The Dandi apartment is a stunner online and in person. The turn left from the door reveals beautiful flooring, furniture and dining table to accommodate any gather your might plan there. The three bedrooms are appropriately furnished and the bathrooms are functional to make getting ready easy. It is fortunate that the bedrooms are away from the street because the sound level in the dining/living area is very high due to the street traffic. Motorcycles and emergency vehicles seems to find this street a convenient way to get from here to there, so watching TV in the main room means turning it up a lot to overcome the noise. The windows are dual paned but the original steel window framing leave a lot to be desired in terms of keeping sound out. We were advised that the heater (radiant water) in the master bedroom was not in working order when we arrived. Unfortunately the heater in the bedroom near the guest bathroom didn't work either, nor did the one in the living area. An attempt was made to fix all three while we there, but the two bedroom heaters immediately failed after the repairman left. As this was a cold time in Barcelona, it meant bundling up for the duration of our stay. When inquiring about a discount for being rented an apartment that was not ready for our arrival, we were turned down by the local staff. We were offered a price reduction the next came we came to town but trips like these for our family are rarely repeated. A big thumbs down in this regard. How would any of your feel if 3 of the major rooms in your apartment didn't have heat in the middle of winter? I was also surprised that the local staff literally disappeared when bringing up the issue of repairing the heaters a second time or the discount. We only heard from them a week later advising of that our security deposit was being refunded and of the previously mentioned discount for a future stay. Let me also mention for a person of any height, the master bedroom master appears to be a European king. This makes it about 5" shorter than a king sized mattress you would find in the states. If someone in your party is 6' tall, they will need to scrunch together as the footboard is taller than the mattress, preventing you from stretching out. Speaking of the bed, it is only about 16-17" off of the floor. Trying to put shoes on while sitting on the bed is difficult beside the side rails are the same height of the mattress and they poke into you. The design might look okay in a photo, but tall people beware. So is Dandi really a dandy? Our experience would say otherwise based on the heater issue and lack of responsibility the staff/owner showed. If this were a hotel, any normal person would have been asked to be moved to another room. Not an option in this case. It does make us rethink a rental like this and while other "management agents" may do a better job to resolve an issue during your stay, in our case, a hotel would have been a better option. I hope you have a better experience if you stay there.
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Although its about 2 km away from La Ramble street, but the location is great. Apartment is fully equipped with all your needs.
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Property managers, Jaume and Mercedes, made me feel very much at ease from the first contact thru the actual stay---always promptly responding to my calls and answering my zillion questions.
As we had an overnight flight, we reserved the very affordable apt. for the night before our arrival so we could go directly from the airport to the apt. to freshen up and nap before beginning our orientation walk thru Barcelona.( Unlike friends who chose a hotel and could not get in their room upon arrival and fell asleep in the hotel lobby!) The apt. location in very safe Eixample had nearby open market, pastry shops and wine store where we purchased items for delightful dining in the stylish apt dining room . Our five mile afternoon walk thru beautiful Barcelona took us up to Sagrada Famillia and down to Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Arriving back at the apt each eve., we welcomed the quiet of the apt and
comfy beds. We were very pleased to make Dandi apt.our home away from home and highly recommend it.
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