Last updated on January 09th, 2022
Welcome to inspiring Barcelona, a city of art, unique architecture, gastronomy and the sparkling sea. For best top end luxury, we’d suggest El Palace, a local institution for 100 years.
For a contrasting vision of what deluxe Barcelona can be, the highly contemporary Almanac Hotel is not just the best, but magnificent too. Intimate boutique luxury in the Gothic Quarter? The delightful Hotel The Serras beckons. Browse our recommendations for the best affordable hotels in the city centre and Barcelona’s best hotel pool. Take the plunge and indulge in all that Barcelona hotels in Spain have to offer, whether you are in the city to watch a game at Camp Nou football stadium, to attend the Barcelona marathon, or just on holiday.
Quick Overview – Contents
What are the Best Hotels in Barcelona ?
6. Olivia Plaza Hotel – Great Value
7. Hotel Barcelona 1882 – Great Value
8. Catalonia Square 4* Sup – Great Value
9. Iberostar Paseo de Gracia 4* Sup – Great Value
10. Catalonia Magdalenes – Great Value
11. Olivia Balmes Hotel – Great Value
What are the 4 Best Boutique Hotels in Barcelona Spain ?
3. Hotel Casa Camper – Great Value
4. Hotel Brummell – Great Value
What’s the Best Hotel with Rooftop Pool in Barcelona ?
What’s the Best Cheap or Affordable Hotel in Barcelona ?
Best Value Hotels in Barcelona City Centre
The hub of this city of many districts is Plaça de Catalunya, literally Catalonia Square. Las Ramblas begins here, as does the strict geometry and modernist buildings of Eixample. Take a walk into Eixample and stop at one of the many streetside cafes properly to understand the vision of this part of Barcelona. The magnificent Passeig de Gràcia, home to two of Antoni Gaudi’s greatest designs and to some of the city’s luxury boutique stores, passes through Plaça de Catalunya. No-one visiting Barcelona can leave without visiting Gaudi’s extraordinary work. La Pedrera on Passeig de Gràcia hasn’t a single straight line. The fascinating Fundació Antoni Tàpies is a museum that hosts the eponymous artist’s avant garde work, worth a visit if only for the huge spools of barbed wire on the roof. Back on Plaça de Catalunya, a huge white building houses a flagship store of El Cortes Ingles, the department store chain that’s a Spanish institution. Worth a visit not least for the top floor cafe looking out onto Plaça de Catalunya itself. Hotels here are plentiful.
Top Hotels in Barcelona City Centre
The Gothic Quarter district
Here’s where you’ll find the very beginnnings of this great city, down atmospheric alleys and looking up at the towering spires of Barcelona Cathedral, dating from the 13th century, where geese still patrol the cloisters. Some great hotels are here too. Visit the City History Museum to see the Gothic Quarter’s 2,000 year old foundations, from the original Roman city here. Quirky shops line the pedestrian streets where cars are strictly outlawed. Among the many squares, Plaça Sant Jaume has been a centre of political activity since the Romans. The Catalan State was proclaimed here in 1931, a prescuor to the devastating civil war. The City Hall is open to visitors, with an important gothic interior. Plaça Reia, just off Las Ramblas, is a jumping nightlife hub, ideal for relaxed daytime drinks too. Lovers of chocolate shouldn’t miss Carrer Petritxol, a narrow street where tiny shops have been serving hot chocolate for hundreds of years. Picasso’s first exhibition was held in a gallery here, still open today.
Finest Hotels in The Gothic Quarter neighbourhood
- Hotel The Serras – Luxury
- Catalonia Catedral – Rooftop Pool
- Hotel Rec Barcelona – Adults Only – Great Value
What are the Best Hotels on Las Ramblas ?
There’s nothing quite like a stroll down Las Ramblas, the very spine of Barcelona, on a sunny day. Las Ramblas stretches from Plaça de Catalunya down to the harbour. Stop for a strong Spanish coffee, sit back and all of Barcelona will walk by. Las Ramblas has stalls selling everything from newspapers and flowers to pets and birds. Street musicians will serenade you as you walk by. Las Ramblas is in fact a combination of a variety of different streets, each an individual “Rambla”. The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, a food market dazzling in its colours, varieties, shapes, sounds and smells, opens off Las Ramblas and is not to be missed
Best Hotels near Las Ramblas Boulevard
- Hotel DO Plaça Reial G.L. – Luxury
- Petit Palace Boqueria Garden – Boutique Hotel
- Hotel 1898 – Highly Rated
Hotels near La Sagrada Familia
Quite simply the greatest unfinished building there is, a monument to genius, eccentricity and originality. Antoni Gaudi’s visionary La Sagrada Familia – literally “The Holy Family” – is still today a jaw-dropping sight, almost 140 years after construction began. Gaudi’s unique Art Nouveau, Gothic style reaches its high point, quite literally, in La Sagrada Familia’s soaring spires, those that are finished that is. Eighteen were envisioned and the tallest have still to be built. Visits are conducted while construction continues and La Sagrada Familia has hosted religious services since 2010. Gaudi’s vision was such that it’s only with contemporary computer technology that the means of finishing his masterpiece has emerged. Astonishing. Plenty of hotels are located near La Sagrada Familia. Some top hotels are listed below.
Highly Rated Hotels near La Sagrada Familia
- Ayre Hotel Rosellón – with Views of La Sagrada Familia
- Boutique Hostemplo Sagrada Familia – Affordable
- Eurostars Monumental – Great Value
What are the Best Barcelona Beach Hotels ?
Barcelona isn’t just a city by the sea, it’s a city that embraces the sea. On a warm summer’s evening Barcelona’s inhabitants decamp to the beach of their choice. The largest and best known is that at Barceloneta, named after the adjacent hip city district, originally inhabited by sailors. There are beach bars under the decked promenade that affords a perfect stroll along the seafront. Since it’s the Mediterranean, expect a sea dip that’s both warm and calm after your long sight-seeing day. Rent an umbrella if you’re there in the day’s warmest hours with a picnic from the Barceloneta market or rent a bicycle to explore further along the promenade.
Best Value Seafront Hotels
- W Barcelona – Luxury
- Hesperia Barcelona Del Mar
- Hotel Arts Barcelona – Luxury
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