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#8708 - 02/17/06 02:34 PM How to read apartment ads
lizardbreath Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 3
Loc: Massachusetts
When an ad is renting a "piso", what exactly does that mean? Any other hints for reading apartment ads. Any amenities that are must-haves for a year in Madrid?

#8709 - 02/17/06 03:29 PM Re: How to read apartment ads
eltorero Offline

Registered: 11/08/05
Posts: 54
well, "piso" in Spanish means floor, as in 1st floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor, etc. I don't know about specific to apartment renting.

#8710 - 02/17/06 04:01 PM Re: How to read apartment ads
Sarah_es Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/16/06
Posts: 1
Loc: Alicante

Piso in spanish can also mean apartment (usually small e.g. studio or 1 bed) as well as apartmento. Planta can also mean floor.

Amueblado = furnished
desamueblado = unfurnished
Lavadora = Washing Machine
aire acondicionado = Air conditioning (!!)

Hope this helps.
Sarah smile

#8711 - 02/17/06 05:50 PM Re: How to read apartment ads
jabch Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 311
"Piso" is a place with a living room (salon) and only one bedroom (habitacion). While "Apartamento" is a place with at least two or more rooms.

#8712 - 02/17/06 09:49 PM Re: How to read apartment ads
Diana Offline

Registered: 06/18/00
Posts: 506
Loc: Pennsylvania, USA
Oh, wow. This is confusing. When I lived in Madrid, renting as well as buying, an "apartamento" was a studio or at most a one-bedroom apartment, and a "piso" had multiple rooms. My last "piso," (owned) had 7 rooms.

#8713 - 02/18/06 03:41 AM Re: How to read apartment ads
nevado Offline

Registered: 06/11/00
Posts: 597
A piso is a flat- it can be small or very large. Apartamentos normally are one bedroom- estudios are studio apartments w/o a bedroom.

#8714 - 02/19/06 04:29 PM Re: How to read apartment ads
Antonio Offline

Executive Member

Registered: 05/07/00
Posts: 1176
Loc: Madrid (Spain)
Diana is right. A Spanish "piso" is supposed to be larger than an "apartment".

"Estudio" is the smallest type, usually with a living room which is also the bedroom. An apartment has an independent bedroom (usually only 1). A Spanish "piso" has two or more bedrooms.
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