Written by Ash

Find Holiday Apartments in Barcelona with Local Advice


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.

Don’t need me? Skip ahead to Booking’s Barcelona apartments page clicking the button below:


Barcelona Holiday Apartments


1 – My top 12 apartments in Barcelona
2 – How to book your apartment
3 – Why you should book with Booking
4 – Why rent an apartment in Barcelona?
5 – Barcelona apartment rental hacks
6 – My free apartment finder service

Top Apartments in Barcelona

After being in touch with readers and doing some research myself I’ve made a list of some of the best 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!

Still haven’t found anything? I suggest writing me below or checking out the deals on Airbnb.

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.


€90.00+ | Rating: 9.3 | Size: 65 m² | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Area: Born

This beautifully renovated apartment block near Ciutadella Park and the Picasso Museum is particularly good for young couples.  You’ll be near some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.

Even though it’s super central in the Old Town it’s found in a calm pedestrian street and you’ll also be within striking distance to the beach – just a 20 minute walk.

Amenities: flat screen TV, terrace, AC/heating, kitchen, washing machine, dining room.

From airport: Aerobus to Universitat + bus H16 to Parc de la Ciutadella + 5 minutes walking.

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€95.00+ | Rating: 8.7 Size: 68 m² | Metro: Alfons X (L5) | Area: Guinardó

This spacious apartment is just steps from the legendary Park Guell.

Here you get great value for small groups and families – the latter of which will take full advantage of the huge park. This recently renovated apartment can accommodate up to 5 people.

Being so high up also gives you an amazing view from the small balcony. If you are looking for calm without being too far from the main attractions, this is the perfect apartment!

Amenities: flat screen TV, AC/heating, balcony, kitchen, dining room, two bathrooms.

From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + metro L4 from Urquinaona to Alfons X + 5 minute walk.

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€130.00+ | Rating: 9.3 Size: 60 m²+ | Metro: Sagrada Familia (L2, L5) | Area: Eixample

This elegant and modern apartment offers both two and three bedroom versions.

You’ll feel like you’ve just bought a new apartment in one of the hottest places in town, right around the corner from epic Sagrada Familia church! You’ll get a priceless view of it from the terrace.

This is another great option for families – because it’ll get super quiet at night as it’s an area far from the clubs of the old city.

The hosts here also give personable service rarely seen around these parts 😉

Amenities: flat screen TV, view, AC/heating, terrace, kitchen, dining room.

From airport: Aerobus to Universitat + metro L2 to Sagrada Familia.

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€90.00+ Rating: 8.8 Size: 65 m² | Metro: Diagonal (L3, L5) | Area: Gracia

These modern apartments are found in the most authentic neighbourhood in the city: Gracia. They’re especially adept for couples, families, or groups of friends between 2 and 5 people.

The calmness of the area makes it the perfect place to take advantage of your personal terrace. You’ll also be in the middle of some of the city’s best boutiques, restaurants, and much more.

And as the name says: you’ll feel at home!

Amenities: flat screen TV, terrace, AC/heating, kitchen, dining room, washing machine.

From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Espanya + metro L3 to Diagonal + 7 minutes walking.

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€200.00+ | Rating: 9.5 | Size: 85 m² + | Metro: Hostafrancs | Area: Sants

Families looking for something that feels more like an upscale home than an apartment in Barcelona should go for this newly furnished flat that’s received a 9.9 rating for families.

The extra bathroom is a great way to avoid early morning fights and confusion! This huge and clean apartment comes with all the fixings including an amazing welcome pack and some of the best customer service via owner Pilar.

The highlight is the gorgeous balcony.

Amenities: flat-screen TV, fan/heater, kitchen + oven, dining area, Nespresso machine.

From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Espanya+ 10 minute walk.

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Apartments Sixtyfour

€300.00+ | Rating: 9.3 | Size: 80 m² + | Metro: Passeig de Gracia | Area: Eixample

When I think of couples looking to spoil themselves with a little luxury my mind goes to this spacious beauty right on Barcelona’s main shopping street Passeig de Gracia.

The high ceilings and super comfy boutique furniture have a habit of keeping you relaxed like home. Looking off the balcony and seeing Barcelona life walk by will get you up off the couch though and into the area’s many amazing tapas bars.

Again, couples have rated this apartment a 9.6 so this could be a great honeymoon option.

Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, full kitchen, washing machine, dining area.

From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 10 minute walk.

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€80.00+ | Rating: 8.8 | Size: 26 m² + | Metro: Badal | 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.

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Midtown Apartments

€55.00+ pp | Rating: 9.5 | Size: 95 m² + | Metro: Urquinaona | Area: Eixample

The three-bedroom one here is ideal for groups or stag dos and is a great jumping off point for something stylish and modern without breaking the bank. With four single beds, a double, and a sofa bed this is also great for clubbing weekends.

Spotless cleanliness and a what’s-what of products from irons to oil for cooking in the slickly fitted kitchen mean no stone is left unturned – there’s even swipe cards for left luggage facilities.

Did I mention the rooftop terrace with city view and private swimming pool?

Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, full kitchen, hardwood floors, dining area.

From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 10 minute walk.

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Blue Apartments

€70.00+ | Rating: 7.9 | Size: 55 m² + | Metro: Selva del Mar | Area: Poble Nou

Families looking for value and relaxation a bit outside of the city chaos should look up this Barcelona apartment which is just 150 meters from the beach and a variety of parks.

In the one bedroom apartment you rarely find such a fully-functional apartment including kitchen and living room at this price. Reviewers have raved about the comfortable beds, tranquility of the area, and friendliness of the host.

Another convenience is its proximity to the convention centre at El Forum, though to get super central to places like La Rambla it’s only a quick €10.00 taxi.

Amenities: flat-screen TV, fan/heater, full kitchen, kitchen, dining area.

From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 20 minute metro to Selva de Mar + walk.

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Be Apartments

€89.00+ | Rating: 7.9 | Size: 20 m² + | Metro: Jaume I | 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.

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Warm Home

€60.00+ | Rating: 7.7 | Size: 30 m² + | Metro: Verdaguer | Area: Eixample

A very appropriate and straightforward name for this utilitarian apartment which allows any couple or small family the ability to stay really central without taking out a second mortgage.

From here you’ll be able to do most of Barcelona’s main attractions walking. The owner is also super accommodating and has been known to bring you a bottle of wine on check in!

One downside? There is a shared bathroom for the three apartments.

Amenities: flat-screen TV, city view, fan, fridge, microwave, oven, lounge access.

From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + walk to Passeig de Gracia + metro to Verdaguer.

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€95.00+ | Rating: 7.9 | Size: 37 m² + | Metro: Catalunya | 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 young couples or 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.

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Park Guell Apartments

€95.00+ | Rating: 7.1 | Size: 60 m² | Metro: Alfons X | Area: Guinardó

This huge apartment right near legendary Park Guell is fantastic value for 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.

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Bcn Sagrada Familia Apartments

€110.00+ | Rating: 7.0 | Size: 50 m² + | Metro: SP-Dos de Maig | 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.

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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’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.

5 Reasons to Book with

Since starting to use Booking 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.

Here’s why:

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 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 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

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.).
  • Budget.
  • 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 by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

  • January 19, 2020 at 1:52 pm
    Hii, I am coming to Barcelona for a summer abroad, so i am staying for 2 months"june and july". I am studying at UAB and my classes are going to be in "carrer del consell de cent". So i would like you to tell which are the best neighborhood to say in for these 2 months. And i want to stay in an apartment that is near my classes in order to walk to my classes rather than taking any transportation. Thank you so much, Btw this website is everything, its one of the best!!
    • January 20, 2020 at 9:13 am
      Team Member
      Hola Yousr, Where exactly on Consell de Cent will you be? It's a very long road which covers a few different areas. I would try and find a place in Gracia or perhaps in Eixample but again it depends... please give me an exact address so I can assist you further :) Ash
      • January 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm
        This is the exact address if this can help, Carrer del Consell de Cent, 367, 08009 Barcelona, Spain, also i would like to ask about a place to cheap studios or apartments rather than airbnb?
        • January 21, 2020 at 2:03 am
          Team Member
          OK, you're quite central so in this case anywhere in Eixample or in Gracia would be perfect for what you're doing. If you're not looking at Airbnb and have a longer term stay I would put an ad out in the Barcelona Rentals Facebook page because it's more likely you'll find some better value stuff there. Ash
  • January 8, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    Hi there, I’ve booked flights for 10-15 friends (23 - 31 years old) for my birthday this May 4th - 8th 2020. I’m aiming for apartments / villas which would be suitable (I don’t mind the group being split into two group if easier). Budget is about £40 - £50 per person per night. Please help! I’m at a loss with locations - we want it to be modern, perhaps with outdoor area or pool available :) any help would be so appreciated! Your site will be my go-to while planning!
    • January 9, 2020 at 8:07 am
      Team Member
      Hi Meg, Thanks so much for making me your go-to, always glad to help :) If you're looking at locations I can help. You're young and probably looking for a bit of vibrancy so I'd check out the Gothic Quarter or El Born. You'll have so many bars and restaurants to choose from and be close to the attractions. I break down the neighbourhoods more in depth here: You will likely have to split up into smaller groups but can still stay in the same apartment block. Some highly recommended ones from readers similar to you would be Best House Best Place or Deco Apartments. Also, if you wanted to be right in the thick of the party option there is Ramblas Apartments that'll get you all in the same flat. I'd take a look here :) Cheers, Ash
  • December 11, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    Vanina Krasteva
    Hey, this website it is really helpful thank you We are coming in Barcelona for Christmas- 24-26 of december. I was looking for apartments, because we want to have a kitchen. I am wonder from HABITAT BLANCA APARTMENTS- and i just want to ask you, do you know something good or bad for them ? And also can you recommend us some restaurants with good food and prices? Thank you
    • December 12, 2019 at 10:53 am
      Team Member
      Hola Vanina, Thanks for your very kind words :) Unfortunately since there are so many holiday apartments in Barcelona it's hard for me to have first hand (or even second hand ) experience with them. In this case I've never heard of HABITAT BLANCA APARTMENTS so my advice is for you to simply do your homework on it in reading the reviews on Google, Booking, Tripadvisor etc. Usually if there are a good chunk of them the reviews are fairly accurate :) As for restaurants... I have an entire section on the blog dedicated to restaurants (the majority are keeping budget in mind) here: If you have a more specific question though I'd be glad to help! Cheers, Ash
  • October 23, 2019 at 8:04 am
    Karen Walker
    Hi My daughter and friend are coming to Barcelona for a university semester abroad (from Canada). Looking for a 1 bdrm 1 bathroom apartment in a good area for young people Dates would be sept 1/20 to December 31/20 Any suggestions of where to look
    • October 23, 2019 at 11:20 am
      Team Member
      Hi Karen, The areas good for young people would be El Born, El Gotico, or Eixample. For such a long term I would look at the website because that's where you'll find all sorts of rooms for people living there. The holiday apartment rentals will definitely gouge you for way too much. You can also check out on Facebook because there are groups for room rentals. Simply search 'Barcelona room rental' and it'll come up... lots of expats, in English, variety. Ash
  • October 1, 2019 at 4:26 am
    Susan Tai
    which is the best route from Casa Maca Guest House to Sagrada Familia ?
    • October 1, 2019 at 10:45 am
      Team Member
      Hola Susan, I wouldn't take transport unless you have limited mobility... it's just a 17 minute walk and you can get the instructions using Google Maps. Cheers, Ash
  • August 3, 2019 at 9:19 am
    Hi we are 2 people looking for an apartment near la rambla. 3.9-7.9 At about max 130€ per night. Thank you :) !!
    • August 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm
      Team Member
      Hola! Of the ones above I would recommend the Be Apartments, Apartments Sixtyfour, and BCN Accommodation. I would take a look at those, though keep in mind that there already isn't much vacancy so you should be booking ASAP! Otherwise maybe take a browse on Airbnb :) Ash
  • July 9, 2019 at 1:58 am
    Hi, We are a family of 5 looking for accommodation in August. Couple plus 18yrs, 14yrs & 12yrs. We are looking to stay out of the City but be a reasonable commute to Barcelona for sight-seeing but also would like the option of the beach. Air-con is important and we'd rather an apartment with outdoor space. ie not a hotel. We already have flights booked but are struggling to find accom for £900 max for a 5 day stay. Public transport only. Can you help? Thanks
    • July 9, 2019 at 11:58 am
      Team Member
      Hi Nick, Thank you so much for all the very detailed information... but in order to help you a very key thing would be for the exact dates. The vacancy in Barcelona in August is so scarce that from one day to another your options may be completely different. In fact, there is already a 97% occupancy rate in August for apartments and hotels according to Booking. Keep in mind that your 18 year old will be considered an adult by the lodging, so it's looking like three adults and two children. When I'm thinking of a bit far out but also close and easy for transport, near the beach, I think of the area of Poble Nou. There appear to be two options and those are Apartamentos Navas and Nova Icaria Apartment. If you click you'll see that I selected a random 5 day period in August but again though... without knowing the exact dates it's just random and ultimately useless to be suggesting spots when they may not be available for your dates. Please let me know when you're coming and I can help further! Cheers, Ash
  • July 4, 2019 at 9:23 pm
    Hi! We are a family of seven with five teenagers. We are looking for one double bed and five singles. Or two double beds and three singles. July 28-31. I’ve been on We don’t want a sofa bed. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much.
  • July 4, 2019 at 9:23 pm
    Hi! We are a family of seven with five teenagers. We are looking for one double bed and five singles. Or two double beds and three singles. July 28-31. I’ve been on We don’t want a sofa bed. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much.
    • July 5, 2019 at 9:20 am
      Team Member
      Hi Melissa, With such a specific and unique number of guests, the fact that it is high season, and now that we're getting into 'last minute' territory it's looking more and more like you may have to be a bit more flexible on your needs. I've been looking through lists on Booking and even other apartment sites and most of them have sofa beds, or have an arrangement which doesn't include exactly two double beds and three singles. Casa Guell seems to be the best quality one that has the most amount of beds so people don't have to end up sharing. There's also Sagrada Familia Sant Pau Park Guell that looks to have a decent amount of beds, somewhat in line with your needs but not exactly. There is a huge list of apartments to sift through, I am afraid it's only a matter of finding the one which seems the least annoying for you guys at this point... :( If you don't find anything on Booking I suggest trying Airbnb as a last resort, though in high season on short notice there won't be so much selection and the prices will be exaggerated. Cheers, Ash
      • July 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm
        Melissa Gonzalez
        Thank you for the great website and quick reply. Are you familiar with enjoybcn and the Dali apartment? This looks like a match. Also, we arrive at midnight, is the aerobus available at that time? With a group our size, is CityPass the best option? Also going to Asturias later in the week, my husband's family's origin. Any suggestions? Melissa
        • July 6, 2019 at 11:22 am
          Team Member
          Hi Melissa, No problem at all :) Unfortunately my apartment familiarity is not so good so I can't comment on the ones you mentioned... I would tend to go with the reviews on Booking. The Aerobus will be operative until 1:05 am so you should be fine. For the City Pass if you're doing a proper sightseeing trip, first timers, looking to see a lot... it's the perfect pass to get and I'd suggest it. Just make sure you're at least going to use all the stuff included. If on the other hand you have some people who don't want the Bus Turistic, some who don't want Sagrada etc... there's no shame in buying the tickets individually! About Asturius unfortunately I have never been :( It's definitely on the list though! Asturius Hacks maybe in 2022 ;) Ash
  • June 10, 2019 at 7:53 am
    Hi, Great website and I have got so much info for my trip! We are 4 adults travelling in mid-august and we need a place with 2 bedrooms/bath (preferably an apartment). Can you suggest which of the above option would work, as I see some of them are sofa-beds or suitable for 2 people etc.?
    • June 10, 2019 at 11:37 am
      Team Member
      Hi Vinutha, Thanks a lot for the kind words :) I've said this to multiple people, and unfortunately you're in for a tough one booking for high season since the hotel and apartment occupancy rate is already in the 90%+ range for these dates :( Most of the rooms for four adults at this point also usually only have sofa beds and one room... however, I have run a test search for a weekend in mid August wanting two rooms for four adults and having the ratings higher than 7.0. There are 23 properties matching this criteria. One that stood out for its location and quality was the White Flats Sant Antoni. You may also want to take a look at Piso en Poble Sec or Suite Place Barcelona. In entering Booking I would simply use the filters on the left to cast a bit of a wider net given most things are booked up already... as you can see many of the remaining apartments are even 3-4 rooms :( Please let me know if I can help further! Ash
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