Editors Note: This is the sixth review in an ongoing series that will highlight each property–hostel and hotel–we stayed at during The Hazy Shade of Autumn Tour as part of our partnership with the good folks at HostelBookers.com.
The infamous La Rambla – steps from the apartment.
It’s funny the things that make you realize you are getting older. I look in the mirror and I am still the same 23-year-old kid. But I know my habits and tolerances have changed, including sharing rooms in hostels.
Part of this has to do with the fact that we work on the road when we travel. Because of this we are in constant need of electronic outlets when we do sit down to work, plus I prefer working the in the privacy of our own room, especially early in the morning or late at night, instead of in the common area. Additionally, we travel with a lot more electronics than we used to, so it’s just nice to have that extra bit of security when we go out.
Fortunately, on The Hazy Shade of Autumn Tour, we had the opportunity to partner up with Shing and the great folks at Hostelbookers for some of our stays and they hooked us up with private rooms whenever they could. I’m not going to lie, it was fantastic! You got all the perks that make hostels so great—breakfast, social atmosphere, activities and good WiFi—with all the comforts and privacy of a hotel.
But in one instance, we discovered something that we had no idea even existed on HostelBookers.com, a short-term apartment rental. Well, it turns out that not only does HostelBookers do hostels, you can also book short-term apartment rentals and hotels through the site too.
The Barcelona studio at Las Ramblas Apartments, which we found on hostelbookers, was on the 5th floor (the building had an elevator, thank god) and overlooked La Rambla— the tree-lined street of central Barcelona. Oh man, I can’t tell you how excited we were when we met the host at the buildings front door and he proceeded to show us this incredible place. It was stylish, modern and comfortable, in other words, the apartment was the kind of place I see in a magazine or visit for a dinner party and I know I could be happy there for a long time.
But the interior of the studio wasn’t even the best part, because it also features an incredible roof balcony right off the living room that overlooks La Rambla, which is nearly as big as the apartment itself. Additionally, the roof-top patio had a table and chairs as well as drying rack for clothes. La Rambla is the heart & soul of central Barcelona and a top tourist attraction so being based right in the middle of it was a real treat – being able to watch it from above was spectacular. And don’t even get me started on the views of La Rambla at night, especially during the Christmas season when twinkling lights fill the trees and hang over the streets.
And while the place maybe a little costly for a solo traveler, for couples or a group of three or four the place is perfect, especially when you consider its location to one of the city’s most famous food markets La Boqueria and a nearby grocery store. Toss in that the metro is less than a block away and you have one of the choicest spots in Barcelona for your holiday stay.
The fantastic open lay out of the apartment (the bed is on the other side of that white wall near the stairs) which also features a fully equipped kitchen:
The colorful bathroom is cleverly tucked behind two disappearing doors with a separate shower on the right:
The Living/Dining Room has stairs that lead right out onto the roof deck:
The spacious balcony and large sliding glass doors into the apartment:
Unique tree top views from the balcony. This is the perfect place for breakfast & lunch or to practice yoga:
The view of La Rambla from the roof deck:
La Boqueria Market – this famous market is just down the street and the perfect place to buy fresh veggies & fruit:
The location of this apartment is KILLER. Everything you need is at your doorstep. Here are more views of the surrounding streets & La Rambla:
Now I know for some, a holiday isn’t a holiday if they’re not staying in a hotel, and for those folks, I still recommend checking out HostelBookers’ listings for cheap central Barcelona hotels for your Spain vacation.
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