Feb 27 2015

Habitat Apartments Nominations in European Holiday Home Awards 2015

The European Holiday Home Awards (EHHA) are here this year and they aim to generate even more public awareness about the benefits of holiday home renting in Europe.

Paseo de Gracia A Apartment in Barcelona

The purpose of the awards is to showcase excellent examples of holiday homes all around Europe and all winners will be featured on their website. Additionally, the awards will promote the EHHA as a European trade association.

A number of awards will be instituted based on specific rental criteria. Each type of holiday home will have distinctive categories, such as ”Green”, ”Family friendly”, ”Pet”, etc. They are very prestigious awards and are very highly regarded within the industry. The categories that we have apartments in are:

-Best Holiday Home family friendly

    – Barcelona Plaza Terrace

    -Modernista

    -Rambla Deluxe A

-Best Holiday Home in European Capital

    -Vista

    -Paseo De Gracia A

    -Barcelona Plaza Suites

-Best Unique Spot Holiday Home

    -Paseo de Gracia A

Here we will describe a bit about each of the apartments and put a link so that you can see which ones you think will win an award!

The awards are decided by a jury consisting of members one representative from each national trade association member of the EHHA.

Each jury member will submit the following points in each category: 10, 8, 6, 4, 2.

The winner will be the holiday home with the most votes.

On April 15, 2015 the winners will be announced at a web-based event.

Barcelona Plaza Terrace 

Enjoy a dream vacation in this beautiful and comfortable apartment with terrace. 

Its lovely decoration and small details will welcome you to a great stay in Barcelona. The wonderful sunny terrace will become your favorite place thanks to its sun beds, table, sofa, chairs and various bamboos that add a tropical touch. 

Ideal for large families or a group of friends, it can accommodate 10 people. 

Features and Services Including: 
-Beautiful gallery with swing and chairs 
-Wide open and fully equipped kitchen. 
-Dining room for 10 people 
-The 2 bathrooms have rain shower 
-Water heater 200 L.
-Surround sound in living room 
-USB connectors in the living room

Modernista Apartment

Modernista Apartment is a stunning apartment with beautiful balconies located in the Eixample district. A very quiet area surrounded by exclusive shops and restaurants.

The apartment has been designed with special care, taking into account small details to make your vacation an incredible experience.

-Master bedroom with a lovely sitting room typical of Barcelona with balcony and ​​internal view.
-Single bedroom with single bed and internal view window.
-Double bedroom with twin beds, internal window and hanger for clothes.
-Double bedroom with balcony and beautiful view to the Tibidabo, a double bed consists of two single beds, wardrobe, air conditioning and heating.
-Double room with balcony and view to Avenida Diagonal.

The common area offers a spacious living room with nice balconies overlooking Valencia Street.

Rambla Deluxe A Apartment

This lovely apartment in Barcelona, located in the heart of the Eixample district of Barcelona, has been recently  fully renovated and offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an a large living room and gallery with views of Diputación street and the Rambla de Catalunya, one of the most exclusive streets of the city.

It’s located in the Habitat Apartments Rambla Deluxe building, like Rambla Deluxe B and Rambla Deluxe C.

-Sunny gallery overlooking a quiet outdoor patio and Diputación street

-Small balcony with views of the Rambla de Catalunya and Diputación street.

-There is a concierge in the building

-Cleaning for stays longer than 8 days

Vista Apartment 

The Vista apartment in Barcelona is a luminous apartment located on the sea front of Mar Bella Beach, with a panoramic view of the coast front of Barcelona. The apartment features 3 bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms, a large living room, kitchen and a terrace with a fantastic sea view. The apartment is a perfect choice for families and friends.

Check out our presentation video of the Vista Apartment on Youtube: Watch video!

Click here for more information about Vista Apartment

  • A baby travel cotand high chair free of charge
  • CD- Player/Hi-fi stereos
  • Maid service for more than 7 days' stay
  • Car parking space available on request

Paseo de Gracia A Apartment, spectacular view to Gaudi's Casa Batlló 

Paseo de Gracia A is an incredible apartment in one of the major avenues in Barcelona and one of the most important shopping area from Spain: Paseo de Gracia. You will find all the well known designer brands and best restaurants and bars from the city.

The apartment has a small terrace with table and chairs where you will enjoy wonderful evenings overlooking the Casa Batlló, a building restored by Antoni Gaudí, architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism

Barcelona Plaza Suites 

Enjoy a dream vacation in this beautiful and comfortable apartment with lovely balconies.  Its lovely decoration and small details will welcome you to a great stay in Barcelona. 

Features and Services Including: 
-Dining for 6 people 
-In rain shower in each bathroom 
-Water heater 150 L.
-Surround sound in living room 
-USB connectors in the living room

Let us know what you think of the apartments, and which one you think has the best chance by following us on our social media and sending a message or tweet! We have high hopes for these awards so fingers crossed!

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Feb 19 2015

Spring is Coming in Amsterdam – Time to Go Outdoors!

As the temperature starts to rise and the ice thaws in Amsterdam, March is the perfect month to start to do some of the outdoor, daytime activities that maybe werent posible or desirable during the harsher Winter months. If you are wondering what to do in Amsterdam this March below we have compiled a list of different activities that we think you will enjoy!

Canal-In-Amsterdam

The first and most obvious benefit to the ice melting is that the Canals will be fully functioning again and we would highly recommend making the best of this. The Canals are by far the best way to view the city and they are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There are many different options for how you can traverse down the Canals.

You can choose to get a simple Canal taxi to wherever you want, or you can buy tickets for a tour where you can hop on and off as you desire. There are also some boats which offer meals, cocktails, pub tours and much more. More information about what is on offer can be found here.

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can charter a boat yourself (most of which you dont need a sailing license for). Along with these boats you can even hire staff and bartenders to make your experience magical. If you are more of an active type person and want a bit of a workout as you move then you can also hire a pedallo. Further details of this can be found here

Rent A Bike

Another simple, and very cheap, method of seeing the city is to rent one of the famous Amsterdam bikes and cycle around the city. The city is very well equipped for bikes with cycle lanes on virtually every street and many areas to lock your bike so it is definetely worth doing!

5 Days Off

Inspired by Belgium's 10 Days Off, the festival is packed full of excellent electronic music as well as art and art media. It started as a fairly small and low key event about a decade ago, but each year it has grown and now it is a citywide event held in locations such as the MelkwegParadiso and De Balie.

To help clubbers take a seat every once in a while, the festival also presents an art programme in the Gallery at the Melkweg, as well as inspirational films and documentaries in the Melkweg Cinema.

A ticket covering entrance to all 5 days costs €59.95 and tickets are generally also available for individual events. Head to the 5 Days Off website for the complete line-up and tickets.

Go west

In March there is a great day called 24H West which is a 24 hour period when all the shops, restaurants bars etc. Open up their doors to invite people to come and experience the west of the centre. The Shops, clubs and even cultural institutions throw open their doors for some special surprises – perfect whether you live in the neighbourhood or come from another area of town and are keen to check out a new neighbourhood.

The four 2015 editions of 24H Amsterdam will take place on the following dates:  24H West on 14 & 15 March

 

If you would like to come to Amsterdam and are looking for a place to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide range of apartments dotted around the city. Featured below is the Multatuli Apartment which is a full modern apartment that comfortably sleeps 6.

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Feb 18 2015

Fabulous Florence with Feasts, Music and Food

March 25 – Florentine New Year, aka Feast of the Annunciation. The Florentines celebrate the end of Winter and the start of the spring season with the Feast of the Annunciation, which involves a parade from the Palazzo Vecchio to Piazza SS Annunziata. People meet in Piazza SS Annunziata to eat, drink, and listen to live music. It is also tradition to go to the church of Santissima Annunziata to marvel at its delightfully decorated interior, which includes frescoes and mosaics of the Annunciation.

Feast of Annunciation

Like a lot of European countries Florence celebrates Saint Patrick's Day in true Irish style! - parties, concerts, games, special events, and Irish food and drink – such as Guiness – for 3 days around March 17 in Irlanda in Festa. There is also traditional Celtic music and Irish dance performances at the Irish festival at ObiHall Theater.

There is a famous pub in Florence called Finnegan's Irish Pub which is very proud to be the only Irish pub with Irish owners in Florence. It is likely to be very busy on St Patricks day so head down to enjoy the Craic!

 

Taste 10 | 7-9 Mar 2015 

The small festival dedicates itself to gastronomic excellence and the love of food. Taste is enjoyed and  attended by the biggest names in the global gastronomic and catering industry along with an increasing number of the public who share a passion for high quality food. You can find more information about Taste Festival here

 

Vicente Amigo Girol is a famous Spanish flamenco musician, who has played as backing guitarist on recordings by flamenco singers El Pele, Camarón de la Isla, Vicente Soto, Luis de Córdoba and the rociero band Salmarina.

This will be a beautiful night of Flamenco in town. Not to be missed! 

The concert is taking place at the Obihall, 10th of March from 9pm on.

 

Fiorentina vs. Milan @ Stadio Franchi 15th March (3pm)

This is the 27th soccer game of the season for Fiorentina! It is set to be a great match filled with atmosphere from the stadium.

The ultímate seats if you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere are in the "Curva Fiesole" section. You'll be surrounded by Fiorentina's craziest supporters who will be screaming their hearts out all match! And…Forza Viola!!!

You can buy tickets for Fiorentina vs AC Milan

Spandau Ballet Tour 28 March 2015 @ Mandela Forum

Spandau Ballet are a British new wave band formed in London in the late 1970s. The band initially was inspired by, and an integral part of, the New Romantic movement, becoming one of the most successful groups to emerge during the New Romantic era. 

The group's debut single "To Cut a Long Story Short", which reached No. 5 in the UK in 1980, was the first of ten UK Top 10 hits, including a No. 1 single in 1983 with the song "True". 

The band have also had eight UK Top 10 albums, including three "greatest hits" compilations and an album of re-recorded material…

 

If you are convinced by this article and would like to come to Florence, then check out Habitat Apartments which offers some lovely apartments at very competitive rates. Below is the beautiful Ricasoli Suite apartment which is for 2 people.

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Feb 18 2015

March in The Beautiful City of Rome

If you are considering coming to Rome and you want to know what to do in Rome this March, then read this article which will give you a few different ideas of the sorts of things that this beautiful city has on offer!  
 

If you are into rugby then March is a great month in Rome with 2 of the 6 nations matches being played at the stadio olímpico. The first is on the 15th of march and is a match between italy and france and the second is 21st March and is italy and Wales. Both these matches have plenty of tickets left and compared to the matches in the other stadiums they are an absolute bargain so make sure to get them before they go up in price!

For tickets for the Italy v France match click here

For tickets for the Italy v Wales match click here

Twilight Trastevere Food Tour

REAL FOOD. REAL PLACES. REAL PEOPLE.

Trastevere is a neighborhood like no other. It is a nice escape from the busy more touristic places in Rome and it is the area where many locals schoose to have their Sunday lunch and where young Romans go for weekend nightlife. This guided 4-hour walking tour explores this ancient neighborhood, and you will have the chance to sample 10 food and wine tastings at some of the best restaurants in the region.

 This truly is a unique experience to be taken around this historic area by a guide with all the local knowledge and experience of the area. If you would like to take part in this tour you can find more information and see prices here

Taste of Testaccio Food Tour

Another food tour that is available is the Taste of Testaccio Food Tour which features nine authentic food stops with 12 delicious tastings.

This is a similar structure and layout to the Trastevere tour but just in a different area and with different food. You will still be accompanied by a profesional guide who will tell you all the inside knowledge about the area.

Cat Sanctuary at the Roman Ruins

Cat Sanctuary at the Roman Ruins

Since the archaelogical ruins of Torre Argentina were opened up to the public they have become home to a hoard of feline squatters! The cats first started taking refuge there thanks to the abundance of shade, shelter and peace and quiet, but since the 90s it has become more of a formal cat shelter with friendly cat ladies or “gattare” looking after them. The ruins were excavated in 1929, and the area contains the remains of four Republican temples as well as Pompey's Theatre: the site at which Julius Caesar is believed to have been assassinated. Take a visit during the day and come and say hello to the cats and see the marvellous ruins.
• Via di Torre Argentina, +39 06 454 25240, romancats.com. Open daily midday-6pm. Donations welcome.

In the beautiful Villa Borghese – a delightful public park – there is a high-tech outdoor cinema which was created in 2001 as the result of an innovative project to turn a disused pavillion into an area for film lovers to marvel at the big screen.

Sometimes there is also the opportunity to meet with film makers and actors and discuss your favourite movies. The cinema pride itself on usually playing original language films, but after big film festivals such as Venice and Cannes you can expect to see some of the award winners being shown. If you are strapped for cash then you are in luck because the city council subsidises every film played and there are times of the day when free films are shown.  

Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1, Villa Borghese,  casadelcinema.it. Open daily, see website for screening times.

If you would like to come to Rome but haven´t yet found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a lot of apartments for any number of people. Below featured is the cosy Ara Pacis Apartment which sleeps up to 6 people comfortably.

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Feb 18 2015

Let Madrid Entertain You – The Place To Be In March!

Madrid is packed with great activities and things to do this March so pay a visit and let yourself be blown away by Spain´s wonderful capital city! Below is a list of some of our recommendations for activities in March. 

This March the world famous legend that is Robbie Williams commences his World Tour called ´let me entertain you´. Madrid is the city he has chosen to start his tour and the show will take place in the Barclaycard Center. We have also listed some other great things for you to do!

Robbie Williams

It has been ten years since Robbie was in Spain and after Madrid he will move on to Barcelona. Then the tour will take him to France, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Israel, among other countries.

His Spanish fans have been anticipating his arrival for a long time and everyone is very excited to see him on stage singing his famous songs such as: ‘Bodies’, ‘Eternity’, ‘Angels’, ‘Supreme’ and many others.

‘Hell is gone and Heaven's here, I’m coming out on tour next year,’ is the phrase the artist himself chose to announce that he’ll be embarking on a brand-new international tour in 2015.

You can buy tickets to see Robbie Williams live here

Raoul Dufy Is an exhibition of less well known Works by the french painter that have a more intímate feel to them.

The exhibition is from 17 February to 17 May 2015 at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and includes a group of lesser-known paintings by Dufy, who isnt very well known in Spain. The French artist painted scenes, mostly in the seaside, marked by the ´Joie de Viivre´or joy and pleasure of everyday life. Later in his career, he became more interested in private, personal themes. In the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, you’ll also find the woodcut illustrations Dufy made for Guillaume Apollinaire’s book of poems Bestiary, or The Parade of Orpheus.

Mon 12 noon-4pm

Tue-Sun 10am-7pm

Price
€10

With the Kunstmuseum Basel undergoing renovation, the Reina Sofía Museum (MNCARS) will run a travelling exhibition containing more than 100 masterpieces in the Swiss museum’s collections from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

From 18th March to 18th September you can see modern and contemporary paintings by such leading artists as Edvard Munch, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Le Corbusier, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Tanguy, Hans Arp, André Masson, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, László Moholy-Nagy, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Francis Picabia and Steve McQueen, among many others.

Furthermore, the Reina Sofía Museum will show, for the first time in Spain, a grand total of 60 paintings which belong to two private collections in the Kunstmuseum Basel: Rudolf Staechelin’s and Im Obersteg’s. It’ll be a good chance to see paintings by Marc Chagall, Chaïm Soutine, Paul Gaugin, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Odilon Redon, Camille Pissarro, Pablo Picasso, Édouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Alexej von Jawlensky and Ferdinand Hodler.

Prices
General: €8

Temporary exhibitions: €4

Times
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm

Sun 10am-7pm

 

 

Real Madrid 

If you love football then why not buy a ticket to see Real Madrid v Villarreal on the 1st march at the Santiago Bernabeu. It is sure to be a great game and the stadium will be full of atmosphere.

 

If you are planning on coming to Madrid and havent yet found an apartment then check out Habitat Apartments where you can find a variety of apartments to suit all different needs. Featured below is the Royal Palace Apartment which sleeps up to 7 people and is located in the Sol – Opera area.

 

Royal Palace Apartment in Madrid

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