Great Apartment, Fantastic Location
We stayed here for 8 days and loved it. The apartment was clean and comfortable. There was lots of room and it was cool even on the hottest days. All of the appliances worked well and were better than expected. We used the kitchen appliances and the washing machine and had no problems. The beds were comfortable and it was quiet at night.
As nice as the apartment was, the best part was the location. The Born is a great place to stay. There are many cozy restaurants, shops and markets all around. It is a vibrant area, but not too crazy. The courtyard down the block comes alive each night with people eating and drinking outside. Walk a few blocks and you are in the heart of the Barri Gòtic neighborhood with even more restaurants and shops. On the other side of that you have La Ramblas, with even more.
You can also walk to the beaches from the apartment. It takes about 20 minutes and we did that several times. We were able to go to the beaches, museums, some amazing restaurants, shops and markets all by walking. When we did want to go further it was very easy to take the subway or catch a taxi from a block or two away.
You can also rent bikes very easily. There were a few bike rental shops in the Born that rented bikes from very low prices. The city bikes can't be used by tourists, but that turned out not to be a problem. Barcelona has many bike paths and it was easy to get anywhere by bike. I rented a bike each morning and rode down to the beaches and along the waterfront.
As other reviewers have mentioned, you do have the stairs to deal with. But it wasn't that big of a deal and I'd put up with that any day to stay in this amazing apartment.
Some tips: Many of the excellent tapas restaurants nearby are take-out as well as eat-in. When the tables were all taken we would just fill up boxes with delicious tapas and enjoy them in the apartment. Souvenir shops in the area always haggle with you. If you don't like haggling, all you need to do is show an interest in something and then walk out. They will offer you a better price as you leave. You'd be amazed at how low they go sometimes.
I would not hesitate to recommend this apartment. I hope one day to return.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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