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The reservation was canceled the day before arrival. This is an automated posting.
We enjoyed our stay in Barcelona, but that had nothing to do with our stay at Maria's apartment. Normally we had another apartment, but they cancelled it the dat before our arrival, so I had to chose the first one that answered. And that was Maria, although I never actually seen her... I would not recommend staying here too (unless you don't care where to sleep and party all night so you sleep like a rose)...
First of all, I have never seen Maria, nor did she return my calls or answered my messages. Instead some other guy came (1h later then our agreement) on behalf of Maria to let us in and do the check in. The apartment does not have a double bed in the one room (there were 2 singles), there is no Wifi (they send me a network/code via text but I have never seen the network (it is supposed to be from across the street, they use it...), the beds/sofa were awfull (noisy, wobbling, hard ...), noisy & loud neighbourhood, ... For the check out I did not even know what to do, I send her a message but she did not even replied. Till now, I did not hear anything of her, even during our stay we never heard something of her...
The flat is nice, spacious enough for 8/9 people (but only 1 shower).
But we haven't had a great experience with the host: she didn't answer my text before arrival. No problem: a guy was in the apartment at the agreed time, to give us the keys. It's more a flat from a real estate company, nobody lives there. The employee who welcomed us was just here to clean the flat and give us the keys. He didn't know how we had to check out.
Bad surprise: NO WIFI... When it is specified that there is Wifi in the flat, the Wifi MUST work ! It is very annoying when you are travelling abroad. Also, a friend of mine had to work during the week-end: she couldn't without Wifi...
If we had know that there was no Wifi in there, we would have booked another flat !!
During the stay, I tried to contact Maria (SMS, mail, calling her...)
- because the Wifi didn't work
- to know how to check out
But NO ANSWER
I only had an answer about the check out once I was back in France...ahah too late !
Also, the kitchen was not clean + the toilets drained slowly and were almost blocked.
Ping-pong table - A chill out yard - 2 toilets - Quite spacious
The absence of Maria (physically, and by phone or mail) = really annoying to get organized (especially when you are a large group!). I think she is not a real person and that there is a company behind this airbnb flat.
Not clean enough
The apartment was OK. It is well located, near the Sagrada Familia and close to the metro with good shops, cafes and restaurants nearby. The nearest metro stop, Verdaguer is very well connected. It sleeps 10 people quite comfortably so for a large group looking for inexpensive accommodation it's a good option.
We were met by a cleaner who gave us a set of keys. After this it was more difficult to contact the company and we weren't advised on what to do the keys when we left! Maria was helpful and friendly when she messaged me though.
The apartment itself was not well maintained. Most of the lights do not work, the kitchen is poorly equipped, the back door is flimsy & unsecure, one of the beds lacks a duvet and gets quite cold. Disappointingly, the ping pong table pictured was nowhere to be seen.
The outdoor area is nice to relax in and we enjoyed a few cold beers on the comfy chairs outside, although it can get a little smelly from the sewers after a hot day!
If you're looking for an authentic airbnb experience then this is not for you. This apartment has not been cared for like a home and lacks some very basic comforts that would make your stay more enjoyable.
If you're looking for an alternative to a hostel for a large group with a very basic setup then it's fine. We had a wonderful time in Barcelona, it is a beautiful city and we loved the area. We would definitely return to the city and although we probably wouldn't choose this apartment again, it fulfilled our basic needs and we had fun.
The reservation was canceled 7 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The reservation was canceled 65 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The reservation was canceled 2 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
PRENEZ GARDE. L'hôte ne nous a jamais répondu une fois arrivés sur place. Nous nous sommes retrouvés à la rue, sans logement, et sans pouvoir non plus joindre le service d'aide ce qui est inacceptable pour les deux partis.
Faites très attention, vous serez débités quand même et livrés à vous même.
The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.