A perfect "home"! We arrived after more than 24 hours of traveling and were so glad that we had taken advantage of the offer to have a taxi waiting for us. The fellow was kind, spoke English and was willing to wait while we filed “missing baggage” forms! We were met by an apartment managers who explained how everything worked, made certain we had maps and a basic understanding of where stores/subway/etc. were located, and reassured us that our airlines could contact their office when our luggage was found.
We found the apartment to be absolutely immaculate. The large windows in both the living area and bedroom provided wonderful light during the day and the privacy screens gave us the ability to close off the world at night. The mattresses were firm but comfortable. Good closet space too.
The bathroom was large with plenty of space to put our “stuff” – and we rank the shower has one of the best we’ve encountered! We like to cook, and the kitchen more then met all of our needs. Full size refrigerator, smooth glass top stove, microwave-oven combination (state of the art), adequate pots and pans, and a dishwasher with complimentary detergent pods as well a liquid detergent and hand washing soap.
We enjoy purchasing local foods to prepare for dinner and were so pleased to discover two huge indoor markets within easy walking distance. Both markets had many diverse vendors selling fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, cheese, and more. There were also plenty of individual shops selling eggs, pastries, breads, pasta – even “bring your own bottle” wine store with local wines!
We also appreciated the fact that the subway was an easy three block walk. Having used subway systems in Montreal, New York City, and Berlin (just to name a few), we feel that Barcelona’s subway system is one of the best. Clean, user friendly, with frequent trains that arrived on time, the subway got us to all parts of Barcelona – even to the train station where we took a one day trip to Gerona.
The best part about this apartment is that it is in the Garcia Neighborhood. The area has many lovely green spaces, fountains, plazas and churches. We loved walking the area in the evening as families and friends gathered to play, to eat gelato, or simply to talk. There is a strong sense of community here and we were delighted to be a part of it for a short week.