The Perfect Airbnb Stay in the Heart of Barcelona

I have used Airbnb in the past but this was my first time getting a private room instead of the entire home. I’m usually a very private person and need my own personal space but I thought it would be great to meet a local first since I was traveling solo on this trip. Plus, this Airbnb rental looked amazing with the Baroque style floors (that are protected by the local Department of Culture) and the private balconies is just what I wanted to be immersed in the Barcelona culture.

I arrived in Barcelona by Aerobus which dropped me off at Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona's city centre. My Airbnb was only a 5-minute walk from there so it was a super convenient location. I walked through the busy Las Ramblas street first and then turned right into a quiet alley. Even though Las Ramblas was packed with people, it’s still easy to walk through with your suitcase. In fact, you’ll see many fellow travelers walking alongside you with their suitcases as well. 

 My lovely private Airbnb room in Barcelona

My lovely private Airbnb room in Barcelona

Once I arrived to my Airbnb, I called the host, Didi, and she came down to greet me right away. She was very nice and gave me a tour of the apartment. I had my own private room with a balcony and the room was exactly as pictured in the listing. I was so excited! The key she gave me for the room was very special as it is the original key of the room and Didi called it a “castle key” which I totally agree. It was so cool unlocking and locking my door with this historical key.

 Airbnb in Barcelona built in the 1800's

Airbnb in Barcelona built in the 1800's

 Almost everything is preserved in this historical Airbnb in Barcelona

Almost everything is preserved in this historical Airbnb in Barcelona

 The baroque style floors were gorgeous at this Airbnb in Barcelona

The baroque style floors were gorgeous at this Airbnb in Barcelona

The room came with a king size bed, chair, couch, a TV (if I wanted to try and watch some Spanish TV) and a clothing rack. It was very minimalistic and practical for what I needed. There was also A/C and WiFi that worked really well. The best part about this room was the private terrace. It was a beautiful terrace looking out to the alley and it’s exactly how I pictured Barcelona.

 One of the best parts about this Airbnb was the terrace overlooking one of the many alleys in Barcelona

One of the best parts about this Airbnb was the terrace overlooking one of the many alleys in Barcelona

The entire place had 4 rooms and we all shared 2 full baths, one 1/2 bath, a kitchen, living room, dining room and terrace. In the kitchen, we were provided with room temperature water or cold water in the fridge. We were allowed to store food in the fridge if we liked and each room was designated a shelf. There was also a washer and dryer in the kitchen but I’m not sure if we were allowed to use that since Didi didn’t mention it.

 Shared living room space

Shared living room space

 Shared dining space

Shared dining space

The living room space was nice but the dining room was more inviting with the light shining in from the large windows. The terrace was also a lovely space with a few sitting areas and a table. There was a large communal table in the dining room with complimentary tea and coffee. There were cute decorations all around and I especially liked the cubed board with postcards from past guests that stayed at the Airbnb writing their thank you messages.

 Enjoying complimentary tea at the perfect Airbnb in Barcelona

Enjoying complimentary tea at the perfect Airbnb in Barcelona

 Charming decorations in the dining area

Charming decorations in the dining area

 Messages left from past guests

Messages left from past guests

 Beautiful terrace for everyone to share

Beautiful terrace for everyone to share

As mentioned earlier, the location was superb and within walking distance to many restaurants, shops and sightseeing. There is a bakery right next door and a restaurant called El Rincon that serves delicious tapas as well. Even though it was in a bustling area, the streets were quiet for the most part and I slept like a baby both nights.

 entrance of the Airbnb in Barcelona - my terrace was the second floor

entrance of the Airbnb in Barcelona - my terrace was the second floor

 The delicious tapas restaurant nearby, El Rincon

The delicious tapas restaurant nearby, El Rincon

One minor issue I had was that I had to share the 2 bathrooms with 4 other rooms (most of them with 2 people). I was under the impression that I was sharing the bathrooms with 2 rooms. There were times I wanted to use the shower but both were taken (for awhile).

Overall, I was very happy with my stay here. You can’t beat the ambiance, the hospitality and the location. Special thanks to Francis, the co-host, for waiting outside with me for a cab so early in the morning at 4am! What a gentleman.

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Perfect Airbnb Stay in Barcelona Spain
Perfect Airbnb Stay in Barcelona Spain
Perfect Airbnb Stay in Barcelona Spain