below is very noisy and stays open late and there is construction going on in her own building. Those things she would know.
If you are sensitive to noise and expect peace on vacation this is not the place.
une super adresse pour ceux qui veulent profiter de la vieille ville dans une ambiance zen et calme. Le quartier est vraiment sympa, tout est à proximité, l'appartement est simple et ressourçant, on s'y sent vraiment bien. Merci à Katja qui a tout fait pour que tout se passe bien. Juste une petite remarque sur la porte d'entrée qui est un peu étroite pour ceux qui seraient chargés et l'appartement est au 4e ou 5e étage accessible via escalier. Cela ne m'a pas du tout déranger mais bon à savoir. Une adresse que je recommande vivement!
Katja kindly had my father to stay (not the normal done thing I don't think!) but she was really flexible and accommodating. My experience of Katja as a booker was excellent, and this is what my dad had to say
"Great "atmospheric" apartment - all necessary amenities were provided. Very clean and extremely quiet - no noise from other apartments in the block. It has an open outlook with the ability to leave windows open all day and night for fresh air without security concerns. It is located centrally in the old city and very close (100 metres) to the markets (a small supermarket is also within 30 metres) where fresh produce can be purchased every day. It is close to many bars and bistros. Highly recommended."
We had a wonderful time in Katjas lovely Apertment! We liked it very much. It is located in a very nice area next to many sights, bars, restaurants and in walking distance to the beach and to all important spots.
The communication with Katja was easy and very uncomplicated. Everthing worked perfectly!
If we'll come back to Barcelona, we'd definitely try to stay at Katjas Apartment again! Thank you for everything, Katja!:)