Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world. In fact, over 4 million tourists visited this astonishing place last summer and all the hotels were at full capacity during the months of June, July and August.
Now you’re probably wondering how could you spend your summer holidays in Barcelona if it’s impossible to find available hotel rooms in the city center. Well, some good news are coming: You can book a nice Bed & Breakfast in Via Laietana, right in the city center and even cheaper than a hotel!
Renting a bedroom is a great way of having comfortable and good-located accommodation when visiting a city, but before starting to look for the perfect room you should know some things. Here we provide some advice to rent a bedroom in Barcelona for holidays.
Investigate the different areas
Take your time and do some research on the characteristics of the different neighborhoods: locations, average prices, near supermarkets, touristic places and public transport.
This way you’ll properly choose the best apartment that suits to your trip and you’ll be able to detect scams and frauds offering you beautiful false rooms so much cheaper than the average price of the area.
Check the host reliability
While searching the best bedroom in Barcelona, keep constant communication with the different hosts. Ask them for photos of their properties, technical specifications and all the doubts you may have.
Another useful advice is to investigate hosts reliability and credibility. You can easily do it by checking their satisfaction rating in different booking websites and reading comments and opinions of previous customers who have already stayed in those properties before.
Be aware of the reservation fee
Don’t be afraid of reservation fees! They’re your close friends. They guarantee that nobody else is going to rent your desired bedroom in Barcelona during your holidays.
However, it’s important being aware of these fees prices. In Barcelona, the payment of the reservation fee shouldn’t be higher than the 30% of the whole renting price.
And always remember asking for a receipt that prove you’ve paid!
Put your contract in writing
Putting your contract in writing could avoid you big troubles if something goes wrong. The contract should include all the renting conditions, cancellation terms, personal data of the host such as ID, phone number, address, and so on. This way, you’ll be able to contact him in case you need it.
Once you have accorded all the terms with the host, check that the bedroom is equipped in consequence before signing the contract.
Use a secure payment method
You’ve found the perfect bedroom in Barcelona, you’ve contacted the host and accorded with him a fair contract, your holiday planning process is almost over. Next and last step? Paying.
When paying for an accommodation for your holidays, is especially advisable using a secure payment method. The most recommended are paying with credit / debit card or doing a bank transfer. Renters who only accept direct money transfers with companies such as Western Union or Moneygram could be suspicious and sign of possible fraud. It’s also prudent checking that the account owner and the host is the same person.
In AinB we work hard so all the booking process is secure, easy and reliable for our customers, because we strongly believe that going on holidays should be much more simple.
Now your holidays are thoroughly planned and you only have to enjoy the pleasure of visiting Barcelona with the independence and comfort that a good-located bedroom provides.