I stayed at Carmen's apartment in mid – May for 4 days. I was visiting a relative who lived nearby, so the location was perfect for me.
The apartment is about 1 ½ miles from the tourist/ museums/ old town part of town. It's a nice walk because you'll get to know the neighborhood which has great small shops and cafes etc. Apparently there is a big university and hospital nearby too.
The apartment itself is open and light, overlooking a school in the front. There is an efficiency kitchen with a small fridge, stove, dishwasher and plenty of dishes. It's on the seventh floor of a newer apartment building, but there's an elevator.
The bathroom has plenty of hot water for your shower (with the hand wand kind of shower head, that I love). This is also where the washing machine is. The washing machine is actually very easy to use, but it bears a bit of explaining – here's a link to the manual:
You'll hang your laundry up outside the bedroom window, because that's how it's done in Spain.
The bed is large and comfy, and the bedroom gets a great breeze which keeps it nice and cool.
Carmen provides dish soap, bath soap and shampoo.
Her English is limited, as in my Spanish, but she responded to my concerns immediately. I used (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Translate to translate my emails.
I would especially recommend 111 QUESOS, on Calle Cortes de Aragón 59, a charming cheese shop a few blocks away. And across from that is an awesome bakery …
If you're a vegetarian, there's a restaurant for you a few blocks away called Los Helechos.
If you need a large market, there is a Simply (Paseo de Fernando el Católico, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Zaragoza, Spain) about 8 minutes away. This is on a main drag that also has drug stores, banks, housewares stores etc. Bear in mind, since this is the real Spain, most small businesses (not the cafe and restaurants though) close for siesta, generally from about 13:00 – 14:00 to about 17:00 – 18:00. That includes most of the museums too.
The city of Zaragoza has plenty to do, including the amazing Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, a Goya museum, Roman ruins etc.
There's also the awesome Puerta Cinegia Gastronómica: essentially a food court but amazing:
All in all, a good stay! Thank you, Carmen!