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!
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, 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!
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!
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! :)
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 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
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."
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.
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.
Thank you for being such an attentive and thoughtful host. My daughters and I had a fantastic stay in Barcelona and enjoyed your apartment very much. It is in the perfect location and convenient to enjoying all this great city has to offer. We appreciated your prompt replies and efforts to insure we would enjoy our stay. Your recommendations were very helpful. You are a 5 star host!
We look forward to staying again at your RUSTICA flat when we return for another visit.
Not only is this property in an ideal location and neat and tidy but the owner goes above and beyond to both inform and accommodate her guests.
Her response time is swift, her directions and suggestions "spot on" and her apartment very cozy and well-provisioned. The beds are AMAZING and the overall aesthetics very pleasing. .a DEFINITE " 5 Star" stay!
We had a lovely stay at this centrally located apartment! It really had all the amenities you could imagine, and then some. Alex was super helpful and sweet in making sure we had everything we needed, recommendations, etc. Apartment was spacious, charming, and clean. As other reviews state, just be ready for the stairs!
I would highly recommend this place for your Barcelona visit!
Alex's flat was exactly as represented - beautifully appointed, fully equipped, and perfectly located. (As other reviewers have noted, the climb to the 5th floor was a bit of a challenge, but we did it - and became more organized about our comings and goings!) We booked at the last moment, but Alex responded immediately and checkin was very smooth. We look forward to another visit.
We had a wonderful stay in Alex's flat in August 2016. I would highly recommend this apartment. It is very comfortable and every detail has been thought of. We were able to walk easily to everything in the city. There is a market and many amazing restaurants near by.
Alex was a great host and easily available by phone with any questions. She made us very aware of the five floors of stairs to the flat (no elevator) before we arrived, so we could pack appropriately.
I would highly recommend this rental.
Alex was an amazing host. She met us really late at night and was always there when we needed her. Her apartment is adorable and has everything you need. The location is great! Walking distance to everything. When we go back to Barcelona we will definitely stay at her place again. Thanks so much Alex!
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
CHECK-IN: Any time after 1:30 pm
CHECK-OUT: 10:30 am