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“Rent a great apartment instead of a hotel room.”
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Happy Apartments
Ranked #45 of 739 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

We went to Barcelona for five days. Arrived at Sunday evening to meet a nice lady how checked us in. the apartment was big enough for us two adults and a child. The apartment contains two comfortable bedrooms, big living room, a kitchen and two restrooms. The apartment placed 4 meters from Palau Guell, 20 meters from Las Ramblas, 5 min' from the port of Barcelona, 3 min' from the La Boqueria Market, 10 min' from Plaça de Catalunya. All in all at the apartment is in middle of the city. The apartment itself was clean, the kitchen was well equipped with cutlery, and there was a refrigerator. At the same street you can find a grocery shop or you can go to the market. Enjoy.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

My wife and three of our adult children visited Barcelona in June of 2011 for a family wedding. We were amazed at the price, convenience, amenities and ease of making a reservation with Happy Apartments. Five adults were able to sleep in two bedrooms and a hide-a-bed with two bathrooms. That made getting out of the apartment for early morning train rides a cinch. The apartment comes furnished with air conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and hot plate, which was more than adequate for us to have breakfasts and cook an occasional meal. The apartment also had a small deck which made drying clothes from the beach and towels easier. The apartments are five minutes away from La Boqueteria, an open air market that has everything from whole fresh fish to sweets. The apartments are right off La Ramblas, with convenience stores and a laundromat within easy walking distance. The Metro stops within a block of the apartments, which makes getting around Barcelona and other parts of Catalunya really easy. The dining choices in the area are so abundant that you can find economical meals just a few blocks away from the apartments, including American fast food (if you're so inclined). When we go back, and we surely will, Happy Apartments will be our choice for housing.

Room Tip: We liked the second floor because the elevator was slow and walking up the stairs with a 27" su...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

Our first visit to Barcelona was perfect. The best part of our 8 day visit was the convenience of our base at the "Happy Apartments". The name is very appropriate as it was so well suited to our needs and perfectly situated. Being right on "Les Rambles" makes everything flow thanks to the location. We walked to many areas we were interested in and to bus/subway/train stations for our tours of numerous outlying points of interest. Short walks provided grocery shopping, banking and incredible dining. We also loved out kitchen area and the fact that we could choose to eat in our out. There is so much to see and do we can't wait to return. We highly recommend "Happy Apartments" for convenience and good service. Staying there took the stress out of out visit to Barcelona, something that we in our 70's really appreciate. Two thumbs up from us!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Ken R
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Isa-vision, Manager at Happy Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2012

Dear Ken R,
Thank you for your review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Barcelona in our Happy Apartments! We hope to welcome you back to Barcelona sometime in the near future.
Regards
Happy Apartments Management Team

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Reviewed February 21, 2012

My family's stay at the Happy Apartments was truly wonderful. It is located 30 yards off the lower Ramblas and steps away from stores, quality restaurants, the Metro, and other transportation. I loved the convenience of being able to walk the Gothic center, Roman ruins, Plaza Catalunya, and scores of other historic sites. The apartment itself provided a convenient refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city, for a nap, snack, or full blown party. The rooms and kitchen were clean, quiet, cool, and comfortable. When I go back to Barcelona I will stay at the reasonably priced Happy apts. and continue my exploration of a truly great city.

Room Tip: Family and friends stayed in 4 different and all rooms had 5 star cleanliness, roominess, value, and...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

I was married last June south of Barcelona (I live in the area) and was very lucky to have quite a few of my family members and their friends join us from the US, as well as other friends from different places in Europe.

Knowing that hotel prices in Barcelona are extremely high compared to many other places in southern Europe (even hostels!), the question of where to have them stay was worrisome given that they already had to pay transatlantic plane fare. Luckily a friend recommended the Happy Apartments. The price was great, location was perfect (right in the middle of the historic “ciutat vella” Barcelona, but beware of pickpockets), and the staff were bend-over-backwards nice.

As an American who lives in Europe I wanted my family and friends to stay somewhere centric because I knew that if they were in apartments on the outskirts they wouldn’t have been that excited about having to trek miles to get the center. This place was directly facing the recently restored Palau Güell and right off the Rambles (across from the picturesque Plaça Reial), right near the waterfront, the beach, the Barri Gòtic, great shopping, and not too far from the Cathedral, Born area. The apartments had nice hardwood floors, balconies, chic urban décor. They even had a fold-out couch that the groom and I crashed on one night out with the cousins when we were too tired to drive home.

The staff met each group to check them in and was always available for any questions we had. They had recommended nearby restaurants which everyone loved. The cleaning staff was also very nice and always smiling. Even the guy the pharmacy across the Rambles was nice (and English speaking) when my dad realized he’d left an important medication at home.

These apartments very exactly what we needed.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

I have used Happy Apartments in Barcelona on two occasions now. Firstly in June 2006 for my own hen do, and most recently in February 2011 for a short break away with my family including my 2 year old son.
The location is excellent if you want to spend the day shopping in the city and is a good central location for the main station in Barcelona (placa catalunya i think). It is just located off la Ramblas and a stones throw from the massive fruit and vegetable market. Although it is off a busy little side street it is quite quiet when you're in the apartment. It is also surrounded by a Little India, and so there are lots of cheap little supermarkets to pick up food and a delicious Indian restaurant Raja as well as several cheap and tasty kebab shops.
The apartments themselves are spacious and clean. Some have little balconies overlooking the street and give you a side view of the bustling Ramblas. They are a little basic, but have all the necessities and the kitchenette is ideal for breakfasts and lunches, as well washing your clothes if you want to. Bathrooms are clean and showers are powerful.
The apartments are not luxury, but for the price and the location it is definitely worth staying there. I assume people don't go to Barcelona to spend their time indoors!
Both the occasions I used the apartments were very different, hen do and family break, but the apartment was great for both. A short walk away is the marina and there are some lovely places to eat there too. I recommend this place.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 2, 2010

We stayed at the Happy Apartments for the weekend for my friends stag do. There was 11 of us all arriving at different times but the communication was perfect. Once we arrived everything was explained and laid out and we had more than enough room. For a stag do this place was perfect but I would also go back and stay for a more leisurely holiday.
Great facilities including Balconies (Great for watching the pick pockets working below and within easy walking distance of everything.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla 10, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 739 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: $197 - $438 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Happy Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each apartment is complete with wooden floor throughout and all the necessary amenities. The living / dining room is spacious and full of natural light. The sofa is cosy and perfect to relax and watch the TV or a DVD. A dining table and chairs will allow you to enjoy your meals and a Wifi internet connection to stay up-to-date with your e-mails. The open plan kitchen is completely equipped with a coffee machine, kettle, toaster, washing machine, etc. There are 4 types of apartments, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom. All are furnished with single beds that can be prepared as a double upon reques or bunk beds. The bathrooms have either a shower or a bath tub. For guests arriving by car to Barcelona: private parking can be found in the Hotel next door to the apartments where our guests can benefit from a special rate. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.The Ramblas is Barcelona´s centrepiece, the kilometre-long pedestrian boulevard flanked by narrow traffic lanes which runs from Placa Cataluna to the Columbus statue. ... more   less 
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