I stayed at this apartment with my wife and two children (two and five years old) during the late October half-term holiday in November 2012 after renting it through You Stylish.
We had to send a message from the airport to say we'd arrived, and despite doing this we had to wait for over an hour for the rep to arrive at the apartment and show us around after a 25-minute cab ride from the airport. However, she was very apologetic and spent time showing us the apartment and marking the main areas to see on a map of the city, which was very helpful considering we'd never been there before.
The apartment was clean and bright, though there was a problem shutting the external window shutters on the twin bedroom at the front of the apartment as the cord was broken. I was also a little uneasy at having the children's twin bedroom as the first room in the apartment as the walls were closer to adjacent apartment front doors. They weren't as careful at shutting their front doors at night!
There's a terrace on the top floor, however considering the time of year it was fairly dirty and we didn't use it at all.
The apartment is about five minutes' walk to the seafront, but a further ten to the nearest stretch of sandy beach. I must admit this was exceptional - regularly cleaned, play areas, climbing frames, outdoor exercise equipment, an easy to walk promenade and volleyball nets.
The apartment is also about ten minutes' walk from a small, clean toddler play area and Poblenou metro station. We didn't go in, but there's a lovely café near the metro station, a Condis supermarket for stocking up on fish fingers, a very good toy shop, two chemists and Soco restaurant on Carrer de Bilbao where the staff are friendly, there's good wine and a very relaxed atmosphere.
We did book a return taxi to the airport with You Stylish, but this wasn't done for us. Trying to find a taxi at 7am in a fairly quiet neighbourhood proved a little tricky!
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