The Sunflower House is a sunny and spacious guest house in the beach side neighborhood Poblenou of Barcelona. Free parking. 50 mega WIFI. Families, pets, companies, cyclists, LGTB... all are welcome! :)
After 20 years of operating as the "Blue Moon" lamp factory, the Sunflower House has been getting converted to an artistic guest house over the last 5 years. It has 3 double bedrooms, (2 upstairs, 1 downstairs) that are rented individually or as the whole house (all 3 bedrooms included) altogether.
The house is in a quiet corner of a great little neighborhood: a block away from metro Poblenou (10-15 minutes to the city center), buses, night bus, Bicing, the tram, shops, supermarkets and everything else you may need.
The Mar Bella/Bogatell/Nova Icaría beaches are a short stroll down c/Bilbao or the beautiful tree-lined Rambla de Poblenou.
The large reception/lamp exhibition space is now the living room, with big mirrored sliding doors to the kitchen. It has a dining room set, another desk, 2 couches, TV, VHS, DVD player and a large collection of VHS cassettes. There is no television reception, you can only watch movies. Also, there is a large collection of guide and history books of Spain, Catalunya and Barcelona in a variety of languages.
The kitchen is big and sunny. We have a large collection of international teas and spices, which guests are welcome to use. A BBQ outside and a large variety of pots and pans give the gourmet plenty of possibilities to make delicious meals.
The guests have an entire fridge to themselves.
Outside the kitchen is a small Andalusian-style patio, with lots of plants, herbs, a BBQ, two chairs and a table.
There are three double bedrooms. The first two are on the top floor, the third one at ground level. Descriptions:
1) The Study and Map Room: divided by a large wardrobe, the front of the room is covered with maps of the Barcelona and Mediterrenean region and has a big worktable in addition to the desk. A bookcase in the room holds an eclectic collection of National Geographics, assorted magazines, books and encyclopeadias. The bedroom in the back has a double bed, sidetables and individual reading lamps.
This is the bedroom that does not have a mural (yet). We are planning a Flamenco music and dance mural in this room.
2) The Fantasy Room: a large mural featuring a coastal landscape at sunset dominates this room. On the walls are further decorations of planet-type orbs. To store clothes, suitcases etc. there is a large walk-in closet at the end of the room. The room has a double bed, a side table, 2 chairs, a wooden table and a desk.
3) Next to the entrance downstairs is the last bedroom, with a double bed, large table, chairs, a wardrobe and shelves. We are in the process of painting a large Cadaqués / Salvador Dalí mural in this room the days the room is not rented.
It is possible to sleep two more in the living room on the fold out couch to accomodate 7 or 8 people in total. Perfect for a family, a small company or a group of friends. LGTB friendly. Pets and children are welcome. For babies/toddlers we have a bed/playpen.
We will give special rates for people staying 10 days or longer, so ask for a discount if you want to stay for a while!
Behind the 3rd room is the artist studio/workshop and where I live/work with my fiancé, a carpenter, and our dogs.
We are still in construction mode in that space and, though we have our own toilet and camping kitchen in there, we have no hot water and hence we will go up to do the dishes, laundry and use the shower there. Normally we do this when the guests are out sightseeing.
We will be on call for whatever questions or problems you may have during your stay, and we hope to show you a bit of Barcelona, our favorite city!
Internet is increasingly important, whether you are just traveling or also working remote. Just last month fiber optic cable got installed in the neighborhood, and we made sure this house got connected to it. We now have a 50 mega connection to ensure speedy access even if a lot of people in the house are using their computers, tablets etc. There is a house laptop and printer in the living room that guests are welcome to use. All access codes are posted.
Also, for trans-Atlantic travelers, we have an American-European power converter.
If you have a car, you can park it for free on the communal parking lot on c/Espronceda 2 blocks away, or for a fee on the streets.
Bicycles, baby trolleys etc. can be safely parked in the entrance area.
Welcome to the Sunflower House! :)