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Old Town Apartments Barcelona
Ranked #425 of 735 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Reviewed January 8, 2010

When we arrived in Barcelona, late and a little lost we were happy to find that the main office of Old Town Apartments was a short 5 to 10 minute taxi ride away from the central bus station. Though it was late the staff receiving us was welcoming and very helpful; we received good tips on where to go, how to get there and what to do. The map we were equipped with to get to our apartment was probably more accurate than the free one we got from the tourist center! (Note: it's worth spending a little dosh on a good map or printing out from google maps beforehand; do NOT rely on the free map from the tourist center).

We stayed at the "Rambla Catalunya". The apartment was exactly as described. Pictures found on the Old Town Apartments website were up-to-date and did not give a false sense of size as we found other websites sometimes do; so what you see is exactly what you get.

All the rooms were large, clean and tastefully appointed. Worth a special mention is the large balcony dining area, light and airy, with a nice enough view; a great place to hang out if you have time.

We had central heating that worked well enough; water supply was strong and well heated; the kitchen was well equipped with a large fridge (not that you really needed big one), the kettle didn't fail us and neither did the washing machine and dryer. Free instant coffee and tea provided too. We were also happy to find instruction manuals to the washing machine and dryer (they actually had instruction manuals to all appliances - quite thoughtful of management). Bathrooms were all clean, well lit and ventilated, and all the essentials were there (i.e. towels, toilet-paper, liquid soap). The beds used were comfortable. All in all, we were well taken care of.

The apartment was centrally located within 5 minutes walk from Placa de Catalunya, the main square in Barcelona, and about 10 to 15 minutes walk to the Ramblas. You'll find a manual provided by management which gives you directions from the apartment to restaurants, where to get groceries if you want, shopping and sites; some helpful general tips there too. Again very thoughtful of management. There are a number of quaint boutique shops, restaurants and bakeries surrounding the apartment.

Would stay at this particular apartment again in a flash, and based on this stay, would not hesitate to book through Old Town Apartments for future trips.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2010

The Old Town Apartments are excellent. We chose to stay with them based on previous stays (Krakow and Berlin) but especially because the photos of the brand new kitchen were just too inviting to turn down. For 3 of us, 8 nights, it was far more economical, and we felt that it would be more homely than a hotel. And it was!!

When we arrived at the 3 bedroom apartment, we were taken by the luxurious style. The Kitchen was exactly like the photos, the lounge was spacious, and the 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms were brilliant. We thought we were in heaven for a week.

The location was good too. It was 3 stops from central Barcelona on the metro, but almost every day we walked (40mins) to take in the sights. We loved that we were in a local neighbourhood rather than a tourist hot spot. Local bakeries, and several supermarkets all close by that we frequented.

The apartment worked well, as it was our "home away from home" for the week. The staff leave you to yourselves, but are at the end of the phone if you need any assistance.

I definately recommend Old Town Apartments, in any city!! I have already recommended to all of my friends.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 18, 2009

Great location. Really confortable. Increadibly quiet.
The best choice to visit Barcelona on your own.
Definitely will book again next time round.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ramcalos
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Reviewed December 2, 2009

I really recommend Old Town Apartments Barcelona, i was feeling at home there. everything i needed was there. very comfortable apartment at good price.

Try it !!!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank NRTPorto
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Reviewed November 20, 2009

We (a group of 7 with two children) stayed in two of the Villaroel apartments. The distance from the Ramblas is about 15-20 minutes walk and the apartments were very good, clean and equipped with all kinds of dishes, cutlery, so we were able to prepare breakfast and everything. I am mostly satisfied with the service I received during the booking process and on coming and leaving the apartment. The guy that did everything for us - booking the apartments, organizing a transfer from the airport, dealing with our not so small group, is called Arthur Joseph. He was great, very friendly and helpful!
The only small downside, I would mention is that my apartment was overlooking a busy street and it was a little noisy with the traffic, but the other apartment was in the inside of the building and there was no such thing there. On the whole, a great experience and we are all looking forward to staying in another Old Town Apartment!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 16, 2009

The apartment was clean and vey comforatable. It is surprisingly large and very cool. There is a lovely terrace looking out over the rooftops - perfect for a late afternoon drink.

It is within easy walking distance from all the shops, the best sights etc. and we loved it! The staff were very helpful at the office and we were able to store our bags there after we checked out. The apartment is within easy walking distance from the office too so checking in and out was a piece of cake.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank moton
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Reviewed November 13, 2009

We stayed in apartment “Borne Santa Maria” literally across from the Santa Maria del Mar (certainly one of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona). The apartment is also within baby monitor reach of the square in front of the church, which offers a choice of 3 or 4 cafes and restaurants with outside terraces. This is a great area in which to stay, with boutique shopping, designer tapas-bars, the Picasso Museum and real down-town Barcelona street life.

The apartment is not big (although bigger than any hotel room in the same price category) but well-equipped and cheerfully decorated. The bedding and towels were new and fresh and the apartment was spotlessly clean. We were traveling with small children and found this a perfect way to still experience the city life in Barcelona. The lift to the apartment is a few stairs up from the front door, but for us it was still manageable.

Most importantly, the apartment is exactly what the website of Old Town Apartments Barcelona and our email correspondence with them led us to expect. We arrived very late (at 00:30 on a Friday morning), but the reception desk stayed open for us (as previously arranged and separately paid for). The directions to the reception desk and to the apartment were very clear and we had no trouble checking in.

Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
Thank AmsterdamReisiger
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Address: Fontanella 18, Principal - 2 | Office at Fontanella 18, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Kitchenette
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Ranked #425 of 735 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: $163 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Town Apartments Barcelona 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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