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“Great Apartment right in the heart of the El Born area.”

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Inside Barcelona Apartments Mercat
Ranked #106 of 721 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
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“Great Apartment right in the heart of the El Born area.”
Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

Stayed here in August 13 - terrific apartment right next to new cultural centre (old markets site) just a stones throw from the great bars and eateries of the El Born area.

Service was terrific (thank you Paula) - from emailed arrival advice, escort to apartment, welcome pack, advice from supermarkets to haridressers, ticket bookings (& printing - saves you lots of time queuing at Sagrada Famila) we could not have been better looked after.

Apartment had everything we needed - ours had a twin bedroom downstairs and a living area, kitchen (with dishwasher and washing machine - with a dryer built in) and another smaller bedroom upstairs. Airconditioned but also had a lovelly big window which meant you could open it up andet in lots of light and fresh air and you could also see the castle on the hill above the port at night. Good for couple of a family with two small kids.

The area is easily travelled on foot but for ease of accessing the rest of Barcelona's delights there is an underground station about 5-10mins walk away. You can also walk to beach I'm about 20 mins - great place to head if the heat gets too much.

Could not have asked for anything better - thanks Inside Barcelona!

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

We stayed at the end of June for few days in one of Mercat apartments; we weren’t lucky enough to have the access to a terrace, but except that, we had everything we need it for a great stay: a very good location (very close to Las Ramblas and the beach); all the instruments for a self catering style; nice furniture. Speaking about furniture, this was one of the points that make me decrease the stars: the single bed in the small bedroom was making such a big noise that my little boy was not able to fall asleep, but only with difficulty. The same noise we could hear it from our bedroom. We did not ask for a change in this matter, so I don’t know if they would have been able to help. Another minus for the apartment is the fact that you have to pay in order the towels to be changed/refreshed. This is going only to increase their expenses, as the guests will use the washing machine in order to correct that…
Other than that, I would recommend the apartments to anyone looking for a great location and great staff (the girls are having the answers to all of your questions!).

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We are a family with a young child (almost 2) and we decided that for our city break, we would pay a little more and have an apartment.

We seen the positive reviews on here and they really are not exaggerated. The apartments are spotlessly clean, bundled with nice little features and in a really great location.

Our taxi cost 35 euro to the drop off point suggested by the company and the apartments are approximately 10 minutes walk from their offices. We were given a thorough explanation on the features of the apartment, places to visit and general transport advice by the representative who assured us they were always available if we required anything.

Travelling with a young child, we did require a cot and a baby bath (as our apartment only had a shower) and they were there on arrival.

The apartments came with WiFi included and had automatic closing window shutters to keep out the early morning sunlight if you wanted to sleep in.

There is plenty of other information on what to do in Barcelona so I will not echo that. I would try and split your time between Las Rambles and the harbour, as both offer different things.

The apartments were ideally situated, with the park and zoo behind you and the market in front. It is around 20-30 minutes walk to Las Rambles and about 20 minutes to the harbour. The walking is the best thing as you get to take in the city and the quaint shops and cafes it has to offer. You are far enough away not to be amongst the liveliness of Las Rambles but close enough for it to be easily accessible.

To conclude, the apartments offer you a great self catering experience at an ideal location.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Location is great, since it is right there in El Born that has nice bars and restaurants and an easy going atmosphere. The terrace of the apartment has a beautiful view and is perfect for sunbathing, dining and breakfast etc. The only down side is, that the shower tank provides hot water for only 14 minutes at a time and takes 2 hours to fill up a again, which can be tricky when traveling with family or more than 2 adults. Service was good, they provided us with a lot of information and offered to be at service in case we had questions.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

I can't say enough good things about our stay in Barcelona with Inside Barcelona. The staff are extremely knowledgable and professional, and service is always given with a smile. They answered all our requests promptly and efficiently. Our apartment was very well appointed and we were lucky enough to have had an apartment with a large terrace. The location of the apartments made it easy to walk everywhere, and the El Borne area is charming. If you have to visit Barcelona, stay at Inside Barcelona Apartments Mercat.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Erfurt
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

I have booked in the Apartments Mercat via Booking.com. Everything in advance went perfect, I got several emails with information in advance and was asked for the time of arrival so that they could welcome us. We took a taxi to the office, cost was about 27 EUR. We met the ladies at the office and got many information about sight seeing, public transport and everything we asked for. The apartment was not cleaned at our arrival, but we could leave luggage there and went out to get some food. You get instructions about restaurants and supermarket nearby from the agency, so it is all very well prepared. The apartment as such was spacy, light, with modern equipment and furniture, very comfortable beds, nice bathroon. The area is perfect, just opposite of a former large market hall which is currently renovated to get a cultural center. In the back there is a beautiful park and the zoo of Barcelona. The area Born is phantastic, many excellent restaurants, Tapas bars, small shops, nice houses - and just minutes away to walk to the gothic quarter and the Ramblas. We had an apartment with two bedrooms, one with two single beds and upstairs (next to living room and kitchen) another one with a queensize bed - would last for a family of four. The kitchen was equipped with everything needed, but we always ate outside. Towels were there, a safe in the big board in the lower sleeping room, too. We felt very well in the apartment, as we slept so well we really relaxed from our walking tours during the day. Absolutely highly recommendable place and thank you team at the agency´s office!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

We stayed in tow of the Mercat apartments, the terrace apt on the top floor and a second floor apt. They are lovely apartments, well renovated and equipped with everything you need. They are quiet but in the heart of the Born area. Inside Barcelona have their office nearby and offer amazing customer service, no request seems too hard. They helped us with bookings restaurant advice, advice on visiting the sites. The are available 7 days, really good service.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Inside Barcelona Apartments Mercat
Address: Carrer Comercial 15, Barcelona, Spain (Formerly Inside Barcelona Apartments)
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
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Ranked #106 of 721 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
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Hotel Class:4 star — Inside Barcelona Apartments Mercat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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