It seems as though we stayed in a similar, if not the same, apartment as the previous reviewer.
First of all, the apartments are quite new - you will need to keep an eye out so the taxi driver doesn't miss the spot. If not getting a taxi, the Metro station Llacuna is very close (5min walk) so no troubles there.
The staff were very friendly, though directions were communicated quite badly. The nearest 'decent' supermarket is a 15 minute walk, at least. There are two smaller ones next to Llacuna station. The location of these supermarkets should be something explained immediately, as the apartments are self-catering. We ended up looking on our phones and locating them ourselves. Otherwise, theywere kind and courteous, booking us a taxi for our return flight as soon as we checked in.
NOTE: Check the time you will arrive, as if you get to the apartments after a certain time you will need to pick up your 'keys' (actually a keycard) from another hotel that is a few Metro rides away. Luckily we did not need to do this.
Our apartment was in a disappointing location, almost a basement apartment with long windows that anyone could look into if curtains were not drawn. A slither of light was available due to a gap in the surrounding buildings so this was our only source. We would have preferred another apartment, but the rest of the place seemed OK (we did peek through an uncovered while descending the stairs window and found that at least one of the apartments on the top floor were unfurnished, so it seems as though many may be unavailable anyway).
Inside, the space is small but high ceilings give it a pleasant enough illusion. I did not sleep in the bed but the sofa bed was reasonably comfortable, if very squeaky, and could be assembled and disassembled without much difficulty - although it did lock a few times. The kitchen is nice but an oven would have been great, also to boil the kettle or make toast we had to do it in the bedroom or on the floor in the living area - the socket provided in the kitchen was past the fridge door and impossible for the lead to reach from kitchen surface or kitchen floor! Kettle v. hot when boiled so burned fingers a few times when transferring from floor to kitchen. Fridge was lovely and big with added bonus of freezer!
The bathroom was AMAZING with a gorgeous, gorgeous shower and lovely big sink. Lots of space to put toiletries. There was a lot of cupboard space for clothes etc. as well, and the safe was especially useful and easy to use. Air conditioning in both living and bedroom area - great.
Sleep was ok, despite wall to apartment next door either being quite thin or there being some sort of connecting air vent, whichever it was there were some very annoying screaming children until about 10.30 at night. The parents' solution to this was to turn the television up loudly - not sure which was worse.
The swimming pool is a swimming pond, very small in length and just over 6ft in width with a depth of around...3-4ft? Just enough to swim in but lovely for keeping cool. When this hotel reaches capacity it will be quite difficult for all guests to make use of the facilities. We did have it to ourselves on two occasions though, which was nice. The terrace on the roof is nice and big for sunbathing.
The apartments do seem a bit of a way out, but really when you get to know the area better the location is safe and actually quite good. The nearest nightclub (Razzmatazz) is 6mins walk and provided an interesting night out. The beach is 10mins away, there is a long shopping street 10/15mins away and the Metro is very close. It would even be possible to walk to the Parc de la Ciutadella, if you fancied it. Line L4 is well connected and the Metro system is easy to figure out. The Barcelona city tours bus stops just shy of the beach, too - the open top buses were a great way to see the city and we used this to plan our holiday.
All said, I really enjoyed the stay and it was great to come back to a peaceful area of Barcelona after the noise and hustle of the city centre. The area just needs a bit of a makeover - which I understand is underway - and you'll have a great time!
Ask for first or second floor, and keep those curtains shut!
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