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Studio Maignon
Studio Maignon is a comfortable, cozy studio apartment located in the residential Gràcia area of Barcelona. The main room of the apartment is the living room / bedroom. It has a double bed and a sofabed which can fold out for a third person. There's also a small dining table that seats 3 people. The kitchenette and the bathroom are separated from the main room with a set of glass doors. There's a spacious terrace (almost 30 square meters) on the inner part of the building -- there's no real view in particular, but it's still a pleasant area for eating meals outside or relaxing. The apartment is brightly decorated in vivid colors and best suited to a couple or a couple with a child. It's equipped with air-conditioning, TV, DVD player, CD player, hair dryer, iron, and washing machine. The owners can provide a baby crib upon request. Paid parking is available as well as an airport transfer service from the owners.

The apartment owners, Simone, an Italian who has lived in Barcelona for years, and his Spanish wife Sandra, are very welcoming and helpful, and between the two of them they speak several different languages.

The trendy, artsy Gràcia area is very sought-after these days among Barcelona residents. It's a great location for tourists as well, because you're away from the chaos of the Old City and Las Ramblas, but still very well-connected by metro and within 10 minutes or so by metro to any of the tourist sights. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Park Güell designed by Gaudí (think fairy tale-like architecture, the mosaic salamander statue, and great views!) is only a 10-minute walk. The area is full of interesting shops, restaurants, cafes, and night spots.

Nr. REAT: HUTB 00465876.
  • American coffee machine
  • 1st floor
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • independent heating
  • full kitchen
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • CD player
  • DVD/CD player
  • flatscreen TV
  • private terrace
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • washing machine
  • Italian coffee maker
  • WiFi
Maciek on Oct 2013:

My Lady loved the colorful apartment. Close to the subway, plentyful of shops, atms was very helpful in getting around. Simone was super nice, friendly and helpful.We really liked the place, the colours the big comfy bed, kitchen and the room in general. Neighbourhood had a nice feel and was generally peaceful and quiet, yet very close to subway and a whole lot of cafes, restaurants and pubs. The terrace was ideal for smokers.
We had no problems really. All was good.
No real problems. There was a delay in receiving the confirmation e-mail with the details but nothing else was a problem.
Marian on Jun 2013:

I loved the location of this apartment and the proximity to the metro stops and lots of attractions. There is also a great market very close by. The patio was also nice to sit out on in the afternoon and the early evening. I almost forgot to mention what I liked most - decent Internet Access!
I found the couch to be very uncomfortable for sitting and I wish the kitchen had an oven though I realize it is almost impossible with the limited space.
I have used Cross Pollinate many times and find it very easy to find an apartment and make a booking. The listings have always been representative and accurate.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 3 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: smoking permitted, check-out time is 12 pm (noon), apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, cleaning fee of €50 is not included in the price, damage deposit of €200 due to owner in cash on arrival, fee for check-in after 10 pm is €30, city tourist tax €2.48 per person per night ages 16 and up (not included in price)
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