Despite it is becoming an expensive city, you can still find budget hotels in Barcelona. And though rates tend to be a little higher during the busy summer season, even then reasonable prices aren’t too hard to find.
Here is an insider’s guide to the best lodging options in Barcelona if you happen to be budget-conscious traveller. I have tried to feature the top places to stay for rooftop pools, buzzing cocktail bars, rejuvenating spas and superb views. And of course, I managed to hadpick a list of what I consider the best budget hotels in Barcelona in terms of location, services and rates.
Andante Hotel: The 134-room Andante is ideally located in Barcelona’s historic quarter, 15 minutes’ walk from the Old Port. Rooms are handsome and minimalist, with great and comfortable beds. The hotel is a good choice for travelers keen on exploring and eating around the city, and then retiring to a quiet home base.
Acta Mimic: Housed in a former theater, the Hotel Acta Mimic is a boutique with a youthful, modern vibe. Nice furnishings in vibrant hues brighten up communal spaces, but small guest rooms seem more stark than cozy. They offer few furnishings and the only natural light available comes from the bathrooms, which are separated from the bedrooms by curtains instead of doors. A lovely outdoor dining area and lovely rooftop terrace are pluses, as is the hotel’s close proximity to the bustling Las Ramblas pedestrian mall.
Praktik Garden: The Praktik Garden is a modern and artistic hotel conveniently located in the Eixample neighborhood near restaurants and bars. There is a pretty rooftop terrace, homey dining room, and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are cozy and clean with fun, framed art and flat-screen TVs.
Ciutat de Barcelona: The stylish Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona offers a great location in the buzzing El Born district, which is known for its trendy bars and cafes. A great highlight is the rooftop terrace, with its small outdoor pool and distant mountain views. Rooms have light wood floors, bright accent walls, and modern amenities.
Amrey Sant Pau: The 93-room Amrey Sant Pau is a value hotel situated in the Guinardo neighborhood, a 5-minute walk from the historic Hospital of Sant Pau and 15 minutes on foot from Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Rooms are basic and plain, and can be noisy, but they have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TVs. Some have balconies with nice views of the iconic modernist hospital.
Hostel Medicis: Hotel Medicis is a budget property located in Barcelona’s residential Horta-Guinardo District, a 10-minute walk from La Sagrada Familia. The 29 rooms are simple and small and have flat-screen TVs, balconies, and most have mini-fridges. This clean, modern hotel is a good choice if you don’t mind being outside of the city center and catch the subway every day.
Ibis Barcelona Pza Glòries 22: The 147-room Ibis Barcelona Pza Glòries 22 is a budget chain hotel located in the El Poblenou neighborhood. Though not within walking distance of top tourist attractions, it’s well serviced by public transportation and many sights can be reached in about 20 minutes. This low-frills chain property is clean and modern, with contemporary rooms that have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.
Parallel: Situated at the foot of Montjuïc mountain and at the back of El Raval area, it is close to both picturesque views of the gardens of Montjuïc and the bustling city. Set down your bags and unwind in one of the 64 rooms, complete with minibars, room service and premium bedding. Added conveniences include a LED TV, a safe and a desk.
La Ciudadela: This family-run hotel is situated next to the Borne district and across from the Ciudadela Park, approximately a 15-minute walk from Plaça Catalunya and Las Ramblas. You can choose from a selection of rooms; from the more affordable interior rooms to exterior-facing rooms overlooking the park. Renovated in 2006, the rooms are equipped with a TV, air conditioning and free internet access.
Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou: Located in the quiet neighborhood of Poblenou outside the center of Barcelona, this hotel is a good option if you travel on a budget. The 250 rooms are bright and modern with wood floors and flat-screen TVs, though space is tight and storage space is lacking. There is an outdoor terrace and sunny cafe on-site; the beach and Metro to Barcelona are both a five-minute walk away.
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