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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Barcelona, Catalonia

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JMFinPhil...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
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“The very best place to stay to experience Barcelona for the first time!”
Reviewed 7 February 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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My mother and I visited Barcelona for the first time at the end of January and absolutely fell in love with the city. Artur’s and Joana’s vacation rental (and their hospitality and responsiveness) had a lot to do with it. The place was lovely . . . the promised view of La Sagrada Familia from the apartment’s picture window was breath-taking. The design of the apartment was excellent and the furnishings tasteful . . . and spotlessly clean! Poor Artur had to put up with us a lot, however. We had rented a laptop with internet service during our six day visit, and there were technical difficulties beyond his control in the beginning. Eventually, it was all fixed.
The neighborhood is very quiet, with several nice restaurants and a grocery store just a block away. The apartment is near the metro stop for two lines, which made getting around the city a breeze. Taxis were easy to get, as well. Every evening, after a day of taking in the wonderful sights, and before going out to dinner, my mother and I would buy cheese and crackers and a bottle of wine from the local store and settle in to watch men play “bocce” ball and the dogs play in the park below us.
We rented this apartment a few doors down from their home base because it has an elevator. After a day on her feet sightseeing, my mother, who has replacement hips and knees, would not have been able to handle walking up four flights of stairs. To be honest, I still have my original parts and I don’t think I could have handled it! Despite being very conscientious about closing the doors and the cage on the old elevator after using it, oftentimes it would not close all the way. We had someone ringing the apartment’s buzzer two evenings in a row, yelling at us in Catalan. The second night, the same man ended up banging on our door. This terrified us. We thought it was a bill collector in a case of mistaken identity! Artur responded immediately and we discovered that it was a gentleman in the apartment building who was upset that we were not closing the elevator doors “properly.” Even after knowing that we had to be extremely diligent about closing the doors tightly, the morning we left, my mother went down first to take their taxi service to the airport (great service, by the way) and I found that I could not summon the elevator to fetch me. This elevator is quite sensitive, so if you choose this fabulous apartment, be sure to have Artur show you how to use it and practice closing the doors. I know that sounds silly, but it will save everyone a lot of trouble.
Along with the beautiful, comfortable apartment, Artur and Joana included a number of discounts and recommendations to nearby restaurants and sightseeing destinations. Artur was unfailingly polite, patient and helpful, despite all of the trouble we inadvertently caused. I would highly recommend this vacation rental! It was a truly wonderful experience.

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Liked best: The spectactular view!
Liked least: Nothing really! The apartment was missing a wine bottle opener, but Artur fixed that immediately!
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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“Couldn't have picked a better place to stay!”
Reviewed 12 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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I started looking for places to stay in Barcelona a month prior to our trip in Nov 2011. Checked out hotels as well as vacation rentals. Found this apartment along with many others on ownersdirect.co.uk, but this was the only one that had very high reviews of the owner - Artur.

Artur is a very friendly and gracious host and we were very relieved to have him pick us up from the airport - we had quite a bit of luggage and it would have been difficult to find a taxi large enough for the 5 of us (My wife and I, 2 kids (10 and 5) and grandma) and our bags.

Artur has several apartments in the building he lives in, however this one is 2 buildings away, and has an elevator! We had the best views of the Sagrada Familia and had the terrace on the 6th floor all to ourselves.

The metro stop is a 5 minute walk as is the start of the Blue line for the Bus tours. If you like a place to stay that has a view, you can't beat this one. Two bedrooms, hall, kitchen and dining area were comfortable enough for us 5 - and wouldn't have been a problem even if we had one more.

Some other factors that helped us narrow down where we would stay:
- L'Eixample seemed like a safe area to live in
- Unlike some other properties I checked out using Google street view, this one wasn't littered with graffiti.
- The owner was very friendly in his email communication
- Having a terrace to sit and enjoy the view and relax

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Liked best: Location of the apartment.
Liked least: Not sure I disliked anything! The kitchen could have used some more utensils, but wouldn't really classify that as a dislike.
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 for a stay in March 2018
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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Marchu07
Esquel, Argentina
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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Liked best: La vista impagable que tiene hacia la sagrada familia
Liked least: Que no tuviera ascensor.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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