One of the biggest travel trends in recent years has been the rise of the popularity of apartments over hotels in terms of accommodation for breaks abroad. It makes a lot of sense really. Whilst there's no taking away from the glitzy feeling one gets of checking into a posh hotel for the weekend, flirting with the cute receptionist and having the bellboy carry up your inconveniently heavy luggage to your penthouse suite, there are plenty of practical advantages for choosing apartments for your stay...
The most obvious advantage of opting for apartments in Barcelona is that the prices tend to be on the friendlier side - after all their operators don't have to pay huge overheads on rent, staff, electricity etc in the same way hotels do. But people aren't switching for economical reasons alone! Having your own flat in Barcelona is a way of making yourself feel right at home, a kind of short-term resident if you will, rather than a holiday-maker!
It's this thrill that enthusiasts are addicted to - the chance to collect the keys and have their own flat for the weekend or longer, with all the amenities you might expect at home. Kitchen with fridge and cooking-facilities, bathroom with hot shower (maybe a jacuzzi - you never know!), plenty of space for stretching your legs, whilst many holiday rentals for example also come with huge satellite TVs, DVD players, iPod docks, Internet connection/WiFi - you name it! Best of all there's no surly doorstaff giving you quizzical looks when you rock up back to your accommodation at 5am in the morning having rather-too-extensively sampled the nightlife, and no cleaner waking you up at the unreasonable time of 1pm, mop and bucket in hand... apartments equal total freedom, and even if you don't get the VIP experience of luxury hotels they are a great additional option for any traveller seeking accommodation in Barcelona.
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Barcelona Apartment Rentals
Like most touristic cities, Barcelona is rife with short-term apartment rental firms and if you've decided to pluck for a 'piso' (that's 'flat' to you), then you can either browse through our listings via the search facilities on our Sleep page, or read below:
With 400 top class apartments all around the city, you're only a phone call away from your new pad... sadly you will be asked to return the property at the end of your holiday.
You might not actually have time to take a siesta with so many of Barcelona's top attractions awaiting discovery, but this professional rentals company will find the perfect flat according to your needs.
If it's stylish accommodation in the centre of the city that you're after, look no further than Barcelonaforrent.com. A range of properties in every barrio, all fitted to the highest expectations. Get browsing to see what's available.
Black and White Home
Black and White Home's luxury apartments, quite apart from their stylish decor, come fully equipped with air-conditioning and Internet connection as standard, whilst they also offer a host of other services, such as filling your fridge with gourmet treats, if you're looking for a VIP-style stay in Barcelona.
Over 500 flats in locations all around the city, in sizes that range from studio to penthouse-style luxury, check out their range of options and prices before forking out for an overpriced hotel. As well as homes in every district of BCN, from Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter to the beach, they can also help you book a pad in Sitges, Girona and along the Costa Dorada.
Ok Apartment Barcelona
Over 500 apartments in the city, 10 years experience providing accommodation services and a low price guarantee makes these guys a fantastic choice. Ok Apartment Barcelona is a reputable agency with flats in every district of the Catalan capital, from Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter to the beach. They can also help you book a pad in Sitges and along the Costa Brava. They are currently rebranding their services but you can still access all their great places to stay on their website below:
With ten years experience providing accommodation services BarcelonaPoint is a reputable agency with a great portfolio of flats as well as hotels on their books - not just in BCN, but on the Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Salou, Port Aventura, Majorca and Ibiza. If you're also hoping to get tickets to a Barça game, they can help out.
As the name suggests, You Stylish is a one-stop shop for chic living quarters in Barcelona for the duration of your stay. Beach-side accommodation, flats with wifi and even luxury pads with swimming pools are all available.
For a full list of accommodation options, head to the Sleep page where we review a full range of hotels, hostels, guest houses and all that funky pillow talk, or check out the public reviews. Otherwise you'll find plenty more handy tips and information by browsing through our site.