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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
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Split Bathroom, Sleeps 4, Fast Wifi, Local iPhone 4 with Data Plan

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

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

LONG-TERM RENTALS WELCOMED

We are able to rent our lovely apartment for several weeks and months, so don't hesitate to ask!

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 multi-centuries-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 quiet restaurant 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!

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, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and more! Watch news, TV series, movies, cartoons, 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) just 3 minutes away on foot. 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:

- Plaça Catalunya

- Porta de l’Angel Shopping Street

- La Rambla

- Santa Caterina Fresh Food Market

- Palau de la Musica UNESCO World Heritage Site

- Ciutadella Park & Fountain

- Mercat del Born Archaeological Site

- Santa Maria del Mar 14th Century Church

- Passeig del Born (Main Street of Born)

- Palau de la Generalitat / Catalunya’s White House

- Barcelona Town Hall

- Plaça Sant Jaume

- Santa Maria del Pi 14th Century Church

- Picasso Museum

- Sant Pere de les Puel·les 10th Century Monastery

- Plaça Urquinoana

- Aerobus Bus Stop

- El Corte Ingles Department Store

- La Boqueria Market

- Barcelona’s 13th Century Cathedral

- Archdeacon’s 12th Century House

- Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

- Old Jewish Quarter / El Call

- Ancient Roman Temple of Augustus from 1st Century AD

- Baixada de Santa Eulalia Street / Patron Saint of Barcelona

- Plaça Reial

- Plaça del Rei

- 4th Century Roman Wall

- Eixample District

...and MUCH more!

PLUS (within 600 - 2000m / 2000 - 6500ft):

- Arc de Triomf

- Old Port

- Barceloneta Beach

- Vila Olimpica

- Paseo de Gracia

- Gracia District

- Sagrada Familia

CHECK-IN: Any time after 1:30 pm

CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am

More Details

Owner
Alex
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Alex

Hi everyone! My name is Alex and I live in Barcelona where I specialize in providing tours of this magnificent 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 multi-centuries-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 Alex chose Ciutat Vella

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.

Amenities

Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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
  • 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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

Luxurious & Cozy 2 Bedroom 'R.U.S.T.I.K.A.' Flat in the Epicenter of Barcelona
average rating of 5.0 based on 59 reviews
5

Fabulous stay in comfortable apartment!

  • 5 of 5

First, a thank you to our gracious host Alex. We appreciated the helpful communications, recommendations, warm welcome, and responsiveness in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable stay. It was a pleasure - thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!

The apartment is as pictured - well maintained, inviting, comfortable. The beds were comfortable, the linens and towels terrific. We were a family of four, with two adult children, hence the desire to have a 2 bedroom apartment. We also wanted a location optimal for walking toward the sea as well as toward Plaza Catalunya, but quiet if possible. This apartment hit the mark perfectly! Located on a quiet, safe side street you do not have the overwhelming street traffic noise. Adjacent to the Santa Caterina market, we picked up breakfast food as well as meat, vegetables, and fruit for a couple light meals to prepare in the apartment. Appliances, cooking utensils, filtered water - the apartment was well-appointed with everything we needed! Alex has thought of everything - there are even electrical plug adapters in every room. The high speed internet and cable tv were appreciated. The provided iphone was quite handy for walking maps when we were out and about the city. Truly, all our needs were met in this property, making our stay in Barcelona quite enjoyable!

Would we stay here again? Absolutely! If the goal is to visit the gothic/el born/ribera area of Barcelona, this apartment serves as an excellent home base. We also appreciated the quiet the apartment offered, away from the noisy street traffic. What about the steps? Yes, there are steps and there is not an elevator. Pack light and do laundry in the apartment! We did not find the steps to be a burden, however if you do have mobility issues, going up five flights of steps may not be for you! Simply know you will be climbing steps probably 2-3 times per day depending on how you schedule your activities!

This was a very walkable location - nearly everything we wanted to see was within one kilometer of the apartment. And a taxi stand was one block away, and the metro was one block away. Less than 10 minutes walking from Plaza Catalunya, very easy to do with luggage.

Without hesitation, we positively recommend this property and its host!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location :-)

  • 5 of 5

We loved being so close to the Old City/Born/Gotic/La Ramble area. Location was key and allowed us to walk & bike most everywhere (Strongly suggest The Fat Bike Tours- learned so much about the town/history) The apartment was very clean & well equipped. The beds were AMAZING comfortable! Best nights sleep we had on the trip. Also a very refreshing shower! We appreciated your food recommendations also :-) We hope to visit again! Thanks :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

Perfect location! Great service!

  • 5 of 5

Alex and her apartment were the perfect combo for our visit. Everything was as advertised. The apartment is well appointed, clean and very comfortable. All fixtures are updated and beds are super comfortable. She's added many thoughtful touches such as converter plugs in every room. Alex is also a tour guide and took us on a fascinating walking tour of the old city. All major Gothic Quarter and El Born sights are easily walkable. Lots of dining and grocery options within blocks of the apt. Alex met us personally to check us in and answer all of our questions. She is very responsive and accommodating. We would stay here again and certainly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

Perfect spot for a Barcelona vacation

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is lovely. It is convenient for walking all over the city, clean and very comfortable. My husband and I wanted to stay forever! Alex was an excellent host and went above and beyond for us. We loved it and highly recommend its

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

Very nice appartment!

  • 5 of 5

The appartment is very well located and very quiet. It is also very clean and comfortable. Alex, the owner, is very nice and was very helpfull. I would stay there again!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Spacious, comfortable and close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just recently completed a three week adventure in Europe. This was our favorite place we stayed out of the five places we stayed. The property was well equipped - the kitchen was spacious, the washing machine was super convenient, the heaters worked quickly and kept us warm the whole time and the bed was extremely comfortable. The house had charm too, it wasn't a typical IKEA furnished rental - you felt at home.

Another thing that made us feel so comfortable was our host Alex. Prior to arrival she provided thorough directions on how to get to the neighborhood. She met us at the Starbucks when we arrived and walked us to the house and showed us how everything worked. After a day of travel, it was so nice to have clear directions and a host to show you to the apartment. She also provided an excellent list of restaurants and bars to try. We went to a few of her recommendations in El Borne and they were incredible! Yelp and TripAdvisor provide so many options, getting suggestions from a local is key. Alex responded to our emails within hours, minutes sometimes. She was flexible with our schedule and made us feel like guests, not renters.

The last thing I would say is that the neighborhood is awesome! You are right by an excellent Mercado, restaurants, a taxi stand, grocery store a block away and the metro is maybe a minute and half walk. The neighborhood is safe, quiet and a little tucked away from the tourism madness, which is surprising based on how close it is to everything. There are five flights of stairs - but it's good conditioning for sight seeing in Europe, it prepares you for all the walking! I have nothing but great things to say about this property and the host. I've already recommended it to friends and will hopefully be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Rates & Availability

Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
May
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
 
June
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
$232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
 
July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$249
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
 
August
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$249
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
 
September
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
$232
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
 
October
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$194
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$163
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $63
Refundable damage deposit $400

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CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am

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