I was in charge of finding accommodations on each leg of our trip, and Barcelona proved to be booked up in advance of our trip. I luckily found the Hostal Abrevadero through their webpage. They offer hotel accommodations, as well as several apartments through the city. Minimum stay is 2 nights in the apartments, and you can book easily for a good price through the website. Our apartment was just down the street from the main hotel, which seemed to be loudly overrun by a German school group.
When I booked the hotel, I was under the impression that it had A/C, but, unfortunately, only the main hotel did. We didn't have fans, either. It did have a large kitchen, microwave, huge bathroom, TV with cable, patio, and washing machine, as well as three bedrooms.
On our first evening, after dinner, we returned to find the apartment hotter, louder, and inexplicably smellier. We were located on the corner of a small park the Spaniards seemed never to leave. Therefore, we suffered the heat with windows closed or risked a breeze and street noise (and construction at 4 in the morning!)
Overall, this was a clean, large apartment suitable for quite a few people, especially affordable at 100€ a night. However, the July heat and noise did not make up for the low price and convenience.
October 1, 2004
From journal Lots of Gaudi in Barcelona