Because of AirBNB we were able to save approximately Php165,000 on accommodation fees during our recent trip to Barcelona. Since it was peak season in the city due to the annual Mobile World Congress, hotels hiked up their rates as much as 3x. The average price per night at hotels was at a whopping 400 euros (Php20,000).
To those who don’t know what AirBNB is, it’s a site that allows home and apartment owners to rent out their homes (either full or just a part) to people who wanna feel and live like a local while they’re on vacation. It’s not just the competitive rates that makes booking on AirBNB appealing, it’s also that you can get full apartments instead of a small and cramped hotel rooms. For roughly Php3,500/night we got a full 1BR apartment with a huge terrace that offered a spectacular view. We had the whole place to ourselves!
Our AirBNB Experience in Barcelona
For our trip we looked for a whole apartment (not shared with anyone during our stay) with fast WiFi, air-conditioning, and near to the bus, taxi, and metro stations. We were able to find Carme’s Penthouse apartment in the listings and we booked it. She offered to arrange a taxi to fetch us (taxi driver was her friend) from the airport and we accepted. It was a great decision since the driver was fluent with English so we were able to ask him for tips during the drive to Carme’s place.
Carme was there at her apartment to greet and welcome us. She also gave us some tourist guides and advice on the best places to eat at that were in her neighborhood. After that she went off and told us to just message her if we had any questions or concerns during our stay.
Carme’s apartment was absolutely perfect for our stay. The living room area was spacious with a dining table, kitchen, and huge leather sofa. The highlight of place though was really the terrace. It was huge and the view it gave us of Sagrada Familia was breathtaking. It was also a nice place to have breakfast and late evening wine. Here are a couple of photos of Carme’s apartment:
We also ended up saving more on food costs because the apartment had a full kitchen and there was a supermarket just down the road from the apartment. Buying food and cooking them in Barcelona is way cheaper than eating out so we usually just cooked for breakfast and sometimes during dinner.
Speaking of cooking, the terrace was amazing at night. The weather was cold so sometimes we’d go out with multiple layers of clothes and a bottle of wine with a platter of cheese.
Sometimes though it was too cold, hehe.
We had a wonderful time in Barcelona both for business and vacation purposes because of Carme’s apartment and hospitality. We would definitely book her place again if available next year and we highly recommend it to anyone who’s thinking of staying in Barcelona for a week or two.
Here’s the link to her listing on AirBNB: Carme’s Penthouse Design with Terrace