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. In this list I uncover the best hotels in several categories, to meet your needs and fit your travel budget.
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 unique selection I have compiled the Barcelona hotels that have received the highest ratings by actual travelers, people like you and me. And it’s not just a few people saying it; these are hotels that have dozens or even hundreds of reviews, so you can be confident in the overall rating.
But don’t be afraid because I have narrowed it down a bit more for you, by only choosing hotels that are the best places to stay in Barcelona.
Hotel DO Plaça Reial: The hotel has a fantastic location, perfect for walking the neighborhoods of the Ciutat Vella, the oldest part of Barcelona, and two subway stations away from the refined Eixample district. It occupies a neoclassical building, dating from 1856, that had its interior completely reformed in 2011 while maintaining the façade. The hotel has only 18 rooms, all exterior either with views over Plaça Reial or over Las Ramblas.
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona: The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona has a fantastic location, perfect for walking the modernist attractions of the Eixample and very close to Plaça de Catalunya and the neighborhoods of Ciutat Vella. The hotel is in an area with numerous bars and restaurants. Passeig de Gràcia is also the most luxurious shopping street in Barcelona. Being a modern and big hotel, there are 12 different types of rooms, all facing either the Passeig de Gràcia or the Mimosa Garden, the interior of a typical Eixample block.
Mercer Hotel Barcelona: The hotel is located in the Barri Gòtic, very close to Plaça Sant Jaume, in the heart of Barcelona. Inaugurated in 2012, the rehabilitation of the historic building where it is located and its conversion into a hotel was led by the renowned architect Rafael Moneo, who worked creating modern and innovative solutions, respecting the building’s historical legacy. The hotel has 28 rooms, some of them have views of the street, others have views of the inner courtyard with orange trees and some rooms with views of another courtyard.
Hotel España Ramblas: This charming hotel situated in a historic 19th century building is considered a small gem by many, blending Catalan Modernism with contemporary style interior design. With a variety of modern amenities, each of the hotel’s 82 contemporary guestrooms and suites feature authentic facets of the building’s original structure and allow for a tranquil ambiance. And there is a rooftop swimming pool!
Praktik Bakery: Housed inside a new building inspired by the surrounding Gaudi architecture, the 74-room Hotel Praktik Bakery is a beautiful boutique property. The inspiring aromas of the adjacent Baluard bakery means the lower floor and front desk area smell like pastries and freshly-baked bread. Rooms are spacious and modern but some have odd layouts, with bathrooms positioned right at the entryways.
Olivia Balmes Hotel: At the 128-room Olivia Balmes Hotel, design is king and it is one of the best places to stay in Barcelona. Almost every inch of this upscale hotel exudes sleek minimalism, giving it a sophisticated, contemporary vibe. Located in the heart of Barcelona’s bustling Eixample neighborhood, high-end shops, trendy restaurants, and the city’s historic areas are all within walking distance.
AinB Picasso-Corders Apartments: These studio apartments are located next to the Picasso Museum, Santa Caterina Market and in the heart of the bohemian Born and Gothic Quarter. They are housed in a refurbished building, with a private lift to each apartment and are one of the best places to stay in Barcelona. Each stylish studio is decorated in light colours and has a small kitchen corner with a fridge and a microwave.
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments: The Erik Vökel Boutique Apartments are located in a modernist building from the beginning of the 20th century that has been completely renovated. The bedrooms are separated from the living room and kitchen, ensuring your privacy. Depending on the configuration of the apartment, one of the bedrooms can be a suite. All kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, a multi-purpose oven (as a traditional oven and also as a microwave oven), toaster, coffee maker, kettle, washing machine and dishwasher, as well as cutlery and cookware.
Cosmo Apartments Sants: The apartments are right next to the Barcelona Sants train station, in the district of Sants-Montjuïc. The building offers 32 apartments of different categories: lofts, one, two, and three bedroom apartments, featuring a spectacular penthouse with private pool… All apartments feature a modern kitchenette with a microwave, utensils, electric hob and dishwasher.
Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel: The Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel is among best places to stay in Barcelona – its 56 rooms are clean and quiet with a minimalist decor and 40-inch smart TVs. The walk-in, rainfall showers are exceptionally nice, but some rooms are a little dark. Notable amenities include a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities, and a lovely rooftop bar and pool with spectacular views.
Hotel Brummell: There are 20 guest rooms at this property in Barcelona’s up-and-coming Poble Sec neighborhood. It’s a nice area if you want to experience a more local vibe, but at the same time the bohemian El Raval neighborhood and Las Ramblas are a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Excellent features include a swimming pool, sauna, sundeck, indoor courtyard, and top-class restaurant.
Room Mate Pau: The mid-range, chain hotel has 66 funky guest rooms with colorful striped carpets and sleek, white furnishings. It’s in a convenient location – only a few steps away from Plaza Catalunya and less than a 5-minute walk to the shops and restaurants on Las Ramblas. The hotel has a breakfast buffet, and a big, outdoor terrace.
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. It is, without a doubt, one of the best places to stay in Barcelona.
Generator Hostel Barcelona: The hostel is actually a combination hotel and hostel, with the hotel wing having its own elevator. The hostel section has both shared dorm rooms and private rooms, while the hotel has private singles and doubles. The five-floor Generator is located in the Gracia District of Barcelona, not far from the Casa Mila, and about a 15-minute walk from the Sagrada Familia.
Safestay Passeig de Gràcia: Safestay Passeig de Gràcia is located on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, a few minutes walk from Plaça de Catalunya. This well-equipped hostel offers breakfast, free WiFi in common areas and a guest kitchen. The dorms and rooms are spacious and air-conditioned with bottom linen, pillow cases, and lockers.
Urbany BCN GO!: The hostel is located in Glories, close to a big shopping mall and the new Design Museum, but also lies within about a 20-minute walk to the famous Sagrada Familia church. This is a typical big, European hostel with all the facilities, party atmosphere and communal areas that you could be looking for. The rooms are small, but bright and each have their own bathroom.
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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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