17th Century Palace, Barcelona, Spain (Vrbo): Eighty percent of becoming a queen depends on being born at the right time to the right parents. The happiness of birth is something we cannot help you with. But the other 20 percent, well, that’s a different story. That’s all about the pomp of being royal– the wardrobes full of designer clothes, the tiaras so shiny they’re blind, and a fabulous home that bears the name “Palace”. While we may not be able to make you a Queen for Life a la Queen Elizabeth, we can make you a Queen of Vacation by introducing you to this beautiful vacation home in Barcelona, your very own palace.
The exterior of this property consists entirely of grand staircases and dramatic plays of light and shadow, creating an ambience that conveys the appropriate sense of historical seriousness for a house with 17th century roots. The interior, on the other hand, is a bit more modern thanks to a complete makeover in 2019.
We love a neutral breakfast nook to help visualize the colorful details of your day. As an added bonus, the dark wood accents on the doors and ceiling beams here are original to the palace and add a dash of historical significance to your morning coffee.
Given the size of this room, we’d say living rooms are the new ballrooms. This transformation makes sense, since in our age of sports you may have a hard time convincing your party guests to show up in ballroom-appropriate attire to your next carnival.
Not all palaces are for children, nor are all vacation rentals. However, this does not discriminate based on age. This is a vacation where your kids won’t need BYOToys, giving you all the more room to pack party dresses in your carry-on.
We love a good private courtyard where you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace. The same principle applies to your jar of local grapes before bed with these cute hanging lamps.
This palace extends over five floors. But the real beauty of this city castle is its location in the neighborhood of El Born, where it is ideally positioned to dominate or explore all of Barcelona.
While many of the house’s centuries-old bones, dating back to 1602, can still be seen here, the renovation came with a fleet of new, modern furnishings. Bottom line, you’ll sleep a lot more comfortably than the original castle princess.
We are torn about this particular room. On the one hand, answering your boss’ emails from the comfort of this modern office is a dream. Then again, why are you answering your boss’s emails while on vacation?
There are six bedrooms spread over several floors, giving everyone in your vacation crew plenty of space. But this palace was built in the 17th century, and no amount of modern renovation can correct one dated detail: There are only three bathrooms.
We love a good pop of color in a mostly neutral home, especially when that color comes over a gorgeous tile that serves as the backdrop for a clawfoot tub. And has there ever been a cuter his and hers sink?
Well, this is a new take on the concept of a platform bed. It’s more like a train platform room.
The individual architecture including furniture is a true work of art in this palace. As children we could only dream of such a bunk bed.
Every monarch needs an escape plan, which is also a good rule of thumb for anyone vacationing with loved ones for more than a few days. When the prank starts to get a little too close to your home, you can just step out the window.
Although thanks to this palace we can make you feel like a queen in Barcelona, we cannot guarantee your status for life. With the end of your journey comes the end of your reign. But we wish you the best of luck back in the real world.
Book your stay: 17th Century Palace, Barcelona, Spain: $1,340/night via Vrbo
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