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Trip Report Four of us to Barcelona in May!

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My sister (Sis), brother-in-law (BIL) (also collectively as The Rs), husband (DH) and myself went and stayed in Barcelona for the first week in May. Sis and I had been there in 2010 as part of a trip with our older sister and niece and came back raving about it. So husbands wanted to go!

Where we stayed:

I am the travel coordinator- makes sense after all I am a Fodorite!! My Sis and BIL are not advance planners at all so that is another reason. So I did the research for an apartment (for 2 couples traveling together it is a better solution than hotels), sites and restaurants.
Our requirements for an apartment were two bedrooms and two baths. I found the apartment through VRBO with the main selling point being the terrace. I made all the arrangements through the Destination BCN website -http://www.destinationbcn.com/tengujo.php . They were fairly easy to deal with except charged 2% for paying the balance on the credit card. Don’t understand these companies. You arrive on a Saturday and they expect you to pony up the balance in cash. Anyway no biggie.

My Sis & BIL arrived in the AM on a direct flight from Newark while we had to schlep through CDG because Boston has no direct flights to BCN. The people at Destination BCN let them leave their luggage in the office which is on the ground floor of the apartment building. They also directed them to a place for a brunch type meal which they said was very good but don’t remember the name of. The apartment was available at 2PM so The Rs got settled in before we got there.

It was a good apartment. Very centrally located near the Placa Universitat across from the Hotel Jazz which I found was much easier to use in Google Maps than our address. It was the penthouse so on the 6th floor with an elevator (yea, I am going to rent a 6th floor flat without an elevator- not going to happen) that held the four of us tightly. It was a noisy area and we didn’t use the air conditioner at this time so had windows open.

The apartment itself was comfortable. The management gave us a good book with details about the appliances etc and one with restaurant suggestions. I had a couple of issues with our room/bathroom set up. There was no towel rack in the bathroom and the toilet was in a little room in the bedroom (as a closet would be). There was a sliding door for the toilet but no overhead light making it very dark. Those are pretty minor quibbles- we hung our towels on the furniture on the deck and we left the toilet door open. Also one day the shower leaked, we let the office know and someone came and fixed it that day. They were very respectful about asking if we minded them coming in while we are out. All in all it was a good experience. On a personal quibble meter I am very fussy about scents in my clothes, bedding and environment and I found the laundry detergent and the toilet cleaner cubes to be very odorific. The first night I put the shirt I wore on the plane over my pillow. I will have to think about how to deal with this issue in the future.

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