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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

Luxurious & Cozy 2 Bedroom 'R.U.S.T.I.K.A.' Flat in the Epicenter of Barcelona

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Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4, Fast Wifi, Local iPhone 4 w/ Data


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


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


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!


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!


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!



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, and more! Watch news, TV series, movies, 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!


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!


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!


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!


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?


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!


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!


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! :)


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!


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 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!


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!


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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alex (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

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.


based on 38 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 38 reviews

Beautiful Appartment - Just As Described

  • 5 of 5

First, let me say that Alex was wonderful to partner with. Her communications from the start of the process and during our stay were impeccable. She takes great care to make sure her guests are well informed and happy.

Second, her appartment is exactly as described. It's in the perfect neighborhood for those that want to explore Barcelona. Placed in between the el born and gothic neighborhoods and a hop and skip away from the metro.... What more could you ask for! Her appartment is very clean and exactly as shown in the photos. It was quite at night and well lit during the day. We were glad to have access to do laundry in her appartment as we had packed light! Alex is quick to respond to questions and gave us many well received recommendations on where to eat and explore. Last, yes there are a few steps up to her appartment but that should not deter you. My wife and I are in our late 40's and we climb those stairs daily laughing at each other along the way and looking at it as a great workout after a long day of walking, eating to much tapas and having some of the wonderful Catalonian wines offered. Thank you Alex - if fate permits will be back to enjoy another stay in your beautiful home away from home.

- John and Jean

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay at Barcelona

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three visited Barcelona and stayed at RUSTIKA. What a beautiful place! We had a great stay. The apartment is tastefully decorated and Alex the host has a great attention to detail. She is prompt in replying to all the questions and was eager to help us. She had even left a I phone with a local carrier so that we could use this phone to navigate around the town with Google maps. The apartment is located centrally and close to the Gothic quarter which is in itself an amazing place to visit. The restaurants in this quarter are stunning and with Alex's recommendations we were lucky each time. It was our wedding anniversary and Alex was very thoughtful and left a bottle of CAVA and strawberry chocolates for us to enjoy. The apartment is very comfortable and I would stay at this location once again when I come back to Barcelona.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable apartment in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I were looking for a place that would accommodate both of as we were wanting separate rooms and beds bigger than twin sized. Alex's apartment was beyond perfect. We each got our own king sized bed, which we needed after all the walking we were doing. All the amenities are so helpful especially having a local phone to be able to map out your trip. Alex's recommendations regarding restaurant's and things to see was also spot on. She had such great recommendations which was expected as she does tours in city. The location is phenomenal as well. I will say that although the apartment is on the 5th floor of a walkup and a workout in itself, it's beyond worth it with her smart and simple design of the space provided. Side note for you ladies, she has the best blow dryer i've ever used! We both loved it, Alex and Barcelona. I would stay here again and recommend it as a great place to accommodate a few friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Fabulous Flat in the Heart of Barcelona

  • 5 of 5

Everything in the listing about this apartment is true, and then some. For starters, Alex is a fantastic host and was attentive before, during, and after our stay. The location was phenomenal for all of our needs--enormous market and an organic grocery with in a block, as well as churches, cafes, shopping, and the ocean all within easy walking distance. If you need to venture further, a taxi waiting area is incredibly close. The apartment itself is thoughtfully stocked with all sorts of creature comforts, and Alex's advise and resources are unparalleled in terms of what you would expect from an owner. My family of four (2 adults and two children) stayed here at the end of a month-long journey through Europe, and we highly recommend R.U.S.T.I.K.A. for your next stay in Barcelona. Flat out fantastic.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Location, Perfect Apartment, Great Communication/Owner

  • 5 of 5

Our first stop on our extended vacation was Barcelona, Spain and we really enjoyed our stay at this apartment. We were within walking distance of several landmarks we wanted to see and also really close to the metro and bus. I don't think we ever had to take a cab except to the airport. Alex was great in communicating before the stay, during the stay and after the stay which was important to us. What was nice about the apartment is it had little extras such as power adapters, kitchen supplies, soap in the shower. The master bedroom was very comfortable and linens were of higher quality. Internet worked without any issues. In addition the owners manual was very comprehensive. The only thing to note is the stairs and higher floor which we had no issues with. What we liked the most is we felt like we were living in Barcelona. Great restaurants and cafe's all with walking distance. Check in was a breeze and check out was as simple as pulling the door shut. Deposit was returned almost immediately after. Would highly recommend as advertised and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Truly a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We have travelled the world and stayed at many apartments. Alex's apartment was, hands down, the best apartment that we have rented! She has anticipated everything that you could possibly need and made sure that it is available for you upon arrival. The apartment is spacious, the beds were amazingly comfortable, the kitchen well equipped. Alex's description of the apartment was so accurate, that I felt like we had already been there when we arrived. We found the apartment to be meticulously clean. Alex was in contact with us within the first 24 hours to make sure everything was satisfactory and inquire if we needed anything. She also gave us a list of recommended restaurants, which we used and LOVED!

There is a lovely little restaurant right outside your door, and by week end we were stopping by daily to visit with the people and have a glass of wine. Our son played soccer with the neighborhood kids in the playground/courtyard right outside of the building. We really felt like part of the community. The Santa Catarina market is right outside your door so everything we bought was fresh and wonderful.

Of all the great points that this apartment has to offer, the best is the location! You are never more than a 10- 15 minute walk from most sites in Barcelona! We walked to the beach everyday, there is a tour bus right around the corner that is hop on/ hop off to help you reach the spots that are further away, and there is also a taxi stand by the tour bus.

We don't speak Spanish and have never been to Barcelona, but found the apartment, the city, and the people to be so warm and welcoming! We will definitely be back!

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this apartment to anyone visiting Spain!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera Apartment Rental Rates

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Aug 31 2016 - Sep 30 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
October - November
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
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1 night minimum stay
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

CHECK-IN: Any time after 1:30 pm
CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Toilet room separate from Bathroom; individual access
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
As a professional tour guide, I take great care in always ensuring my guests are fully satisfied and leave Barcelona with lifelong memories.

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