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SAFEST AREA OF GOTHIC-PLAZA CATALUNYA- NR BEACH-WALK ALL AREAS

Owner

Advertiser since: 2011
Speaks: english
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Calendar last updated:
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SAFEST AREA OF GOTHIC-PLAZA CATALUNYA- NR BEACH-WALK ALL AREAS

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Ciutat Vella Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Many people think that this apartment is on the most beautiful pedestrian street in BCN (and if you don´t believe us have a look yourself at the Links below. (It is also one of the safest streets as it is tucked just behind the police station on the Via Laietana.) In the background you can see the wall of a 14th century monastery, just 20 meters from the apartment. Part of the reason why the street is such a treat is that it is 3 meters wide - yes, less than 10 feet! (But don´t worry - the bedrooms are at the back of the apartment. On leaving the apartment you step back into medieval Barcelona.

WALK EVERYWHERE IN THE OLD CITY

The open plan living area is done in 'Modernista' style with a mosaic-type dining table, period mirror, traditional Catalan vaulted ceilings and the original (recently treated) wooden beams. There are new parquet floors throughout. There are 2 double bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed and the other with a trundle bed) and one single bedroom. The shower in the new bathroom will help you cool off after exploring the city on foot. There is Catalan sunlight to wake up to and enjoy all day long. The apartment is on the 2nd (real) floor - 2 flights up (no elevator).The internet connection at the computer desk gives you unlimited telephone calls to Spanish land lines. The bus stop on the Via Laietana will take you to the beach in air-conditioned comfort in 5 minutes - walk there in under 20 minutes

WALK ALL AROUND THE GOTHIC QUARTER

There is, of course, a full (new) kitchen, but who goes to BCN to cook? Within a one-minute walk of the apartment there are over 45 restaurants (including the unmissable Els 4 Gats - google it), the then café where the teenage Picasso had his first exhibition in 1899.

OWNER WILL MAKE SURE YOU DON'T STARVE!

I'll give you a list of the best (and most reasonable) local restaurants where the locals eat (you'll be the only tourists there!) as well as the out of the way small cafes and bars where interesting people drop in to have a drink and a chat. And where to find mojitos for €3.50!

And I'll let you in on the Gothic Quarter's best kept secret - the address of the wonderful local restaurant where, for only € 9, the Spanish mama will serve you a real home-cooked 3-course meal. (Believe it or not, my favourite is slow-cooked pig's cheek! (galtes in Catalan); but don't worry - there other dishes to choose from).

WALK TO THE CATHEDRAL - 3 minutes

While there is, of course, air-conditioning, the apartment is naturally air-cooled and ventilated by leaving the front and rear balcony double doors (floor to ceiling) open so that a nice breeze comes through the apartment. The narrow street, with 7 dress shops, a painter, artisans (puppet-maker, cabinet maker and watch-maker), curio shops and restaurants, is actually a stop on the Modernist Route (google it), so there is life on the street till after midnight. (Tourists of the better type, as it were, and not too many of them!). You are a 2-minute walk (across the Via Laietana) to the Music Palace, one of Barcelona's treasures (google Palau de la Musica) and one of the best places in Barcelona for a cup of coffee. Or enjoy an al fresco drink in at the café in Cathdral Square (3 minutes' stroll) or in Music Palace Square.

THE STREET AND AREA ARE VERY VERY SAFE SAFE SAFE

The street is tucked behind Police Headquarters and it is so safe that the expensive dressmaker boutique just a few doors up from the apartment does not see a need to have metal shutters over her shop window at night. And the dresses go for up to €800! See the photo below of the shop taken at 2 AM. And none of my tenants or friends who have stayed at the apartment (nor I) have ever had the slightest problem in the area around the apartment at any time, day or night. (I suppose being just behind Police Headquarters helps!)

WALK EVERYWHERE EXPLORING THE OLD CITY

But the real treat of the apartment is that 25 seconds from the hustle and bustle of the Via Laietana you are on a beautiful, very quiet (and well-lit) medieval street straight out of Cervantes and just 20 meters from the old monastery of Santa María de Montsío (1371). On the other side of the monastery, 25 seconds away, is a new children's playground with a café and the remains of the original Roman aqueduct. Plan your day at the cafe with the monastery and aqueduct right there. A walk through the Gothic Quarter or to El Born from the apartment is a walk back in time. There are 9 ceramic murals on my street (one is 5' x 3') with historical allusions or poetry.

WALK TO PASEO DE GRACIA TO SHOP - WHY PAY FOR TAXIS?

Plaza Catalunya, the heart of Barcelona, is a 4-minute walk from the apartment. The Passeig de Gracia with its designer shops and Modernist buildings, begins there. . At the Plaza Catalunya 2 metro lines, 2 train lines and 20 bus lines stop there. .

You can (and will) WALK EVERYWHERE from this apartment and save on time and taxi money.

I'll send you an email telling you where the jazz clubs, salsa dancing, wine tastings, cheese-tastings, beer tastings, local bars with tapas for €2 and wine for €1 per glass are, not to mention the tiny bars (14 sq. meters) where you have to chat with locals), I 'll also tell you where you can hear operatic arias or baroque music in a senyorial fuedal palace.All within walking distance from the apartment!

NO SMOKING - NO PETS - KIDS WELCOME

The apartment is for people who like to breathe clean air!. No pets are allowed. No parties are allowed as it is a residential building. Please respect the people who live there. Say 'hola' to them if you pass them on the stairs! There will be no other foreigners there. The apartment itself is child-friendly.

LOCATION - LOCATION - LOCATION

CULTURE - CULTURE - CULTURE

I have read that Northamericans and Australians look for three things when they want to buy or rent a place . . . This is it.

Keywords: Newly refurbished apt on Moderniist Route in heart of BCN off Plaza Catalunya in Gothic Quarter

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Advertiser since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2014

About The Owner

I fell in love with BCN a long time ago and intend to retire to the apartment. I love being able to leave my apartment, and step back into medieval Barcelona. I love living on carbon-monoxide free streets and have my morning coffee in an open air medieval square.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2000

Why The Owner chose Ciutat Vella

I choose this street because it is VERY safe. I was waiting for 2 years for a 3 bedroom apartment to come on the market on this street. It had to be very safe as I will retire there next year! Like it or not, security is a very important consideration for travellers in BCN. NeitherI I nor any of my tenants or friends who have stayed there have ever had the slightest problem in or around the street. I suppose being located just behind the police station helps! I also bought this apartment because I love the street, the restaurants in the area. and the proximity to Plaza Catalunya, the Cathedral and the Palau de la Musica (Music Palace).. But the key was feeling safe at any time day or night. In 2 years I will retire to this apartment.. So rent it while you can!

What makes this apartment unique

From this apartment you can go to the beach in the morning, be back to the apartment by 11 AM, shower, stroll through the Gothic Quarter and be in the Picasso Museum by 11:40. Spend 2 hours there, have a glass of wine outside Santa Maria del Mar, have lunch nearby in one of the restaurants I recommend and be back to the apartment for s rest by 4:15. After a rest, go shopping in Plaza Catalunya or explore more of the Gothic Quarter. The go to a wine-tasting session or an art gallery opening (I'll tell you about them - more wine!). Have dinner and then go to a concert at the Palau or an opera at the Liceu. Hava drink after the concert. If you still have energy, I'll tell you where to go dancing (tango or disco) or to just listen to some jazz! And all within walking distance of the apartment. Or reverse the order and go for a later swim and have lunch on the beach. The beach is five minutes away.Walking in the Gothic Quarter is a delight. You step back into medieval Barcelona. If you wish, spend an afternoon in the mountains just outside the city limits.

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 11 traveler reviews

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Safest Area of Gothic-Plaza Catalunya- Nr Beach-Walk All Areas
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
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Safest Area of Gothic-Plaza Catalunya- Nr Beach-Walk All Areas
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p363672vb
Ciutat Vella Barcelona City
Sydney
5

Grear location and atmosphere

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay at Frank's apartment in Barcelona. We had our 3 kids with us, and even though the bedrooms were small we all fitted in comfortably. The apartment was exactly as described and had all amenities required. Frank and his agent were so helpful and accommodated any requests we had. I made a mistake with my booking and needed an extra night, so Frank offered to make other arrangements for himself that night. We were SO grateful for that! Frank gave us very helpful information about local restaurants and attractions and we were never disappointed with his recommendations. The local pizzeria a few doors down served us the best pizza we had eaten anywhere in the world (honestly!) The location was amazing -in one of the quaintest pedestrian streets in the old town. We were surrounded by countless restaurants and shops. We walked to most of the major sights and attractions and the metro stop was a very short walk away. We would not hesitate to recommend this apartment to a couple or young family. Thanks Frank!
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Safest Area of Gothic-Plaza Catalunya- Nr Beach-Walk All Areas
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Ciutat Vella Barcelona City
SE US
5

Fabulous location

  • 5 of 5
Dad and three adult children stayed in this apartment for a first time ever visit to Barca. The location is fabulous. The neighborhood has a wonderful old-world feel and it is full of small cafes and shops in which to stop and browse. Great location for excursions throughout the City as numerous metro stops are very close by. The apartment is clean, comfortable, and comes exactly as advertised. Frank and his agent in Barca were friendly, helpful, and very easy to work with. Next time we're in Barca, this is where we're staying.
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Safest Area of Gothic-Plaza Catalunya- Nr Beach-Walk All Areas
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Ciutat Vella Barcelona City
4

We want to go back!!!

  • 4 of 5
This apartment is in the BEST location ever. Walk out the door - everything is right there. We want to go back and stay here again. It is clean and modern. I have already recommended this property to a friend.

Note that we were here in January. One of the three bedrooms is not heated. One in our party had to sleep on the sofa. This made the three bedroom apt. into a two bedroom apt. FYI - There are 34 steps from the entrance to the front door of this apartment.
  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Ciutat Vella Barcelona City
Park City, Utah, USA
5

2 couples

  • 5 of 5
I know I am very late at reviewing this property, but I figure better late than never. In my defense, we have been travelling! My husband and I and my parents stayed in this apartment in May 2012. I just wanted to say what a wonderful experience it was. The apartment is perfectly located in Barcelona. Minutes walk away from just about everything, yet it is on a very quiet street and there was no problem with noise. So nice to be able to just pop back in the middle of the day and relax for a bit. The kitchen and dining/living area is quite large for an apartment right downtown. The bedrooms are small, but didn't matter, we were only sleeping in them. Check in and check out were easy and very informative. There is a small supermarket very close and lots of bakeries within a block. The main market is a 10 minute walk away. Some great restaurants very close. You do have to climb a few flights of stairs to get to the apartment. This was not a problem for us at all but if you had someone with limited mobility it might be hard. All in all we had a lovely 5 day stay and would love to stay there again when I go back to Barcelona. Thank you Frank. You were very easy to book with and your apartment is lovely. I apologize for my delayed review.
  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Shelagh, for the 5/5. As for the flights of stairs, just to clarify - the apartment is on the second floor - 2 flights up.
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Safest Area of Gothic-Plaza Catalunya- Nr Beach-Walk All Areas
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Ciutat Vella Barcelona City
US
5

Memorable Visit to Barcelona

  • 5 of 5
Very positive experience with well laid out apt - definitely great value for the price. This was our first time in Spain and we were a bit apprehensive before getting to BCN. We had spent 5 nights in Cambrils beach area and the accomodation there was far from ideal. (It was not VRBO!!). We had 2 boys (12, 13) and a girl (16) and there was plenty of space in Frank's apt. We agree with all of the comments in prior reviews - ideal location, Frank was very helpful, the condo had everything, quiet, etc. We enjoyed having the option of drying our clothes out the back window.

We are definitely coming back to BCN and this is where we will stay!!
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers
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Safest Area of Gothic-Plaza Catalunya- Nr Beach-Walk All Areas
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Ciutat Vella Barcelona City
Richmond, VA USA
5

Hidden charm

  • 5 of 5
I am a physician in the US, and came with my wife for an interntional medical conference. There is always some doubt in the back of our minds whenever we use VRBO, but have had amazing success in our first 5 out of 5 tries at various locations including lake homes, condo in upper side of NYC, and most recently a trip abroad to Barcelona at Frank's place. We speak neither Catalan or Spanish, however, was provided excellent service by an English speaking agent who we contacted before our arrival, and pre-arranged a meeting time. Our cash deposit was returned in full upon our check-out, which included courtesy arrangement for a cab back to the airport. Frank is great, and provides pearls about the neighborhood. And wow...what a neighborhood. One couldn't better place a bulls-eye for the best place to stay. Within the narrow corridor, tucked away, is the unit that. However, this charming alley is filled will eclectic shops and even a restaurant downstairs. We were less than 40 yards away from a busy walkway that was alive with tourists, and places to eat and shop - but you'd never know that upon arrival in this hidden gem of an apartment.

Having 3 bedrooms was fantastic. My wife and I took one, and turned each of the other 2 into our personal walk-in closets.

Barcelona is fantastic. This location provides an excellent central location to almost everything, including a metro stop less than 100 yards away. There is no hotel that could ever provide the charm associated with our stay. We will definitely be back.
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Point of Interest
4 Gats
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Cathedral
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Music Palace
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Police Station and Tapas Bar
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El Corte Ingles # 1
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El Corte Ingles # 2
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Paseo de Gracia
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Mercat Santa Caterina
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Ramblas
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FNAC
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14th century monastery
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Plaza Catalunya
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Local shop - open till 10 PM
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Park, playground, cafe and Roman acqueduct

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Rates & Availability

From €130 Per night

Ciutat Vella Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Wnter
Nov 1 2014 - Jan 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
€130
€1,000
€4,000
 
 
Spring
Feb 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
€170
€1,200
€5,000
 
 
High
May 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
€230
€1,400
€6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €60
Refundable damage deposit €300
Notes Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed by owner. Check-in before 10:00 AM or after 20:00 PM or on Sunday (any time) incurs an extra charge to the local agent. Check-out before 08:00 AM or on Sunday (any time) incurs an extra charge to the local agent. Extra charge is between €20 and €60 depending on the time. Checkout is normally between 08:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Deposit is paid by bank transfer. Balance of rental + €60 cleaning fee + €300 security/damage deposit is paid in cash only on arrival/check-in at the apartment.
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Amenities

Ciutat Vella Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only - no bath-tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Air Conditioning/Heating
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Single Bed converts to Double Bed (Trundle Bed)-A/C-Heating
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Fan provided
  • New queen-size bed in main bedroom - Air Conditioning/Heating provided; Double Bedroom #2: Single bed convertible to double bed (Trundle bed) - Air Conditioning/heating provided; Bedroom #3: Single Bed - Fan provided
Entertainment:
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
20 meters away is a 14th century monastery and former ducal palace

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