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Inside Barcelona Apartments Mercat
Ranked #101 of 759 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
scotland
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

My wife and I booked a 4th floor apartment (with terrace) in a Mercat (El Born) apartment from 4th to 7th May 2014. The Inside Barcelona website accurately reflected what is actually there.

We had no problem re the original booking or with our subsequent direct email contact with Inside Barcelona staff. Any queries or advice we requested before travelling and also whilst in Barcelona were dealt with very efficently and promptly. The staff were very professional but also warm and welcoming and could not do enough to make sure that you enjoyed your holiday.

The compact apartment located in a quite well lit street was very clean and comfortable and was absoutely great with a nice open air secluded sunny terrace. It was in a great position for a whole range of sites including the Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum (free entry but big queues on a Sunday afternoon), Barceloneta, beaches, zoo, train station, aquarium, Port Veil, La Rambla etc. The Sagrada Familia is also within 25 minute walking distance of the apartment. There are a lot of great bars for tapas and also all manner of restaurants depending on your preferences in the immediate vicinity of the apartment. Overall a great location for exploring this part of the city.

Prior to travelling I did a lot of research online to try and identify top rated tapas bars to visit when we got to Barcelona. I strongly recommend that you don't bother. All of the supposedly top rated tapas bars are full to bursting with tourists who have all been online identifying top rated tapas bars!! We eventually ended up just trying places we liked the look of and within which we thought the customers were mostly Spanish. This paid off for us on a visit to Barceloneta when quite by chance we ate lunch in La Bombeta, Carrer de la Maquinista. Great food, very Spanish - and few tourists at the time of our visit.

Since this was our first visit to Barcelona via El Prat T2 we wondered how easy it would be to access the flat. On leaving the inside of the airport turn right and walk up to the Aerobus stance where a single ticket into Placa Catalunya cost 5.90 euros per person. On arrival at
Placa Catalunya we had a pleasant 20 minute stroll downhill to the Gothic district and to the Inside Barcelona office.

In overall terms a great short break much enhanced by having a great Inside Barcelona apartment with superb staff.

Killieman

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We stayed in the one bedroom, top floor apartment (also had sofa bed)
Firstly the staff at the Inside BCN office where you turn are superb, helpful curteous, knowledgable. We used them as our tourist information, they could not do enough to help, ask them before buying any tickets to the catherdral.

The apartment was big, modern, clean with a bit of modern class, the veiw from the outside area was great, located very close to the Zoo & Parc, easily walkable to the centre of the city, seafront.
Highly recommend

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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victoria
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment. The location is convenient to everything...the beach, the park , Las Ramblas, the metro, even though everything is walkable. The apartment itself is spacious and has everything you will need to be self sufficient if you prefer. The staff at the office are wonderful...so helpful and cheerful! Would definitely stay here again and totally recommend it for others on their first visit to Barcelona. Thanks again, Paula! Pat and Susan Matthews.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

The staff at Inside BCN office are amazing, so helpful, attentive, knowledgeable and they genuinely want you to enjoy your holiday/break to the full. They suggest trips and will print off tickets for you from their computers saving money on visits to Sagrada Famillia and the Hop on Hop off buses.
Positives - Location is fantastic, right in the El Born district, lots going on, lovely shops, bars and restaurants very close at hand. We stayed on the top floor apartment 1, excellent views from the roof top patio. Very clean apartment and well equipped if you wish to cook meals etc. Bathroom has just a shower, toilet and sink.
Negatives - The bed linen was old and worn, the towels hard and wash worn and the bed (2 single beds pushed together and made of memory foam) was hard and extremely uncomfortable. There is a sofa bed in the lounge which is the main comfy seating spot - not comfy at all. Old, lumpy and stained, it's covered over with throws and cushions. Certainly not enough comfy seating for potentially 4 guests.
All in all acceptable, but I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Norway
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We (two couples) originally booked Inside Barcelona’s Esparteria apartments for Christmas week, but due to renovation work we were upgraded free of charge to the Mercat apartments. At first we were a little skeptical, as we thought the Esparteria apartments looked so charming, but we were extremely pleased with the Mercat apartments. They were beautiful, comfortable, and very well equipped. On top of it all, Inside Barcelona’ staff were wonderful.

My husband and I rented one of the Attico apartments, which had a completely private, well-furnished two-level terrace with stunning views of the Barcelona skyline. The other couple was assigned a two bedroom apartment with two small balconies which they thought was great.

The Attico apartment was very modern, bright and well-lit, and had a little mezzanine off the living room with a mattress and cushions - fun for children and young people. The bed was very comfortable, the shower was powerful, and we even had a bathtub (albeit plastic) and a heated towel rail. The WiFi worked perfectly, and the TV had many channels in English. We appreciated the electric window shutters, the complementary bottle of water, and the dishwashing equipment.

The apartment was spotless, and we got a change of towels and bed linens once during our stay. A couple of minor technical problems and light bulbs that blew out were fixed the same day.

We loved the location on a quiet pedestrian street in El Born – such a charming neighborhood, full of lovely cafés, restaurants, and shops, close to the Mercat de Santa Caterina and within walking distance of the cathedral, Barri Gotic, and Barceloneta. Nearby is a small but well-stocked supermarket that’s open on Sundays and has friendly staff - De Tot al Born on Passeig del Born. The apartment building is very secure.

As for the staff – they spoke excellent English, were extremely friendly and helpful right from the time we booked, and went out of their way to assist us, e.g. with restaurant reservations. When we arrived, we were taken to our apartments and given detailed information on how to work the heating/air conditioning system etc. We were also given an information pack, including a very useful map of the local area.

We only have a few complaints – the main one being that the living room sofa was very uncomfortable – much too low, soft, and deep. There was only one easy chair. Some more drawer space in the bedroom would be handy. And the decor was on the drab side – all in browns and grays, with a few mustard-colored walls. This was compensated for by the brightness in the daytime and the good lighting at night.

All in all though, this was a great apartment with fantastic staff. We would definitely stay here again. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

The apartment could not be in a better place, both central and quite. It was a joy just to walk around the El Born area. The service was fabulous. The staff were helpful and very kind. Could not think of a better place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

From the moment we walked into the office non stop personal service, helpful and go the extra mile. Staff spoke excellent English and helped with online bookings, printing and other useful tourist information. The apartments are fully equipped, cleaned and modern and the location is amazing. Totally central to all tourist spots, but gave us the local chic feel with surrounding neighbourhood. No need to go far to find reasonably priced resturants they are all on your door step. TOTALLY recommend a stay, we are coming back. Made us fall in LOVE with BARCELONA even more.

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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 #101 of 759 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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