Apartments in Barcelona
Jetting off around Europe can be an expensive trip once you've bought the flights, paid all the additional fees and splashed out on shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses. That's why more and more people are renting an apartment instead of a hotel to save money on their accommodation when taking a city break to Barcelona.
For some, however, the first time renting abroad can be a daunting experience with first-time renters never quite sure what to expect for their money. Here are just a few answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions when renting abroad.
What if I don't speak the same language as the owner?Most times the owner won't speak English. But this should never discourage you from renting an apartment. The owner will always be able to communicate with you in English through a third party.
Why should I cook for myself if I'm supposed to be relaxing?Of course you will want to eat out some nights and try Barcelona's cuisines. However, it can be very expensive to eat out for every meal and most hotels only provide breakfast as part of the price. Having the option of eating in a few of nights is a real money-saver and you can even try for yourself some of the traditional dishes that you may have enjoyed at the restaurant the night before.
Aren't some neighbourhoods in big cities dangerous?It is true that Barcelona has areas where there is undeniably a bit of crime. By renting an apartment, though, you are already half-way there to living like a local and petty thieves are less likely to target a group coming out an apartment on a local street than they are the obvious-looking tourist walking out of a large hotel clutching a map. Be informed about the area where your apartment is. Oh-Barcelona.com, for example, offers detailed information about all areas in the city (Tel. +34 93 467 37 79). BarcelonaPoint.com also offers Barcelona apartments, from cheap to luxury, and also features traveler reviews and virtual tours to help you to choose your accommodation (Tel. +34 93 330 7800).
Now that some of your worries about renting an apartment have been answered, you're ready to take that trip.
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