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Happy Apartments
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Four female friends on holiday, we chose an apartment instead of a hotel so we could have more time together. Happy Apartments did not disappoint. Phoning from the airport to confirm our arrival there was someone to greet us and the 'book in' process was quick and friendly. Keypad access meant no worries of keys being lost or there being enough if we wanted to go our seperate ways.

Whilst basic, the two bedroom apartment (No 6) offered plenty space and having two bathrooms with showers was a bonus! With linen, along with a kitchen area with all necessary utensils, an iron and ironing board and a hairdryer provided, our essential needs were met. (There was also access to a washing machine but we didn't check this out). Our apartment was at the rear of the building and had a small balcony. Having left the snow in Scotland it was lovely to sit outside in the sun with glass of wine in hand!

We found the location perfect and walked to most sights although public transport was only minutes away and easy to use. There were also numerous, excellent restaurants nearby (just off Las Ramblas) - perfect after long days on our feet! At no time did we feel unsafe or intimidated regardless of the hour we left or returned to the building.

Overall, we found this option extremely good value for money. Our first time of booking an apartment instead of hotel accommodation, we plan to do the same on our next city break together. Thank you Happy Apartments!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Ok I grant you the location is excellent - if you like the area of the Ramblas - which is crowded, dirty and dangerous but lively.......the apartment we got was quite different from the photos on the website. So different, in fact that our jaw dropped when we entered- we couldnt believe how stupid we were ....the following morning we thought of moving somewhere else - but it meant losing more than 500 EURO as we paid the entire stay in advance, did i alreaday say stupid?? For almost 120 EURO a day for four people it is not a bargain. The apartment was icky. Shabby and not really clean. It overlooked the police parking lot. We never sat on the balcony - the photos depicting breakfast on the terrace are utterly misleading. Everytime the neighbour sneezed our walls shook. We could talk to people in other apartments just by talking - the walls were literally paper thin. The smells from other people's apartments were nauseating. The beds were horrible, and the shower miniscule. We couldnt let our girls (two teenagers) out of the apartments unchaperoned - the area is dangerous, police everywhere, beggars, homeless and in general not a place for young girls. I wished we had some form of protection with us, but at least we went out with nothing worth stealing we were sure we would get pickpocketed. Brrrrr. Never again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Isa-vision, Gerente at Happy Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2012

Dear Guest,
We are extremely surprised to receive such negative comments about one of our apartments. It is the first time we are hearing about this, and we would have very much liked to have had the opportunity to deal with your issues first hand, during your stay. Firstly may we say that the "happy apartments" are located just of Las Ramblas, in a very central location. Had you any concerns regarding safety at the time of booking, we would have been only too happy to advise you regarding this and other accommodation we have to offer for families. Las Ramblas is very well know for its mixture of good and bad elements and is not always a suitable location for families. This is something we have absolutely no control over.
We have taken photos of each of these apartments ourselves and have carefully selected them and put them on our website to ensure that they reflect the product accurately. We have seldom received negative feedback from our guests, in light of the fact that every person's expectation is subjective and tends to vary, and at Happy Apartments we are very proud of the positive feedbacks we have received so far, and of the standard we have achieved.
We feel that the price you paid per night for 4 people is extremely reasonable and good value given the location, comfort and independence that the apartment has to offer, and considering that a youth hostel will cost you only a few Euro less.
We are very disappointed to see your comments, and we are sorry that you did not contact us during your stay if there was something wrong with the apartment, so that we may have had the opportunity to find you alternative accommodation at no extra cost. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you wish to discuss this matter further, or avail of a special discount on a future reservation in an apartment recommended by our staff, as a gesture of good will.
Regards,
BCNInternet

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Reviewed 25 May 2012

Just got back from 4 days in barcelona. We arrived (before check in time) we were met by a lovely woman who checked us in (took 2 mins) and we were allowed to leave our luggage in the apartment. All the apartments are key code entry (given to you at check in) we stayed in apt 17 which was on the first floor and had a lovely terrace. The apartment itself had everything we needed for our short trip, comfy bed, somewhere to eat, fridge, good bathroom and sofa. The outside space was great as it was quite hot! We were at the back of the building so noise really wasnt an issue, but bear in mind your in a major city so it will be loud!! Palau Guell is opposite so finding the apartment is super easy. About 10 mins to the port and 10 mins to Placa Catalunya. there are plenty of supermarkets around and the market is 5 mins up the ramblas.

Overall for the money we paid i dont think we could have got a better position, will be recommending!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

We went to Barcelona for five days. Arrived at Sunday evening to meet a nice lady how checked us in. the apartment was big enough for us two adults and a child. The apartment contains two comfortable bedrooms, big living room, a kitchen and two restrooms. The apartment placed 4 meters from Palau Guell, 20 meters from Las Ramblas, 5 min' from the port of Barcelona, 3 min' from the La Boqueria Market, 10 min' from Plaça de Catalunya. All in all at the apartment is in middle of the city. The apartment itself was clean, the kitchen was well equipped with cutlery, and there was a refrigerator. At the same street you can find a grocery shop or you can go to the market. Enjoy.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

My wife and three of our adult children visited Barcelona in June of 2011 for a family wedding. We were amazed at the price, convenience, amenities and ease of making a reservation with Happy Apartments. Five adults were able to sleep in two bedrooms and a hide-a-bed with two bathrooms. That made getting out of the apartment for early morning train rides a cinch. The apartment comes furnished with air conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and hot plate, which was more than adequate for us to have breakfasts and cook an occasional meal. The apartment also had a small deck which made drying clothes from the beach and towels easier. The apartments are five minutes away from La Boqueteria, an open air market that has everything from whole fresh fish to sweets. The apartments are right off La Ramblas, with convenience stores and a laundromat within easy walking distance. The Metro stops within a block of the apartments, which makes getting around Barcelona and other parts of Catalunya really easy. The dining choices in the area are so abundant that you can find economical meals just a few blocks away from the apartments, including American fast food (if you're so inclined). When we go back, and we surely will, Happy Apartments will be our choice for housing.

Room Tip: We liked the second floor because the elevator was slow and walking up the stairs with a 27" su...
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Our first visit to Barcelona was perfect. The best part of our 8 day visit was the convenience of our base at the "Happy Apartments". The name is very appropriate as it was so well suited to our needs and perfectly situated. Being right on "Les Rambles" makes everything flow thanks to the location. We walked to many areas we were interested in and to bus/subway/train stations for our tours of numerous outlying points of interest. Short walks provided grocery shopping, banking and incredible dining. We also loved out kitchen area and the fact that we could choose to eat in our out. There is so much to see and do we can't wait to return. We highly recommend "Happy Apartments" for convenience and good service. Staying there took the stress out of out visit to Barcelona, something that we in our 70's really appreciate. Two thumbs up from us!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Isa-vision, Manager at Happy Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2012

Dear Ken R,
Thank you for your review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Barcelona in our Happy Apartments! We hope to welcome you back to Barcelona sometime in the near future.
Regards
Happy Apartments Management Team

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

My family's stay at the Happy Apartments was truly wonderful. It is located 30 yards off the lower Ramblas and steps away from stores, quality restaurants, the Metro, and other transportation. I loved the convenience of being able to walk the Gothic center, Roman ruins, Plaza Catalunya, and scores of other historic sites. The apartment itself provided a convenient refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city, for a nap, snack, or full blown party. The rooms and kitchen were clean, quiet, cool, and comfortable. When I go back to Barcelona I will stay at the reasonably priced Happy apts. and continue my exploration of a truly great city.

Room Tip: Family and friends stayed in 4 different and all rooms had 5 star cleanliness, roominess, value, and...
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla 10, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 732 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: £164 - £305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Happy Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each apartment is complete with wooden floor throughout and all the necessary amenities. The living / dining room is spacious and full of natural light. The sofa is cosy and perfect to relax and watch the TV or a DVD. A dining table and chairs will allow you to enjoy your meals and a Wifi internet connection to stay up-to-date with your e-mails. The open plan kitchen is completely equipped with a coffee machine, kettle, toaster, washing machine, etc. There are 4 types of apartments, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom. All are furnished with single beds that can be prepared as a double upon reques or bunk beds. The bathrooms have either a shower or a bath tub. For guests arriving by car to Barcelona: private parking can be found in the Hotel next door to the apartments where our guests can benefit from a special rate. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.The Ramblas is Barcelona´s centrepiece, the kilometre-long pedestrian boulevard flanked by narrow traffic lanes which runs from Placa Cataluna to the Columbus statue. ... more   less 
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