Websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, 9Flats and FlipKey enables Barcelonian homeowners and visitors looking for accommodation to meet. Often cheaper than hotels or hostels. And, no need to elbow your way through the crowds at the breakfast buffet. Where to look for memorable and affordable accommodation? CheapTo gives you the lowdown.
Looking for accommodation in the heart of Barcelona? But, rather not in a hostel or hotel? Catalonians offer up their homes on the immensely popular sharing platform AirBnB. Especially to city trippers and other short term visitors. Local AirBnBers post their rooms, studios and full apartments on the internet – literally hundreds of options in the centre of town for under €100. For example in popular areas like Eixample, Ciutat Vella, El Born, El Raval and Gracia. Usually price calculation goes a little like this: the bigger the apartment, the higher the price. Hot tip: Be sure to find a place near a metro station. As the Barca underground takes you to Camp Nou, Picasso Museum or Sagrada Familia in a jiffy.
Another platform much like AirBnB, where locals make available their homes to city trippers and other short-term visitors to Barcelona, is Wimdu. In El Borne alone, over 60 hot spots are on offer for under €75. For two travellers. Usually lots cheaper than other types of accommodation in the city. Live like a local, enjoy the privacy of your very own place in the city. Instead of joining that tedious queue at the breakfast buffet, head for the local bakery around the corner for freshly baked goodness. Be a Barcelonian. Wimdu offers over 500 homes scattered across town.
9Flats offers friendly priced alternatives for hotels or hostels smack in the middle of Barcelona. This website has a choice of more than 500 apartments, studios and penthouses situated in the centre of the Spanish city. For example popular, charming neighbourhood Ciutat Vella. Find rooms from €20. Usually an apartment for around €70 shelters up to 3 people. At the end of the day you’ll spend about as much, maybe a little less, as you would on a hotel, though 9Flats offers a true Catalonian sleeping experience.
FlipKey is another house sharing platform on which Catalonians offer their studios or apartments to city trippers in Barcelona. In different neighbourhoods across town over 2000 places of lodging are available. For couples, families and, really, all kinds of travelling groups. On fine locations in the heart of Barcelona. A pleasant and affordable alternative for a budget hotel on the edge of town.
So, spend the night in the home of a Catalan!