Hotels in Barcelona: how to pick the right one
Holidays in Barcelona is a popular destination visited by flocks of tourists each year. Different in each of the four seasons, it is a city you can go to at any time of the year and always be charmed by its unique and captivating essence. Enjoy the sunny beaches in summer, or the Christmas traditions in winter and have an unforgettable time! You’re invited to discover everything that makes this bustling city so admired, from its preserved architecture and celebrated art by famous artists such as Gaudí and Miró, to its exquisite and authentic flavours of the Catalan cuisine. In order to experience all of this and more, you will need to find the perfect hotel in Barcelona. With a never-ending list of possibilities, it may be easier to filter your search by location, personal needs, or type of experience, so you can find the deal that will best suit you. Embark this journey through the capital of the Catalonia region and create a tailor-made stay!
What area of Barcelona should I stay in?
Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city, boasting a variety of neighbourhoods that are all unique and different from one another. With a total of 10 districts, the city of Barcelona is broken down in different areas that will give you contrasting perspectives. Therefore, before choosing which area of Barcelona to reside in, we invite you to familiarise yourself with the various districts so you can pick from a selection of hotels that are ideally located within the city.
What hotels are in Barcelona city centre?
Barcelona’s city centre is composed of El Raval, El Born, Gothic Quarter, and the Barceloneta neighbourhoods which together make the Ciutat Vella district. These areas include sites like Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s Cathedral, and Ciutadella Park. Tour the cathedral or take a nice stroll through the park, where you can also enjoy a boat ride on the pond. The Grand Hotel Central is a great address from which you can make the most of it all, as you would be located right in the heat of the city, and close to all the best attractions.
The Eixample is a vast district made up of various areas within it. One side known as the new and the other as the old, this is where you can find the most authentic Barcelona. Filled with bustling bars and restaurants, shopping outlets, and iconic architecture like the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. A hotel we suggest you visiting in this neighbourhood is the H10 Ítaca, which is very conveniently located by Sants train station, giving you good access to the outskirts of central Barcelona, if you wish to explore other locations.
This neighbourhood offers splendid views of the whole city up from Montjuic hills, and a little tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Here you can also find Montjuic Castle, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, and Plaça d’Espanya. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch as the fountain lights up and displays a mesmerising show of lights and water. An address that is ideally situated to discover the many beauties of this area is the exceptional InterContinental Barcelona, an IHG Hotel, gifting you with panoramic views over Barcelona.
One of the wealthiest areas of Barcelona, this is the ideal spot for the football fans, as Les Corts is the neighbourhood that hosts the one and only: Spotify Camp Nou football stadium. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch a match and then comfortably reside at The Hotel ILUNION Les Corts Spa.
Is a hotel near the beaches of Barcelona better?
Although a hotel in Barcelona city centre is a great option, heading down to the seafront and exploring areas like the Barceloneta and Poblenou will give you an even better overview of the city. Close to the port of Barcelona, you will find the Rambla De Mar, a nice walkway on the water that leads to the Maremagnum shopping centre and the harbour. Moving along the palm-lined promenade you will encounter the Casino Barcelona and the Port Olimpic. A little further up is the Poblenou district, home to the Rambla del Poblenou and the vast Bogatell beach. A sojourn by the ocean waters allows you to enjoy magnificent sea views at all times, and lounge in peace like you have always dreamed about.
What are your needs and wants when picking a hotel?
Everyone has needs, of course. When it comes to finding the perfect accommodation for a trip to Barcelona, your needs should be taken into consideration. Comfortability is always a must, along with a good selection of services and amenities available to the guest. The nature of your needs will also depend on the size of the group who is booking, and when you are making the booking itself. For example, if it is a last-minute deal, options can sometimes be limited. Also, you may have set a budget, so finding the best deal, at the best price, is equally important. To give you some ideas, here is some of the criteria you may want to consider when reserving a hotel in Barcelona:
- An establishment with a rooftop to enjoy the dreamy views of the city, but what is even better? A hotel with a rooftop pool!
- You or someone in your booking may require an accessible building and easy movement throughout the complex.
- A hotel with outstanding spa services is always appreciated, so you can unwind and enjoy some relaxation.
- Although Barcelona is an easily walkable city, you might want to have good connection to public transport if wishing to explore further afield.
Are you looking for a unique stay and experience in Barcelona?
Be spoilt for choice with the styles of accommodation during your stop in Barna. Find something that matches your personality or simply try something new and innovative. Whether you are looking for exclusive 4 and 5-star hotels, or extravagant concepts and ideas for a one-of-a-kind adventure, explore what options are available. With many boutique hotels like the Ohla Barcelona and its unusual artistic twist around the establishment, you can also find hotels whose offers include special experiences within the city, such as an exciting excursion or tour, or even a romantic dinner for two.
If you are searching for eye-catching hotels around the city, here are some of Barcelona’s quirky addresses:
- Hotel El Palace is a brilliant 5-star hotel, rich in history and heritage. Guests are invited to fully immerse and discover the Barcelona of the past with present-time facilities and services.
- H10 Cubik plays with geometry and colours to create and intricate and inventive address, perfect for those in search of a modern and special hotel experience.
Things you shouldn't miss when in Barcelona
When you are booking your stay in Barcelona, you will also want to consider what points of interest you will want to visit, and if they are located nearby your address. Making comparisons and coming to a final decision for your hotel in Barcelona may not always be easy, so have a look below and find some of the most popular and interesting spots, and further personalise your stay in this enchanting city.
Be charmed by the colourful mosaics of the popular Park Güell, located on the Carmel Hill in Barcelona. This private park is made up by various gardens and architectural landmarks designed by the talented Antoni Gaudí. Holding the UNESCO World Heritage Site title since 1984, it is the true treasure of Barcelona. Learn all about the various works of art and enjoy the breath-taking views over the whole city.
The busy street of La Rambla is a characteristic element of Barcelona, as it guides people from the city centre all the way down to the seafront. Along the way you can find various shops and eateries on each side of the street, as well as the famous Mercado de La Boqueria. This market takes place every day of the week, except on Sundays, and it is a great attraction that lures tourists in with a colourful and scentful selection of fresh foods and produce, both cooked and raw, sold by local sellers.
La Sagrada Familia
The emblematic Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, another one of Gaudí’s work that is however still unfinished, it is a highly significant architectural and religious symbol for Barcelona. With construction starting back in 1882, it is still an ongoing project, funded by the public through donations, that is predicted to be finished in the oncoming years. With the option of touring the inside of the basilica, it is certainly an attraction you shouldn’t miss.