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Luxurious & Cozy 2 Bedroom 'R.U.S.T.I.K.A.' Flat In The Epicenter Of Barcelona

Aleksandra

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment

Aleksandra

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2015
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Luxurious & Cozy 2 Bedroom 'R.U.S.T.I.K.A.' Flat In The Epicenter Of Barcelona

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment

Overview

La Ribera El Borne Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4, Fast Wifi, Local iPhone 4 w/ Data

THE R.U.S.T.I.K.A. APARTMENT

Affordable Luxury with Old-World Charm in the Epicenter of Barcelona

70 M2 / 750 SQFT RUSTIC SUPER-COZY APARTMENT IN THE CENTER OF THE OLD TOWN

With the look & feel & coziness of a genuine rustic Cabin, using all-original elements of the 200+ year old building it is perched up above on, including early 19th century wooden beams, Catalan vaults, porcelain door knobs, and exposed brickwork, our apartment will be your oasis away from home where you can relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing around this beautiful Mediterranean city. Old-world charm meets new-world creature comforts!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Located on a small quiet street almost exactly in-between the Gothic Quarter and Born at the epicenter of both districts, you will get the absolute best of both worlds: the history and ancient Roman streets of the Gothic Quarter plus the Medieval and Bohemian charm of El Born. That’s why our apartment is literally surrounded on all sides with countless restaurants, bars, and cafes! There’s even a restaurant/bar on our street corner, just 5 seconds away! See further below for a list of nearby attractions so you see for yourself just how well-located our apartment is!

FRESH MARKET FOOD AT YOUR DOOR STEP

The massive and famous “Santa Caterina” Fresh Food Market that’s been running since the 19th century is at your door step! Between the huge selection of fresh food and our beautiful and fully-equipped kitchen, you won’t need to eat out to eat great! We’ve even included an English-language book with amazing and unique Catalan recipes for you to explore and enjoy! And when we say at your door step, we’re not kidding, the Santa Caterina market is only 45m / 150ft from the door of our building!

CREATURE COMFORTS:

2 TV’s / 46” + 32” FULL HD TELEVISIONS W/ CABLE

Unwind after a long day of sightseeing with 46 inches of glorious Full HD Cable TV in the Living Room and 32 inches of Full HD Cable TV in the Master Bedroom with English-language Channels including CNN, BBC, Fox News, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Fox Series, AMC, and more! Watch news, TV series, movies, and more all in English! Especially useful for the occasional rainy day or just to unwind after a long day of sightseeing! Several HD channels available as well!

100 MB INTERNET + WIFI + SMART TV

Super-fast FIBER OPTIC Internet with Wifi reaching every corner of the apartment for you to connect all your devices. And if you don’t have any internet devices with you, you can use our Smart TV to navigate the Internet, book tours, research restaurants, and more! It comes feature-rich with a full Internet Browser, Apps, and more!

IPHONE 4 W/ LOCAL NUMBER + FREE CALLS + FREE DATA

To help you get around, our apartment comes with a free iPhone 4 you can use fully-equipped with a local number and data so you can connect with local friends, navigate maps, reserve tours and restaurants, and more all on the go without having to spend a single cent! That’s right, you will be able to make free local calls, send free SMS/Texts, and use unlimited data completely free of charge on our iPhone 4! The perfect tool for exploring the city!

1 KING-SIZED BED + 2 JOINABLE TWINS/SINGLES + CRIB/COT

Unlike most apartments in the city which have Queen size beds with substandard mattresses, we have a full King Size bed (NOT 2 singles joined!) in the Master Bedroom plus 2 Twin/Single beds in the 2nd bedroom, all with Top-class mattresses from the leading Mattress brand in Spain (Pikolin) so that you rest well and can recharge for your next day. The 2 Twin/Single beds can also be joined to form a 2nd King Size Bed, just let us know we’ll leave it all ready for you! We also offer a Crib/Cot made in Germany for your Baby so that they can sleep in peace and you don’t have to worry! Just let us know in advance and we’ll set it up for you!

100% EGYPTIAN COTTON LINENS & TOWELS

Most tourist apartments in Barcelona use Ikea linens, which use a mixture of polyester and cotton sheets and are mediocre at best. We treat our guests with strictly 100% Egyptian Cotton (percale & combed!) high thread count Linens & Towels for a luxurious feel you won’t find anywhere else except expensive hotels! That’s right, 100% of our linens and towels are 100% Egyptian Cotton! Did we say luxury?

UNIVERSAL POWER ADAPTERS IN EVERY ROOM

Don’t bother bringing or buying power adapters for Spain/EU. We have installed universal power adapters in every single living space (even the kitchen & bathroom!) so that you can plug in ALL your electric appliances no matter where you are! Just make sure they can handle the 220V we have here in Europe!

AND MORE...

Including a HAIR DRYER so you can pack lighter, IRON + IRONING BOARD so you always look sharp, ULTRA-FILTERED WATER through a 6-step Reverse Osmosis advanced mineralization and filtration system so that you never have to buy mineral water, PAID PARKING just a few meters/feet away in case you rented a car, DOUBLE-GLAZED WINDOWS throughout the entire apartment for added comfort and noise-insulation, PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE to prepare everything for you before your stay so that you find the apartment and linens in perfect conditions (hence the Cleaning Fee), and more!

5TH FLOOR, NO ELEVATOR

Some may consider it a disadvantage, but we consider this a feature! Others pay to go to the Gym, and here you have the Gym come to you for FREE! We’re talking 89 steps that will help you burn all your calories from all the delicious Sangria, Tapas, and Jamon Iberico de Bellota that you will be eating and enjoying day in and day out in the many awesome restaurants surrounding our apartment! That’s 89 extra reasons to indulge more - GUILT FREE! :)

GUEST ACCESS

Guests will have access to our entire 2 bedroom apartment, plus an iPhone 4 that can be used fully-equipped with a local number and data so that guests can connect with local friends, navigate maps, reserve tours and restaurants, and more all on the go without having to spend a single cent! That’s right, guests will be able to make free local calls, send free SMS/Texts, and use unlimited data completely free of charge on our iPhone 4! The perfect tool for exploring the city!

INTERACTION WITH GUESTS

As the owner of a tour company, I run tours of the historic Old Town almost every day, so I am very accustomed to interacting with and helping all visitors of this beautiful city! Of course, when they are guests in my own home, I am even more open to interacting with them and answering any and all questions at ANY time!

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

The location of the apartment could not be more perfect for both new and frequent visitors of the city. If you were to draw a square around the historic Gothic Quarter and the bohemian Born neighborhood, our apartment would be in the exact center of that square! It could not be more central! It also means the apartment is within easy walking distance to 75% of what Barcelona has to offer, with the best of both worlds!

GETTING AROUND

You have a metro station (Jaume I - Line 4) within 250 meters / 850 ft walking distance. The main transport hub of the city -- Plaça Catalunya -- is less than 10 minutes by foot!

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Within a 600 meter / 2000 ft radius, you have (with rounded straight-line distances from apartment included below):

- Plaça Catalunya (570m / 1,900ft)

- Porta de l’Angel Shopping Street (345m / 1,100ft)

- La Rambla (575m / 1,900ft)

- Santa Caterina Fresh Food Market (45m / 150ft)

- Palau de la Musica UNESCO World Heritage Site (270m / 900ft)

- Ciutadella Park & Fountain (490m / 1,600ft)

- Mercat del Born Archaeological Site (480m / 1,600ft)

- Santa Maria del Mar 14th Century Church (410m / 1,300ft)

- Passeig del Born (Main Street of Born) (430m / 1,400ft)

- Palau de la Generalitat / Catalunya’s White House (340m / 1,100ft)

- Barcelona Town Hall (350m / 1,100ft)

- Plaça Sant Jaume (345m / 1,100ft)

- Santa Maria del Pi 14th Century Church (490m / 1,600ft)

- Picasso Museum (265m / 900ft)

- Sant Pere de les Puel·les 10th Century Monastery (420m / 1,400ft)

- Plaça Urquinoana (515m / 1,700ft)

- Aerobus Bus Stop (600m / 2,000ft)

- El Corte Ingles Department Store (545m / 1,800ft)

- La Boqueria Market (600m / 2,000ft)

- Barcelona’s 13th Century Cathedral (180m / 600ft)

- Archdeacon’s 12th Century House (220m / 700ft)

- Plaça de Sant Felip Neri (330m / 1,100ft)

- Old Jewish Quarter / El Call (360m / 1,200ft)

- Ancient Roman Temple of Augustus from 1st Century AD (260m / 900ft)

- Baixada de Santa Eulalia Street / Patron Saint of Barcelona (380m / 1,200ft)

- Plaça Reial (600m / 2,000ft)

- Plaça del Rei (155m / 500ft)

- 4th Century Roman Wall (150m / 500ft)

- Eixample District (570m / 1,900ft)

...and MUCH more!

PLUS:

- Arc de Triomf (650m / 2,100 ft)

- Old Port (745m / 2,440ft)

- Barceloneta Beach (1,560m / 5,120ft)

- Vila Olimpica (1,510m / 4,950ft)

- Paseo de Gracia (685m / 2,250ft)

- Gracia District (1,950m / 6,400ft)

- Sagrada Familia (1,920m / 6,300ft)

CHECK-IN: Any time after 1:30 pm

CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Aleksandra (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2015

About Aleksandra

Hi everyone! My name is Aleksandra and I'm an Aussie living in Barcelona, Spain and also run tours of the beautiful and historic Gothic Quarter of the city!

I also have a wonderful and charming rustic apartment in Born/Gotic (Ciutat Vella) that you will absolutely fall in love with! It's a 200-year-old 2 bedroom perfectly located in the epicenter of the Old Town furnished luxuriously for an incredible stay!

I've traveled all over the world, including the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Greece, so I'm no stranger to traveling, but I have yet to find a more interesting, beautiful, unique, and inspiring city than Barcelona!

As a host of both Tours and Apartment guests, I make sure to always go above and beyond to take care of every single need of my guests to ensure their complete and utter satisfaction. After all, it's word of mouth that helps us grow!

My life's motto is a quote by W.M. Lewis: "The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."

Why Aleksandra chose La Ribera El Borne

You won't find any apartment offering this many luxurious and practical amenities in the Old Town, let alone for this price. You will also be hard-pressed to find a cozier apartment at any price range in Barcelona.

What makes this apartment unique

With a tour guide as your host, you will have your own personal "Barcelona concierge" on call at any time to make sure you make the most of your stay in this beautiful city.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
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Reviews

5
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Luxurious & Cozy 2 Bedroom 'R.U.S.T.I.K.A.' Flat In The Epicenter Of Barcelona
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
New York, NY
5

An oasis in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

What a find! This place has it all: a perfect location minutes from the Gothic quarter and El Born, a very nice amount of space for a couple or family of four, tons of old-world charm (so many holiday rentals in Barcelona appear to have undergone soul-sucking super-modern renovations) and many of the appointments/services/thoughtful touches of a luxury boutique hotel.

From the start, Alex was an ideal host: quick to respond to email, friendly, informative and professional. During our stay, she served as a super-helpful concierge, offering wonderful restaurant recommendations and help with reservations and touring arrangements on the fly. Her apartment info/instruction booklet was as thorough and clear as any I've seen.

The apartment's location can't be beat--a few minutes from the most atmospheric parts of the city, yet on a quiet side street. We were literally a stone's throw from the Santa Caterina market, where my husband ventured out every morning to grab fruit and croissants. On Friday evening, there was a little tapas/wine fair outside the market with an all-female horn band. I like how the Barcelonans roll!

We adored the apartment itself--so spacious and light, with its beautiful beamed ceilings, shuttered windows, red tile floors, all very tastefully renovated and decorated with rustic wood tables and light colors. I loved coming home to this lovely space. There is a JBL speaker in the bedroom and in the living room, we hooked an iPod to the tv. The beds are super comfy--crucial after long days on our feet--and the linens high quality. The kitchen is well kitted out with good-quality cooking gear and tableware, a dishwasher and clothes washer, and the bathroom was spacious and thoughtfully appointed. Having the local cell phone made local calls and local mapping on the fly a breeze.

Yes, there are six flights of stairs, but like other reviewers, we were grateful for the chance to burn off all those tapas and glasses of cava. This place is a gem, and we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Los Angeles
5

Fabulous location tasteful apartment

  • 5 of 5

Great location close to the Cathedral and Gothic quarter but also only 10 minutes to the ocean and a couple of blocks to Palau Music where we literally stumbled upon the architecture of Montaner.

The apartment was next to the Santa Caterina market where we bought our fresh fruit and bread daily and while we enjoyed the buzz of the locality the apartment was wonderfully quiet and the bed was as promised comfortable. Aleksandra had provided us with a local iphone which was really useful. The appliances were easy to use and our hosts had left us with a detailed guide on places to see and the workings of the apartment. The apartment was very tastefully appointed and it was nice to be able to ask for restaurant recommendations and tips from our host.

There were quite a few steps but not too many and i rationalized that they helped burn off some of the weight we put on.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Calgary Alberta Canada
5

R.U.S.T.I.K.a flat in Barcelona

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location one block from the Gothic quarter and next to a large market. It is a 10 minute walk to Placa Catalunya and La Rambla.

The apartment was spotless, large, and had all the amenities that were needed. Everything worked flawlessly including the air conditioning. It was also very quiet.

We would highly recommend a couple or family of 4 to stay here.

Alexsandra was always available to answer any questions we had, and her Orange Donut walking tour is not to be missed.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Florida, USA
5

Superb location, very clean, very cute apt!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for sightseeing, nightlife and beach life. Very close to restaurants, bars and great shopping.

Super clean, very cute with every amenity you will need. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Edmonton
5

Wonderful base for exploring Barcelona

  • 5 of 5

We (me, husband and his 73 year-old mother) had a great time during our three-day stay in Barcelona. The apartment layout worked well for us, with two nicely outfitted bedrooms and plenty of common space. The beds were super comfy; the bathroom was spacious and easy to use. We also put the kitchen to use and enjoyed a great family dinner one night, then the next walked out to wonderful tapas just a few twisting blocks away at Tosca opposite the Palau dell'a Musica Catalan. Taxis were just a short block away. The stairs up were a good workout, but manageable, even by the balance-challenged senior in our group. The AC worked really well to cool us off after a warm afternoon of exploring. It was so nice to see character original building features retained (window shutters, wooden beams, etc) in combination with great modern amenities. But perhaps the best choice (besides booking this apartment) was taking a tour through the Gothic Quarter with Aleksandra the first afternoon we arrived. It gave us a great orientation to the neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Quality, central Barcelona apartment

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at R.U.S.T.I.K.A in July 2014 with my partner and 2 year old.

From the outset, Aleksandra was professional when responding to all my travel requests, replying promptly and informatively.

The apartment has a fantastic location, right between the Gothic quarter and El Born, with everything in easy walking distance. While you can step out of the apartment right into the busy hub of Barcelona, the apartment provides quiet relief from the city's buzz. The apartment is well equipped with everything you could need, including luxury linen, and we enjoyed cooking up some delicious tapas in the adequate kitchen, with local ingredients bought at the market a mere few steps for the apartment, and the generous organic store around the corner.

Aleksandra was a wonderful host, available to answer any questions, while respecting our space. We really enjoyed her Orange Donut tour of the Gothic Quarter, too, soaking up Aleksandra's knowledge and passion.

We had an enjoyable stay and would definitely recommend the apartment.

Thankyou.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Patxoca
Nearest Ferry
0.85 Miles
Barcelona Ferry Port
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St. Cugat Golf Club
Nearest Train
0.39 Miles
Estació de França
Nearest Motorway
0.72 Miles
Ronda Litoral
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Cuines Santa Caterina
Nearest Ski
81 Miles
Vall de Nuria – Ribes de Freser
Nearest Beach
0.97 Miles
Barceloneta
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

From $115 Per night

La Ribera El Borne Apartment Rental Rates

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Spring
Mar 6 2015 - May 31 2015
1 night minimum stay
$194
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $24 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
1 night minimum stay
$232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $24 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn
Oct 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
1 night minimum stay
$194
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $24 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 17 2015
1 night minimum stay
$115
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 7 2016
1 night minimum stay
$232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $24 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter2
Jan 8 2016 - Feb 29 2016
1 night minimum stay
$115
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$163
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $24 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $63
Refundable damage deposit $400
Notes CHECK-IN: Any time after 1:30 pm
CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

La Ribera El Borne Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Toilet room separate from Bathroom; individual access
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With 32' Full HD TV with Cable plus Armchair for reading
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Can be joined to form a King Bed upon request
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
As a professional tour guide, I take great care in always ensuring my guests are fully satisfied and leave Barcelona with lifelong memories.

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