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Old August 26th, 2009, 02:29 AM
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Default Barcelona, Should you rent an apartment ?

We will be in Barcelona for 4 nights in October. Should one rent an apartment ? Are there any pitfalls. We will be traveling with another couple and it looks like sharing a 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment would be 50% less expensive than getting 2 hotel rooms.

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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:23 AM
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We always use Hispanos Siete Suiza in Barcelona. It is a block from the Sagrada Familia, the metro is right there, and the ATM on the corner. This is an "apartment hotel". We have had both a 2 bedroom unit, with balcony, 2 baths, full kitchen and also a 3 bedroom unit with 2 1/2 baths, a gigantic terrace, washer/dryer, kitchen, etc. They have a very nice breakfast buffet, and a wonderful restaurant. I have the link but am not sure I am allowed to post it on this board.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 01:38 PM
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id go with the cheapest option...you'll be out on the town most of the time! but pensions (zero star hotels) in europe are of a high standard and a 3 star hotel in europe is much higher then a 3 star in the states. good luck!
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Old March 31st, 2010, 04:09 PM
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I have to disagree. You really have to pay attention and research a European 3* hotel. Many 3* hotels may not have a private bathroom. This happened to us in Italy. Also, you may have separate twin beds, no air conditioning or elevator.

I use Priceline for most reservations and never even think of bidding on anything less than a 4* hotel.

In regard to the OP's question. I would go with the apartment "but" do research on the unit and make sure it is in a fairly good district. There are some areas of the Gothic district and just a few blocks off Las Ramblas that aren't the greatest to walk around at night. There isn't much violent crime but pickpockets and purse snatchers are common.

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