I stayed for three nights in May, booking through trip advisor was very easy, the owner Graciela was great at answering all my queries. She took the arrival flight details and was waiting in the apartment for us on our arrival. She showed us around the apartment and how everything worked and left us a key each. She had very kindly left a map with the location of the apartment and all the big sights circled, there was also a bottle of water, milk, wine, couple of bottles of beer, tea and coffee left for us. The apartment was exactly as described and looks the same as the pictures provided, the apartment is on the 5th floor but there is a lift so it wasn't an issue. The living/dining area is lovely and bright, it has a table and chairs and a sofa bed, large TV, DVD and TV receiver, although we could only find one English speaking TV channel, however we had brought Apple TV with us and we're able to stream from our iPads via the free wi-fi in the apartment. The kitchen has a washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and a coffee maker, it was also stocked with some dishwashe tablets, washing powder etc, which was a great bonus. The twin bedroom was very comfortable and is ensuite, the shower has really good water pressure, which was a very pleasant surprise as I have long thick hair that usually takes forever to rinse on holiday, there was also shower gel, shampoo and an extra couple of toilet rolls provided if you needed, which again was a nice bonus as no one wants to have to go and buy toilet paper when you are only away for a few days! The second bedroom was the double room and was next to the main bathroom which has a shower over the bath, the bath is very small though, I'd say it was more half a bath. There were more toiletries, a small first aid kit and a powerful hairdryer in the main bathroom. The apartment was fantastic to stay in and we felt at home as soon as we set foot in it, there is a roof top pool and and terrace but it doesn't open until June, so we only went up for a look, it would have been lovely to lie out up there as the weather was fantastic. The apartment is in a quieter more residential area, it is a 10 min walk from Placa Espanya which has the Aerobus stop from the airport, it costs €5.90 each way and only took 15 mins, I would definately recommend it for getting to and from the airport. There is also stops for the open top bus tours and a shopping mall here. There are a few little shops near by for water, snacks etc and a Chinese, Indian, tapas and burger restaurant all within 5 mins. I'd definately recommend B Burger just along the street, the food is amazing and staff are very friendly. If you turn left when leaving the apartment it is a 20min stroll straight along the street to the Passeig de Gracia, from there it's one block to both the Casa Batllon and Pedrera, Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas are a further 20-25min stroll. I'd highly recommend the walk as you get a real feel for Barcelona and can soak up the atmosphere. We used the hop on hop off buses for all other travel, longest we had to wait for one was about 5 mins. I absoloutly loved Barcelona, my highlights being the top of Mount Tibidabo and Barcelona Cathedral, but mostly I just loved waking around. The apartment definately helped make the trip. The only downside to it was that the walls are VERY thin, we mostly heard the next door neighbour coming and going but on the Saturday night the downstairs neighbour decided to have a party around 3am and it got very loud, thankfully we were both shattered after a long hike up to the top of Mt Tibidabo and we managed to sleep through most of it, just something to be wary of as it could be an issue. That aside I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the apartment and if I return to Barcelona I'd definately stay here again.
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