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Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6

All legal short-term rental apartments in Barcelona are required to have a short-term rental license and display it to guests. Our license number is HUTB-003331-11

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 was recently featured on a Spanish TV documentary series about Barcelona interiors. Flick through the photographs to the end and click on play to watch the full 6-minute report.

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

More Details
Registration Number : HUTB-003331-11

About Us

Kay Davidson
Cirera 2, SCP
Plaza Tirant Lo Blanc, 3, 6º, 1a, Villa Olímpica
08005 Barcelona
Turisme de Catalunya, HUTB-003331-11
Generalitat de Catalunya Departament d'Empresa i Ocupació Direcció General de Turisme
VAT Reg NoESJ63260921

Kay Davidson
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

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 enjoying 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 Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera

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 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.

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 it's a combination of all of these things and coming in through the front door after a day out, sitting down, kicking off my shoes and relishing the strange sensation 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera in Ciutat Vella

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet hours from 21.00pm to 9.00am
  • No groups of friends larger than parties of 4. If you misrepresent your party, the owner reserves the right to deny rental at any time.
  • Other groups of friends MAY be accepted by owner with special permission after submitting a request to the owner and answering any consequent queries.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
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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  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment in a fabulous location in El Born. Very clean, beautifully furnished and equipped and amazingly quiet inside the apartment.

We enjoyed several local Tapas places and just loved walking about the area -so atmospheric! In fact, we were able to walk to most of the places we wanted to visit and only took the metro a few times. We would definitely stay here again if we return to Barcelona.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It’s so very satisfying to read a review like this. I do know how disconcerting it can be when you’re trying to pick out an apartment from so many nice places on offer. You read the ad and just hope you will find what’s been promised. It sounds like The Born has worked its magic on you too! It is such a special place, isn’t it? Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to share your impressions of your stay. All the best and we hope to be able to welcome you back sometime. Kay.
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Fantastic location in El Born

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kay's apartment for 4 days during the last leg of a recent trip. Although we did not get to meet Kay personally, her communication and recommendations were wonderful. The apartment is in the heart of El Born. This was our first trip to Barcelona. Initially the tight and narrow streets/alley's made us wonder about our choice of neighborhood. However once we settled in and started to explore, we realized that we are in the heart of everything. Amazing shops and cafes with a ton of character all over, including the Picasso Museum which was literally a 90 second walk. Kay recommended a Flamenco club which was only a minute away and was absolutely a fantastic experience. The Metro station is about 7 minutes away. The apartment is cozy, very clean, comfortable beds, and well stocked. Not only did we feel safe but felt very comfortable exploring the area with our 10 yr. old son.

Thank you Kay for making our visit to Barcelona an absolute delight.


  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The welcome basket was a real treat! The place was as described and the amenities were excellent. I enjoyed being in El Born and steps away from iconic places like the Picasso Museum. We had a great stay and the many extras were really appreciated like the umbrella, coffee, extra towels, etc. All our questions/concerned were answered/addressed immediately and the check-in/out process was a breeze.

Looking forward to a return to El Born!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

Apartment was as described, in a lovely location around the corner from the Picasso Museum. We took some of the excellent suggestions on where to eat and were glad we did so! We were met at agreed upon location and shown the apartment and had all of our questions answered. We really appreciated the welcome basket as well.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to send in a review Stacey. I'm so glad you were happy with your stay - your feedback means a great deal to us. We hope to be able to welcome you back if you ever come our way again! Kay
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Best location

  • 5 of 5

Super clean and great location. It was a noisy building, but I believe they all are in El Born. I would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a Find!

  • 5 of 5

Kay & Rafael's apartment is perfectly located in old Barcelona - a location steeped in history and central (within walking distance) to the heart of everything. Spotlessly clean, luxuriously equipped, beds an absolute dream to sleep on, comfortably spacious and renovated extremely tastefully. One of our greatest joys in the four weeks we stayed was simply stepping outside the door into the vibrancy that is Barcelona: the packed restaurant's, the friendly locals, the lively culture, the endlessly fascinating ambience. The only flipside to this vibrancy is that given Barcelona never sleeps it does get very noisy at times. You also couldn't hope to have two more delightful, considerate, professional and warm hosts. We really, really miss it and would return in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your very thoughtful review Rod. It was our absolute pleasure to be your hosts during your time here. I very much enjoyed hearing something about life in rural Australia too and hope we might have the opportunity to welcome you back here one day. Thanks for taking such good care of the apartment during your stay and we send you our sincere thanks and very best wishes.
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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
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera, Barcelona

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Standard Rate 2018
5 Mar 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year 2019/2020
22 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018/2019
8 Jan 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mobile World Congress 2018
25 Feb 2019 - 3 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
Standard Rate 2019
5 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2019-2020
1 Nov 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £267.86
Cleaning fee £66.96
Stay tax £2.01 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

7 night minimum applies over Easter weekend / Christmas / New Year
A late check in fee of 50€ is payable when checking into the apartment after 8pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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