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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS

Kay Davidson

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in La Ribera El Borne - The Essence of a Place

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6

This stunning apartment is located in the beautiful El Born district of Barcelona’s Historic Centre known as Ciutat Vella.

It is on the doorstep of the Chocolate Museum, the City Park and the magnificent Picasso Museum. It is a 5-minute walk from the beautiful palm-fringed marina and the cathedral, a 10 minute walk from the Ramblas, and just 15 minutes on foot from the beaches that led to Barcelona being crowned Nº1 Beach City in the World 2013 - 2014 by National Geographic Magazine.

The apartment has a floor area of 90m2 and provides real home from home comfort and every luxury to make your holiday accommodation extra special with high speed fibre optic internet at 100mbps, duck down duvets in winter, a Nespresso coffee machine and a home cinema system.

It is spacious with open plan areas in the living room & kitchen/dining room. It has high vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams and French windows leading out onto little wrought iron balconies.

It has a telephone, an IPOD docking station, a breakfast bar, a split-level bathroom with glass wall partitions and a separate walk-in shower. It even has a secret door!

The apartment recently featured on Spanish TV. Scroll down to the end of the page to watch the full 6-minute report.

'We selected the apartment based on the description and reviews and everything exceeded expectation'. Lorraine R. 2013.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kay Davidson (Owner)
Advertiser since 2004
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Speaks English, Spanish

About Kay Davidson

Hello there! The first thing I should probably tell you is that I came here on holiday for 2 weeks in 1988 and stayed! I guess the sun, the cuisine, the cultural variety and outdoor lifestyle all had something to do with it. The fact is I’ve never stopped savouring the things I love here. I moved from Valencia to Barcelona in 2000 and have worked throughout that time as a teacher and translator as well as a property manager now too of course! My life is busy and diverse and also involves making regular trips back to Scotland, where I was born. I think I’m really lucky to live between two such beautiful places and I guess I love the contrast and diversity of my lifestyle. Nevertheless, be warned! If my own experience is anything to go by and you do decide to come here on holiday, you may end up staying longer than you bargained for!!

Kay Davidson purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Kay Davidson chose La Ribera El Borne

Quite simply – it was love at first sight and the first and last apartment I looked at. I often walk through the gorgeous winding alleyways of the Born with their myriad boutiques and terrace cafés bathed in sunlight before heading back to the apartment and sitting in the peace and quiet of the living room, soaking up the beauty of it all and thinking, yes! This is the essence of what I love here! The Born has become even more charming and beautiful since I bought the apartment in 2003 and I think that if I could come back to Barcelona now and see it all again as if it were the first time, I think it's exactly this apartment in this part of town that I would hope to find. But that particular pleasure, if you decide to come, will be all yours!

What makes this apartment unique

Firstly I would say it's the location. It’s right in the middle of the most historic, beautiful and happening area of the city with the benefit of being nestled in a quiet pedestrian-only side street, which is a 15 minute walk from the beach. Then, the apartment itself has the perfect contrast that’s so distinctive to Barcelona of seamlessly blending the old with the new; design without compromising on comfort. Having the award-winning Hoffman bakery and café (best croissants I have ever tasted) just around the corner may also have something to do with it though! Or it might be the proximity to Cal Pep (delicious seafood) or Bar Pla (delicious everything)! Most likely though it's a combination of all of these things but the best thing of all is coming in through the front door after a day out, closing it behind you and experiencing the exquisite dichotomy of feeling at home in a foreign land.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thanks Kay. Had a great time! FAB apartment! Not enough time to do everything.'



Tony and Tracy. England, UK. 19th September 2006



We really enjoyed staying in this fantastic apartment. We loved the décor and found it a relaxing place to rest our tired feet at the end of the day. Barcelona is a vibrant, exciting city and this was a great area to explore it from with its wonderful restaurants and bars. Many thanks.’ Jack and Nicola. Penistone, Yorkshire, England, UK. 23rd August 2006



‘Just a quick note to thank you for the use of your wonderful flat - even more specious, lovely and well located than we imagined. Helen Raadelar. England, UK. 18th August 2006



‘We spent a wonderful week in vibrant Barcelona – discovering the tiny streets, shady boulevards, beautiful buildings, lovely restaurants …and a beach too! Kay, your apartment is lovely, so comfortable and beautifully decorated. We’ll be back without question.’ Helen and David. Toronto, Canada. 5th August 2006
Nov 2007
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5
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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS
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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS
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La Ribera El Borne Ciutat Vella
5

Perfect Location

  • 5 out of 5
This was our first time to Barcelona and the location was perfect for exploring many parts of the city and beach area. Within a few blocks there were dozens of good restaurants and cafes as well as shops. The Born district was artsy, with an old world charm. We found locals helpful and welcoming.
The apartment itself was very comfortable on a small side street with only foot traffic. This made it quiet and relaxing. One of the city's best pastry shops was a few doors away which was perfect for a morning or afternoon snack.
Kay and Raphael were very nice and made our stay easy as they were available for questions and helped navigate any situation!
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your great review of the apartment and the surrounding area. Your description of the Born is spot on - artsy with an old world charm! Glad to hear you were happy with your choice and found the apartment peaceful and relaxing to come home to in the evenings. Hope to see you again. Kay.
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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS
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La Ribera El Borne Ciutat Vella
5

Perfect apartment and perfect location

  • 5 out of 5
Rafael and Kay met us when we arrived in Barcelona. The apartment was lovely. Clean and comfortable. Everything that we could have wanted or needed for our stay was available.
We were welcomed with a bottle of champagne and the yummiest birthday cake ever. (Thanks a lot Kay it was so kind of you).
I think the apartment is great and is in an ideal location. We could easily walk to wherever we wanted to go. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, museums, park , beach all within easy walking distance.
Rafael and Kay were very helpful throughout , from initial booking until we left Barcelona.
When I come back to Barcelona I will definitely be trying to book this apartment again. We loved our stay and cant wait to come back. thanks for making our stay so great.
I would recommend this apartment to anyone that wants a good location close to tourist attractions but in a neighbourhood that feels more local.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS
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La Ribera El Borne Ciutat Vella
Where do you live?
5

you can't beat the location

you can't beat the location
  • 5 out of 5
This apartment was beautiful! Firstly, Rafael met us at 0100 due to our late flight, even though he had to wake up early the next day. Kay was just as attentive and sweet. The apartment was clean and comfortable, and we were welcomed by a bottle of chilled champagne on the kitchen table. We could walk to most all of the tourist sites from the apartment. Right outside our door was the Santa Maria Del Mar church where we heard Mozart's Requiem on our first night in town. The Picasso museum is just outside the door and you are surrounded by tapas bars on every corner. Should I be fortunate enough to return to Barcelona, I will be booking Kay and Rafael's place!
  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing our apartment Betsy. I hope that Rufus Wainwright song, which first made you curious about Barcelona, will trigger wonderful memories of your stay here whenever you hear it again. Thanks again. Kay.
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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS
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La Ribera El Borne Ciutat Vella
5

Perfect Apartment in a Perfect Location

  • 5 out of 5
Perfect Apartment in a Perfect Location

My husband and I stayed for 5 days in Kay’s beautiful apartment. This is definitely one of the best Vacation Rentals we have experienced.

The attention to detail is evident the moment you set foot in the door. Kay has gone out of her way to make this a comfortable, home-like environment for visitors to Barcelona. It is clean, well appointed and very comfortable, including an entertainment centre with a good selection of DVD’s and CDs for your enjoyment.

The beds and linen are outstanding. Kay provides you with a binder that outlines everything you need to know about the apartment and the surrounding area. A cell phone is provided for your use while in Barcelona.

In my opinion the location in the Born district of Barcelona is one of the best you can have as a tourist. You can walk everywhere with restaurants, cafes, museums and great shopping at your door.

I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone visiting Barcelona who wants a perfect apartment in a perfect location.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks very much for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted to hear you were happy with everything and will continue to work hard to ensure that anyone coming to the apartment on the strength of your review (and the others!) leaves feeling satisfied too.
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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS
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La Ribera El Borne Ciutat Vella
NC, USA
5

Wonderful apartment, helpful owners

  • 5 out of 5
Little to add to what appears in other reviews. The location was magnificent, and the apartment immaculate. The beds were beyond hotel quality, and there was no street noise. We ate mostly tapas, and carried some things back to the apartment to eat too, especially the Hoffman croissants. So much to see in our first trip to Barcelona. There were more stairs than we thought there would be for first floor, but one adjusts. The responsiveness and helpfulness of Kay and Rafael cannot be over-stressed.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay at our apartment. It is extremely rewarding to receive positive feedback and we would like to thank you very much for allowing us to be your hosts during your Barcelona vacation. I hope if you ever decide to come back to Barcelona you will visit the apartment again. Thanks for coming and for being such thoughtful guests. All the best. Kay.
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BARCELONA LUXURY *** FABULOUS LOCATION*** HISTORIC CENTRE - GREAT REVIEWS
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+34 -(0) 649 39 89 44
La Ribera El Borne Ciutat Vella
Vernon Hills, IL - near Chicago
5

Quaint, Clean, Fantastics location

  • 5 out of 5
I just hadn't gotten around to reviewing this place.. So when a friend asked for a recommendation, I immediately thought our stay here.

This is a great apartment - clean, well appointed, and comfortable. Location, location, location - you really can't get any better. If this wasn't enough, Kay was the perfect host - she was prompt with her replies and made staying at this place really comfortable.

Whenever we make it back to Barcelona, we will be thinking of staying here again!
  • Review Submitted: 04-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Bhavan! Thanks so much for recommending us to your friend and for visiting our webpage again to leave a review. We've been busy tweaking the apartment for the new season. You know, touching up the paintwork and carrying out some minor repairs to make sure everything is just right for the coming season. That's the boring bit of running a rental apartment!! The best bit is meeting people like you and watching faces light up as we show you round. Reading such generous comments as the ones you've made here is the icing on the cake. Thanks so much and hope to see you in Barcelona again. Kay.
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Barcelona Airport
Nearest Barpub
Many in the surrounding area
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Port of Barcelona
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Sant Cugat Golf Course
Nearest Train
100 Metres
Estación de Francia
Nearest Motorway
1 Metres
Ronda Litoral - exit 22
Nearest Restaurant
Lots to choose from on your doorstep.
Nearest Ski
300 Kilometres
Baqueira-Beret
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Barcaloneta
Car: not necessary

The entire area surrounding the apartment building is encased in enchanting medieval streets and alleyways. Bustling with life, these little streets house cafés, speciality food shops, small commercial and public galleries, design boutiques and a wide selection of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.

Buy your fresh food at the Santa Catarina food market with its famous undulating multi-coloured roof designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles. A 2-minute walk away. Open Mon - Sat from 8.00am to 15.00pm.

Wander down to the marina and enjoy a cool drink in the sun as you watch the sail boats come and go. A 5-minute walk away.

The front door of the Picasso Museum is less than a minute's walk away. Go early to avoid the long queues but without having to get up early!

Walk round to the Chocolate Museum to watch the confectioners at work, see the chocolate sculptures and have 'merienda' of sponge fingers (melindros) dipped in hot chocolate in the museum café. A 2-minute walk away.

A 30-second walk down Calle Flassaders will take you to the Hoffman Café which is located in what was built as the City Mint in medieval times. Breakfast outside listening to gentle jazz.

Have a wander through the Ciutadella park - it's just a few minutes walk away or hire one of their canopied cycles for families, or a paddle boat or visit the city zoo which is accessed through the park.

The City Aquarium is a 5-minute walk away and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon - not that we get many of these.

Just beyond the Aquarium you can take a cable car ride across the marinas and up to the top of the Montjuic Hill where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city. Before you come back down you might like to visit the Joan Miró Museum or the Pueblo Español.

A 15-minute walk will take you to Barcelona's award-winning beaches. You might want to hire a beach recliner for the day, enjoy the 5 kilometre-long beachfront promenade - perfect for cycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding or just about anything else on wheels (!) - or sit in one of the 'chiringuitos' (open beach café bars) down on the sands and watch the people go by.

While you're at the beach, you might like to have paella for lunch in Pez Vela. Why? Well, because it's excellent! The restaurant is open to the beach so I suggest you book a table out on the decked terrace where you can gaze up the beaches and wonder whether this was the view that made National Geographic Magazine vote Barcelona 'Best Beach City in the World' in 2013.

Sign up to use the private Nova Icària Sports Club during your stay. Gym, Swimming Pool etc.

Don't miss the Santa Catarina Church - 50 meters from your front door. It's considered to be the best example of Gothic Architecture in Catalonia.

Take a leisurely 10-minute stroll along Carrer Jaume I, past the seat of the Catalan government (the Palau de la Generalitat) in San Jaume Square to the famous Ramblas and the Boqueria Food Market - the largest food market in Europe.

Have a good old rake around the Vila Viniteca - a specialist wine shop a couple of minutes' walk from the apartment - where you can find all the best Riojas, Ribera del Dueros as well as Priorat and Montsant wines (great value for money). Their sister shop next door has a wonderful selection of cheeses and they supply many of Barcelona's best restaurants. Don't miss La Botifarra on your way there or back - the sausage specialist's.

Book a tour of Barcelona's Modernist Palau de la Música - the most beautiful music hall I have ever seen. Even better - go to a concert. A 15 minute walk away.

You can walk to most of the sights but public transport is excellent and the San Jaume and Barceloneta metro stops are about 300 metres away. It's also well connected to the city bus network.

Step back in time by taking the lift down through the ages at the MUHBA Museum in the Plaza del Rei to visit the streets and alleyways of Roman times hidden away beneath the existing city. A fascinating visit for anyone interested in history and learning about life in Roman times. About a 5 minute walk from the apartment.

Visit the recently completed 'Born Cultural Centre' which tells the more recent historical event of how Catalonia was defeated by the Spanish army in 1714. A story sensitively told just a minute's walk away.

There are bicycles for hire in the area, Segway tours of the Historic Centre, walking tours or you can hire go-cars.

Sign up for a cookery course. Go shopping to the Santa Catarina food market with your guide and then go back to the kitchen to cook some Spanish food before sitting down to enjoy your efforts. Less than a minute's walk from the apartment.

Don't miss the Arabian Baths in the Paseo Picasso - a minute's walk away. You can have a massage here too.

Oh - or the Mammoth Museum!

Many scenes from Woody Allen's film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' were filmed in the streets around the apartment.

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Availability & Rates

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Standard rate
28 Feb 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
€615
for 3 nights
From
€180
€1,335
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add €20 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter - end 2014
1 Nov 2014 - 13 Dec 2014
3 night minimum stay
€495
for 3 nights
From
€140
€1,055
 
 
Any 7 nights at Xmas/New Year
23 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,335
for 7 nights
€1,335
 
 
Winter - start 2015
11 Jan 2015 - 28 Feb 2015
3 night minimum stay
€495
for 3 nights
From
€140
€1,055
 
 
Mobile World Congress
1 Mar 2015 - 8 Mar 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,650
for 7 nights
€1,650
 
 
Standard rate 2015
9 Mar 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
3 night minimum stay
€630
for 3 nights
From
€185
€1,365
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee €75
Refundable Damage Deposit €200
Stay tax €0.65 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in La Ribera El Borne in Ciutat Vella

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Built on 3 levels. Separate WC, bath and shower enclosure.
  • The bathroom is on three levels creating different areas which are separated by glass wall partitions. There is a separate walk-in shower with teak flooring, and a bath tub too. The bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer and we have provided a box of emergency toiletries just in case you should discover that you've forgotten something late at night and the shops are closed.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Green Apple - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Push the 2 single beds together or apart as required.
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Everyone tells us how comfortable it is! Sleeps 2.
    Red Apple - 1 Large Double Bed , Large double bed, double wardrobe and full length mirror.
  • 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 double sofa bed, 1 cot
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The apartment also has an IPOD sound docking station to allow you to listen to your own music collection and an Italian central battery charging system for recharging all your batteries at the one hub. We also provide a wall safe and home alarm. The apartment also has over 20 guide books to Barcelona and Catalonia for you to use during your stay.

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