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JOSEP PLA 19
Address: Josep Pla 19 Phone to call on arrival: +34699957412
Welcome to your apartment in Barcelona, we hope you enjoy your stay! Dear guests Thank you for booking my apartment for your stay in Barcelona. We’ll do everything in our hand to make yourselves comfortable at your apartment. Before arriving please read the following document, as it might help you plan your trip and help your check-in process be fast and smooth so you can enjoy as much of Barcelona as you can. Thank you! Akira Taniguchi
Getting to the apartment We can provide private transportation to the apartment. A taxi driver will wait for you at the airport and will take you to the apartment. The prices are: from Barcelona airport: 60€ up to 6. from Girona or Reus: 180€ up to 6.
Important information: once you arrive in front of the apartment...
If you wish to use public transportation here are the best options:
Diagonal Mar”. The taxi will charge 1€ per luggage + a supplement of 3,10€. The total will be around 35 €.
Option A:, Aerobus + metro: 12€ per person. 40 min. Get the Aerobus from Barcelona airport. Stop in Plaza España and take the metro. Buy a T-10 card for 1 zone and take a taxi, will take just 10 minutes. Take line 1 towards Fondo and change to line 4 (yellow) in Urquinaona. Take there the metro towards La Pau and stop in Maresme/ Forum or Selva de Mar.
Option D: from Girona (GRO) airport (50 min): get the only bus to Barcelona (there are many, all go to the same place). This bus stops in Estació del Nord bus station. From there take the Tram and stop in Maresme or take a taxi (15 €, max 4). Don't take a taxi form Girona, can cost more than 100€ and takes the same time!
Option B: Train. 4€ per person. 25 min, only from Terminal 2. Get the train to Barcelona and stop in Paseo de Gracia. Take the metro line 4(yellow) towards La Pau and stop in Maresme/Forum or Selva de Mar. Option C: Taxi. 35€ per taxi. 15 min. Get a taxi: 35 € per taxi. Max 4 people per taxi. Tell the taxista to take you to “Josep Pla diecinueve delante de Hilton
Option E: from Reus (REU) airport (1h 10min): get the only bus to Barcelona (there are many, all go to the same place). This bus stops in Sants train station. Take the metro. Option F: by car: look for "Ronda Litoral" when approaching Barcelona, take exit 24 (Rambla Prim Diagonal Mar). The first urban street will be directly Josep Pla street.
Once you are in front of the apartment call or SMS me (+34699957412). Me or my assistant will come to the street and walk you to the apartment and hand you the keys. There are 2 keys, both open all doors (upstairs, downstairs, rubbish room, pool zone). Don't ring any door or ask neighbours, thank you! Press 10 in the lift and quietly exit to the left, look for door 10-3 and you’ve arrived!
... call me or my assistant and we’ll meet you in the street.
In the apartment: Some tips about the apartment. 1. Linen, paper, soap. In the apartment all beds have linen, towels in the rooms and soap and toilet paper in the bathrooms. In the cupboards you'll find extra blankets. 2. Kitchen Has a combo fridge-freezer, juice & coffee makers, toaster, kettle, 4 gas stoves, dishwasher (detergent under the sink), oven, microwave (on top of the oven), silverware, cups, all sort of glasses and dishes in cupboards. Anything you find missing please me via e-mail, SMS or phone. 3. Balcony and washing machine You cannot hang clothes on the balcony, please use the drying machine in the kitchen! Just turn on and select “extra seco” program. Empty the water container and the filter after 2 or 3 uses. Also there is the washing machine. It is simple: turn on, put detergent (powder box next to the machine), program #2, and wait 1 hour. 4. Heating and boiler Boiler is in the kitchen. To turn it on press the big button in the center, light it with the stove lighter (1st drawer), wait 20 seconds and press the big button again. The heating/air conditioner thermostat is in the living room, next to the door. Heating (sun) or cold (snow). 5. Breaker If the light goes off, all the breakers are in the entrance, behind a white wood & glass wall. Just turn all up and you’re done! 6. TV, DVD and Internet International channels are in the analog channels (press TV/DTV to switch from analog to digital TV). DVD is connected. Internet is free, the router is next to the TV, the Wi-fi signal is called “Thomson” and has no password. 7. Pool, paddle and gym Pool is open 20th May to 15th September, 10am to 8pm. Paddle tennis schedule is next to the guards room, you can reserve 1 hour per day. Gym is open 6am to 11pm.
Please check everything is OK before the assistant leaves! This way we can solve any problem to start your stay the best way possible!
Facilities near the apartment Supermarket: the closest supermarket is in the Diagonal Mar shopping center just accross the street. It’s called Alcampo and is in the 2nd and 1st floor. Shopping center shops are open from 10am to 10pm. For sunday or off-time, there is a small emergency supermarket walking Josep Pla oposite to the beach and crossing Diagonal Ave. There a bakery leacing the apartment to the right, under the white&brown building. Restaurants: in the shopping center there are many restaurants, but we can only recommend Cañas & Tapas, Casa del Pescado or Sagardi. Also the Viena and Pans & Company fast foods. From the balcony to the right you can see a red restaurant, I-Casual, very good. In Josep Pla street, you can also find Angolo Italiano, which makes very good pizza for take away, and Mango which is open untill late. Finally, the hotel next to Hilton, AC Hotel, has a 24 hour restaurant called Night & Day (Dia i Nit) Rubbish: the rubbish room is just next to the front door, to the right. There are two small doors, one for organic and one for the rest of rubbish. Please don’t leave the bags on the floor and put them inside the doors and push them untill you hear the drop. Please take the rubbish out the day you check out. Thank you!
Transportation to the city center Metro: the closest metro station is Maresme/Forum, just leaving the apartment to the left and take the second to the right. The other metro Selva de Mar is leaving the apartment to the right to Taulat street and taking a right on Selva de Mar, check the Metro map! Tram: in front of the shopping center there is the Tram, will take you to Ciutadella park or to St. Adrià del Besos train station. Links to maps: Tram, Train. Bus: also in front of the tram stop you have bus #7 which will take you to o Paseo de Gracia / Diagonal and also leaves you near FC Barcelona’s stadium (last stop). In Taulat street you have bus #41 which takes you to Plaça Catalunya and Born quarter. Links to maps: bus #7 and bus #41. Transportation card: the best card is the T-10 card, which gives you 10 trips for 8€. You can share it so you can buy 2 or 3 cards for your whole stay. Cards are sold only at the tram or metro, you can also use it for the bus or train (train only if both stops are inside the city). Bus Turístic: there is a hop-on-hop-off sort of bus called Bus Turístic. It costs 22€ 1 day and 29€ 2 days and goes to the major tourist attractions. Check the map and the discounts! In summer the green line stops in front of the shopping center, next to the Princess Hotel. Parking: the apartment includes one free parking space and an option for a second one for 15€/day. Parking spaces are #36 (floor -1, enter the parking and turn right and second to the right) and #235 (floor -2, go to floor -2 and turn left, left, left and left, easy!).
APARTMENT RULES To assure you a pleasant stay and avoid unpleasant situations 1. No noise, specially after 10pm Our neighbours are very nice, but also they want to sleep as you do. So please, absolutely no noise (loud music, loud talking, walking heavyly) after 10pm. Also please kids, don’t jump or play bounce balls! Keep special attention in the terrace. 2. Entering or leaving the apartment Even by just talking, 4 to 6 people can be loud, please talk quietly when leaving/entering the apartment, in the corridors or hall.
Shopping Barcelona is recognised as one of the best shopping cities in Europe. These are from our perspective the best shopping points: Shopping centres: there are great shopping centres in Barcelona. The easiest to reach from the apartment is Diagonal Mar (just accross the steet), also a nice one is Maremagnum (open on sundays & holidays!, metro Drassanes). Outlets: there is a small outlets zone near the apartment, in Girona street between Ausias March and Gran Via. The most liked is Mango outlet. A huge outlet place is 30 minutes from Barcelona, La Roca Village reachable by bus. Plaça Catalunya: in metro Catalunya you can find the best shopping sites. Starting with El Corte Inglés, our national department store. In the same Plaça Catalunya you can find Fnac for books, music and technology, the huge Zara in Gran Via / Paseo de Gracia and in general Paseo de Gracia and Rambla Catalunya streets and surroundings with the most exclusive shops. Born: it is now the most fashionable quarter in Barcelona, you can find lots of small shops were designers sell their own clothes. Weekly markets: our traditional flea market (old & new products) is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday in Les Glories square (metro Glories or walk 10 minutes) called Els Encants.
Cinemas & Music Diagonal Mar cinemas show films always translated into Spanish. However, there are some cinemas with original soundtrack and subtitles: Yelmo Icaria
cinemas, 20 minutes walking from the apartment, Renoir Floridablanca (metro Urgell) or Renoir Les Corts (metro Les Corts, near Camp Nou). Classical music & opera: Barcelona's opera house is El Liceu in Ramblas (metro Liceu). Classical music auditoriums are Palau de la Música near via Laietana (metro Urquinaona) which is maybe the most beautiful building in Barcelona and just across Marina street walking 100 meters you have the Barcelona Auditorium.
Night life Barcelona is known for its rich night life. These are (just) some recommendations! Razzmatazz: this is the largest club in Barcelona. Often there are live gigs and hold different ambients (Lolita, Loft, Razzclub, Pop Bar, Rex Room) with different sorts of music. Near "the Razz" you can find other clubs and bars such as l'Ovella Negra and Be Good Club.. Plaça Real: next to the lower part of Ramblas, holds number of cool clubs: Sidecar, Jamboree, Tarantos (one of the few quality flamenco shows in Barcelona), Karma, etc. Born - Barceloneta: many the Barceloneta beach restaurants become night bars after midnight. Barcelona’s modern zone right now is Born, with many places in Passeig del Born and finishing in Magic. St. Gervasi: a more chic area, you can arrive there with bus #6. The centre of this zone is Universal disco, and there are plenty of places around.
3. No flying cigarrettes You can smoke in the apartment, but extinguish cigarretes in ashtrays. No flying cigarretes from windows please! 4. No visits and parties Short time visitors are allowed, but can’t stay after 10pm. And of course, absolutely no parties as you can’t make noise nor have visitors after 10pm. 5. No towels on balconies It is dangerous (and very ugly!) to hang towels (or flags) in balconies. Also, it is forbidden, so please use the dryer. 6. Behave in the common zones No top-less or food or drinks in the pool, please dry before entering the lift, and please don’t shout from the pool to people friends in the apartment! 7. No ringing to neighbours Don’t ever ring neighbours for any reason, remember the apartment is 10º 3ª on the intercom (to use it dial 1-0bell-3-bell) and call me if you have any question/emergency. 8. Yes to the rest! Enjoy TV, surf the internet, enjoy the city, the beach, the pool, the gym, the paddle-tennis, the night, the day, just please remember these very basic and logic rules to ensure you a nice stay!
Thank you for your cooperation! useful websites! www.tmb.net All public transportation www.bcn.cat Barcelona City Hall www.timeout.com/barcelona Guide! www.akiraflats.com our website with all our apartments!
Ideas for visits in Barcelona Some ideas for your stay! Montjuich – Port Vell: a fun trip with kids (or not so kids) is to go to Montjuich, where you can visit all the olympic attractions (Palau St. Jordi, Estadi Olímpic, Picornell pools), also the Miró Museum (which has a great restaurant), Mies van der Rohe pabilion for architects. Then you can take the Teleferic (cable car) to the old port. At the Port Vell you can visit Maremagnum, Aquarium or Imax theaters. Tibidabo: Tibidabo is a mountain you can see with a small church, and a small amusement park. You can see all Barcelona from Atalaia or Airplane attractions. To arrive there you can take the metro to Catalunya, from there take the FFCC to Av. Tibidabo (always with the T-10 card) and finally take the old fashioned Tramvia Blau. The views from the Mirablau and Mirabé bars are incredible and in front you can take the funicular to the park. Montjuic Magic fountains: take the metro to Espanya, just outside of the metro you’ll see the Montjuic Palace and the fountains. Just check here the timetables! Park Güell – Sagrada Familia: everybody in Barcelona wants to visit these two incredible places built by Gaudi. Park Güell is near the Vallcarca metro station (L3), so you’ll need to go to Passeig de Gracia L4 and change to L3. Sagrada Familia, the never finished temple, is nearer, just walking to Marina street you can see it, its just a 20 minute walk. Don’t miss the wonderful Hospital de Sant Pau near!
Montserrat: the catalan sanctuary is a nice day-trip visit outside Barcelona. To go there you must take the metro L1 to Espanya. From there take the FFCC to Montserrat (you must buy a 4 zone ticket). Here is the map of the FFCC. Maybe if you arrive late enough you can see the Montjuic fountains! Train trips: being near to a train station, you can visit many places without having to change lines a single time. Check the train map, and you’ll find direct trips from Sant Adrià de Besòs de Triomf to North Beaches (best are Arenys, Caldes and St. Pol), our local wine capitals Vilafranca del Penedès and St. Sadurní, or with just one change the nice Sitges town.
1. La Esquinica If you want to taste the tapas Barcelonians eat, go to Esquinica (Pg. Fabra i Puig 296, metro Virrei Amat). Far from the center but worth it! 2. Set Portes The best paella in town. Ask for Paella Parellada, is the best! Pg. Isabell II 14. 3. Qué pasta! If you like fresh pasta go to Qué Pasta in Canuda 25. Visit the cemetery! Also in Arenas and Diagonal Mar! 4. Rita Blue Also in the center, one of my favourites! Rita Blue at Pça St. Agusti 3 and its cousin Margarita Blue!
Pg. Gràcia: also everybody in Barcelona will visit Passeig de Gràcia, with its famous buildings Pedrera, Casa Batlló and the less known Casa de les Punxes.
5. Cerveseria Catalana - Ciudad Condal Very good tapas at both. Cerveseria Catalana or Ciudad Condal, both at stylish Rambla Catalunya.
Old Town: you can find full books on the old Town of Barcelona. But my favourite places are: Plaça del Rei, where Columbus met the Queen after discovering America, Santa Maria del Mar, the most beautiful church in Barcelona which appears in Cathedral of the Sea, the Drassanes, where Columbus’ caravels where constructed, the Cathedral with her 13 gooses in the garden, the tiny synagogue, recently discovered. The only place NOT to go is in Ramblas after Panams to the right.
6. Merendero de la Mari and tinglados Tinglados are the old medieval warehouses. Now its a restaurant gallery. Merendero de la Mari is one of them, the rest are all good!
Thieves: you must have attention just at the old town, have always your purses across the neck, backpacks in front and wallets in front pockets. Unfortunately there are millions of tourists that don’t follow this rule and some thieves that take advantage.
Camp Nou: our best football team in Barcelona, FC Barcelona, has one of the largest football stadiums in the world, Camp Nou. If you want to see a match, check here if there is one, you can buy online and pick up at any La Caixa branch.
Our restaurant selection!
Before departure we'll come to check nothing is broken and that the apartment is in the same condition. Since we might not come exactly before your departure (specially in early departures), please leave the keys on top of the table and shut the door. If you forgot something call me immediately and I'll try to come as soon as possible. Please don't leave rubbish in the apartment and empty the
7. Beach restaurants Walking from the apartment to the beach you can find the La Oca restaurant to the right and Port Forum Restaurant to the left, in Port Forum! 8. Haute cuisine Best Michelin-stars for us are Abac, Comerç 24, Alkimia and Manairó. Always book to be sure!
Going on European hours (lunch 1pm, dinner 8pm) will save you lots of time!
fridge. Also don't forget to turn off the heating or air conditioning before leaving the apartment. If you have time, please strip the beds and put linen in front of the washing machine we would be most grateful! We really appreciate you chose our apartments for your stay and we’re trying to make the best out of your visit, by adding more value to your trip. We hope the recommendations
we gave you in this small document will help you during your stay or even come back! Please feel free to send this document to anyone visiting Barcelona, hoping someone else will stay at our apartments! Finally we’d appreciate nice comments on the website where you booked our apartment, this helps us improve and help others decide. Thank you! Gracias! Mercès!