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Catalan journalist guy living in Barcelona. I love travel, food, photo, art, nature and happy people!
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We had an incredible 6-day stay in Barcelona, in big part thanks to our great "home base" in El Born. As we were on a biking trip in Catalonia before our arrival in Barcelona, we were unsure of when exactly we would arrive at the flat. Marc was very patient and flexible with us. Eventually, we met at the apartment and found it all lovely, pristinely clean, and even better than portrayed on the website. The location is perfect with two balconies, front and back, onto pedestrian streets. Lovely lacy trees and lots of potted plants on the balconies gave us a lot of greenery as well as privacy. Couple blocks one way (with coffee shops on the way) to the metro. Couple blocks the other way to the park, and several blocks in another direction to the beach. Kitchen was small but sufficient for our needs. Grocery stores and St. Caterina market very close. Bed and linens were comfortable and the 1 1/2 baths was a nice added bonus. Marc left us lots of information on the surrounding area with wonderful restaurant recommendations, maps and guide books. We highly recommend this flat for anyone wanting to experience Barcelona.
Marc's place is as gorgeous as it looks in the photos, and perfectly located – only a minute away from all the bars and restaurants in El Born without being in the thick of the tourist area. Close to metro, Parc de la Ciutadella (great for a relaxing stroll or picnic) and a walkable distance to the beach. Everything we needed was provided, and Marc was really friendly, helpful and prompt in answering all our questions. We would definitely consider staying here again if it was available next time we're in Barcelona!
If you stay in Barcelona, it's easy... STAY BY MARC)))
Marc's Place was perfect for us!! Its exactly like the photo's, only better!! The apartment has great style and has a very cozy warm feeling. It has everything you need. I enjoyed having a morning coffee with the doors open to the small terrace...and listening to the music in the streets...The location is fantastic, right in the heart of El Born...walking distance to everything...great restaurant's...shopping....the metro...bars...everything you need is right there!
Thanks Marc for having us in your home and making our stay in Barcelona a wonderful experience, we would definately recommend your place to anyone!!
Amanda & Paul
21st August 2012
To be honest, the existing reviews of Marc and his flat had already guided us to contract with him (we also felt the Buddha statue and typewriter were the right "signs") so we felt confident about our stay. It was a pleasant surprise to arrive off of an 8-hour flight and find Marc at the flat to greet us. (btw, he is beautiful. :) His kindness transcended his beauty when he took each personal luggage assembly and carried it up 5 narrow flights of stairs! He personally showed us every amenity we'd need during our stay, and spent time with us, reviewing our 4-day sight-seeing agenda and giving us time-saving and $$-saving tips, like a local "friend" would do.
As an aside, we visited in August when most of the establishments Marc recommended were on holiday, but found ourselves pleasantly surprised by the food and service quality of the restaurant behind his apartment.
The area is safe (we felt safe) and interesting (much like the Village in NYC) with funky shops and many cafes. It is RIDICULOUSLY close to the Picasso Museum and the Palace of Catalan Music.
Great apartment and host; I highly recommend Marc's place! He responds promptly, was really nice, and super helpful! Even though my flight came in 3 hours before check in, he was able to accommodate me. As other people mentioned, he has maps, tourist info, in addition to a lot of restaurant recommendations (with little notes like 'best paella'!), ready for you on the kitchen table when you arrive. No concierge or guide book necessary!
The apartment is just like the pictures and the location is absolutely perfect...very clean, great decor, all kitchen amenities you need, and within walking distance to everything of interest but off the main noisy tourist track. I felt very safe coming home at night. Unlike other apartments in El Born, the entrance opens into a small plaza, not a small alleyway type street. Something to keep in mind if you are a woman traveling alone!
I can't wait to go back to Barcelona and stay at Marc's again!
Marc was the perfect host for our recent visit to Barcelona. His apartment is absolutely beautiful and the perfect base from which to explore this wonderful city. Marc is a very warm and friendly person who gave us many tips for restaurants and places to visit. He checked in with me a couple of times during our week long visit to make sure everything was ok. I have no hesitation in recommending Marc and his apartment to anyone looking for a home from home in Barcelona. Many thanks Marc!
Everything was great!
Marc was AWESOME!
Five stars is not even close to the rating he deserved.
He waited for my on the street, showed me the apartment (that is unbelievably beautiful).
He gave me a list of restaurants and bars to visit, with the kind of food and how much it would normally cost. I and all my course friends loved all the tips.
If this wasn't enough, he gave a Welcome Chocolate too.
It's unfair with other hosts. After staying with Marc, my parameters are much higher.
He was really attentious and interested if I was enjoying my stay ( but not in an invasive way).
Marc is the kind of person you wish to befriend with.
He was really easy to achieve and helped in any question that I had, be it of the flat, the city, or just a tip to go to a nice bar.
He was one of the reasons my experience in Barcelona was remarkable.
I hope to rent this apartment again.
Thank you for everything Marc, you were great!
Our experience with Marc and his space was simply amazing. He is an absolutely perfect host - he greeted us upon arrival; supplied us with many useful tidbits of information for navigating the city (our personal concierge); very responsive in all communications, even met us part way through our stay to help with some navigation questions.
The space is located in a perfect area of town for dining, walking, exploring, and reaching other areas. The apartment was super clean and very comfortable and welcoming. We had absolutely everything we needed to have a perfect stay in Barcelona and would hurry back to Marc's apartment.
Marc has been a wonderful guest! Nice, easy to talk, clean, good vibes and very interesting (we had the chance to have a coffee). I would recommend him 100%!
Nice and clean
Marc is the kind of people which you would be glad to have some time to speak to, it is very special and we also had an special connection through other friends. We were glad and very lucky to meet someone like you and your friends.
great guys, pleasant , clean reliable and friendly. would love to see them again and would highly recommend other hosts
Thank you for being such a great guest! Hope to see you soon back.
Marc is the best host you can have! He is honest, profesional and very nice person. Besides his apartment is modern, beautiful and is in the heart of Barcelona.
Mark is openminded, friendly and over all a very cool person. I was lucky enough to meet him some time ago while taking the photographs of his lovely apartment and i can honestly say that he's definitely one of the best hosts that i've had the chance to work with. He managed to turn a job assignment into a really nice time and made me feel absolutely comfortable and welcome at his place (which by the way you'll love in case you decide to stay at it. What a nice and charming flat, even better than in the pictures! and you can trust me on this one : )
Perfect location, fantastic host.. totally recommendable!
Wanna spend your time in the coolest area in town? In a comfy and unique place? Marc is your contact. See the furniture and the details on this apartment...and you'll know more about him. Trustful, friendly and above all, concerned about all details to make you experience AN UNFORGETABLE STAY IN TOWN. His apartment is just THE PLACE TO BE if you wanna feel AT HOME living in the core of the city. (Born neighborhood). Only a bad new: you will have to leave.... and come back another time!