The stunning Sagrada Familia, located close to an apartment with a view in Barcelona

An Apartment With A View In Barcelona

I recently went back to my first love, Barcelona and had the chance to see the city through different eyes, the ones of a more experienced, grown up traveler. But one thing hasn’t changed over the years: the way I feel for the city and how beautiful it is. Because it was my birthday trip, I wanted everything to be memorable, from the accommodation, to the restaurants where we ate. So I turned to AirBnb for the first time and found a bunch of good choices, but one stood out in terms of quality, comfort and cost. What better way to start the day than in an apartment where you can have breakfast on a terrace overlooking the gorgeous Sagrada Familia? Sounds like the perfect place to stay in Barcelona, doesn’t it?

Rooms and facilities

The apartment is spacious enough for four people, having two bedrooms, one with a large double bed and one with two twin beds, as well as a living room where you can have a meal or watch some tv. I admit, we only turned on the tv once, on the first day, and that was only to see what was on. Truth be told, there’s no time to watch tv when you’re in a city with so many interesting sights and things to do. πŸ˜‰ There is also a fully equipped kitchen and you can easily cook your meals to save some cash. With a supermarket right across the street, we bought groceries and had a hearty breakfast every day. It has a spacious bathroom and I loved that there was enough room for the toiletries from all four of us. Another positive aspect is the excellent wifi connection which allowed me to share a lot of Instagram photos while I was there.

The best thing about the apartment however is its lovely terrace with a view of Sagrada Familia. From the minute I saw the pictures, I knew that this was the place I wanted to book. Sadly, because it was cold or rainy every morning, we had breakfast only in the living room, but it would have been great to stay at the table on the balcony and have tea or coffee before setting out to explore the city.

The only flaw of the apartment is that it’s on the 4th (technically 5th) floor with no elevator, so going up and down the stairs (especially with luggage) can be quite the work out. But we were greeted in the evening when we first arrived with a lovely bottle of wine and four very much needed large glasses of water.

Location and price

Minutes away from the apartment: Sagrada Familia (left) and Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (right)

Located 3 minutes on foot from Sagrada Familia and the metro station, you can quickly get to any point in the city thanks to the excellent metro system. The neighborhood is filled with restaurants, cafes and shops, some of them surprisingly good, so if you’re hungry and don’t feel like going too far one night, there are plenty of choices nearby.

The rates start from €90 per night for four people and they require a minimum of 2 nights.Β  In addition, you need to consider a €45 cleaning fee and the Airbnb service fee (charged for all bookings). We ended up paying €35 per person per night, because it was my first booking. If you don’t have an Airbnb account yet, sign up here and get a €18 discount on your first booking (I get a little credit for my next booking as well, everybody wins! πŸ™‚ ).

I definitely recommend the apartment if you are planning a trip to Barcelona, it’s great for both families with kids and small groups of friends looking to relax in a lovely and comfortable place after a whole day of walking on the streets of the city.

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  • heyimneise

    Ooh! Looks fab. I’ll be in Seville for three weeks in March next year and really want to visit Barcelona if I can. Thanks for the info!

    • Oooh, Seville is amazing, my second favorite place in Spain, after Barcelona πŸ˜€

  • Oh wow, what a find! We’ve been to Barcelona a few times but always stayed closer to the sea. Looks like a great address, will remeber it for our next time there, thanks for sharing!

    • On all my trips to Barcelona I’ve stayed in the same area, I just love that neighborhood, haha.

  • Natalie Tanner

    Fantastic location and I love that there is plenty of floor space. We need that when we travel with the kids. Someone is always spread out on the floor playing or reading or something!

    • I liked how spacious it was, this summer we had such small hotel rooms that there was barely enough space for us and our luggage.

  • Travelling Chingrita

    Spain has been on the top of my travel list for European destinations, but I feel two weeks wouldn’t be enough! This apartment is incredible and your hosts seem fabulous! Gotta love stairs with all your travel gear!

    • I’ve been to Spain four times already and I would go every year if I could, it’s such a beautiful country!

  • contented traveller

    I think that we have got used to many apartments in Europe not having lifts, but the way I figure it is, the views and the location that you had more than make up for the daily climb.

    • To be honest, I got used to the stairs after a while, it was only inconvenient when we had to carry our luggage.

  • Sounds like a great place to stay in Barcelona Vlad – and a fabulously cheap price too πŸ™‚

    • It was indeed, I would definitely stay there again.

  • Welcome to the AirBNB club! I stayed in AirBNBs all across Western Europe and it definitely made a huge impact in lessening the costs of travel. And I found it’s a lot more spacious and has more utilities (must for me: washing machine!) than an expensive hotel. Will definitely consider this AirBNB space if I’m ever in Barcelona. Thanks for sharing, Vlad! πŸ™‚

    • I haven’t stayed with Airbnb before because they usually require immediate payment and what I love about Booking.com is the possibility of free cancellation and booking a better place πŸ™‚

  • Lovely. My husband so wants to go to Spain, Barcelona in particular, and for that place, it is totally doable πŸ™‚

    • Barcelona is amazing, been there three times now and I just can’t get enough.

  • Ohh but I had a discount code too, you should’ve clicked on the blog! Anyways, it looks like an awesome apartment and I think it was VERY cheap considering you had an awesome view of the La Sagrada Familia πŸ™‚

    • I had the discount for a long time because I made the account months ago, but never used it. (btw I think they recently changed it, because it used to be 20 euros and now it’s only 18). Yep, the apartment was definitely great! πŸ˜€

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    So glad you had a good first AirBnB experience! Looks like an amazing location, will save that one for next time in Barcelona.

    • The location was what sold the apartment for me, I love that neighbourhood.

  • Lovely Photos & enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚

    Lisa | Joy Della Vita Travelblog

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • samiyahl

    We love using AirBnB and this looks a great find! Wonderful location for sure πŸ™‚

    • I’ll definitely use Airbnb more often from now on! πŸ™‚

  • Phoebe Thomas

    looks like you found a gem of an apartment. I use Airbnb all the time (well infact every day as my own place Lou Messugo is on it!!) – I’m off tomorrow to Naples to an Airbnb place.

    • I googled your apartment, it’s sooo nice! πŸ˜€ Have fun in Naples, I’ll go in April πŸ™‚

      • Phoebe Thomas

        thanks Vlad! When are you coming to stay then?! I assume you mean you’re going to Naples in April.

        • I’ll be on the Amalfi Coast between April 20 and 24, I want to go on a day trip to Naples and Pompeii. Leaving from Naples on the 24th, but I don’t think I’ll have time for sightseeing that day.

  • great place! I still haven’t used Airbnb!

    • It’s a great way to save money on accommodation when you travel with friends πŸ™‚

  • What a great find! Spain is very high on our lists. My husband is particularly keen to visit Barcelona so I’ll keep this one in mind. The view looks amazing. Too bad about the rain.

    • I didn’t mind the rain too much, the last time I went it rained so much I was soaking wet even with an umbrella. This was a nice change, haha.

  • This does sound like a great find. I love Barcelona and to be able to stay in the location would be perfect. As luck would have it I was thinking of booking an apartment through Airbnb this week. I’ll make sure I use your link! #mondayescapes

    • Thanks! I love Barcelona as well, it’s my favorite city and I’ll always happily return πŸ™‚

  • It seems you had a wonderful birthday, Vlad. I love Barcelona too and I could go back on and on and on… Gorgeous pictures!

    • Thank you, Anda! πŸ™‚

  • I love using Airbnb! What a cool location to have an apartment with a view of the cathedral! It must have been nice to be so close so you could easily walk and see the church in the morning or evening when it was less crowded. #MondayEscapes

    • It was super crowded in the morning, but when we came back in the evening/at night there were fewer people around, it was a nice sight πŸ™‚

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    You’re the second person I know raving about Airbnb choice of accommodation for Spain. I will consider it when I get to Spain some day. Thanks for sharing, and happy birthday! πŸ™‚ #MondayEscapes

    • Thank you! I definitely like to book apartments whenever possible, I save up so much money πŸ™‚

  • John Pilkington

    Which is the best neighbourhood in Barcelona to stay in?

    • I’ve stayed in Eixample on all my trips and loved it. I think that Barri Gotic and El Raval are noisy and, from what I’ve heard, not the safest.

  • We rented an apartment a few years back a few blocks from La Rambla when we went with the kids. It was great because it gave us a chance to live like the locals and experience things that tourist wouldn’t.

  • Hey, Vlad. I agree: Barcelona is wonderful! We were only in the city for a couple of days but we have so many terrific photos from that short time. I thought Sagrada Familia was the most ornate cathedral I’d ever been to. Every spot had a symbolic meaning.

    Not knowing Barcelona beforehand we stayed at a hotel off Las Ramblas, but next time we’re going to rent thru Airbnb. Not only is it usually more affordable but we prefer living among locals. We stayed with them in Madrid and had a very similar experience as yours. The hardest part is figuring out which neighborhood is best. I’ve heard good things about Eixample since we left and now that I’ve heard you say the same, I will look for a place there the next time. Maybe the one you rented will be available. πŸ™‚

    • I can’t imagine what it’s like to stay near Las Ramblas, I was there one late night and the noise was unbearable. Eixample is a lovely choice, it’s both quiet and charming.

  • The thing I like best about AirBnB posts is getting to be really really nosy about other people’s living arrangements, and not only that but across cultures! Stuff the view!

    I can see we are going to have to take the plunge sometime ourselves. Never been to Barcelona…

    • Hope that if you do make it to Barcelona, you’ll love it as much as I do πŸ™‚

  • I am a big fan of aibnb and touch wood haven’t had a bad one yet. I find their locations are just so spot on and the view from yours is truly wonderful. The Segrada Familia is such an iconic building so to see it from your window is special! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • I’ll be traveling to the Amalfi Coast next year and I keep searching for a place on Airbnb – they all look amazing, I can’t decide, haha.

  • Svetoslav Dimitrov

    I love how neatly they have tucked the TV in the corner. About the view – stupefying!

    • Haha, that was a nice touch, although we didn’t really use it πŸ˜‰

  • Marybeth Montrichard

    Vald, you mentioned a rooftop bar in another article. What is the name of it please, thank you!

    • It’s called Eclipse, at the top of the W Hotel, it’s very nice, I’ll write a post about it soon πŸ™‚

  • What an awesome apartment!! The location is definitely great and the terrace too!
    Shame there is no elevator, but you guys are all young so no problem πŸ˜€ Wow the price is a bargain, especially with your discount on Airbnb. I find it so nice when the hosts leave a bottle of wine πŸ™‚

    • You make it sound like you’re so much older than me, haha! How old are you btw?

      • hahaha I feel old, or maybe it’s because I’m not so strong to take my own luggage upstairs hahaha I’m 27 πŸ˜€ and you?

        • I’m 26, haha! I actually thought you were 24 or 25, because you look younger! πŸ˜€

          • ohhhhh Vlad thank you so much for saying that hahaha πŸ˜€
            And I also thought you were younger, 24 I would say!!

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