Northern Irish, interior designer and writer, loves renovating found furniture, travel and languages.
Can't live without cheese, wine, trees, dancing, exploring.
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I spend 5 nights in Zara's property. I was in Barcelona to make a course at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the location was very convenient to take the direct train at Plaça Catalunya. The apartment was clean, well organized, quiet and very confortable. I did not see Zara during my stay, although we arranged everything perfectly by phone. Instead, I met Alex, the guy in charge of the house, who is incredibly charming, uncomplicated, smiling, talkative and kind. I would definitely try to book this room back if I ever have to travel again to Barcelona, and I recommend it to everyone!!
Tanti tanti saluti Alex, ed imbocca al lupo!!
Fantastico appartamento,grande,funzionale e in una posizione perfetta. A due minuti dalla rambla, a cinque dalla barceloneta.
Grazie Zara siamo stati benissimo peccato che fossero solo tre giorni!!!
Lo consiglio a chiunque cerchi una casa pulita e in ordine nel centro della città e la proprietaria di casa è stata fantastica!
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful apartment, loved the vintage styling. This is a huge spacious apartment, great open plan living/dining/kitchen area that was well stocked with all you could want. We didn't cook but there were plenty of utensils and pots and pans if you wished too. The wifi is ridiculously fast, the fastest I have ever used! The bedroom layout is a little quirky, the main bedroom is off of a smaller one, there is a door between the two but no door between the smaller room and the hallway. The other bedroom has plenty of beds and a curtain between it and the hallway. This was fine for us but if you are with people you don't know too well you might not be comfortable with this arrangement. There are loads of great places to eat in the area and it is perfectly located, we walked everywhere from here: Casa Batllo, Sagrada Famillia, Parc de la Citadella, Parc de Montjuic and everywhere in between. We really loved this old area, it has so much character and a surprise around virtually every corner. Zara was very friendly and had lots of tips for us on restaurants and bars and advice on transportation around Barcelona. Zara had another check-in to do around the same time so she suggested a cafe in the plaza at the end of the street where we could have coffee, she text to let us know she was on the way and was there before we had finished. Even though it was her birthday she didn't rush through things and gave us plenty of time to ask all the questions we had. Would definitely recommend this apartment and Zara as a host.
Chambre dans appartement situé au centre de Barcelone, excellent accueil, appart impeccable, séjour agréable, très bonne communication avant arrivée, reco +++
Zaras place was very central and beautiful. Our room was clean and the kitchen was big.
A cozy modern apartment, perfect for young and stylish people.
Unfortunately we didn't met Zara, but we had another nice host who was very friendly.
We will definitely tell our friends to try to get this room for a trip to barcelona.
It was a pleasure.
Zara and Alex are really great hosts, warm and helpful! The room was perfect, kitchen fully equipped, and the flat is perfectly located!
Don't hesitate to stay there for you trip in Barcelona!
Zara and Alex are so friendly and helpful. The first day night we arrived they had a sushi party until midnight. Zara prepared the other room next door. It was pretty good and let us away from the noise. We stay three nights. Our room is cozy and clean. I like the small balcony, can enjoy the street view. Doesn't like other review mention about the traffic noise, we think it was quiet at night. In the room there are a small heater we use every night, was quite cool when we stay there. The kitchen is fully equipped but too many good restaurants nearby so we didn't use it. The only drawback is shower drain in the both bathroom. The water can't drain properly when showering. You have to turn off the water for a while then keep going. It's doesn't matter for me but my sis don't like it. Besides this problem it was a wonderful stay in BCN. Definitely recommend to everyone.
My partner and I were hosted by Zara during March of 2014 and the apartment was in the perfect location for us. Lots of great eating places in the local area and Zara had some great tips, which we went to and were not disappointed. Zara was really helpful and met us on the day to go through everything.
The apartment was as pictured and very roomy. It was also very quiet, grey for an afternoon siesta.
the apartment is on level 2 and there is no lift, so if carrying bags up stairs is a problem, you need to be aware of this -it was not a great issue and not a show stopper.
Overall, a great stay in a wonderful city. Thanks Zara.
Zara is a very nice host! She handed me the keys and showed me the places to eat and see when I got there. She doesn't live in the apartment. She has a friend who lives in the apartment, didn't get to talk to him. There is a map on the fridge that has some restaurants marked. The room has a slight scent of cigarette when I entered the room. The sheets are also no the cleanest. There is no lock on the door.
However, the apartment is in a very convenient area, very close to Casa Batllo. short walk to the train station, with train directly to the airport. The room is very spacious, with access to a indoor balcony. The internet is fast enough for looking up maps and stuff to do..etc.
¡Hemos pasado unos días estupendos en casa de Zara! La habitación es muy acogedora, y la casa en general también. Dan muchas ganas de pasar horas allí y cuesta salir a descubrir la ciudad porque uno se siente como en casa. Todo muy limpio y ordenado, Alex y Zara nos trataron súper bien y nos recomendaron actividades y conciertos. Desde que podamos repetiremos la experiencia!!
All went perfectly, the booking, the stay, the flat was left in good condition. Thank you, hope you enjoyed your stay in Lisbon!
She is really nice person.I didn't get any problem from her.
Zara and her mum were fantastic guests. They are welcome back anytime!
Zara and me worked together 2 years and she was a great, worker, friendly and very creative partner.
As hostess, you'll discover the most interesting tips of the city.
In your space, you feel at home.
Good luck Zara
Zara is one of the warmest, most relaxed people I have ever met. Although her ability,
to multi-task like a mofo, know all the best places to go for gin and tonics on a Tuesday, carry random pieces of wooden furniture over long distances while rolling sushi for forty people may make her seem like a force of nature, she is in fact cool as a breeze on a hot Barcelona evening to be around!
I met Zara in Barcelona a few years ago and was delighted when I heard that she was a hostess for Airbnb. Zara is kindness personified and someone who always goes the extra mile to assist and support people and share her wondeful, genuine and generous nature. Over Christmas my daughter and I were a guest in her Airbnb room and Zara made that experience so easy for us, giving reassurance before I arrived as to how to get to from the airport to within walking distance of her house. I was completely reassured that I would not get lost by the very clear directions (and even the Spanish to use). Zara came out of work and met me off the bus and we walked the short distance to her apartment where she helped me up the stairs with my bags. The apartment was immaculate and very comfortable. The big king size bed was perfect for my daughter and myself. Very comfortable (I am very fussy about where and how I sleep at all times!), clean, airy, spacious room with a wonderful balcony high enough up from the street to provide a quiet night away from the traffic but not so far that my arthritic knees found the stairs too onerous. I loved that I could cook and wash up behind us and it was really great to have a catalogue of information available re places to go. The area is perfect for visitors; a great cinema around the corner, situated opposite lovely bakery and deli and excellent wine shops as well as cheap and cheerful little restaurants and cafes on the doorstep....the little Argentinian cafe being my favourite. The walk into the centre of Barcelona (Rambla etc) is both easy and enjoyable. Definately recommend Zara's room/apartment as a great base to explore Barcelona and definately recommend Zara as the hostess with the mostess!!
I couldn't imagine a friendlier, more helpful and accommodating host than Zara. She is fun, creative, well-traveled and kind and goes out of her way to make your stay in Barcelona special.
I recently visited Zara in Barcelona and she lent me her spare room for a few days. I have to say she is a born host. Apart from all the obvious stuff like clean sheets etc, Zara made me a fruit smoothie and eggs for breakfast. She is a very laid back and friendly person who knows everything worth knowing about Barcelona.
Clean, friendly, classy! what else is there?! Two thumbs up! -