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Diana Dion-Arivas

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, swedish, danish, Catalan

**Best Location in the Born**

61 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Ciutat Vella Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Elegant two bedroom/60m2 apartment in Pla de Palau, one of the most unspoiled pedestrian squares in Barcelona's renowned 'El Born'.

The Born is the historic area between Barcelona's city park (Ciutadella) and the Gothic Quarter and is home to the famous Picasso Museum. The best tapas in the city line the narrow streets of El Born, juxtaposed amongst cosy cafes and exclusive boutiques.

Everything is just a short walk away: Santa Maria del Mar, one of the famous gothic cathedrals of Old Barcelona is virtually on the doorstep; the Port Vell, Barcelona's Old Port, is just a five minute stroll away, halfway to the beaches, bars and restaurants of Barceloneta. From the Port Vell, take the cable car to the Spanish Village on Montjuich where you will also find the Miro Museum. Las Ramblas, the colorful tree-lined promenade which connects the Colombus Column to Plaza Catalunya, is only a 10 minute walk.

The apartment is on the third floor of a small modern building with elevator. It is fully equipped to provide every comfort. You will feel right at home with cable TV, DVD, WiFi, fully equipped kitchen including Nespresso machine, washer/dryer/iron and ironing board. Fully air conditioned throughout. We even provide a computer for you to check your emails.

The living room balcony overlooks the colorful pedestrian square with its cafes and boutiques. And, best of all, the two double bedrooms are located at the back of the apartment, allowing for a peaceful night's sleep.

Getting around is a breeze: there are two metro stations within a five minute walk; the Touristic Bus stops just off the Plaza and taxis and busses are plentiful, allowing easy access to the airport and train station.

Keywords: Elegant, quiet two bedroom/1 and a half bath apartment with balcony

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Diana Dion-Arivas (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, swedish, danish, Catalan

About Diana Dion-Arivas

Hello, I live in the province of Girona and often go to Barcelona for concerts and the art museums.

Diana Dion-Arivas purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Diana Dion-Arivas chose Ciutat Vella

I love Barcelona's ancient center and wanted to have my own pied à terre in the heart of this vibrant and fascinating area.

What makes this apartment unique

Staying in El Born has so many benefits. Great restaurants, fantastic museums and easy access to the airport.


based on 61 traveler reviews

**Best Location in the Born**
average rating of 4.9508195 based on 61 reviews

Awesome place to explore Barcelona

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed for 4 nights just recently. The place was located excellently, walking distance to many attractions, clean, and very welcoming. Both Diana (who handled our reservation) and Juan (who met us at the apartment during check-in and check-out) were wonderful to work with. Highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than expected!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and 21-year old daughter just returned from a 5 day stay. With the prior great reviews for this apartment, our expectations were pretty high. But several specific things made our experience outstanding and memorable.

1. Diana's gracious and efficient communication.

2. The apartment's fantastic location - frankly, I can't imagine a better location.

3. The apartment's light and airy living/dining/kitchen space and good configuration of rooms for privacy with 3-4 people

4. The quality of the supplies/amenities and lots of extra touches (extra towels, fruit, flowers, bath items were especially appreciated) - similar to a fine hotel

5. The courtesy, promptness, and kindness of manager Juan.

I have already recommended this apartment to two friends and I hope to return myself soon!

Thank you, Diana!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Apartment, Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We are so glad we chose this apartment. It was luxurious, clean and in the best location. Juan was welcoming and kind and helped us arrange our transportation on departure. The bedrooms were very comfortable and quiet, with quality linens. Diana provided robes, towels, toiletries and beach towels for all 4 - a nice touch. We felt very safe and the central location allowed us to make the most of our too-short visit. Great tapas, shopping and sightseeing - all within walking distance. We loved it and hope to return. Thanks you Diana & Juan for making our first visit to Barcelona so memorable.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Apartment, Fabulous Location!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great apartment in a great location. The area is very safe and there are lots of people out and about even late at night. There are many restaurants and plenty of places to shop near by. We visited Barcelona with our two teenage daughters in April and Diana went out of her way to make sure that everything was taken care of and that we were comfortable. She had a taxi pick us up from the airport and checked in periodically with us. Juan who spoke perfect English greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the apartment. There are two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms which was perfect for our family. The apartment was super clean. We loved our stay in this apartment and will certainly stay here again when we return to Barcelona. Thank you Diana for making our stay so wonderful!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic location, perfect for a family of 4

  • 5 of 5

Echoing the comments of other reviewers: this is a perfectly located apartment. Our family of four (husband + 2 twin teenagers) just stayed here for our very first trip to Spain and we all adored it. We appreciated the in-person welcome and orientation from Juan, the wine and chocolate, and the arranged transportation to and from the airport. Aside from the amazing location, the apartment was also convenient: we used the washer several times and had no problem using the wifi after rebooting the modem. It's close to many key sights, including the park, where my daughter went running. It also happens to be a stone's throw from Cal Pep, where we ate one of our best meals ever. There are convenience stores and mini-marts nearby where we bought fruit and snacks, and the subway is close by. The bedrooms don't get much light and are a bit dark, but we can't imagine why anyone would want to spend much time in them anyway - we were out and about until very late, and slept in late. The living/dining room are a charming place for some down time in between exploring Barcelona, and the balcony looks right over Placa de les Olles. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

My family of four (husband and 2 young adult daughters) enjoyed wonderful stay in Barcelona, based in this great apartment in the heart of El Born. Diana was very helpful and responsive in setting up the reservation; and Juan welcomed us in person and with cava, chocolates and lots of friendly advice upon arrival. The apartment was very comfortable and the location was ideal-- walking distance to many restaurants, shopping, sights, metro. An oven in the kitchen would have been ideal, but otherwise wouldn't have asked for anything more to support our 5 nights in Barcelona. Would strongly recommend this place and Juan/ Diana.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Jan 11 2016 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Online Booking Fee $22
Final Cleaning Fee $110
Refundable damage deposit $275
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellation Policy: The 25% deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel your booking prior to 30 days, we will not bill you for the balance. If you cancel your booking after the final payment has been received and we can re-let the apartment, we will refund the final payment of 75% plus the cleaning fee.

We ask for immediate payment of 25% to reserve the dates for you. The remaining 75% plus the €95 charge for final cleaning is payable 30 days before commencement of the booking. Please note there is also a refundable security deposit of €250 due on the day of arrival. Check-ins between the hours of 22.00 – 07.00 will incur an additional fee of €35, payable directly to our check in personnel.

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Ciutat Vella Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) highest qualtiy queen size bed in bedroom 1, Twin or Single Beds (2) twin beds in bedroom 2 can be converted to queen size bed, Baby Cribs (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Nespresso coffee machine. iPod dock.

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