Just because I worked at the call-center of an on-line hotel booking site doesn’t mean I should know where to stay in Barcelona.
(editor’s note: actually it kinda does)
Damnit! I guess it’s time for another article.
FYI – I won’t be recommending one hotel over another here because of personal experience. I simply haven’t stayed in that many… what I can do is tell you what website to book your room on, what the best hotels in Barcelona are according to my readers, and which neighbourhood to choose.
Where to Stay in Barcelona – Booking It
I know, you didn’t need me to tell you to head to BOOKING.COM. But just in case you haven’t heard of the #1 hotel booking site in Europe, allow me to explain why I book with them:
- Easy and user friendly.
- The LARGEST SELECTION of Barcelona hotels.
- EXTENSIVE and ACCURATE room information.
- Building FACILITIES are CLEARLY EXPLAINED.
- INTUITIVE LISTINGS that you can order by price, by reference, or by name.
- GREAT FILTERS so you won’t have to waste time waiting for the page to load like other portals.
- PROPERTY SEARCHES BY MAP if you already know where you want to sleep in Barcelona.
- UNPARALLELED SELECTION of previous guest COMMENTS AND REVIEWS.
- Book with NO MONEY DOWN!
- REASONABLE cancellation policies. Cancel 3 days in advance and incur no penalties.
- Prompt and attentive customer service
- Payment VARIETY (Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron, American Express, JCB, Aura, and Diners Club).
Barcelona’s Best Hotels According to Blog Readers
After a ton of suggestions from blog readers I have tried to filter the list to ensure the hotels are positioned near the most essential Barcelona attractions.
Here’s my quick list of top hotels in Barcelona.
Capri by Fraser
☆☆☆☆ | Area: Poble Nou | Carrer de Sancho de Ávila | Metro: Marina | More info
Here’s a great modern hotel by the sea with an optimal 8.4 rating. To reach it from the airport simply take the airport train to Clot-Arago and change to the red metro line until Marina. From this hotel you can get to the historic centre of the city in only three stops.
Leonardo Boutique Hotel Sagrada Familia
☆☆☆ | Area: Poble Nou | Carrer de Mallorca, 606 | Metro: El Clot | More info
Here you’ll find nice and well-kept rooms. Even if it’s not in the centre its position is really useful for getting around Barcelona since it’s only a couple steps from metro line El Clot. You’ll also love it because it’s got a direct train to the airport. This hotel has an 8.7 rating.
This hotel has a strategic position in that it’s outside of the tourist chaos of the city centre and yet totally reachable to most things by foot. From the airport it’s easy to reach with the Aerobus getting off at the third stop: Plaça Universitat.
Otherwise you’ll be able to get bus 46 to Plaça Espanya and get the metro from there to Universitat (red line L1). Another 8.2 rating.
This hotel in the Gothic Quarter is super central! The totally acceptable 7.5 rating and affordable prices make it one of the best hotels in Barcelona for value. From the airport take the train to Passeig de Gracia and change there for the metro green line until Liceu (green line L3).
A solid 8.6 rating for this hotel and its impeccable service. The rooms are nice and modern and found right in the centre of the city. From the airport take the train until Sants Estacio, exit at Paisos Catalans, and from there take bus 32 for 7 stops getting off at Travessera de Gràcia.
Travelodge Poble Nou
☆| Area: Poble Nou | Carrer de Llull, 170 | Metro: Llacuna | More info
A respectable 7.8 rating for this value hotel that’s optimal for getting around and exploring the centre. Did I mention it’s walking distance from some of Barcelona’s best beaches?
From the airport take the train to Passeig de Gracia and change for the yellow metro line until Lllacua (yellow line L4).
Decent and cheap, what more can you ask for from this centrally located one star hotel? You’ll find this 7.6 rated lodging right in the Gotico area.
Some bathrooms may be shared. To get to this hotel from the airport take the train to Passeig de Gracia and change there for the green line until Liceu.
Yes, it’s rare but there are cheap hotels in Barcelona with a rooftop pool and superior security key-access to the hotel that’ll keep the pickpockets at bay.
This super central hotel just a stone’s throw away from the countless tapas bars and fashionable cafes of the trendy Born district has an endless array of pluses: complimentary bottles of water on every floor, flawless WiFi, and free welcome drink.
The bright and colourful rooms will put you to bed like a baby, and if not just go for a walk in nearby Ciutadella Park.
Room Mate Emma
Couples have pushed the rating here above 9 noting its super comfy beds and LCD TV with installed sound system and satellite channels. The little details here like informative and friendly service and quality welcome sweets push things to the next level.
Upgrade to a deluxe room with a balcony for just €12.00.
12:00 pm check out is also great if you’re going to be sampling Barcelona’s best bars.
If you want super central in the most famous and energetic neighbourhood then look no further than this steal of a deal hotel right on the famous La Rambla. It’s perfect to discover treasures like the Barcelona Cathedral and Boqueria Market on foot instead of the metro.
Travellers appreciate the superior bed comfort as well as the customer service at the front desk. A highlight though, like most hotels in Barcelona, is the little terrace to take advantage of great weather.
Visiting Barcelona with kids or in a group? This cheap hotel is ideal with its four bed option.
CHIC & BASIC ZOO
Readers really love the location here with its proximity to Parc de la Ciutadella, Arc de Triomf, and the Picasso Museum. For being one of the best value hotels in Barcelona you wouldn’t know it by the quality of the breakfast and spacious rooms.
The complimentary drink service (coffee, tea, and water) in the lounge is a hit with travellers – and an opportunity to meet fellow travellers and explore Barcelona’s top attractions in company.
There are also free bikes available for guests!
L’hôtel dispose de 5 autres emplacements dans toute la ville, vous en trouverez forcement un dans le quartier qui vous convient.
☆☆☆☆ | Area: Poble Nou | Carrer De Llul Princesa 340 | Metro: Selva de Mar
If you’re looking for modern, stylish, and bright rooms with crafty parquet flooring and a view of a Japanese Zen garden in one of Barcelona’s most underrated neighbourhoods this value hotel is for you.
Reviewers noted its spacious rooms and gigantic beds.
Where to Stay in Barcelona – Neighbourhoods
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Here are some suggestions on where to stay in Barcelona:
THE GOTHIC QUARTER AND RAVAL: these are the two neighbourhoods flanking the famous Ramblas. Getting accommodation in these areas is pretty cheap and you can easily find hostels. This area is clogged with tourists during the day and partygoers during the night. There’s lots of cool bars and clubs here.
A good spot for young people looking to explore the city (the bars!) by foot.
BARCELONETA: Barcelona’s beach neighbourhood by the sea. Here the prices are higher because of the proximity to the beach but it’s a very picturesque area! Not much nightlife but there are a lot of seafood restaurants.
Ideal for a more relaxing experience and those who want to step right out of the hotel onto the beach.
GRACIA: This is a Catalan district where one can live bohemian style because of the many travelers living in the area. You can find some great little squares where you can drink and have tapas. The best part is many of these small bars stay open until 3.00 am!
A good balance of local culture and metropolitan energy.
PASSEIG DE GRACIA/PLAZA UNIVERSITAT AREA: When people ask me where to stay in Barcelona I always recommend this area. It’s a very central location and perfect in terms of public transportation. Not only is it a great place for shopping but you’ll be able to sleep in peace and quiet without the noise of other neighbourhoods.
Enjoy your stay and remember: feel free to leave a comment below because I’d be glad to help.