Gaudí’s Casa Vicens is now available for booking on Airbnb for $ 1 | New


© Pol Viladoms

Have a quick hand? Fancy a European architectural getaway this summer? You may be able to win a chance to stay at Barcelona‘s famous Casa Vicens thanks to a recently announced initiative by Airbnb.

© Pol Viladoms

Hyperallergic reports that the mansion, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, will be available for a one-time night for lucky visitors once the reservation opens on July 12.

The 136-year-old neo-Mudejar building in the city’s Gràcia district was Gaudi’s first private residence and had been turned into a museum following its purchase by an Andorran bank in March 2014.

A tiled fresco during the restoration of the house. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Ailina.

Guests can enjoy dinner and a private tour of the restored mansion before retreating to the lavish first-floor residence of the Casa and the muqarnas ceiling smokehouse, where a nightcap will be served courtesy of from the local Michelin-starred restaurant Hoffman.

The house is considered to be one of the earliest examples of Art Nouveau in the country.

An interior of Casa Vicens. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Pol Viladoms.

Museum director Emili Masferrer is listed as the host of the overnight reservation which promises guests the chance to spend the night in a hidden gem “decorated by Gaudí in his distinctive version of Art Nouveau.”

An interior of Casa Vicens. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Pol Viladoms.

A full-service Mediterranean breakfast will be served in the palm-fringed garden of Casa Vicens in the morning before departure.

Bookings for the fall stay will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis after opening 10:00 a.m. EDT on December 12.

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