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“Great location bad smell”

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Apartamentos Barcelonasiesta
Ranked #433 of 732 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Rented one of the apartments on Joaquim Costa for 4 days in October 2013. We weren't told that we would have to pay upfront so we had to go and get the cash out on the spot (not a big deal), also you have to give your keys back to the cleaner so make sure you tell them to be there nice and early so you don't have to hang around too long! (we had to wait about 20 mins past the agreed time). The apartment is in a great location - really handy to get to the Ramblas / beach & there are plenty of nice little places to grab a drink around the area. We wanted an apartment as we wanted more space and having the kitchen area is ideal. The only problem we had was that the place reeked of moth balls - we bought air freshner and sprayed constantly but as we kept leaving the apartment shut up all day in the heat the smell just lingered, really unpleasant - so much so that all our clothes still smelled of moth balls when we unpacked. There was noise on the streets in the evenings but that is only to be expected from such a central location. No dvd player in room as mentioned on website - we didn't bother contacting them afterwards about it but as I see from another comment they are provided if you ask. Besides that the place was great.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

I stayed here in March with my mum. We chose an apartment as I knew she would be tired from all the walking in the daytime and I wanted us to be able to eat at home. The owner was unable to meet us but the woman who takes care of it was lovely, she couldn't speak English but we were still able to communicate the info needed. The kitchen was small but it had everything you needed, kettle, microwave, cooker and enough cooking and eating implements for 4. The shower room was small but it had a powerful shower and the loo was separate. The living/sleeping area was large enough and there were 2 balconies. The room had air-conditioning/heater so even though we went in March and it was freezing, we were warm.

My only complaint was that there wasn't any spare blankets and so we were very cold at night without the heater on. I am sure if we had bothered to contact Oriol he would have provided blankets as when we asked for the dvd player that was mentioned on the website, it appeared the next day.

The area wasn't too noisy despite being very near a busy road and it was light enough to feel quite safe to walk down at night. There were mini supermarkets and some excellent cake shops near by. Universitat metro was only a couple of minutes away so the location was excellent. It was difficult to find initially due to there not being a sign or anything, but a shop owner helped me find it (it is opposite a tobacconist).

If you are looking for budget accommodation that is within easy access to the metro (and only a minute or 2 from the airport bus) and still walkable to some of the main areas, then I would recommend this place. If I go to Barcelona again I would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

April 2013, we rented the beach location (Carrer Pescadors 83,2-2)with another couple for four nights and it was perfect for us! The owner, Oriol, met us promptly at the apartment, answered our questions and even gave us a quick tour of the area with great suggestions on where to eat, what attractions to see and where things were located.
We could see the beach from our balcony and were literally seconds away from dipping our toes in the water and numerous restaurants/cafes right on the boardwalk. Comfy beds, hot water in the shower, fully operating kitchen - the waterfront and perhaps a 10 min walk from Las Ramblas and the hop on/hop off bus, this was definitely the best location for us. We did not have any issues with noise at night for sleeping at night and the apartment was very clean. Would recommend!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

I feel bereaved !! I lost my 50% booking deposit and the hotel was enriched in the process. Due to a VISA problem I had to temporarily cancel my booking. I found an alternative route and wanted to take up my room booking again, but the management of this hotel found a replacement occupant and refused to negotiate repaying my deposit - or part thereof. I know that it was the condition of the booking but felt some leniency would have gone a long way especially in light of the fact that they suffered no loss - whilst I lost a considerable amount of money.....

Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

We had a great trip to Barcelona, and these apartments were brilliant. In a great area of town, a few streets off Las Ramblas, close enough so you can be in the hustle and bustle within 5 or 10 minutes, but far enough away to be nice and quiet at night. The street the apartments are on is full of great bars and restaurants, definitely go to the dog is hot for fast food, best hot dogs ever!! The owner met us upon arrival and was lovely, full of great advice for the local area. All in all a great place to stay and when I next go to Barcelona I'll definitely stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Joaquim Costa, 56, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
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Ranked #433 of 732 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: RM419 - RM704 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Apartamentos Barcelonasiesta 2*
Number of rooms: 3
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