We booked this apartment through Orbitz.com and paid close to USD 200 per night for the 4 of us. This was where we stayed at for the 4 days, 3 nights in Barcelona. The reservation and all was no hassle, no problem
unlike my experience with Hotels.com with the apartment in Florence, Italy .
Allow about an hour to get to the apartment from the airport by train and Metra and vice versa. That will cost about Euro 4.50 each way total for the train (about Euro 2.80) and Metra (about Euro 1.35)to and from the airport. Take the train from the airport (I think the train leaves every 30-40 mintues or so) and get off at Passeig de Gracia stop. From there, switch to a Metra and take it to Liceu. The apartment is just about 5-10 minutes walk from there.
We walked once we got off from the Airport Shuttle train at Passeig de Gracia stop to embrace the city, yup with our heavy backpacks, and got lost along the way! =). We arrived at the door only to find out that we needed to call the office. The staff were however friendly and within 10 minutes somebody came and met us at the door. He showed us the apartment, explained some stuff and gave us some paperwork to sign and the keys!
The apartment is compact but functional. The apartment has a one bedroom with 2 beds, a bathroom, kitchen, dining area and living room with pull out sofa bed to fit 2. The apartment was nicely furnished and equipped with everything you need; kitchen utensils, pot & pans, fridge, stove, oven, microwave, washer, cd player, etc. It was perfect! Towels and linen were also provided at no extra charge (unlike in Florence where we had to pay!).
The apartment is less than 5 minutes from Las Ramblas. Even though it’s located on a quiet side street of Las Ramblas and there were graffiti on some walls, it was quite safe early in the morning and late at night. There were even cafes right across the apartment and a few doors away from it. There’s also a grocery store that closes about 11pm – 12 am which offers a limited but sufficient amount of groceries (Beer & wine too!). Prices were surprisingly very decent! And you want a fresh produce and other stuff head to the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria just about 10-15 minutes on Las Ramblas. Port Vell is also about 15 minutes from the apartment. =)
I’m glad we chose to stay at this apartment during our visit to Barcelona!! Two thumbs up and I will definitely return to this place, if we’re ever in Barcelona again!