About This Listing
Imagine your own 5 star hotel room inside an apartment, now double it and we are getting close.
This superbly decorated and fully equipped 2 bedroom apartment has been lovingly restored in November 2012. Without sacrificing the original charm of the 1850's building we have modernized with all of todays luxuries but kept the mosaic tiles, high ceilings and spectacular wood work.
Layout - 2 completely private double rooms with 2 private ensuite baths. Both rooms have two doors each, one door to enter and the other double doors onto the internal patio with natural light.
- massive lounge with a double sofa bed for larger groups or families.
- Brand spanking new kitchen with all the bells & whistles
- Sexy flat-screens TV's in every room, music and wifi
Location - Right in the of el Born (think soho of London or West Village in NYC but better). From the balconies you can almost touch the beautiful church Santa Maria del Mar. Spitting distance to one of the cutest wine bars "La Vinya del Senyor" on Plaza Santa Maria. Fresh Paella just at the end of the street at mama's "Mar de la Ribera".
You are in amongst the action but tucked away behind double glazed windows so when you don't want to you don't have to hear anything.
Transport from here is a breeze but honestly you will probably just walk everywhere:
Metro: Jaume I (Yellow line L4)
The street is quiet, beautiful & pedestrian only access (hence we meet at GoCar to collect the keys).
1. ARRIVAL: I'm happy for you to check in early or check out late if there are no other guests before or afterwards, otherwise check in is from 16:00 and check out by 11:00 to allow plenty of time for the flat to be professionally cleaned. You can always store your bags with the doorman or in the restaurant. If you have a weird flight time let me know and we can work something out :-)
2. How do I submit a reservation request?
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3. What is Instant Book?
The Instant Book feature allows you to book instantly without having to wait for my confirmation. This is a bit like a pre-approval without the need for a me to manually pre-approve each guest. I have made this listing available through Instant Book, once the reservation details and payment information are submitted the reservation is automatically confirmed on the site.
4. How does the Airbnb payment system work?
The payment system is secure, reliable, and convenient, supporting many currencies.
When your reservation is accepted, the payment is processed and collected by Airbnb in full.* Whether the reservation is two days or two months away, they hold the payment until 24 hours after check-in before giving it to me. This gives you security that everything is as expected.
5. How does Airbnb handle security deposits?
A security deposit helps protect hosts and guests from accidents that occur during a reservation. For example: spilled wine on the rug, a broken window, or an unreturned key.
Details on the process:
24 hours before check-in, the guest's credit card is authorized for the amount of the deposit.
48 hours after the checkout date, the authorization is released if the host does not make a claim.
This will be your home not a hotel, make yourselves at comfortable and relax :-)
Please no smoking in the house (€250 fine)!
Also please respect the neighbours and keep noise down to a minimum. Barcelona has some funny rules about subletting so just say you are friends of mine if asked, thanks :-)
Damien's place was in a great location! Right near the Ribera district and Gothic Quarter. The neighborhood of El Born has many trendy cafes and boutiques. Close to the Port and about a 10 minute walk from Barceloneta Beach. Place was very clean, rooms were big, each with their own bathrooms. Huge open living/dining area and large kitchen. Wish we would have utilized that for a dinner at home one night but ran out of time! Quiet at night and slept well! WiFi worked just great! Place offers AC but was not working so he brought fans for each room which did the job. Highly recommend if you want to be within walking distance of the "happening" area.
The host was helpful and the apartment was ready for our arrival with all the amenities as described
Beds are very comfortable and the kitchen is modern.
The location is superb walking distance to most tourist attractions
Again thanks alot Damien and your staff for all the help much appreciated and looking forward for my next visit.
The apartment is in a fantastic location, the best area in Barcelona. The apartment itself is really lovely, very comfortable and clean. They left us a bottle of cava in the fridge which was a nice touch. The host was really nice and we would definitely stay there again.
Perfect location in the heart of everything; comfortable pad with old school charm. Kitchen and bedrooms very dark (this is the norm for old buildings like this one, but now I understand why all the lights are on in the photos in the listing!).
We were three friends staying, all guys; we should have gleaned from the description that the place was better suited to two couples (it has two double beds, each with ensuite bathroom that's only accessible through the bedroom). One of us drew the short straw and had to use the sofa bed in the lounge. This was fine, but that room is rather noisy (you’re in the centre of the old town, and the double-glazed windows only go so far to keep sounds out — plus old buildings are not well insulated). Also, the curtains didn’t really block the light, so my friend had to sleep with a pillow wrapped around his head.
The place was very clean. Furnished tastefully, if spartanly. It felt more ‘hotel’ than ‘someone’s apartment’, which in a way it was (there are a ton of other listings around Barcelona from the same owner).
I’d brought a pot to make my daily coffee but couldn’t use it because the cooker was of the induction variety, and you can only use the special pans supplied. No biggie! But this should be spelled out in the description.
Karolina (who works with the owner) was friendly, helpful and always accessible by phone. The taxi service that I pre-booked with the owner was reliable.
These are all niggles and I would stay here again. The only part that bothered me was that when I arrived home, I had a message from the owner asking for 50 EUR to pay for what he said was a damaged lock on the front door. I remember the lock never worked as I thought it should, but I don’t think it was us that forced it.
I split the difference with the owner, as I can’t be 100% sure that we had nothing to do with damaging the lock. Still, after paying 330 EUR per night (factoring in cleaning and AirBNB fee) I felt a bit strange about paying for something I don’t really believe I’m responsible for.
Otherwise, good memories of a pleasant stay!
From the first time I messaged Damien to when he assisted in arranging a car to drive me to the airport upon my departure from his fantastic apartment, the level of service, and friendliness has been far above and beyond any other airbnb I've stayed at. Every response to any question was immediate and immediately helpful.
The apartment is very tastefully decorated (better taste than I have!) and very comfortable.
I highly recommend staying at Damien's apartment for anyone who wants a comfortable, convenient location, with exceptional service! I know I'll be in touch every time I return to Barcelona.
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About the Host, Damien
Having traveled and lived all over the world I appreciate the simple pleasures and the benefits of staying in a home rather than a hotel. I started off with sharing my spare rooms through Airbnb and now with the help of my little team we have a dozen private luxury apartments, however we strive to maintain the family feel and love to share the best of Barcelona with you.
My assistants Karolina and Maria, the cleaning team and I are here to help.
Feel free to grab a drink from the fridge and I encourage you to buy some amazing ingredients at the market and utilize the kitchen.
Just around the corner from the apartment, great wine but be careful of the prices by the glass, better to order a bottle :-)Plaça Santa Maria Barcelona 08003
My favourite Tapas bar in the neighbourhood with the best food at the best prices :-) Say hi to Dani for me... The best pork ribs Ive had in the world...Carrer Montcada Barcelona Barcelona 08003
Nearby Parking GarageVia Laietana Barcelona Barcelona 08003
Fantastic Tapas but watch what you order or it can get expensive, best to book in advance for one of the few tables in the back. Without a booking expect over 1 hour waiting for one of the bar seats.PLAÇA OLLES Barcelona 08003
Nearby Parking GaragePlaça Comercial Barcelona CT 08003
Best market in town and just around the corner, way better than any supermarket and open everyday except Sunday until at least 2pm, later on Thursday and Friday.Carrer d'En Giralt El Pellisser Barcelona CT 08003
Delicious food.Carrer de la Fusina Barcelona Barcelona 08003
Like a seafood market but they cook it for you too..C/ Comercial Barcelona 08003
Good but not amazing although it is a good quick intro into Barcelona and the market.C/ Francesc Cambo Barcelona 08003
Fun little talking cars that will show you Barcelona.Carrer de Freixures Barcelona CT 08003
Talking Tour Cars - Stop right outside, hop out, grab a photo or do the visit, then jump back in and off to the next stop on your list. No queues as in city bus tours, no waiting, no nonsense.Carrer Freixures Barcelona BARCELONA 08003
Great sushi restaurant where there are kangaroos (baby-sitters) for the kids so mum dad can enjoy their meal.Calle de Jaume Giralt Sant Pere Santa Caterina i la Ribera 08003
better for the kids than Parc GuëllPasseig Lluís Companys Barcelona 08018
Best cocktails in Barcelona! - Foc lit its fire in 2005 and created an informal but fancy place where people meet up for sharing great cocktails, delicious Mediterean meals or just for having a laugh!Passeig de Joan de Borbó Barcelona Barcelona 08003
Great Burgers and even better mojitos by the beach!Passeig de Joan de Borbó Barcelona 08039
Gran Foc is a place for a complete night out: have dinner and enjoy live music or resident dj’s with its regular music programm and events.C/ ROGER DE LLÚRIA Barcelona BARCELONA 08010
My favorite Gaudi buildingPg. de Gràcia Barcelona 08007
Spoil yourself in their spaPasseig de Gràcia Barcelona Cataluña, Catalonia 08008
tapasCarrer de Mallorca Barcelona 08037
Star-wars sculptures on the roof and all :-)Passeig de Gràcia Barcelona CT 08008
Luxury shops, shopping centers, restaurants...etc
a must seeCarrer de Mallorca Barcelona CT 08013
Great MojitosC/ Muntaner Barcelona 08036
A must see but dont expect grass and swingsCarrer d'Olot Barcelona 08024