Barcelona has a range of properties that are among the best Airbnbs in Spain. These apartments all stand out for their stunning architecture, stylish interior decor, fantastic location or unique features, which make them some of the best places to stay in the city.
Vintage apartment in happening neighbourhood
This chic apartment boasts original 1930s Catalan high-vaulted ceilings | Courtesy of Romina / Airbnb
This chic apartment boasts original 1930s Catalan high-vaulted ceilings and ceramic tiled floors that set a soothing tone for this vintage gem. The hand-picked furniture is colourful and stylish without being overbearing, and the floor plan creates a sense of space while showcasing the flat’s unique features. A kitchen corner provides all the basics you need to create a home-cooked meal, while the bathroom offers a comfy walk-in shower and retro tap fittings. The flat is located in Barcelona’s Eixample district, known for its wide streets and Modernist buildings, as well as its many shops and restaurants.
The small corner of the Eixample known as Sant Antoni is a trendy neighbourhood renowned for its bar and food scene – and its reputation has only been enhanced by the reopening of the Sant Antoni Market. This bright, modern apartment has a sleek and contemporary feel, with minimalist decor blending old, whitewashed brick walls and stylish furniture. Its large private outdoor penthouse terrace is ideal for eating out (there’s a fully equipped open-plan dining and seating area) or enjoying a glass of chilled cava before a night out on the nearby and often buzzing Carrer del Parlament.
This apartment is a stylish place to call home in Barcelona. The flat’s incredible decor employs elements of Art Deco and mixes a sense of old-world luxury with a contemporary setting, including a fully equipped, modern kitchen. Every room of the apartment has its own identity, creating a result that is eye-catching and inviting. There are four bedrooms – two twins and two doubles – some with their own TV or washbasin. The building sits among some of the most magnificent Modernist mansions in Eixample and is not far from the Passeig de Gràcia.
This bright apartment is across the street from the beach in the up-and-coming district of Poblenou. It has a cosy design that features a marble coffee table, geometric shapes in the kitchen and hanging ivy in the living room. The patio offers plenty of opportunities to sip coffee while catching a sea breeze, and is reminiscent of whitewashed Mediterranean classic designs found on the Costa Brava. The apartment is close to one of Barcelona’s best beaches, as well as a number of shops and restaurants.
Situated in Barcelona’s historic Sant Pere i Santa Caterina neighbourhood, this 130-year-old loft-style studio is the perfect base from which to explore nearby El Born’s bohemian vibe and designer boutiques. The king-size bedroom packs a lot into the space, including a TV and hi-fi system. Red-brick walls and exposed beams give a certain industrial-chic vibe to the sitting area and kitchen, which has a coffee machine and stove top so you can make breakfast. And with the Santa Caterina Market, the Ciutadella Park and the Gothic Quarter all within close proximity, you won’t have to go far to explore the city.
This stylish, contemporary apartment offers a comfortable stay and slice of tranquillity in the centre of Barcelona thanks to its modern furnishings and lush courtyard. The flat’s crowning feature is its exclusive outdoor pool, ideal for cooling down after a day in the city. Inside, you’ll find a spacious rainfall shower and a bathtub, as well as two double bedrooms. It’s in the relaxed residential area of Sants, so you’re within walking distance of Poble Sec, Sant Antoni and the sights of Montjuïc.
Let yourself be seduced by the grandeur of this Eixample apartment, with its high ceilings and enchanting tiled floors. Located in the southern part of the Eixample neighbourhood, this three-bedroom flat is perfect for celebrating special family occasions and offers easy access to some of the city’s best shops, bars and restaurants. Decorated with Mediterranean flair, there’s an air of bohemian chic throughout. Those who like a good book will love the volumes the host has left throughout the living room.
Situated between the trendy Poblenou neighbourhood and the Ciutat Vella, this flat places you just around the corner from most of Barcelona’s must-see attractions. The space was recently renovated but maintains some original details, such as high-vaulted brick ceilings and ceramic tiled floors. At the centre of the apartment is the kitchen, wrapped by a bar that provides an inviting place to chat and eat. There’s even a very small balcony on which to perch and sip your morning coffee.
If you’ve come to Barcelona looking for the complete Gaudí experience, then this apartment – just a block away from the Sagrada Família and Gaudí Avenue – is the one for you. The flat features a simple, stylish design while incorporating elements of traditional Barcelona architecture such as wood-beamed ceilings. You’ll have a lively area of bakeries, bars, restaurants, grocery shops and supermarkets just outside your door, but an oasis of calm inside. The apartment has a secluded patio, which makes you feel that you’ve escaped the city while actually residing in its centre.
If you are looking for a minimalist studio with an open-plan design, outside the normal hustle and bustle of the city centre, this is your apartment. Situated in the Sants neighbourhood, this flat is the perfect getaway for those looking for easy access to the city. Here, you’ll be within walking distance of Plaça d’Espanya, as well as the numerous museums of Montjuïc.
Historic Barcelona apartments are known for three things: wood-beamed high-vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork and ceramic tiles. If you’re looking for an authentic living experience, this recently renovated apartment ticks all the right boxes. Located in Poble Sec, it is less than a minute’s walk from Barcelona’s iconic pintxos street, where you’ll find over 20 bars serving the delectable Basque snack. Woodwork is prevalent through the apartment’s design, and large shuttered windows complete the experience, letting a fresh breeze waft through the space.
Start the day with a walk along Las Ramblas | Courtesy of Beatriz / Airbnb
So you want to be in the centre of it all, but still have a cosy place to call your own? This studio combines a soothing design scheme with bright, open spaces, and is located at the northern point of Barcelona’s most famous pedestrian avenue, Las Ramblas. The studio comes with a fully equipped kitchen, which makes it easy to prepare a morning coffee or tea to have out on the balcony while you people-watch over the centre of Barcelona.
High ceilings adorned by rustic Catalan wood, a mix of pastel-coloured walls and bold art – this Eixample apartment is the definition of style. One of the best perks of this place is its jetted tub, perfect for those looking for a good soak after spending some quality time shopping on the nearby Passeig de Gracia. The apartment also features exposed brick walls and striking brick ceilings, while also maintaining its authentic Catalan flair.
Looking for an elegant hideaway that’s not too far from Gracia, home to Barcelona’s most anticipated annual summer festival? From the marble-floored building entrance to the apartment’s full bathroom adorned with a golden-framed mirror, this space provides a healthy dose of haute living. Looking out from the private terrace to the fish pond, you’ll be able to catch some sunshine and peer out over one of Barcelona’s trendiest neighbourhoods.
If you have a long list of activities planned in Barcelona, but don’t want the sterile feeling of a hotel, this very personable flat might be the place for you. It has a fun atmosphere, mixing splashes of bright colours with traditional wooden motifs. The location – Plaça de Catalunya – is the city’s main transport hub. From here, you can easily set out on any excursion. There are few options in the city that combine such a central location with such a warm, homely feel.