Five of us had a great stay at Aparteasy on Villarroel. It's only a couple of blocks from the Aerobus and has everything you need for a break in Barcelona. It's an easy walk either to the old city or to Espanya, and the metro and bus lines are easy to reach too. The apartment is very comfortable, great facilities, and everything's new and works well. We cooked dinner for us all every night, to resolve menu difficulties - there are plenty of local shops nearby and a big Lidl just round the corner. We had a minor problem with the terrace pool - which is big enough for a dip but not much more - while we were there but it was resolved easily and all communications were great. It's not the cheapest option but worked well for us.
The apartment was a good size for our family of five. Not too cramped. We enjoyed the rooftop accessibility and plunge pool to cool off. The location was close to the metro so the attractions not within walking distance were easily accessible by metro. The boys were experts by the end of our stay! We also loved the bakery next door where we could buy fresh bread and breakfast treats every day.
A couple of hiccups were the location right next to the school yard. Since school was in session, there was no sleeping in due to the children playing outside in the morning. (Something people should be aware.) Also, the air conditioning was not working properly, but people were out to fix it. The back bedroom did get very warm even with the airconditioning.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and found that the owners were friendly and accommodating. (We arrived earlier than expected, and while we were unable to stay in the apartment as it wasn't ready, we were able to drop off our luggage before heading out.) Thank you!
Apartment was modern, clean and had everything required. Location was perfect with some great local bars, cafes and restaurants. Whilst there a repair was required to a bedroom door which was dealt with very quickly. Didn't get much use if the roof terrace due to the weather but it would be great in warmer weather. Would be useful to have additional mirrors as there was only one in bathroom.
The apartment was spacious, well-equipped, clean and comfortable. And ideally located in a "non-touristy" area, close to the Metro and a whole range of excellent shops, bars and eateries. And a Lidl supermarket about 3 minutes walk away. Friendly and helpful staff (and locals). Wi-fi was reliable - that and the "Smart" TV were really good to have with couple of technology-mad teenagers in tow! We'd certainly be happy to stay there again.
Block is on six floors, but it has a lift, so would be OK for people with some restricted mobility (not sure how wheelchair-friendly it would be - I'm not best placed to comment, so best check with the owners?)
Couple of minor issues:
Firstly, the apartment block backs onto/overlooks a school playground which is used for general play as well as structured sports lessons throughout the school day - so from 9am or so it can get a bit noisy (on the other hand, though the block is located in a fairly busy area, we never noticed any noise in the apartment at nighttime).
Secondly. there doesn't seem to be a "reception" on site, so staff are not always in the building. Consquently it sometimes might take a little while for someone to get there if you are experiencing any issues with your apartment. We were never in the position of needing anything resolved though.
These are very minor issues however - it's one of the best self-catering apartments we've stayed it. We wouldn't hesitate to use it again and would thoroughly recommend it to travellers of all ages.
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