About the property
- Apartment968 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
All legal short-term rental apartments in Barcelona are required to have a short-term rental license and display it to guests. Our license number is HUTB-003331-11
This stunning apartment is located in the beautiful El Born district of Barcelona’s Historic Centre known as Ciutat Vella.
It is on the doorstep of the Chocolate Museum, the City Park and the magnificent Picasso Museum. It is a 5-minute walk from the beautiful palm-fringed marina and the cathedral, a 10 minute walk from the Ramblas, and just 15 minutes on foot from the beaches that led to Barcelona being crowned Nº1 Beach City in the World 2013 - 2014 by National Geographic Magazine.
The apartment has a floor area of 90m2 and provides real home from home comfort and every luxury to make your holiday accommodation extra special with high speed fibre optic internet at 100mbps, duck down duvets in winter, a Nespresso coffee machine and a home cinema system.
It is spacious with open plan areas in the living room & kitchen/dining room. It has high vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams and French windows leading out onto little wrought iron balconies.
It has a telephone, an IPOD docking station, a breakfast bar, a split-level bathroom with glass wall partitions and a separate walk-in shower. It even has a secret door!
The apartment was recently featured on a Spanish TV documentary series about Barcelona interiors. Flick through the photographs to the end and click on play to watch the full 6-minute report.
'We selected the apartment based on the description and reviews and everything exceeded expectation'. Lorraine R. 2013.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Kay Davidson
Hello there! The first thing I should probably tell you is that I came here on holiday for 2 weeks in 1988 and stayed! I guess the sun, the cuisine, the cultural variety and outdoor lifestyle all had something to do with it. The fact is I’ve never stopped enjoying the things I love here. I moved from Valencia to Barcelona in 2000 and have worked throughout that time as a teacher and translator as well as a property manager now too of course! My life is busy and diverse and also involves making regular trips back to Scotland, where I was born. I think I’m really lucky to live between two such beautiful places and I guess I love the contrast and diversity of my lifestyle. Nevertheless, be warned! If my own experience is anything to go by and you do decide to come here on holiday, you may end up staying longer than you bargained for!!
Kay Davidson purchased this Apartment in 2003
Why Kay Davidson chose El Born
Quite simply – it was love at first sight and the first and last apartment I looked at. I often walk through the gorgeous winding alleyways of the Born with their myriad boutiques and terrace cafés bathed in sunlight before heading back to the apartment and sitting in the peace and quiet of the living room, soaking up the beauty of it all and thinking - yes - this is the essence of what I love here! The Born has become even more charming and beautiful since I bought the apartment in 2003 and if I could come back to Barcelona now and see it all again as if it were the first time, I think it's exactly this apartment in this part of town that I would hope to find.
What makes this Apartment unique
Firstly I would say it's the location. It’s right in the middle of the most historic, beautiful and happening area of the city with the benefit of being nestled in a quiet pedestrian-only side street, which is a 15 minute walk from the beach. Then, the apartment itself has the perfect contrast that’s so distinctive to Barcelona of seamlessly blending the old with the new; design without compromising on comfort. Having the award-winning Hoffman bakery and café (best croissants I have ever tasted) just around the corner may also have something to do with it though! Or it might be the proximity to Cal Pep (delicious seafood) or Bar Pla (delicious everything)! Most likely it's a combination of all of these things and coming in through the front door after a day out, sitting down, kicking off my shoes and relishing the strange sensation of feeling at home in a foreign land.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect location, beautiful apartment
Apartment was as described, in a lovely location around the corner from the Picasso Museum. We took some of the excellent suggestions on where to eat and were glad we did so! We were met at agreed upon location and shown the apartment and had all of our questions answered. We really appreciated the welcome basket as well.
Super clean and great location. It was a noisy building, but I believe they all are in El Born. I would stay here again.
What a Find!
Kay & Rafael's apartment is perfectly located in old Barcelona - a location steeped in history and central (within walking distance) to the heart of everything. Spotlessly clean, luxuriously equipped, beds an absolute dream to sleep on, comfortably spacious and renovated extremely tastefully. One of our greatest joys in the four weeks we stayed was simply stepping outside the door into the vibrancy that is Barcelona: the packed restaurant's, the friendly locals, the lively culture, the endlessly fascinating ambience. The only flipside to this vibrancy is that given Barcelona never sleeps it does get very noisy at times. You also couldn't hope to have two more delightful, considerate, professional and warm hosts. We really, really miss it and would return in a heartbeat.
Thanks so much for your very thoughtful review Rod. It was our absolute pleasure to be your hosts during your time here. I very much enjoyed hearing something about life in rural Australia too and hope we might have the opportunity to welcome you back here one day. Thanks for taking such good care of the apartment during your stay and we send you our sincere thanks and very best wishes.
Best location in Barcelona
This apartment is great and as advertised. The location is perfect. The owners are friendly and helpful.
Many thanks for your review Tom and for choosing our place for your stay. Hope we might be able to welcome you back some time in the future. All the best. Kay.
Everything we hoped for - a gem
I searched for some time before finding Kay's lovely apartment... it seemed to be everything we were looking for in a great location. We weren't disappointed - what a find!
The place had all we could want and felt very homely ... we almost imagined we lived there during our short break - home from home
It was very clean and spacious and comfortable - lovely, white, clean bed linen and towels ... the cava in the fridge and the apples on the beds were a lovely touch
El Born is a superb location handy for a walk to the beach as well as discovering the old city around us... lots of little bars and cafes ... we felt totally safe wandering round at night (2 females) ..
There were a couple of minor issues with the management company .. but nothing Kay didn't resolve at speed. She was easy to contact and couldn't have been more helpful
Absolutely loved it there ... will definitely return
Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. I really appreciate it and also the fact that you chose our place from so many other viable options. I hope to welcome you back before long and that I might be able to meet next time! Thanks again. Kay.
Great location, easy communication
We rented this flat for two adults and two kids (under 10) for 3 nights. We had clear communication with the owner, easy check in/out, and the flat was exactly as pictured and nice and clean. It felt chic, yet comfortable, without having to walk on eggshells worrying about what the kids might get into. It had everything we needed and more; there were even beach umbrellas in the closet. No surprises - except for how convenient it really was to everything. Walking distance to many restaurants, bakeries, grocer, the train, metro stations, the parc, museums, cathedrals, everything! We walked most places, using the metro a few times (like to La Sagrada Familia), and used the taxi only to and from the airport. We were worried about catching a taxi at 7am to leave, but it was very easy just by walking towards the train station. The stairs are manageable with children and luggage (trust me, I had a BIG suitcase). I would recommend this flat without hesitation to friends and family visiting Barcelona. We were all sad to leave.
I can't tell you how much it means to get feedback like this. It must be incredibly difficult to choose just one apartment from no many places on offer. We chose to buy this place because thought it was a wonderful apartment in a great location and your review certainly seems to bear that out. I always think that feeling sad to leave a place is by far the best way to go - full of happy memories with a longing to come back this way again. Many thanks for choosing our place and warmest wishes. Kay.
The entire area surrounding the apartment building is encased in enchanting medieval streets and alleyways. Bustling with life, these little streets house cafés, speciality food shops, small commercial and public galleries, design boutiques and a wide selection of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
Buy your fresh food at the Santa Catarina food market with its famous undulating multi-coloured roof designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles. A 2-minute walk away. Open Mon - Sat from 8.00am to 15.00pm.
Wander down to the marina and enjoy a cool drink in the sun as you watch the sail boats come and go. A 5-minute walk away.
The front door of the Picasso Museum is less than a minute's walk away. Go early to avoid the long queues but without having to get up early!
Walk round to the Chocolate Museum to watch the confectioners at work, see the chocolate sculptures and have 'merienda' of sponge fingers (melindros) dipped in hot chocolate in the museum café. A 2-minute walk away.
A 30-second walk down Calle Flassaders will take you to the Hoffman Café which is located in what was built as the City Mint in medieval times. Breakfast outside listening to gentle jazz.
Have a wander through the Ciutadella park - it's just a few minutes walk away or hire one of their canopied cycles for families, or a paddle boat or visit the city zoo which is accessed through the park.
The City Aquarium is a 5-minute walk away and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon - not that we get many of these.
Just beyond the Aquarium you can take a cable car ride across the marinas and up to the top of the Montjuic Hill where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city. Before you come back down you might like to visit the Joan Miró Museum or the Pueblo Español.
A 15-minute walk will take you to Barcelona's award-winning beaches. You might want to hire a beach recliner for the day, enjoy the 5 kilometre-long beachfront promenade - perfect for cycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding or just about anything else on wheels (!) - or sit in one of the 'chiringuitos' (open beach café bars) down on the sands and watch the people go by.
While you're at the beach, you might like to have paella for lunch in Pez Vela. Why? Well, because it's excellent! The restaurant is open to the beach so I suggest you book a table out on the decked terrace where you can gaze up the beaches and wonder whether this was the view that made National Geographic Magazine vote Barcelona 'Best Beach City in the World' in 2013.
Sign up to use the private Nova Icària Sports Club during your stay. Gym, Swimming Pool etc.
Don't miss the Santa Catarina Church - 50 meters from your front door. It's considered to be the best example of Gothic Architecture in Catalonia.
Take a leisurely 10-minute stroll along Carrer Jaume I, past the seat of the Catalan government (the Palau de la Generalitat) in San Jaume Square to the famous Ramblas and the Boqueria Food Market - the largest food market in Europe.
Have a good old rake around the Vila Viniteca - a specialist wine shop a couple of minutes' walk from the apartment - where you can find all the best Riojas, Ribera del Dueros as well as Priorat and Montsant wines (great value for money). Their sister shop next door has a wonderful selection of cheeses and they supply many of Barcelona's best restaurants. Don't miss La Botifarra on your way there or back - the sausage specialist's.
Book a tour of Barcelona's Modernist Palau de la Música - the most beautiful music hall I have ever seen. Even better - go to a concert. A 15 minute walk away.
You can walk to most of the sights but public transport is excellent and the San Jaume and Barceloneta metro stops are about 300 metres away. It's also well connected to the city bus network.
Step back in time by taking the lift down through the ages at the MUHBA Museum in the Plaza del Rei to visit the streets and alleyways of Roman times hidden away beneath the existing city. A fascinating visit for anyone interested in history and learning about life in Roman times. About a 5 minute walk from the apartment.
Visit the recently completed 'Born Cultural Centre' which tells the more recent historical event of how Catalonia was defeated by the Spanish army in 1714. A story sensitively told just a minute's walk away.
There are bicycles for hire in the area, Segway tours of the Historic Centre, walking tours or you can hire go-cars.
Sign up for a cookery course. Go shopping to the Santa Catarina food market with your guide and then go back to the kitchen to cook some Spanish food before sitting down to enjoy your efforts. Less than a minute's walk from the apartment.
Don't miss the Arabian Baths in the Paseo Picasso - a minute's walk away. You can have a massage here too.
Oh - or the Mammoth Museum!
Many scenes from Woody Allen's film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' were filmed in the streets around the apartment.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
7 night minimum applies over Easter weekend / Christmas / New Year A late check in fee of 50€ is payable when checking into the apartment after 8pm.