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I absolutely LOVED this apartment!!! I stayed with my mom for the Merce festival. The views are indeed a delight and the location is perfect. I would add that you can see Torre Agbar when it's lit up if you lean out the front window.
Also, I'd recommend bringing a laptop so you can plug in a USB device (actually pretty convenient as you'll have it everywhere) or an unlocked iPad 3G because that's how you get Internet for this. I only brought a smartphone so wasn't able to enjoy it.
Key pickup and drop off was smooth. I really do wish I could have met Luca. In any case, being able to stay at a place such as this only gives me the desire to come back again.
Thank you so much!!!
The host canceled my reservation 10 days before arrival.
The views were stunning, and the apartment was very spacious, but we encountered problem after problem. This was not our first time staying with Airbnb, so we were ready for the apartment to be just that - an apartment, not a hotel. However, as it turned out for us, it would have been better to stay in a hotel. Luca ended up refunding us 40% which we think is fair.
There are none of the amenities of a hotel, not even towels that look like they're clean. I believe they were clean, but they were stained, which I found kind of gross. When you arrive, the apartment is all shut down and the bed is unmade; we found sheets hanging in the living room that we had to use to make the bed ourselves. There was a little toilet paper in the bathroom, but we ended up having to buy more for ourselves, as well as toothpaste, and other basic toiletries.
The apartment isn't especially clean. I kept finding other people's hair in various places, especially on the couch, which also had some stains. The kitchen counter was stained, and the trash can cover was dirty and unpleasant to have to keep touching to put trash in.
All of the above wouldn't really have been a problem, but then real issues started arising. We didn't have hot water to begin with, so Luca, being out of town, had his friend come over to try to help fix it (this friend is not a plumber). The solution his friend came up with was to turn on the radiators while we showered so the hot water would work. Not an ideal situation for August in Spain. Luca did not get us a plumber.
Next the internet broke down. The Orange card Luca has for guests in the apartment ran out of charge, so there was no way for us to contact him by phone because he was out of the country. Again, we had to go through his friend, calling from a pay phone down on the street. Luca refilled the card promptly but because of a problem Orange had, we didn't have internet for most of our stay. We realize this wasn't his fault, but it made getting in touch with him about the other issues very difficult.
Finally, midway through our stay, the elevator to the building broke, with us in it. We were stuck for a little while but got out. The main problem was that we had to walk up and down the 9 floors to Luca's apartment for the remainder of our stay. The building is old and not especially well kept, and the elevator service man did not come to fix it when he said he would. We ended our stay by dragging our suitcases down 9 flights of stairs.
We fully acknowledge that we had bad luck and that not all of this was Luca's fault, but he did not do a great job responding to our problems in the moment. Don't rent here if you're looking for any real sort of recourse if problems arise and/or the level of cleanliness you would get at a hotel.
Fab apartment, in a lovely neighbourhood in Barcelona. Near all vital facilities, and although not central all attractions are in walking distance. The roof terraces and view of Sagrada Familia, especially at night was priceless. Although Luca was unable to meet us the keys were easy to collect and Luca was very prompt in replying to any queries and gave some very useful tips of the local area. A recommended apartment and with a very helpful host!
Lots of space and light, great views. We had the best time!!!
Luca's flat is in a beautiful and in a charming neighborhood in Barcelona. The views are great and we had a wonderful stay. Luca met us and gave us helpful insight to the city. I would happily stay here again. Jack M.
The host canceled my reservation 15 days before arrival.
Overall a very good host, good location, and nice place.
I had bad luck I guess -- the Internet company cut off Luca's modem just before I arrived and it was a problem for me. Hard to survive with no Internet.
Otherwise it would have been terrific -- he really has it set up well and it's a very nice building/area.