Barcelona hotels: where to stay in Barcelona

Choosing yours among many Barcelona hotels is, along with the purchase of plane tickets, the most critical decision of your trip. You should search thoroughly to pick the lodging options that best suit your needs – and your wallet!


A quick note before you start

Before you continue reading, I am fully aware that suggesting a hotel for a friend or a relative is not always easy, not to mention for someone I’ve never met before.

You, as any other traveler, are unique and thus have different expectations and needs. That’s why there are no magic formulas. Some solutions may suit a person while not satisfying another one at all. That’s why this guide is only a list of tips, and does not provide universal choices.

You may be among those travelers that simply use their hotel as a place to sleep at the end of the day. On the contrary, you may believe that the hotels you pick are going to be an important part of your trip.

And then, there is the budget issue. Are you a rather frugal traveler or do you prefer to spend a little bit more on lodging rather than museum tickets or eating?

As you can see, it really depends. What some of you consider a luxury might be a basic and non-negotiable need for others.

Keeping this in mind, take these lodging suggestions as general orientations and decide if they suit your travel philosophy.

In addition to this, have a look at this complete guide on how to choose the best accommodation in Spain.


Book your Barcelona hotel

Barcelona has a huge range of hotels, hostels and apartments to suit all budgets.

As well as browsing my Barcelona hotel choices, it’s worth searching at and seeing if there are any special discounts or special offers available for the dates of your stay. You can also read reviews of Spain hotels written by previous guests.

Here are my personal recommendations for Barcelona hotels.


The best places to stay in Barcelona

With literally dozens (or is it hundreds?) to choose from, the best places to stay in Barcelona don’t have to cost you a fortune. Like any city you have many choices and bear in mind that the central and popular areas are a little more expensive, more crowded and a bit more touristy. There are quite big savings if you stay in the less well known districts districts in the city.

It’s such a diverse city that there are great hotels you haven’t even heard of pretty much everywhere. In this list I uncover the best hotels in several categories, to meet your needs and fit your travel budget.

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Best luxury hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona has really taken off as a tourist destination and the hotel and tourism industry has quickly followed suit. As a result, in conjunction with the older hotels, modern and contemporary hotels are being built.

Based on pure opulence, cool factor and location, here are my personal recommendations on the best luxury hotels in Barcelona…

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Best boutique hotels in Barcelona

Packed with stunning Gothic architecture, superb restaurants, and hip bars and clubs, Barcelona is often regarded as Spain’s coolest city. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of boutique hotels with serious cool factor throughout the Barri Gòtic, El Raval, Eixample, El Raval neighborhoods. To create this list I kept in mind not just quality, but properties that offer the best value for their prices.

Check out my expert picks for the best boutique hotels in Barcelona and choose the one that suits you best!

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Holiday properties in Barcelona

The advantage of staying in an apartment is to have ample space and all the facilities, making you, at least for a few days, an inhabitant of the city. The apartments are equipped with kitchenware and utensils so you can prepare your morning coffee or even a meal. It can be a good option for groups of more than 2 people and also for families with children.

Here’s some of my favorites and suggestions of holiday properties in Barcelona for you to explore.

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Best mid-range hotels in Barcelona

Some of the best values in Barcelona accommodations can be found in the mid-range bracket. Here’s where you’ll find hotels a step up from standard-issue high-end hotels, but with prices more affordable than those charged by the luxury chains.

This is a list of what I consider the best mid-range hotels in Barcelona, in rough order of preference.

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Best budget hotels in Barcelona

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 handpick a list of what I consider the best budget hotels in Barcelona in terms of location, services and rates.

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Best hostels in Barcelona

When travelling, accommodation can be one of your biggest costs. But by staying in a hostel, it can be one of your lowest. No matter how long you scour the internet for, or how many ‘last minute deal’ notifications you sign up for, you would never get a hotel room for that price.

In order to accommodate 8 million annual visitors there are hundreds of hotels, hostels, and short term apartment rentals in Barcelona. So, with so many options on hand, how do you find the best hostels in Barcelona? Easy. Read the list below!

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Do you need more information on Barcelona?

This article is part of a complete guide about Barcelona where you can read all the information you need to plan your trip to this popular destination in Spain.

Here is a complete summary of all the guide:

1. When to visit Barcelona
2. How many days to spend in Barcelona
3. How to get to Barcelona
4. How to move around Barcelona
5. Barcelona hotels: where to stay in Barcelona
6. What to eat in Barcelona
7. What to do in Barcelona
8. Tips to visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
9. How to buy tickets to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
10. Tips to attend a FC Barcelona match
11. How to buy FC Barcelona tickets
12. Day trips from Barcelona


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