There’s no shortage of hotels in Barcelona but as one of Europe’s most popular short break destinations the city is often full at weekends so it’s a good idea to book your accommodation well in advance. There are also a number of trade fairs every year which lead to the city’s beds being “sold out” months in advance. The majority of first time visitors to the city will find accommodation to suit their budget on or near the Ramblas where there are properties ranging from small, family-run budget hotels to splendid four star lodgings.
One area I’d recommend that you avoid is El Raval which is a run down and rather intimidating area running off the western side of the Ramblas. Below you’ll find our recommended Barcelona hotels according to star category. Many of the better class 4 and 5 star hotels lie in upmarket zones of Barcelona away from the touristy Ramblas zone so we’ve added a few of our favourites.
Recommended 3 Star Hotels
Hotel H10 Raco del Pi (C/ del Pi, 7)
Located in a fully renovated old building in the heart of the Gothic Quarter this is a perfect spot to explore Barcelona from. Guests are given free cava on arrival and there is complimentary tea, coffee and pastries available all day.
Hotel Suizo (Plaça del Àngel 12)
Superb location in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and just a stroll from the Ramblas. Comfortable and convenient rather than remarkable.
Hotel H10 Catalunya Plaza (Plaza Catalunya, 7)
Located right on Plaza Catalunya at the northern end of the Ramblas. Ideal base from where to explore the city.
Hotel Rialto (Carrer Fernando, 42)
This comfortable hotel is one of the best choices in the Gothic Quarter and is perfectly located for seeing all of the sights of Barcelona.
Hotel Nouvel (C/ Santa Ana, 18-20)
This is an attractive hotel set just off the Ramblas in a quiet side street in an ideal location for seeing the sights of Barcelona. It has recently been refurbished but the public rooms have retained the original 19th century marble floors and chandeliers.
Recommended 4 Star Hotels
Hotel Condes de Barcelona (Passeig de Gràcia, 73-75)
Excellent hotel in a beautifully renovated classic building on the stylish Passeig de Gracia.
Hotel Derby (C/Loreto, 21-25)
Very comfortable and welcoming hotel located in the city’s commercial district, away from the tourist centre. Ideal location for getting to Barcelona’s soccer stadium.
Hotel Rivoli Ramblas (La Ramblas, 128)
A charming hotel situated right on the Ramblas near Plaza Catalunya in the heart of the tourist centre of the city.
Hotel Gotico (Jaime I, 14)
A comfortable hotel in the Gothic Quarter, popular for its location rather than its service.
Hotel Colon (Avda Catedral, 7)
A superb hotel with a privileged location looking onto the Cathedral square in the Gothic Quarter. Our favourite in this area.
Hotel Silken Ramblas (Pintor Fortuny 13)
Great value hotel with excellent central location. Superb panoramic terrace and swimming pool.
Hotel Avenida Palace (Gran Via Corts Catalanes 605-607)
Old style elegance just north of Plaza Catalunya at attractive prices compared with similar Barcelona hotels.
Hotel HCC Regente (Rambla De Catalunya 76)
Another excellent choice if you want to be where the action is. A hotel with plenty character located right on the Ramblas. Great views from its terrace and outdoor pool.
Grand Hotel Central (Via Laietana, 30)
This elegant hotel is located in the Gothic Quarter within easy walking distance of the Ramblas and the main museums. Its restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and allows guests the opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine. There is a roof top swimming pool where guests can relax or alternatively a gym where they can workout.
Hotel H10 Montcada (Via Laietana, 24)
Located directly opposite the cathedral in the Gothic area this hotel has easy access to all the main sights. Guests receive a complementary drink on arrival and there are fresh flowers in the rooms every day. There is a roof terrace with incredible views of the city and a jacuzzi and small gym on the same floor.
Hotel Pulitzer (Vergara, 8 )
This is a new and modern hotel located on Plaza Catalunya at the top of the Ramblas, within easy reach of all the main sights. It is very stylish and all of the rooms are tastefully decorated creating a welcoming atmosphere. There is a roof top terrace where guests can relax and sunbathe.
Recommended 5 Star Hotels
Hotel Claris (Pau Claris, 150)
Superb luxury hotel with an excellent restaurant and a rooftop terrace giving fine views over the city. One of the best hotels in Barcelona.
Hotel Eurostars Grand Marina GL (Moll de Barcelona)
This deluxe 5 star hotel is located in Barcelona’s Port Vell, perfectly located to explore the city. It is built on eight floors and includes 38 suites and an incredible Presidential Suite on the top floor with a private terrace and spectacular views of the city. The hotel is elegantly decorated and provides a luxurious atmosphere in which to relax.
Majestic Hotel and Spa (Paseo de Gracia, 68)
A charming hotel on the Passeig de Gracia with one of the city’s top restaurants and a superb rooftop swimming pool.
Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I GL (Avda Diagonal, 661-671)
Opened in 1992, the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I is a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”. It has since been enlarged and now rates amongst the top city complexes resorts in the world. Recent additions include the Royal Fitness, The Royal Catering and the Restaurant – Boîte Tatí.
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Other Accommodation in Barcelona
An interesting alternative to staying in a hotel in Barcelona is to book an apartment for your stay. There are apartments to cater to the needs of all visitors to the city ranging from small two person flats to larger apartments suitable for families and groups of friends. A great advantage of the apartment option is that you don’t have to eat out all the time and if you find one near the Ramblas you can go shopping at La Boqueria market for a great selection of fresh produce. Take a look at this selection of self-catering apartments in Barcelona.
Barcelona Hostels and Backpackers
Traditionally, family-run hostels in Barcelona have offered comfortable accommodation to the budget traveller. However, in a city with such an enormous demand for rooms many of the older places have undergone major refurbishments and now compete with small hotels at the lower budget end of the market leaving few cheap options to the visitor. To find out what’s available at the lower end of the budget scale take a look at these budget accommodation options in Barcelona. They vary greatly from simple, shared dormitories to tasteful, en suite double rooms.