If you’re like me you’re sick of hostels.
You also probably don’t see the sense in splurging on a hotel if you’re out all day sightseeing.
Luckily there’s a happy medium to be found: spending less but getting the privacy of your own holiday apartment in Barcelona. And I’m gonna show you how to do it properly.
Also! Make sure you keep reading on to my free apartment finder service.
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Barcelona Holiday Apartments
1 – Why you should book with Booking
2 – My top 5 cheap apartments in Barcelona
3 – How to book your apartment
4 – Why rent an apartment in Barcelona?
5 – Barcelona apartment rental hacks
6 – My free apartment finder service
5 Reasons to Book with Booking.com
Since switching to Booking from Airbnb for my holiday apartments about a year ago I’ve had some pretty cool experiences in cities like Helsinki, Istanbul, and Saint Petersburg.
I don’t see how this would be any different for my adopted city Barcelona.
1 – You’re Guaranteed the Best Price
Not only is it rare to find a better price on nearly 2000 Barcelona apartments to rent with any other platform, but if you do find one Booking.com has a price match guarantee.
Save a few euros and put it toward one of Barcelona’s great restaurants instead.
2 – 123,550,000 Reviews Can’t be Wrong
There’s no better way to ensure you’re not getting ripped off.
With well over one hundred million traveler reviews on accommodation this is the greatest database of lodging comments ever assembled.
The result is the most democratic and informative ranking system ensuring optimal choice.
3 – You Get Enormous Flexibility
Restrictive owner-imposed cancellation policies of sites like Airbnb make it difficult to change up your itinerary.
With Booking.com you’ll find many properties with free cancellation and no prepayment.
4 – The Perks
Once you’ve made five reservations on Booking you’re elevated to Genius status.
This entitles you to 10% discounts and a dedicated customer service hotline not seen by regular users.
Depending on the property it could also get you:
- Welcome drinks and/or chocolates
- Early check in
- Late check out
- Free airport shuttles
Look for the yellow ‘.genius’ logo next to a property to see what perks you’ll receive.
5 – It Trumps any Other Apartment Rental Site
From its super in-depth holiday apartment filtering system to the massive collection of photos to superior customer service teams it’s no wonder Booking counts 1.2 million room nights a day.
It’s 100% risk-free with no hidden fees and annoyances found on owner-direct sites like:
- Massive security deposits
- Extra guest surcharges
- Cancellation surcharges
- Credit card scams
- Fake photos
Booking’s Top 5 Cheap Barcelona Apartments
After being in touch with some blog readers and doing some research myself I’ve made a list of some of the best cheap apartments in Barcelona.
I’ve taken into account the needs of my typical blog reader (location, rating, and price): if these are the top of nearly 2000 holiday apartments there’s surely a good reason!
There’s a €2.48 city tax per person per day not included in online booking portal prices.
All properties have WiFi and towels included.
Price: €89.00+ | Rating: 7.8 | Size: 20 m² + | Metro: Jaume I (various) | Area: El Gotico
You’ll find all the freedom of home in this cosy super central apartment that has been recently renovated and fully-equipped for all your holiday needs.
There is a basic but modern kitchen with a small dining area. The double bedroom with hardwood floors is a favourite and rates 9 with couples. 400 m from La Boqueria Market and 700 m from the Barcelona Cathedral.
Amenities: flat screen TV, heating/air conditioning, hair dryer, wardrobe.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 10 minute downhill walk.
Bcn Sagrada Familia Apartments
Price: €110.00+ | Rating: 7.1 | Size: 50 m² + | Metro: SP-Dos de Maig (L5) | Area: Eixample
This sleek grey-toned apartment for rent comes in both single and two bedroom versions. Really well-furnished. You’ll hardly find a better holiday apartment so close to the legendary Sagrada Familia and yet it’s just far east enough that you get cafes and restaurants with local prices.
Tourists rave about the balcony and super fast Wi-Fi and it’s another great option for couples – lively during the day but quiet at night.
Amenities: TV, air conditioning, city view, full kitchen, coffee machine, dining area.
From airport: Aerobus to Universitat + metro to Sant Pau-Dos de Maig.
Park Guell Apartments
Price: €95.00+ | Rating: 7.3 | Size: 60 m² | Metro: Alfons X (L5) | Area: Guinardó
This huge apartment right near legendary Park Guell is fantastic value for groups or families.
Being right up in the mountains gives you fantastic views. The massive terrace is big enough to play host to a BBQ for 20 – but don’t get any ideas! This recently furbished apartment sleeps up to five.
If you’re looking for relaxation without being too far from Barcelona’s attractions this is it.
Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, city view, full kitchen, dining area.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + bus 24.
Price: €95.00+ | Rating: 7.9 | Size: 37 m² + | Metro: Catalunya (various) | Area: El Gotico
It doesn’t get any more central than this apartment for rent on the legendary Rambla.
If you’re more interested in value and location than the latest furnishings this is for you. It’d be a great holiday apartment for people looking for nights out. There are options for 3, 4, or 5 adults (with 3 costing the same as 2).
Tourists have raved about the comfortable beds and cleanliness. Also very efficient Wi-Fi.
Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, balcony, full kitchen, dining area, bath.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 5 minute walk.
Price: €80.00+ | Rating: 8.3 | Size: 26 m² + | Metro: Badal (L5) | Area: Sants
You’ll get all you need with a spacious bedroom and modern furnishings. The bigger rooms even have their own jacuzzi. This is the perfect choice for those attending conventions at the Fira Barcelona at Plaça Espanya.
You’ll find this in an accessible yet quiet neighbourhood.
Amenities: flat screen TV, air conditioning/heating, fully equipped kitchen, desk, bath.
From airport: Train from Terminal 2 to Sants Estacio + 5 minute walk.
How to Book a Barcelona Holiday Apartment
Once you’ve selected the property at Booking you’ll be taken to the payment page.
At this stage you’ll be able to enter your basic details – and if needed your payment information. Keep in mind for many properties you can simply book no money down.
It’s here that you’ll be able to get in contact with the property to make any special requests.
As mentioned before, with Booking.com’s intuitive site you should be able to find all the information you need, but if you need any additional help make sure to write me in the comments below and I’ll help you the best that I can.
Why Rent an Apartment in Barcelona?
Every time I’m in a new city I first look at the holiday apartments on offer because:
- You can do what you want. When you have an apartment to rent you can decide when you come and go, no key leaving, you can invite friends over for dinner etc.
- You have more space compared to a hotel room. This is definitely something to value especially if you’re travelling to Barcelona with kids or with a bunch of friends on a stag do etc.
- You’ve got a kitchen! Another very important point. Once you’ve exhausted Barcelona’s best restaurants maybe you want something cheaper and healthier.
- It’s cheaper and usually of a much higher quality than a hotel, especially booking with Booking.
Cheap Barcelona Apartment Hacks
- Check my article on the best area to stay in Barcelona to select the right neighborhood.
- For Spain the cheapest rates are available about six weeks before your stay.
- When searching make sure to make use of the many filters to the left of the screen.
- Read under the apartment info block to make sure there aren’t any cleaning fees.
- Always write the apartment owner with your arrival time and contact info.
- If you’re still stuck use my Barcelona apartment finding service (below).
My Barcelona Apartment Finding Service
If the options above didn’t make the cut make sure you get in touch ASAP.
I’ll help you find the best apartment to rent for your needs if you simply write me:
- The exact dates of your stay.
- Number of people.
- Type of group (solo, couple, friends, family etc.).
- The type of holiday you want.
Just write in the comments below. The service is free of charge so feel free to go wild with any ridiculous requests, I don’t have anything better to do on a Sunday morning do I? 😉
Get at Me in the Comments Below
Yes, I know I’m sounding like a broken record but please get at me with any questions about your Barcelona apartments in the comments below.
Also – whether it’s question about your Barcelona holiday or a comment about the website I am always here to listen.
Also don’t be afraid to join the Barcelona apartment discussion in my new Facebook group called I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, chat with fellow travelers, and more – anything goes!
Happy travels 🙂