There were 9 of us going to Barcelona so either we would end up in a dorm, in three or four different rooms, in different hotels - or in an apartment! We thought it'd be hard to find a large enough apartment but Avino really was great.
The apartment had 3 double bedrooms and 1 single room. In each double they had given us an extra fold out bed, but the beds were large enough to sleep 3 so we didn't even need the spare beds!
Each bedroom had its own ensuite which was awesome, there were never a queue for the shower, which is great after a day on the beach.
We had our own kitchen which was perfect for breakfasts together. There was a large dining table in the living room, plus a small sofa and a TV. The apartment is beautifully done, the beds are pretty and the bathrooms are wonderful.
The location is also great, it's so close to Las Ramblas, Plaza Cataluña, and it's in the middle of the old quarter which means there are loads of restaurants and shops nearby. There's a couple of metro stations just a few blocks away. It's also close to the harbor, and we walked alongside it to the beach a few of those hot days.
On the negative side:
Not all rooms had windows, but that was fine due to good AC.
There was no washing powder for the dish washer, so we did the dishes by hand.
The single bedroom has no AC so it gets really hot. We put a fan in there, but it was still hot, so the guy in there had to keep his door open at night, just to get some air in there. He managed, but it would have been great to use the space in his room for an extra bed, which with the heat problem was impossible.
There wasn't soap in every bathroom.
Since it's in a regular apartment building we had to be real quiet after ten at night. It's not very soundproof (it's not like we had parties in there, we just wanted to be able to talk - when you're a group of 9 it's nice to be able to just hang out!) so that's a downside.
It was hard to find the location, since there was no sign on the entrance door.
We had a large patio but weren't allowed to use it. No explanation why, I'm afraid.
On the positive side:
It was plenty of space for 9 people! And 4 bathrooms to ourselves is almost unbelieveable.
The service was great, Kathrina was real nice.
Location, location, location! Walking distance to everything - super market, bars, shops, metro.
We stayed in the Gaudi apartment which was wonderful, but were adviced to stay in the Dalí apartment next time, since it's supposed to be even bigger! Hard to believe.
This hotel is awesome for a large group of friends, or a family would be happy here. I would say it's ideal to stay 6 people here, but it worked out great for us to be 9.
We would definately book this apartment again and we recommend this place to everyone!
- Also Known As:
- AinB Avino Barcelona, Catalonia