12 PREMIUM & LUXURY LEISURE APARTMENTS IN BARCELONA | Spring – Autumn 2014

The brand ”Barcelona” is probably one of the best examples of City Branding. From Nepal to the Chilean Patagonia, Barcelona is one of the most well known cities in the world. Thanks to its Soccer team, Picasso, Gaudí, The Sagrada Familia, The Olympic Games and many other concepts have brought popularity to this amazing city.

Years ago, few companies started to grow the concept of luxury apartments in Barcelona. Their idea was to create private premium places for unique people. More privacy to let them feel like at home or at least with same or better services than a 5* Grand Luxe Hotel could provide.  Nowadays, some of those companies have growed successfully in the city where others just took the name “Luxury” with the excuse to over-charge your stay. That is why We will give you a selected list that you can trust to choose for Luxury & Premium apartments in Gaudi´s home place.

Choosing the option of a premium apartment gives you possibilities to enjoy privacy whilst maintaining a concept of family or friends gathered for a special purpose or to share a common space between co-workers visiting one of the many international fairs Barcelona has to offer.

There are few renowned companies that can offer you a great premium option for your stay. Let us highlight them for you:

PURE LUXURY 

  • EL PALAUET  (Luxury)                                                    Location

Located in Eixample, at one of the premium  shopping avenues in the city, Passeig de Gracia Avenue. Brands like Hermès, Chanel, Burberry´s, Luis Vuitton, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana will welcome you to Barcelona. It is one of the most exclusive buildings with the most unique service in town. Design, Elegance, personal Service & Premium Location. @el_palauet – Facebook 

Ritz-Carlton is offering the most premium residence product by means of 28 luxury apartments up to 400sqm/4003sqf of exceptional and high-end decoration and service. With the most superb view to Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea. Now, if you want to add comfort and relax for the next step of luxury, there are exclusive services offered by Six Senses Spas, considered one of the best companies in the world with an extensive selection of exquisite beauty treatment and massages. @HotelArtsBcn – Facebook

They opened at the end of 2010, by Passeig de Gracia Avenue. Part of the luxury Majestic Hotel Group you have the confidence of getting the best of the best in hospitality. @hotelmajestic –Facebook

 

Located by the Rambla de Catalunya street ( not to be confused with Las Ramblas further down) Their focus on design is a concept of taste and uniqueness. They are part of Majestic Hotel Group which stands for luxury & quality. @hotelmajestic

LUXURY – PREMIUM 

Are you modern, romantic, elegant or Chic? What about a company taking care of all the details you need during your stay? It is mandatory to mention these apartments because they have a complete personalized service offered across Barcelona. Its exclusive apartments are located at strategic points of the city delivering a tasteful diversity combined with a sublime standards of service. Definitely Très sexy, très hip, très chic!  @ChicRoomBCN – Facebook

A group of entrepreneurs, all of them with an international background makes Home Around the perfect company to fit your needs regarding style, exclusivity & design. They are expert in creating an international network of Villas & Apartments in the most important cities around the globe so you can visit selected places like Bali, Phuket or Rio de Janeiro under the concept of Home Around. They offer you 3 collections SILVER, GOLD & PLATINUM Apartments… the decision is yours and I am sure you will never regret about it! @homearound – Facebook

This is a special mention about a company that is coming strong in the luxury business related to short term properties. Their base is Barcelona but, if you check their website you will find exclusive options in Spain & Portugal. If you want to BuySaleRent long term or rent short term, It will be worth to check their appealing website and judge by yourself. @LucasFoxBcn – Facebook

 

  • YOU STYLISH (Luxury – Premium)                               

A full personalized service from the moment you contact them. A car waiting for you at the airport and everything you may need during your stay like a Chef or a private tour. You can choose from a variety of apartments around the town in any of the districts that I have mentioned previously. For a single guests, a couple, family or a group of friends, they have it all. You decide how you want to enjoy pleasure in this cosmopolitan city. @YouStylish – Facebook

  • DESTINATIONBCN (Luxury – Premium)                                   

Barcelona Penthouse

They offer unique apartments, penthouses with personality, superb accommodations with terraces to enjoy exclusively for your stay in Barcelona. Definitely you will find style, luxury, design and a great location. The perfect place to enjoy Gaudi´s city. @destinationbcn – Facebook – Pinterest

  • SUITES AVENUE  (Luxury – Premium)                                        Location

Also located at this well-known avenue,  just under Hugo Boss Store. A building designed by Toyo Ito. A great option for business women and men or couples. Part of Derby Hotels. @Derby_Hotels –Facebook

Three different premium options (Splendom SuitesGrandom Suites & Splendom Residence) gives to Barcelona the possibility of having a great stay for business or leisure. 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. Located in the center of Barcelona by the Eixample district with an easy access to all the venues, fairs, shops and restaurants in the city. They have inagurated a new building in Madrid with a lot of success. One of the nicest touch of their services are the Molton Brown amenities @SplendomSuites – Facebook 

We would recommend these apartments for couples or singles. Very well decorated, spectacular designed walls and ceilings. Also part of one of the most recognised hotel groups in Barcelona, Derby Hotels. @Derby_Hotels – Facebook

If you visit Barcelona for business or leisure the top 4 areas where you can rent premium property are:

  • EIXAMPLE ( Including St. Gervasi)  The heart of the city with easy access to all important places; all kinds of transportation through this district with easy access to the best shopping, museums, landmarks and restaurants in Barcelona. Paseo de Gracia Avenue and Gaudí´s creations like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló will be your glamorous neighbours to enjoy this city.
  • GOTHIC & EL BORN: Both districts are a big draw because they belong to the old town of Barcelona. Districts mainly composed of pedestrian streets, very narrow and where we can see that eclecticism of Barcelona. The  Picasso  Museum, Barcelona Cathedral, Santa María del Mar Church are some of the most photographed places in this part of town. An infinite variety of bars and restaurants to enjoy both the night and day. (10-15 minutes walking distance to downtown)
  • BARCELONETA: This district is for the tourist that wants to be near the sea. A district that began its official creation in 1793. Its main avenue called Joan de Borbó receives many pedestrians who want to enjoy paella or traditional Catalan food. From here you can enjoy the promenade looking at the mediterranean, which offers a number of restaurants, lounge bars, discotheques and of course the beach. (20 minutes walking distance to down-town)
  • DIAGONAL MAR: It is the district that is most far from down-town and is the newest thing that Barcelona has to offer. Very wide avenues, a wide variety of  4* & 5* hotels, a shopping center, parks and the Barcelona beach. Modern buildings of considerable height definitely the area where you can  find quality penthouse apartments  to enjoy great views. (15-20 minutes public transportation or taxi)

DON´T DO IT…

  1. Even though Las Ramblas is a great highlight and a beautiful pedestrian street to join during the day, as a premium traveller never rent an apartment close to Las Ramblas  because during the day is one thing and by night it is better not to walk around. Specially if you have other unique options.  As I mentioned before from Catalunya Square and up you may consider La Rambla de Catalunya street which sounds very similar but is a huge difference.
  2. Since there are so many offers consider to book with one of the companies that have comments available from previous guests.
  3. Never pay the 100% of the total reservation in advance. A trustful company will never ask over the 40%. Some times depending of the amount of days or value of the property you might be asked to pay up to the 50% prior to arrival.
  4. Try to pay with Visa or Master card because some companies apply an extra charge if you pay with American Express.
  5. Never accept a change of conditions or a promise of a specific service without an e-mail or written paper.
  6. Regulary, Barcelona does not open its stores on Sunday so don´t leave your shopping for the last day. You never know how busy you will be. ( There is a small change in downtown. Some stores will open from 11:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs until September)
Your mission from now is to enjoy Barcelona because there are so many things to do that I am sure you will comeback again.
I truly believe with this you have the best options to stay in Barcelona. From now, you will be able to read more premium subjects about this amazing city and if you have any doubt or topic you want me to write about so don´t hesitate to let me know. Welcome to Barcelona!

The Silver Path. Tapas Restaurants in Barcelona

Barcelona Tapas

Versión en Español

For this occasion I have asked the assistance and expertise of a specialist in gastronomy Pedro Salillas Perea

I have faced many situations where I had to decide where to go for tapas depending of the type of client or friends I have with me at that time.

Of course you always will bring them to the best places in the city but depending of what you want you should do a different path around Barcelona.

That is why I am going to write about 3 different paths a) The Silver b)The Golden & c) The Platinum

3 of them are excellent choices but it will depend of what experience you are looking for.

So here we go.

The Silver Tapas Path in Barcelona

  • Following the old tradition, marble tables, old or non decorative.
  • Popular dishes, atmosphere and flavors like old times.
  • Ideal for an easy going tour with you close friends.
  • Some of them just have a couple tapas and nothing else.
  • Many of them do not accept reservations.
  • Mostly we can say you will be lucky to get a quick service because especially at evening times you have to wait in the line, but it is worth to do it.

BAR TOMÁS             Mayor of Sarria, 49, 08017, Barcelona

bravas del bar tomás1º The patatas bravas – 2º fried artichokes.

Something they have done that they still hold the title of best Patatas Bravas in Spain. The criticisms (both positive and negative) are diverse but we can not doubt the popularity and the long lines outside. His fame in Barcelona is given by their Patatas Bravas with alioli (emulsion of olive oil and garlic) and chili. Located in the district of Sarria, it is essential to take a break after walking through the streets where nineteenth-century Catalan bourgeoisie had its second home and finish the walk with a beer and these Patatas Bravas.

BAR MUNDIAL       Plaza Sant Agusti Vell, 1, 08003, Barcelona

bar mundial1º Seafood of the Day.

A traditional old meeting bar for boxers. Its walls are the witness of the old days. We are talking about 87 years of tradition, with iron tables and terrazzo floor. It is the perfect place to start or end the tour by one of the most popular and traditional districts of Barcelona El Born. Do not forget to drink a traditional Vermouth.

BAR LA PLATA        Carrer de la Merce, 28, 08002, Barcelona

boquerones bar la plata

1º Fried anchovies.

A bar with a wide range in wines and moreover fried anchovies. It is located very close to Via Laietana and a few steps away from the Post Office headquarters. One of the emblematic buildings of the Gothic Quarter and the door to visit La Barceloneta´s district.  Maybe a glass of wine and some fried anchovies and you will be ready to go on your way.

EL XAMPANYET      Carrer de Moncada, 22 | Next to the Museu Picasso, 08003 Barcelona

el-xampanyet

1º Sausages 2º Anchovies.

Located in the district of El Born near to the promenade called by the same name. It is a pedestrian street, ideal for evening / night. This perhaps is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of cava (designation of origin for Champagne made in Spain) with a simple but delicious tomato bread (Pa amb tomàquet), sausage and anchovies Doble Zero ( extra large), one of the best in Barcelona.

LA COVA FUMADA               Baluard Street, 56, 08003, Barcelona

cova fumada1º Tapas bomba 2º Fried fish.

Welcome to the district of La Barceloneta. La cova fumada is a traditional tavern and one of the oldest in Barcelona, where you can sample the best potatoes and meat “bomba”  in the city. You have to be aware: This place does not have a commitment with design, this is pure flavor. I don´t think that many tourists know this place. You have to try the fried fish.

QUIMET & QUIMET      Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004, Barcelona

QUIMET&QUIMET 1º cans – 2º sandwiches

Last stop, the Poble-Sec neighborhood, one of the most renowned avenues of Barcelona, Para-lel Avenue, known as the Barcelonian Broadway  because of  the high concentration of theaters and dinner theater like  El Molino. Known as the ¨cans¨ bar, serving their canned goods on a bread created by Dani Jordá, the most creative baker in Barcelona. Our suggestion within the excellent choices, “Tuna belly with a glass of wine”

I hope you enjoy the simplicity of good food, along with having enjoyed the various and diverse neighbourhoods and districts of Barcelona. We are preparing The Golden Path, which will be another excellent choice to walk around  different districts of Barcelona and enjoy their food. Always drink moderate and enjoy this city. Welcome to Barcelona!

&

Thanks Pedro!

12 Luxury and Premium Apartments for short stay in Barcelona… SUMMER 2012

Versión en Español

The brand “Barcelona” is probably one of the best examples of City Branding. From Nepal to the Chilean Patagonia, Barcelona is one of the most well known cities in the world. Thanks to its Soccer team, Picasso, Gaudí, The Sagrada Familia, The Olympic Games and many other concepts have brought popularity to this amazing city.

Years ago, few companies started to grow the concept of luxury apartments in Barcelona. Their idea was to create private premium places for unique people. More privacy to let them feel like at home or at least with same or better services than a 5* Grand Luxe Hotel could provide.  Nowadays, some of those companies have growed successfully in the city where others just took the name “Luxury” with the excuse to over-charge your stay. That is why We will give you a selected list that you can trust to choose for Luxury & Premium apartments in Gaudi´s home place.

Choosing the option of a premium apartment gives you possibilities to enjoy privacy whilst maintaining a concept of family or friends gathered for a special purpose or to share a common space between co-workers visiting one of the many international fairs Barcelona has to offer.

There are few renowned companies that can offer you a great premium option for your stay. Let us highlight them for you:

  • EL PALAUET  (Luxury)                                                    Location

Located in Eixample, at one of the premium  shopping avenues in the city, Passeig de Gracia Avenue. Brands like Hermès, Chanel, Burberry´s, Luis Vuitton, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana will welcome you to Barcelona. It is one of the most exclusive buildings with the most unique service in town. Design, Elegance, personal Service & Premium Location. @el_palauetFacebook 

Ritz-Carlton is offering the most premium residence product by means of 28 luxury apartments up to 400sqm/4003sqf of exceptional and high-end decoration and service. With the most superb view to Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea. Now, if you want to add comfort and relax for the next step of luxury, there are exclusive services offered by Six Senses Spas, considered one of the best companies in the world with an extensive selection of exquisite beauty treatment and massages. @HotelArtsBcn – Facebook

They opened at the end of 2010, by Passeig de Gracia Avenue. Part of the luxury Majestic Hotel Group you have the confidence of getting the best of the best in hospitality. @hotelmajestic

Located by the Rambla de Catalunya street ( not to be confused with Las Ramblas further down) Their focus on design is a concept of taste and uniqueness. They are part of Majestic Hotel Group which stands for luxury & quality. @hotelmajestic

  • YOU STYLISH (Luxury – Premium)                               

This is my best recommendation if you are looking for the perfect place to stay in Barcelona. A full personalized service from the moment you contact them. A car waiting for you at the airport and everything you may need during your stay like a Chef or a private tour. You can choose from a variety of apartments around the town in any of the districts that I have mentioned previously. For a single guests, a couple, family or a group of friends, they have it all. You decide how you want to enjoy pleasure in this cosmopolitan city. @YouStylish – Facebook

  • SUITES AVENUE  (Luxury – Premium)                                        Location

Also located at this well-known avenue,  just under Hugo Boss Store. A building designed by Toyo Ito. A great option for business women and men or couples. Part of Derby Hotels. @Derby_Hotels

A group of entrepreneurs, all of them with an international background makes Home Around the perfect company to fit your needs regarding style, exclusivity & design. They are expert in creating an international network of Villas & Apartments in the most important cities around the globe so you can visit selected places like Bali, Phuket or Rio de Janeiro under the concept of Home Around. They offer you 3 collections SILVER, GOLD & PLATINUM Apartments… the decision is yours and I am sure you will never regret about it! @homearound – Facebook

This is a special mention about a company that is coming strong in the luxury business related to short term properties. Their base is Barcelona but, if you check their website you will find exclusive options in Spain & Portugal. It is worth to check their appealing website and judge by yourself. @LucasFoxBcn

It is mandatory to mention these apartments because they have a complete offer around Barcelona. Also they have 6 differents and helpful types of apartments to offer in Barcelona. From a Holiday Apartment passing through a Medical Stay Apartment or Luxury Apartments to the Corporate Apartment . They know how to accomplish your needs and certainly this is a very premium quality to succeed in this business.  They offer exclusive high quality apartments in different locations in Barcelona but also if your plan is Family time, Party time, Cultural or Romantic then, They have it all! @Tendency_Group

We would recommend these apartments for couples or singles. Very well decorated, spectacular designed walls and ceilings. Also part of one of the most recognised hotel groups in Barcelona, Derby Hotels. @Derby_Hotels

   

Also Located in Passeig de Gracia Avenue. It is the perfect place for a Family up to 6, although comfortable for 4. Very well designed and most important a very central location to go anywhere you want with the best shopping in town. @apartmentsbcn64

Three different premium options (Splendom Suites, Grandom Suites & Splendom Residence) gives to Barcelona the possibility of having a great stay for business or leisure. 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. Located in the center of Barcelona by the Eixample district with an easy access to all the venues, fairs, shops and restaurants in the city. They have inagurated a new building in Madrid with a lot of success. One of the nicest touch of their services are the Molton Brown amenities @SplendomSuites – Facebook 

If you visit Barcelona for business or leisure the top 4 areas where you can rent premium property are:

  • EIXAMPLE ( Including St. Gervasi)  The heart of the city with easy access to all important places; all kinds of transportation through this district with easy access to the best shopping, museums, landmarks and restaurants in Barcelona. Paseo de Gracia Avenue and Gaudí´s creations like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló will be your glamorous neighbours to enjoy this city.
  • GOTHIC & EL BORN: Both districts are a big draw because they belong to the old town of Barcelona. Districts mainly composed of pedestrian streets, very narrow and where we can see that eclecticism of Barcelona. The  Picasso  Museum, Barcelona Cathedral, Santa María del Mar Church are some of the most photographed places in this part of town. An infinite variety of bars and restaurants to enjoy both the night and day. (10-15 minutes walking distance to downtown)
  • BARCELONETA: This district is for the tourist that wants to be near the sea. A district that began its official creation in 1793. Its main avenue called Joan de Borbó receives many pedestrians who want to enjoy paella or traditional Catalan food. From here you can enjoy the promenade looking at the mediterranean, which offers a number of restaurants, lounge bars, discotheques and of course the beach. (20 minutes walking distance to down-town)
  • DIAGONAL MAR: It is the district that is most far from down-town and is the newest thing that Barcelona has to offer. Very wide avenues, a wide variety of  4* & 5* hotels, a shopping center, parks and the Barcelona beach. Modern buildings of considerable height definitely the area where you can  find quality penthouse apartments  to enjoy great views. (15-20 minutes public transportation or taxi)
My “Don´t do it!”
  1. Even though Las Ramblas is a great highlight and a beautiful pedestrian street to join during the day, as a premium traveller never rent an apartment close to Las Ramblas  because during the day is one thing and by night it is better not to walk around. Specially if you have other unique options.  As I mentioned before from Catalunya Square and up you may consider La Rambla de Catalunya street which sounds very similar but is a huge difference.
  2. Since there are so many offers consider to book with one of the companies that have comments available from previous guests.
  3. Never pay the 100% of the total reservation in advance. A trustful company will never ask over the 40%. Some times depending of the amount of days or value of the property you might be asked to pay up to the 50% prior to arrival.
  4. Try to pay with Visa or Master card because some companies apply an extra charge if you pay with American Express.
  5. Never accept a change of conditions or a promise of a specific service without an e-mail or written paper.
  6. Barcelona does not open its stores on Sunday so don´t leave your shopping for the last day. You never know how busy you will be.
Your mission from now is to enjoy Barcelona because there are so many things to do that I am sure you will comeback again.
I truly believe with this you have the best options to stay in Barcelona. From now, you will be able to read more premium subjects about this amazing city and if you have any doubt or topic you want me to write about so don´t hesitate to let me know.
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Luxury and Premium Apartments in Barcelona

Versión en Español

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The brand “Barcelona” is probably one of the best examples of City Branding. From Nepal to the Chilean Patagonia, Barcelona is one of the most well known cities in the world. Thanks to its Soccer team, Picasso, Gaudí, The Sagrada Familia, The Olympic Games and many other concepts have brought popularity to this amazing city.

Years ago, few companies started to grow the concept of luxury apartments in Barcelona. Their idea was to create private premium places for unique people. More privacy to let them feel like at home or at least with same or better services than a 5* Grand Luxe Hotel could provide.  Nowadays, some of those companies have growed successfully in the city where others just took the name “Luxury” with the excuse to over-charge your stay. That is why I will give you a selected list that you can trust to choose for Luxury & Premium apartments in Gaudi´s home place.

Choosing the option of a premium apartment gives you possibilities to enjoy privacy whilst maintaining a concept of family or friends gathered for a special purpose or to share a common space between co-workers visiting one of the many international fairs Barcelona has to offer.

There are few renowned companies that might offer you a great premium option for your stay. Let me highlight to you:

  • EL PALAUET  (Luxury)                                                    Location

Located in Eixample, at one of the premium  shopping avenues in the city, Passeig de Gracia Avenue. Brands like Hermès, Chanel, Burberry´s, Luis Vuitton, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana will welcome you to Barcelona. It is one of the most exclusive buildings with the most unique service in town. Design, Elegance, personal Service & Premium Location.

Ritz-Carlton is offering the most premium residence product by means of 28 luxury apartments up to 400sqm/4003sqf of exceptional and high-end decoration and service. With the most superb view to Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea. Now, if you want to add comfort and relax for the next step of luxury, there are exclusive services offered by Six Senses Spas, considered one of the best companies in the world with an extensive selection of exquisite beauty treatment and massages. @HotelArtsBcn

They opened at the end of 2010, by Passeig de Gracia Avenue. Part of the luxury Majestic Hotel Group you have the confidence of getting the best of the best in hospitality. @hotelmajestic

Located by the Rambla de Catalunya street ( not to be confused with Las Ramblas further down) Their focus on design is a concept of taste and uniqueness. They are part of Majestic Hotel Group which stands for luxury & quality. @hotelmajestic

  • YOU STYLISH (Luxury – Premium)                               

This is my best recommendation if you are looking for the perfect place to stay in Barcelona. A full personalized service from the moment you contact them. A car waiting for you at the airport and everything you may need during your stay like a Chef or a private tour. You can choose from a variety of apartments around the town in any of the districts that I have mentioned previously. For a single guests, a couple, family or a group of friends, they have it all. You decide how you want to enjoy pleasure in this cosmopolitan city. @YouStylish

  • SUITES AVENUE  (Luxury – Premium)                                        Location

Also located at this well-known avenue,  just under Hugo Boss Store. A building designed by Toyo Ito. A great option for business women and men or couples. Part of Derby Hotels. @Derby_Hotels

This is a special mention about a company that is coming strong in the luxury business related to short term properties. Their base is Barcelona but, if you check their website you will find exclusive options in Spain & Portugal. It is worth to check their appealing website and judge by yourself. @LucasFoxBcn

It is mandatory to mention these apartments because they have a complete offer around Barcelona. Also they have 6 differents and helpful types of apartments to offer in Barcelona. From a Holiday Apartment passing through a Medical Stay Apartment or Luxury Apartments to the Corporate Apartment . They know how to accomplish your needs and certainly this is a very premium quality to succeed in this business.  They offer exclusive high quality apartments in different locations in Barcelona but also if your plan is Family time, Party time, Cultural or Romantic then, They have it all! @Tendency_Group

We would recommend these apartments for couples or singles. Very well decorated, spectacular designed walls and ceilings. Also part of one of the most recognised hotel groups in Barcelona, Derby Hotels. @Derby_Hotels

   

Also Located in Passeig de Gracia Avenue. It is the perfect place for a Family up to 6, although comfortable for 4. Very well designed and most important a very central location to go anywhere you want with the best shopping in town. @apartmentsbcn64

Three different premium options (Splendom Suites, Grandom Suites & Splendom Residence) gives to Barcelona the possibility of having a great stay for business or leisure. 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. Located in the center of Barcelona by the Eixample district with an easy access to all the venues, fairs, shops and restaurants in the city. They have inagurated a new building in Madrid with a lot of success. One of the nicest touch of their services are the Molton Brown amenities @SplendomSuites

This is a great option if you are coming to the city to join one of the 100 Fairs that Barcelona host. They have 3 boutique buildings and the newest one is just by the spectacular and beautiful Gran Vía Avenue (both Fair Parks are located by the same avenue) The other 2 buildings are steps away from one of the most important highlights of the Gaudí´s city, The Sagrada Familia. In each apartment there is a personal touch related to the design which is a “… unique mix of functionality and the beauty of Nordic design with all the creativity and spontaneity of Mediterranean design “. Makes it easy for anyone who is coming for working or leisure. @Eric_Vokel

Located at Passeig de Gracia Avenue Nº115. They have received excellent compliments of their guests. The apartments have been renovated recently so even though the  design of their furniture look very standard its premium quality.

I have to mention these apartments and the following one, because they offer good quality of properties at a great location although for what it looks like more a 3* premium property. Located in Casp street Nº74 just 4 blocks away from Catalunya square (Barcelona´s main square) and Passeig de Gracia Avenue.  They have 4 types of apartments, I can recommend the Imperial apartment because of the well designed garden. It is located in the Eixample district but at the entrance of El Borne.

If you visit Barcelona for business or leisure the top 4 areas where you can rent premium property are:

  • EIXAMPLE ( Including St. Gervasi)  The heart of the city with easy access to all important places; all kinds of transportation through this district with easy access to the best shopping, museums, landmarks and restaurants in Barcelona. Paseo de Gracia Avenue and Gaudí´s creations like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló will be your glamorous neighbours to enjoy this city.
  • GOTHIC & EL BORN: Both districts are a big draw because they belong to the old town of Barcelona. Districts mainly composed of pedestrian streets, very narrow and where we can see that eclecticism of Barcelona. The  Picasso  Museum, Barcelona Cathedral, Santa María del Mar Church are some of the most photographed places in this part of town. An infinite variety of bars and restaurants to enjoy both the night and day. (10-15 minutes walking distance to downtown)
  • BARCELONETA: This district is for the tourist that wants to be near the sea. A district that began its official creation in 1793. Its main avenue called Joan de Borbó receives many pedestrians who want to enjoy paella or traditional Catalan food. From here you can enjoy the promenade looking at the mediterranean, which offers a number of restaurants, lounge bars, discotheques and of course the beach. (20 minutes walking distance to down-town)
  • DIAGONAL MAR: It is the district that is most far from down-town and is the newest thing that Barcelona has to offer. Very wide avenues, a wide variety of  4* & 5* hotels, a shopping center, parks and the Barcelona beach. Modern buildings of considerable height definitely the area where you can  find quality penthouse apartments  to enjoy great views. (15-20 minutes public transportation or taxi)
My “Don´t do it!”
  1. Even though Las Ramblas is a great highlight and a beautiful pedestrian street to join during the day, as a premium traveller never rent an apartment close to Las Ramblas  because during the day is one thing and by night it is better not to walk around. Specially if you have other unique options.  As I mentioned before from Catalunya Square and up you may consider La Rambla de Catalunya street which sounds very similar but is a huge difference.
  2. Since there are so many offers consider to book with one of the companies that have comments available from previous guests.
  3. Never pay the 100% of the total reservation in advance. A trustful company will never ask over the 40%. Some times depending of the amount of days or value of the property you might be asked to pay up to the 50% prior to arrival.
  4. Try to pay with Visa or Master card because some companies apply an extra charge if you pay with American Express.
  5. Never accept a change of conditions or a promise of a specific service without an e-mail or written paper.
  6. Barcelona does not open its stores on Sunday so don´t leave your shopping for the last day. You never know how busy you will be.
Your mission from now is to enjoy Barcelona because there are so many things to do that I am sure you will comeback again.
I truly believe with this you have the best options to stay in Barcelona. From now, you will be able to read more premium subjects about this amazing city and if you have any doubt or topic you want me to write about so don´t hesitate to let me know.
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