I have traveled a lot in my life, with and without my family. That made realize that the best option for my family, when it comes to accommodations, is staying at vacation rentals. Lately, whenever I plan our adventures, I always look for the services that offer homes or apartments in the region I want to visit. My trip to Barcelona Spain was no exception. The service I chose was SHBarcelona because of its great service. They hooked us up with a great apartment in one of the best areas of the city.


Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom


After years of traveling with my two sons and husband, I learned that there are four words that can make all of our trips a lot more enjoyable: Short term vacation rental. This has saved us a lot of money and allowed us to spend time together and yet have enough space in case one of us needs some privacy.


As you can imagine, staying at a vacation rental was my priority while traveling along Spain.

One thing that I learned after five minutes of reading information for the upcoming trip is that Barcelona, Spain is an absolutely humongous city and you will need at least one week to fully explore it. Two or three days won’t be enough. That’s exactly what I planned for us to do. We spent a whole week there.

While searching for the perfect accommodations for my family, I contacted tons of different vacation rental places that specialize in Barcelona, including the largest services that I could find. After tons of emails with a lot of people I decided that SHBarcelona would be the best choice.

Why Sh Barcelona Was My Top Choice for Where to Stay in Barcelona

Started in 2000, the Sh Group is a real estate service specializing in daily and weekly rentals. They have offices in Barcelona and Madrid, and offer so much to the tourist. We loved the Sh Group for these reasons:

The Service – This is what made Sh Barcelona stand out from all of the other places that offer vacation rentals in Barcelona. From the other websites you only get a personal response from the owners of the apartments. There is no one to advise you. Of course each owner is going to rave about his apartment and its location.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

There are cases when dealing with the owner is the best thing. But in this case I needed someone without a biased intention to help me find an apartment with a good location.

The person working for Sh Barcelona who took care of my emails was Delphine. She was amazing and took the time to solve all of my doubts and to understand everything I wanted. I even got links with fun things to do with kids in Barcelona from her.

Our Two Bedroom Apartment in Barcelona

Now that I am back home after taking my time to tour the city, I decided that my favorite place to hang out in was Plaza España. With its magic fountain show, the majestic statue and surrounding area of stores and restaurants, it made me fall in love.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

That’s why I’m glad that the apartment that I chose ended up being only five minute away, on foot, from the plaza, in Sants Montjuïc. The area also has tons of supermarkets and fruit stands where I was able to find everything I needed to cook for my family. There is a metro station only a block away, as well as plaza Madrona where my kids were able to play safely.

Sh Barcelona also offers the service of a check-in agent. When you get to the apartment’s entrance you will find an agent that meets you and helps you get settled. The woman that they sent spoke perfect English and was super helpful in showing us everything. She even helped us set up the TV and internet.

Virtual Tour of the Apartment

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

The apartment that would be our home for the whole week had a large, newly remodeled kitchen and came with everything that you might need to cook. There is also an open living room and dining room area connected to the kitchen. I was able to do all of the cooking while still being part of the fun going on in the living room.

The apartment also had two bedrooms and a couch that pulls out to become a bed. Another part of the apartment that I loved was the balcony. I spent a lot of time relaxing in it after each day of exploring.

The washer area was in a separate area. It had everything needed for washing our clothes. There were also cleaning supplies for the apartment, including a vacuum machine.

This apartment ended up being the perfect home base for our family adventures in Barcelona. I am glad I decided to work with Sh Barcelona.