Planning a city break to Barcelona but haven't found a hotel or hostel? Whatever your wallet size, don't panic, we've rounded up the best accommodation options around the Catalan capital of cool for you to pick from, everything from shoestring-cheap to downright luxurious.
Budget hotels and hostels in Barcelona
This colourful hostel (think day-glo murals, graffiti and brightly-painted walls) is huge, with 400 beds. And while Poblenou – the coastal neighbourhood in which it’s located – is one of Barcelona’s quieter areas, you can walk to Gaudi’s monumental Sagrada Família cathedral in ten minutes and there’s plenty going on within the hostel itself. Facilities include a gym and pool, and overall the place is rather hi-tech, with iPhone chargers for those low on juice and a giant touch screen which allows guests to leave messages for friends. Rooms sleep two, four, six or eight people, and breakfast is included. Still not convinced youth hostels aren’t all about cramped rooms and smelly shared kitchens? This guide to the best hostels in Europe may surprise you.
Avinguda Meridiana 97, Poblenou District
From £20* a night in a single room, but a slightly cheaper non-refundable rate is available
Another hotel-hostel hybrid but managing to secure the pros of both breeds, this friendly guesthouse in the up-and-coming Eixample district has a range of beds from neat and cheap capsule dorms to family suites. This hostel wins on shared facilities, with an outdoor pool area, giant screen and comfy lounge for plenty of catching up with fellow travellers after a night on Las Ramblas. Plaza Cataluña is a fifteen minute walk and you can jump on a bus and be at the beach in ten minutes. Best of both worlds in every sense.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 580, Eixample District
From £10 for a dorm, £50 a private double room
Named after its address, this 77-room hotel is not only easy to find, it’s a wonderful melange of different styles: part New York loft, part Grecian temple, part Hindu shrine. As odd as this might sound, it actually works rather well. Rooms are undeniably masculine, with vast expanses of dark leather and chrome, but large balconies prevent feelings of claustrophobia. There are two restaurants along with the stylish G Bar a cocktail-swilling haven filled with white leather sofas, fragranced candles and pieces of art from the owner’s private collection. Five minutes walk and you’ll be at Diagonal Metro Station, a good point of access into the main Barcelona attractions and a direct line to El Prat airport (around one hour). Want to see Barcelona through the eyes of a local? Follow our insider guide to the best things to do.
Calle Enrique Granados, 83, Eixample District
From £43 a night
Mid-range and boutique hotels in Barcelona
Why 1898? It was the year that Spain lost the Philippines in the Spanish-American War. But there don’t appear to be any hard feelings, as this beautiful boutique hotel is housed in the former headquarters of Philippines Tobacco. The owners have clearly set out to recreate the opulence enjoyed by nineteenth century Spain’s richest traders, so it’s hardly surprising that it’s a popular hangout for models and rock stars. The rooms are on the small side but they’re all beautifully designed, with faded maps on the walls, extensive pillow menus and Etro toiletries. The hotel has an enviable location in the old town centre, handily close to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and on one of the busier stretches of main thoroughfare Las Ramblas, but your good night’s sleep is safe thanks to the sound-proofed rooms.
Las Ramblas 109, Ciutat Vella
From £140 a night
This boutique hotel merges New York chic with Catalan cool and with five star facilities, it’s a bit of a steal for the price. It’s just a short walk to the beach at Barceloneta, a trendy location, with plans to open a Soho House nearby and the achingly cool El Born Barrio. Rooms are large and airy, with a predominantly monochrome colour scheme and occasional pops of colour. The best bit is The Rooftop bar which overlooks the waterfront. Head there for cocktails or high-rise gastronomy prepared by the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef, Marc Gascons.
Passeig de Colom 9, Barri Gotic
From £158 a night
Head to this hotel for gorgeous views over the Mediterranean Sea. Rooms have serious sex appeal, with frosted glass panels between the bathrooms and bedroom areas (not for everyone, admittedly) and large sea-facing balconies. This is the ideal hotel for beach lovers – it’s perched right on the water’s edge on the Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, and some of the city’s best seafood restaurants like El Suquet de l’Almirall are just down the street, where you can share a proper Catalan paella for €36.50 a plate. Back at the hotel, the Eclipse Bar on the 26th floor is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights, when DJs take to the decks and guest mixologists throw together weird and wonderful cocktails for Barcelona’s beautiful people.
Plaça Rosa dels Vents 1, La Barceloneta
From £182 a night
Luxury five star hotels in Barcelona
Comprising 44 storeys of exposed granite and steel, the Hotel Arts Barcelona, which overlooks the Port Olímpic marina, is ideal for those wanting easy access to both the city centre and the coast. Everything inside this beachfront hotel screams luxury – from the Acqua di Parma toiletries to the Frank Gehry fish sculpture at the building’s base and the “Cava concierge” who dispenses complimentary fizz to those staying on Club floors. It’s perhaps most famous for its culinary offerings, with no less than six restaurants, including creative tapas dishes by chef Sergei Arola at Arola restaurant, and Michelin-starred dining at Enoteca. Love the finer things in life? Then you might want to head to one of the rich and famous’ favourite hotels around the world for your next trip.
Carrer de la Marina 19-21, Port Olímpic
From £253 a night
This palatial hotel is located in Barcelona’s Jewish quarter, in a building which dates back to the twelfth century. Las Ramblas, La Boqueria market and the Picasso museum are all just a short walk away, but staying put is just as much fun. There are regular jazz concerts and guests are spoiled when it comes to food, with four restaurants to choose from. Couples will love the dimly-lit Neri restaurant, with its centrepiece of huge medieval stone, while the rooftop Roba Estesa is famous for its juicy steaks and potent cocktails – the burger and drink combo for €18 is the best deal.
Calle Sant Sever 5, Barri Gotic
From £220 a night
Regarded as one of Barcelona’s finest hotels, the 275-room Majestic Hotel and Spa can be found in all its Neo-Classical glory on Passeig de Gracia, one of the city’s busiest avenues. It’s a great base for those who like to treat themselves – there are over one thousand works of art on the hotel’s premises and the award-winning spa (treatments from €55) is regarded as one of the best in Barcelona. The rooms come with huge windows, antique furniture and some of the biggest beds you’ve ever seen in a hotel. If you’re feeling extravagant, book the penthouse apartment, which comes with its own private Jacuzzi pool on the terrace.
Passeig de Gracia 68, Eixample District
From £224 a night
Mercer Hotel, Barcelona
History buffs will love the Mercer Hotel, which is filled with ancient fortifications and medieval arches, lying in the shadow of Barcelona Cathedral and in the midst of the Gothic Quarter. Don’t forget to check out the hotel library, where you’ll find Roman frescos, uncovered during the building’s renovation. Beyond the Roman ruins, there’s a rooftop pool, complimentary mini-bars and a beautiful hotel bar famous for having one of Barcelona’s largest selections of gins. Our insider tip? The 28 rooms are all beautiful, but room 108 takes some beating, with an exposed original wall which dates back to the second century AD. Guests seeking privacy will love room 106, which has a small balcony overlooking an inner courtyard, tucked away on its own at the back of the hotel.
Carrer dels Lledó 7, Barri Gotic
From £329 a night
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*Published April 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.