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32 Best Hotels in Barcelona, From High Design to High-Tech





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From plush boutique hotels to those that have stood the test of time, here’s where to stay.

If you’re a fan of well-designed hotels that give you more bang for your buck, Barcelona is the city for you. In recent years, a new generation of beautifully renovated hotels has sprung up across the city—combining personalized service and the latest modern luxuries with the authentic charms of the historic buildings that many of them inhabit. They also cover quite a bit of ground, whether you want to stay near El Born or a more peaceful spot on the outskirts of the city. Here are our picks of Barcelona’s best hotels, from the newest, high-tech boutique hotels to the grandes dames that have stood the test of time.

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  • Courtesy 1898

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    $ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2018

    Hotel 1898 manages to stay calm and comfortable despite the steady ruckus outside on Las Ramblas, the city’s touristy center. Business and pleasure travelers come to this four-star favorite for dependable rooms, excellent tapas, gin and tonics, and a heated rooftop pool with 360-degree views, stretching from the old port all the way to the top of Montjuïc.

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  • Courtesy Hotel Arts Barcelona

    Hotel Arts BarcelonaArrow

    $$$ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

    The culinary scene at Hotel Arts is top-notch: Two-Michelin-starred Enoteca restaurant, helmed by local celebrity chef Paco Pérez, is a culinary destination in its own right. People come here from all over to try Chef Pérez’s elegant tasting menus that showcase his love of the most Catalan of umami flavors, “mar i muntanya,” which translates as sea and mountain (or surf ‘n’ turf). But we are talking about far more epicurean combinations, like scallops cooked in chicken stock or cuttlefish served with truffle. Plus, if you’re looking for a blissfully relaxing stay right next to the Mediterranean—with views to die for and plenty of outdoor space—combined with discreet, thoughtful service that is second to none, this is the place to get it.

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    Kimpton Vividora Hotel, an IHG HotelArrow


    A nest of calm—and a very stylish one, at that—among the bustle that is the Gothic Quarter. You’re five minutes’ walk from Barcelona cathedral, even less to the thronging Las Ramblas; among the winding historic alleys and buzzy boulevards, the newly opened Kimpton Vividora is an urban sanctuary that doesn’t scrimp on rooftop chill-out scene.

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  • El Palace Barcelona

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    $$ | Gold List 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards 2020, 2021, 2022

    El Palace is all Baroque opulence. Like a small-scale version of Versailles in the center of Barcelona, this property used to be the Ritz, and it shows in everything from the fancy doormen in top hats to the old-school room keys to the lavish fabrics and furnishings. It is a stately grande dame hotel that has been one of Barcelona’s leaders in luxury ever since it first opened in 1919.

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    $$ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2018

    It’s not hard to see how the “Fabulous” rooms at the W got their name: Floor-to-ceiling windows yield to jaw-dropping views of the city, the beach, and the Mediterranean beyond—some of Barcelona’s best. Add to that moody lighting, comfy beds and chaises lounges, and tricked-out bathrooms, and it’s no wonder some guests hardly ever leave the room. (But if you do, there’s plenty more in store.)

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  • Courtesy Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

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    $$$ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, 2021

    There is a reason why Mandarin Oriental Barcelona figures year after year not only on lists of the best hotels in Barcelona, Spain, but in the world. Every detail is absolutely flawless, from the friendly doormen to the impeccable lobby. Michelin-starred cuisine, light-filled rooms and suites, a luxurious spa and gym, and a lovely rooftop plunge pool all round out the experience at this totally-worth-the-splurge grande dame.

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  • Courtesy InterContinental Barcelona, an IHG Hotel

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    The only luxury hotel in the Poble Sec/Plaça d’Espanya area, new InterContinental Barcelona offers great-value, yet elegant stays for travelers who don’t mind not being smack bang in tourist central. The building may look a bit underwhelming from the outside, but the chic and airy interior common areas, with their high ceilings and statement art pieces, are those of a modern lifestyle hotel. This is an ideal base for outdoor activities in Montjuïc, the Joan Miró museum, and Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, as well as for the Fira Barcelona Convention Center, so expect a heady mix of relaxed holiday-makers, art enthusiasts, and suits. The most popular rooms are the classic rooms with access to the Club InterContinental lounge. At 450 square feet, they are some of the largest in the city at this price point, while the added advantage of the lounge includes privileges such as private airport pick-up and transfer and, better still, complimentary drinks and snacks from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 

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    $$ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2019, 2020, 2022

    Almanac remains one Barcelona’s hottest hotels, and, even though it’s been open five years already (where does the time go?), it still looks brand spanking new: Everything is shiny and modern, from the tech-forward rooms to the sauna and rooftop dipping pool. Book a Terrace Suite with a separate living room and a sun-drenched wraparound terrace overlooking Gran Via, one of Barcelona’s main thoroughfares—don’t worry, the soundproofing here is solid.

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  • Davide Pellegrini

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    In a city with as much going on as Barcelona, you cannot overstate the value of a truly great location. And nowhere competes with shiny new ME Barcelona in the convenience stakes. Part of leading Spanish hotel group Meliá, ME Barcelona belongs to stylish ME by Meliá lifestyle brand “that seeks to fuse innovative style with local tastes.” At ME Barcelona, this translates into a contemporary city hotel with plenty of social spaces to attract both visitors and the local community, and a real focus on personalized service, where the guest’s individual interests—be it in music, art or popular culture—are a priority. You will never be more than a 10-minute walk from El Born, the Barri Gòtic or the Gaudí masterpieces that line Passeig de Gràcia. Even la Sagrada Familía can be reached on foot in only 30 minutes. You can also access every form of public transport (including the bus to the airport and trains to the beaches north of the city) in Plaça de Catalunya. And while the plaça itself can get a bit sketchy at night, the entrance to the hotel itself is set on the quiet, elegant Carrer de Casp, on the posh right side of l’Eixample. 

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    $$ | Gold List 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, 2019, 2021

    Smart hotels in this city often hew to a certain mod-minimal, design-agency template. The Cotton House in Eixample, though, is very different—a riot of neoclassical joy in a 19th-century cotton guild, which makes me smile every time. Interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán is well known for his designs across Barcelona, including the Edition—but it’s hard to think he’s ever had more fun than with the Belle Epoque features here, from its old parquet floors to the wood-paneled ceilings and grand spiraling staircases. The cotton theme runs through the orb-shaped chandeliers, like cotton flowers; the 300-thread Egyptian-cotton sheets in the more minimal rooms; and the fact that guests can order candy-colored, hand-stitched shirts from the very sharp concierge desk, which is known as the Gossypium (the Latin name for the genus of plants that produce cotton). The style is grown-up, but a chintzy wink is never far away. In the bar, which spills out onto a lushly foliaged terrace, the house Gossypium cocktail with Pisco and blue Curaçao gleefully throws out the prevailing vogue for Savoy classics. It is a reminder that hotels can grandly mine the past—but do it without taking themselves too seriously.

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  • Nobu Hotel Barcelona

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    Nobu caused a stir when it opened next to Barcelona’s unfashionable Sants railway station in 2019. Since then both the hotel and the area have had a glow-up. Nobody will ever know which caused what but, frankly, who cares since Nobu Barcelona is now the only luxury hotel in one of Barcelona’s most fun neighborhoods. Inside it’s a zen fantasy: a beautiful abstract tapestry highlights the impressive double height of the lobby. The painting behind the reception desk–inspired by the Japanese ink art of sumi-e–is a motif that is carried across the hotel, as is the warm wood paneling, a running theme throughout the common areas and guest rooms.

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    Young, trendy city folk come to the new Yurbban Passage for a great deal, yes, but also for the comfortable accommodations, rooftop bar and plunge pool, magnificent views, and peaceful spa, complete with massage jets and two luxe treatment rooms. The in-house restaurant serves local cuisine made from Catalan produce, while Plat Únic restaurant in the Yurbban Trafalgar sister hotel next door offers a fun and different concept involving unlimited beef ribs and free-flowing wine.

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  • Courtesy Hotel Seventy

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    Hotel Seventy is a visual wow. Built to blur the line between place-for-tourists and place-for-locals, colossal windows thaw the barrier with local life outside. Once those doors close behind you, however, you will gasp. The ceilings stretch higher than a supermodel’s legs, walls are made entirely of books, its tropical plants could rival Jack’s beanstalk for size, and, oh my gosh, all that light. This four-star’s impact goes to a galaxy way above.

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    $ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2022

    Snag, if you can, one of the five Courtyard Large Terrace rooms at this renovated modernist mansion downtown—you can treat yourself to a private terrace, outdoor shower, hammock, and lots of direct sunlight for an affordable rate. Though the service at Casa Bonay can be spotty at times, the excellent bars are still worth a visit for stiff drinks and friendly locals.

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  • Courtesy Monument Hotel

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    Set in a 19th-century mansion just off the Passeig de Gràcia, Monument is a chic hotel in a glitzy location. The entrance is large and impressive, and the design is on point, though the real draw here is the food. Lasarte is one of only a couple three-Michelin-starred restaurants in central Barcelona, and it’s not the only excellent dining at the hotel. Other highlights include the very respectable but lower-key Oria, by Basque chef Martín Berasategui, as well as a cocktail bar by local mixology maestro Javier de las Muelas.

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  • Dani Rovira

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    You’ll feel right at home from the moment you walk in this meticulously restored modernist building, in an unbeatable Gothic Quarter location a stone’s throw from the marina. The vibe is laid-back and casual, but the accommodations are seriously comfortable—the Hypnos beds are the same sort favored by the British royal family, so expect to wake up feeling like a prince or princess. Don’t leave without enjoying a view of the water from the rooftop pool, cocktail in hand.

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    Find genuine service, great food, and surprisingly spacious quarters at this centrally located five-star gem. Tech is a priority here: Chromecast is installed on the flat-screen TVs, and bedside controls to open and close the blinds and activate the do-not-disturb sign.  And all rooms include access to the swanky Despacio spa, where you can slow down and relax after a day of urban exploration.

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  • Courtesy Brummell

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    Hotel Brummell is located in a largely residential neighborhood, which gives a distinctly authentic feel to the place. From the urban design of the lobby to the locals sipping café con leche on the window bench, this is Barcelona through and through. The crowd here is largely fit and wellness-focused, and they come for complimentary yoga, a running club, and bikes (free to borrow for guests who booked online). After working up a sweat, relax in the plunge pool on the roof terrace.

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  • Alma BarcelonaArrow

    $$ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

    The doorman at Alma Barcelona takes his job seriously. Should you dare to make eye contact with the door handle, you sense that he’s poised to throw himself at it in order to save your hand from the indignity of touching its weighty, polished surface. Once inside—not by your own doing, naturally—the atmosphere is more art gallery than hotel. Brushed concrete walls and floors could be stark; but here they’re elegant, softened by leather chairs, beautiful lighting, a single painting of a polar bear, and, most notably, sincere service.

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  • Marc Escuadé

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    Leave the kids at home—the Wittmore is an adults-only oasis that feels more like a swanky private club than a hotel. The common spaces will make you want to check in and never leave, whether it’s by the roaring fire in the red velvet library in winter, or the sunny rooftop plunge pool come summer. Rooms are sensibly named and categorized, so you know exactly what you’re getting (from Small on up to Suite). Speaking of summer, there’s even a roofless suite if sleeping under the stars in the middle of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter tickles your romantic fancy.

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    With its infinity pool and panoramic views stretching from the Sagrada Família on one side to the Mediterranean and the hilltop of Montjuïc on the other, it’s no big surprise that the rooftop of the Grand Hotel Central pops up often on “best hotel terraces” lists. It also happens to be one of the best spots in the city for a sunset cocktail.

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    Margot House tends to be popular with hipster, Wes Anderson types—which makes sense, since was named after a character from The Royal Tenenbaums. Designer furniture, sexy bathrooms, and the feeling that you’re in someone’s decked-out private apartment rather than a hotel, all up the coolness factor. Plus, this is one of the best deals around for those wishing to stay on the emblematic Passeig de Gràcia.

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  • Courtesy Ohla Eixample

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    With a geometric exterior somewhere between a Sudoku grid and a game of Tetris, Ohla Eixample’s facade hints at the modern experience inside. Once you’re checked in, complimentary glass of cava in hand, you can admire the trunk-like metal support beams, exposed industrial ceilings, and multi-colored lamps. Rooms are spacious and cement-heavy, and taller guests will love the Junior Suites, which have extra-large beds. The Michelin starred Xerta is worth a stop whether you’re staying at the hotel or not.

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  • Courtesy Mercer Hotel Barcelona

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    $$ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2018

    Rooms at the Mercer are bright, spacious, and impeccably laid out; some have even been built into an ancient Roman defense tower, which means walls of gorgeous, centuries-old brickwork. The food here is superior, without being stuffy—you’ll find foie gras and caviar, yes, but also patatas bravas and beer. It’s pricey here, but worth it.

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  • Courtesy Neri

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    If you like the idea of staying in a restored medieval castle hidden down a tiny, quiet alley, off one of the prettiest squares in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Hotel Neri checks all your boxes. The comfy rooms are to a certain extent customizable to your own preferences, including a menu of different bed linens and pillows. And do not leave without booking a table at A Restaurant for top-notch Catalonian cuisine with global influences.

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  • Casa Camper BarcelonaArrow


    Barcelona’s original hipster hotel, Casa Camper, is situated in the Raval neighborhood. This has always been one of the city’s seedier areas, which these days also means it’s rather hip. The lobby is black and white and red all over, with sultry mood lighting, a design ethos that continues into the minimalist, eco-friendly rooms. If you’re feeling peckish, check out the 24/7 complimentary snack bar on the ground floor or the honesty bar up on the roof.

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  • Courtesy The Barcelona EDITION

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    On first glance you might think Barcelona’s hottest opening in recent years looks like a 1970s office block, but don’t be fooled. Step inside and you’ll find an airy, chic lobby lounge, with elegant walnut-paneled walls, oak floors, high ceilings, timeless cream décor offset by striking modern artworks. This is definitely an Edition hotel. The Barcelona Edition is right on the border of the city’s enchanting, medieval Old Town and the Modernist, more residential Eixample neighborhood. The location is within easy stumbling distance of the city’s buzzing bar and restaurant scene, and close enough to the historic squares and narrow, winding alleyways of El Borne and the Gothic Quarter to allow you to check them out before the crowds descend.

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    This cozy newcomer in gritty downtown Barcelona reminds us what a real boutique hotel is meant to feel like. Ronda Sant Antoni sits on the border of the trendy Sant Antoni neighborhood, the considerably scruffier Raval district and the queer-friendly part of the Eixample, known as the Gaixample. The rooms get plenty of natural light from the large, street-facing windows, while the top-floor suites are well worth splashing out on for their private terraces and open-air bathtubs. The rooms have an overall snug feel, with textured walls and warm fabrics, as well as plenty of details that hark back to the Catalan art nouveau, or modernist movement, from the vaulted ceilings, to the geometric hydraulic floor tiles, and French-style balconies. Bathroom amenities are by Natura Bissé. This is an ideal base for young people with an interest in nightlife and trendy bars and restaurants.

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    Each of Motel One’s 71 European hotels adheres to the same philosophy: that a budget price point shouldn’t mean dreary, bland, shoebox-sized spaces in lieu of interesting design. While every bedroom has the same dimensions (so if you’ve stayed in one Motel One, you’ll know exactly what you’ll get in another), each hotel commissions a local artist to create site-specific murals. Here, the talented young illustrator Lara Costafreda combines watercolor jungle motifs with black-and white sketches of landmarks like the Arc de Triomf.

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    Centrally located on the Plaça de Catalunya, the Pulitzer attracts a laid-back clientele to its comfortable rooms and top-notch roof terrace, which is like a leafy, dreamy oasis in the middle of an urban jungle. Hugely popular with locals, the terrace features live music and DJ sessions on balmy summer evenings. Another detail that draws Barcelonans (and visitors) in droves: The Greenhouse Restaurant, which serves carefully curated local produce to discerning diners.

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  • Courtesy Majestic Hotel & Spa

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    $$ | Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, 2019

    The Majestic is over a century old, and, while the seniority shows a little in the fancy staircases and posh doormen, the hotel still manages to feel distinctly modern not tacky or tired. The international guests, with their matching luggage sets and four-figure shoes, come to this grande dame on the Passeig de Gràcia for the spacious suites, tricked-out marble bathrooms, old-school staff in top hats, and luxurious spa.

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    When you’re neighbors with La Pedrera, one of Gaudí’s most surreal feats of stone craft, there’s a tiny problem: How on Earth do you get noticed? The building that houses Sir Victor went modern, and its façade—with architect Capella Garcia’s white balconies that curve out like the open pages of a book—has become Barcelona-famous in its own right. Below, the reception is minimal and sceney; a marble pool table hangs out with midnight-blue velvet chairs and enough intentionally positioned art books to let you know that you’re in a Design Hotel.

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Where To Stay in Barcelona in 2023

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Heading to Barcelona but not sure where to stay? We get it. Finding a nice hotel at a great price in the right area can be difficult and stressful. But you’re in luck! We asked our local guides to list their favorite areas and places to stay, so you can choose the right hotel based on your budget and what you want to do in the city. Here’s where to stay in Barcelona.

Pro Tip: Planning your trip to Barcelona? It’s easier to organize your trip when you have all your resources in one place. Bookmark this post along with our Barcelona Guide for more planning resources, our top Barcelona tours for a memorable trip, and how to see Barcelona in a day.

Where To Stay in Barcelona: Best Hotels and Neighborhoods

Barcelona is an amazing cosmopolitan city filled with a vibrant art and culture scene. The main attraction is the Sagrada Familia—the stunning cathedral that’s still under construction today.

There’s a lot more to discover! Experience a patriotic sardana dance with locals who continue to embrace their heritage. If you have conversational-level Spanish, you might enjoy learning some of the Catalan dialect as Barcelona is in the heart of the Catalunya region.

Art lovers are in for a treat! Enjoy the Picasso Museum and Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell, which is one of the most beautiful private parks and a unique experience. Excited to visit? Let’s decide where to stay in Barcelona. Choosing the perfect area can make or break a trip, so we’ve broken down this article into our top four areas to help you choose the right neighborhood in Barcelona. In each area, you’ll find our top hotel picks at every price point.

  • Bari Gothic Quarter
  • Eixample
  • El Raval
  • La Barceloneta

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Bari Gothic Quarter

The Bari Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is arguably the most desirable area to stay in the city, which is why it gets so much foot traffic. It’s close to many of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and has tons of great restaurants—another reason why people love it.

The Gothic Quarter shares a border with La Rambla and El Raval (listed below), and it’s my favorite area to hang out in Barcelona during the day because of all the action. Staying in the Gothic Quarter comes at a higher cost, but Barcelona is far less expensive than other cities like Paris or Rome.

I love staying in the Gothic Quarter if I’m just traveling with my wife as we like to shop and go out for drinks at night. The area has some cool hotels, which is why many travelers have the area at the top of their list. Be aware that the area can be a bit seedy at night, but it’s safe enough to enjoy during the day.

Why I love the Gothic Quarter:
  • Amazing historic feel
  • Great restaurants and nightlife
  • Great for younger crowds
  • Close to the beaches of Barceloneta
Top attractions in the Gothic Quarter:
  • La Rambla (shared with El Raval)
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Picasso Museum
  • Citadel Park
  • Placa Reial
Best hotels in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter:
  • Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux: €€€ | 5 Star | Medieval Luxury—Really Cool!
  • Ohla Barcelona: €€€ | 5 Star | Great Rooftop Pool
  • h20 Cubik: €€ | 4 Star | Great Rooftop Pool and Excellent Prices
  • Duquesa de Cardona: € | 4 Star | Rooftop Pool and Harbor Views

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If I’m headed to Barcelona with my family, I prefer to stay in Eixample. The entire neighborhood is nice and there are some super posh areas too. It’s far enough from Ciutat Vella that the busy nightlife doesn’t bother us, but it’s ideally located for exploring the city on foot.

As you can see in the map above, the Eixample district is massive. So, my recommendations for staying in Eixample refer mostly to the areas around Passeig de Gràcia between Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça Cinc d’Oros. It’s close to the Gothic Quarter border, so you get the best of both areas.

Pro Tip: “Eixample” is pronounced eye-SHAM-plah.

Why I love Eixample:
  • Slightly more low-key than Ciutat Vella (Family Friendly)
  • Passeig de Gracia shopping
  • Upscale and spacious hotels
  • Clean with beautiful architecture
Top attractions in Eixample:
  • Casa Milà
  • Casa Batllò
  • Sagrada Familia
Best hotels in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood:
  • Monument Hotel: €€€ | 5 Star | Super Posh and Modern
  • Cotton House Hotel: €€€€ | 5 Star | I’d Stay Here
  • Condes de Barcelona: €€ | 4 Star | Modern, Clean, and Contemporary
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa: €€ | 4 Star | Adults Only
  • Hotel Royal Passeig de Gracia: € | 4 Star | Incredible Value

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our Sagrada Família Guide for more resources.

El Raval

El Raval is another area that’s full of life and things to do. It’s a great Barcelona neighborhood for younger travelers, couples, and the more adventurous tourists. If you like to party and aren’t bothered by evening nightlife, then this is definitely the place for you. You can always ask if your preferred hotel has great soundproofing too.

You’ll find a lot of university students here, so you can expect a growing foodie scene too. This is also home to a great arts scene plus a contemporary art museum and a harbor where you can find medieval boat replicas. Talk about old meeting new!

Why I love El Raval:
  • Great nightlife
  • Close to the Gothic Quarter
  • Great restaurants for foodies
  • Bohemian arts scene
Top attractions in El Raval:
  • La Rambla (shared with Bari Gothic)
  • El Gatto de Bottaro
  • La Boqueria Food Market
  • Bar Marsella (Hemingway and Picasso loved this bar—it opened in 1820)
  • Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Best Hotels in Barcelona’s El Raval Neighborhood:
  • Hotel Bagués: €€€ | 5 Star | Good Value and Location
  • Catalonia Ramblas: €€€ | 4 Star | Spacious Rooms | Rooftop Pools
  • Barceló Raval: €€ | 4 Star | Great Price

La Barceloneta

La Barceloneta is the place to be if you prefer an active nightlife, beach vibes, and chill days. You’re not too far from the main attractions in the Gothic Quarter or Eixample, but you can be right on one of several beaches. La Barceloneta is known for delicious seafood restaurants that have the freshest fish available since it’s also where you’ll find the harbor.

There are a few family-friendly beaches to enjoy, as well as a clothing-optional beach if that appeals to you. Definitely stop in at a chiringuitos (beach bar) for a refreshing drink to enjoy on your lounge chair.

But if you’re looking for a little activity, then rent a bike and pedal along the beach bike bath and find the Christopher Columbus statue. For a laid-back vacation in Barcelona, the beaches of La Barceloneta are a top place to stay.

Why I love La Barceloneta:
  • Gorgeous beaches
  • Barcelona harbor
  • Fresh seafood restaurants
  • Tons of clubs and nightlife
Top attractions in La Barceloneta:
  • The beach
  • Christopher Columbus statue
  • Family-friendly or clothing-optional beaches
  • Beach bike paths
Best Hotels in Barcelona’s Beach Neighborhood:
  • W Barcelona: €€€€ | 5 Star | Iconic Hotel in Barcelona
  • Sofitel Barcelona Skipper: €€€€ | 5 Star | Incredible Rooftop Pool
  • Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel: €€ | 5 Star | Best Value and Location
  • h20 Port Vell: €€ | Good Value | Stylish Hotel

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Best hotels in Barcelona: season 2023

The best hotels in Barcelona are divided into 2 categories: design hotels and boutique hotels.
The former are luxurious rooms that have been designed and decorated in a particular style. In Barcelona, ​​these include hotels designed according to the latest trends in architecture or classical solutions of the 19th century.

The best hotels in Barcelona are characterized not only by impeccable service, but also by aesthetic pleasure from every minute of your stay in them. Examples include:

Boutique hotels are similar in many respects to the solution presented earlier, but the difference between them lies in the fact that the designers tried to surprise guests with originality, without taking into account the concept of luxury.

The best hotels in Barcelona are usually built in the central part of the city or near the sea coast.

Mandarin Oriental

One of the best hotels in Barcelona by a number of indicators, located on Paseo de Gracia, just 5 minutes walk from the iconic buildings of Mila and Batllo designed by Antonio Gaudí. Plaça Catalunya is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Guests of Barcelona who have chosen Mandarin Oriental spend their free time in the spa, relax in the pools and fitness center. Soaking up in one of the best hotels in the city, you can order the delivery of drinks and food to your room, regardless of the time of day. This design hotel in Barcelona offers wonderful views of the city.

The rooms are decorated in a minimalist style with light colors. The amenities of one of the best hotels in the capital of Catalonia include a home cinema, a modern TV, a seating area in all rooms. The bathrooms of the hotel have the necessary accessories for maintaining personal hygiene, slippers and bathrobes.

Possibly Barcelona’s best gourmet hotel: Mandarin Oriental is run by Carme Ruscalleda, who has achieved 7 Michelin stars. One of the hotel’s restaurants focuses on innovative Catalan cuisine, while the second has a larger selection of dishes and the opportunity to order the best food throughout the day.

Guests of the Design Hotel Barcelona have the right to dine outdoors, relax on the terrace, where they serve the best examples of Peruvian cuisine. Banker is the hotel’s bar, which is in demand among lovers of snacks and cocktails.

Barcelona Hotel’s spa offers the best in wellness treatments. Guests at Mandarin Oriental can enjoy the hot tub, indoor pool, hammam and 24-hour gym. Before playing sports, guests receive the best cool drinks, towels and headphones.

The reception of one of the best hotels in Barcelona is open 24/7. The car rental option is available at the hotel’s tour desk. Nearby parking, which is paid separately.

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El Palace Barcelona

The best hotels in Barcelona are represented by another wonderful establishment. This Barcelona hotel is located in the heart of the Eixample, next to the Ramblas. The territory is important for the development of trade and the tourist infrastructure of Barcelona in general. Guests are offered one of the best spa centers in the city, which is designed with a focus on the Mayan culture. Guests of Barcelona Design Hotel have the right to request a chauffeured limousine service.

The hotel, which opened in 1919, has a neoclassical façade. For interior design, a classic was chosen. The size of the rooms is impressive, as is the equipment:

  • mini bar
  • satellite TV
  • desk
  • air conditioner

The Barcelona Design Hotel’s bathrooms are stocked with slippers, a hairdryer and a bathrobe for each guest.

El Palace Barcelona has 2 restaurants. One of them can be found right on the roof of the hotel, the other – in the lobby. A selection of the finest drinks awaits at the cocktail bar.

The hotel’s Mayan style spa includes a Temazcal sauna. Business center, swimming pool, fitness center – one of the best hotels in Barcelona is equipped as it should.

Staff will provide tourists with information about Barcelona to help plan the best holiday. Passeig de Gràcia train station and 2 metro stations are just a 5-minute walk from Barcelona Design Hotel.

The houses of Mila and Batllo are a 15-minute walk away. The best hotels in Barcelona cater to a variety of travel needs, including proximity to the city’s iconic sites.

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Almanac Barcelona

The location of another of Barcelona’s top design hotels is just one of its many advantages: Paseo de Gràcia and Plaça Catalunya close at hand. On the roof of the hotel there is a panoramic bar, a terrace, a swimming pool.

Almanac Barcelona is best described by the adjective stylish. Recognized as one of the best design hotels in Barcelona, ​​all rooms have a minibar with free drinks, a seating area with an LCD TV, a bathroom with an expensive sink, and personal care items. Hotel guests can use high-speed Internet.

One of the best hotels in Barcelona has a Mediterranean restaurant. Local wine is most often served as a drink.

There are also relaxation rooms, sauna, fitness center. All this ensures the best holiday in Barcelona.

It takes 10 minutes to reach Mila and Batllo from the hotel. The Picasso Museum is 1 km away.

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The best hotels in Barcelona by the sea

Barcelona Boutique Hotel located in the Gothic Quarter, right in front of the sea. One of the best options for the holidays. Tourists are attracted by a rooftop pool, a restaurant awarded a Michelin star.

Barcelona Boutique Hotel is located in an old building with an unusual façade. It was here that Pablo Picasso, one of the best Spanish artists, took his first steps in his professional career. Hotel guests can:

  • order a transfer from Barcelona airport
  • rent a limousine
  • use parking lot


  1. Hotel Barcelona’s soundproofed, air-conditioned rooms.
  2. From a private balcony you can enjoy the best beauties of the Gothic Quarter.
  3. Each room of the hotel has a wireless audio system, which is considered one of the best on the market, and a high-definition TV.
  4. The hotel’s rooftop terrace also offers stunning views of Barcelona. While relaxing here, you can order breakfast and specialty cocktails.
  5. In addition to all of the above, the boutique hotel has a library and a bar.
  6. The restaurant’s menu includes the best dishes of Catalan cuisine, Mediterranean snacks.
  7. Barcelona Boutique Hotel provides guests with a comprehensive three meals a day.

Walk to the Picasso Museum and the old station of Barcelona takes about 10 minutes. The boutique hotel is close to Piazza Reial and Santa Maria del Mar Church. Barcelona Airport is 15 minutes away by car.

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W Barcelona

The beautiful design of the hotel captivates from the first seconds. The architects managed to achieve the effect, as if the building in the shape of a sail rises above the beach. Plenty of spacious rooms, a spa, a rooftop bar, a swimming pool, the best views of Barcelona – this hotel deserves recognition.

The avant-garde style of decoration creates a pleasant environment for both leisure and business in Barcelona. Guests of the hotel receive at their disposal a living room, an iPod docking station, a rain shower, a modern TV and many other bonuses.

W Barcelona, ​​one of the best hotels in Barcelona, ​​has 2 restaurants. One of them is managed by Carlos Abellan, who received a Michelin star. There is a separate bar on the roof of the hotel with a large selection of cocktails. The beach club-restaurant is one of the best places in Barcelona for lovers of original burgers.

Guests at the W Barcelona can relax in the pools, which are surrounded by sun loungers. The road to the beach takes only 2-3 minutes. The hotel’s spa area includes a hot tub, sauna and steam bath. Not so long ago, a new relaxation area opened – the best place to spend time after a busy day in Barcelona.

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Hotel Arts Barcelona

Design hotel located in the center of Barcelona overlooking the city’s main beach. For guests there are 2 outdoor pools, spa. The best option if you need to satisfy your hunger is to look into the restaurant at the hotel, which received 2 Michelin stars. Lovers of contemporary art will love the local exhibition, which brings together all the best in this direction.

Hotel Arts is close to Barcelona’s popular shops and bars, and close to the Olympic Port. The hotel is 250 meters from Barceloneta and 50 meters from Ciutadella Park.

One of Barcelona’s finest hotels, rooms feature TVs and modern sound systems. The arrangement of the bathrooms is also impressive, especially the presence of a shower with hydromassage.

This Barcelona hotel’s Enoteca restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star. Arola employs renowned craftsman Sergi Arola. The menu of both restaurants is made with an emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine, including the best examples. The Barcelona hotel has a number of other restaurants and bars. For example, a pool bar specializing in light snacks and drinks.

The Hotel Arts has concierges who are able to support a dialogue in different languages, there is a business center equipped with everything you need. One of the best hotels in Barcelona for business meetings.

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An impressive boutique hotel located in the historic center of Barcelona. The rooftop pool is far from the only pleasant surprise.

The hotel rooms have large windows that have been decorated with the best design ideas of recent years. Guests enjoy flat-screen TVs and free internet. You won’t be disappointed with how each bathroom in Barcelona’s boutique hotel is equipped. Some of the rooms allow you to enjoy the best view of the Gothic Quarter.

There are 3 restaurants on the territory of the hotel, the chef of each of which is Romain Fornell, one of the best in gastronomy.

Ohla Boutique Bar is an establishment with a large selection of cocktails.

For the guests of the Barcelona boutique hotel there is a rooftop swimming pool, a terrace for relaxation. You can work out in the gym and visit the wellness area. Leisure options at the hotel are standard.

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The best Barcelona hotels near El Prat airport

Barcelona Airport Hotel

One of the best hotels in terms of design and other parameters, located near the main airport of Barcelona. Guests can relax in the seasonal pool, but more specific services are available. For example, a free transfer to or from El Prat, paid from the hotel to Las Ramblas – one of the most important in Barcelona.

Soundproofing in one of the best hotels in Barcelona reliably protects guests from extraneous noise. Each of the rooms is equipped with air conditioning, modern TV, marble bathroom. High-speed Internet access is available to hotel guests at Barcelona’s main airport.

Fitness center, terrace and garden are places where vacationers regularly gather. The hotel bar and restaurant are equally popular. Their visitors are offered the best dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, snacks, cocktails.

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9The best hotels in Barcelona are represented by another option: Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto Hotel

One of the best hotels in Barcelona in terms of location: just 5 minutes drive from Barcelona Airport T1. Those who choose this option can order a free round-the-clock transfer to the previously indicated terminal. Hotel guests stay in rooms equipped with:

  • satellite TV
  • free internet
  • air conditioners

Room service available. Its presence is a feature of the best hotels in Barcelona.

All rooms of the hotel have the necessary attributes for rest and work, including a desk, a bathroom with private facilities.

Breakfast at the hotel is buffet style. The Lobby Bar and Snack Bar offer snacks and low-calorie options – the best option for a snack.

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Forbes Top 10 Barcelona Hotels

The North American edition of Forbes has published the “Forbes Guide”, which brings together the most luxurious hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. The 62nd edition of the prestigious edition includes 11 hotels in
Barcelona and five in Madrid. To compile this ranking, inspectors spent at least two nights at countless candidate hotels and comprehensively assessed them on a wide variety of
parameters, on the basis of which the winners were determined. So, the best hotels in Barcelona according to Forbes!

According to experts in this field, Mandarin Oriental, located on the most prestigious avenue in Barcelona – Paseo de Gracia – at numbers 38-40, is the undisputed leader. Jury members
noted that the hotel’s spa has 5 highly deserved stars, which, together with other positions, makes Mandarin Oriental the best hotel in Barcelona.

The approximate price of one night in Mandarin is 470 euros. All rooms, without exception, are characterized by increased sophistication of interiors and comfort. Butler service and other attributes appropriate
an institution of such a high level, are present by definition.

The hotel has prestigious restaurants of regional and international fine cuisine, an elegant bistro and bars. Other perks include: Rooftop terrace with outdoor pool
and bar, luxury spa, indoor pool and gym.


The Edition Hotel, located at no. 14 Avenue Francesca Cambo, ranks second in the ranking. The complex is located in the Born district, in close proximity to Barcelona Cathedral and just a few minutes from the beach. The hotel has 100 rooms, branded
restaurant, individual cocktail bar, outdoor pool and gym.

All air-conditioned rooms at this 5-star hotel come with a seating area and free Wi-Fi. Each room at The Barcelona EDITION features a work desk, TV with
flat screen and private bathroom. Guests can relax on the terrace. The reception is open around the clock, food and drinks are delivered to the room, there is an exchange point
currencies. An à la carte breakfast is served every morning.

You can also play billiards at The Barcelona EDITION.

The average price of a room is 234 euros, and according to Forbes, it is one of the three best complexes in the Catalan capital. Recommended by all guests staying at the hotel. One of the main advantages
hotel, celebrated by everyone without exception – its really wonderful location.


Five-star hotel located in a neoclassical building 19century, is a five-minute walk from Paseo de Gràcia metro station. The hotel has 83 rooms, including half a dozen spacious suites, and
the sheets in this fine establishment are made entirely of 300-thread count Egyptian cotton. This is explained by the fact that the hotel building was previously the headquarters of the Cotton Growers Association, and
therefore, it was decided to keep the “cotton trail”.

It offers elegantly decorated rooms, free Wi-Fi, a seasonal outdoor pool and a restaurant. It has a beautiful lobby, conservatory, several lounges and a library.
On the 7th floor there is a swimming pool, as well as a gym and a massage room. Cotton House is also deservedly proud of its excellent Mediterranean restaurant.

The cost of one night in the hotel, located at Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 670, is 235 euros.


In fourth place, according to the Forbes magazine rating, is the Palace Hotel in the Catalan capital. The complex is located on Passeig de Gracia in the capital of Catalonia and has 120 rooms, and
also an alpine chalet, where customers can “go to the Alps” by pressing the button on the seventh floor of the elevator with a flick of the wrist.

The hotel, with its majestic neoclassical façade, opened in 1919. The elegant, air-conditioned rooms are decorated in a classic style. All rooms are fitted with a work desk and a minibar.
TV with satellite channels. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.

The hotel has 2 restaurants on site: the famous Parisian-style L’Éclair restaurant and the Winter Garden restaurant on the rooftop terrace. The Bluesman Cocktail Bar offers a variety of
cocktails. The spa at the Hotel El Palace Barcelona is inspired by the Mayan civilization and includes a Temazcal sauna.

Separately, it should be noted that for more than a hundred years of its history, the hotel has hosted almost all the celebrities of the world, and Salvador
made this hotel his headquarters. Suite “Salvador Dali”, by the way, is quite affordable today – although it is not distinguished by excessive cheapness.

As for less exclusive rooms, on average, a night in the Palace will cost 300 euros – this is how much it costs to stay in this hotel, where there are all the attributes of luxury required by the status of a hotel,
such as spa, famous Parisian style restaurant, business center and gym.


Situated next to Barcelona’s Olympic Port, Arts Hotel is surrounded by shops and lively bars. Barceloneta Beach is 250 meters away and Ciutadella Park is 300 meters away.

Overlooking Barceloneta Beach and the city centre, this design hotel features a pair of outdoor pools, a luxurious spa and a two-Michelin-starred restaurant. All hotel rooms are equipped with
flat screen TV and audio system. The bathrooms have hydromassage showers.

The complex includes a bar, a restaurant, several luxury fashion stores, a hair salon and a fully equipped business center. A whole team of well-trained
concierges who speak different languages.

The complex, which is part of The Ritz-Carlton Company chain, has an average room rate of 186 euros and this year it occupies a worthy fifth place in the Forbes list.


Set in a spacious Art Nouveau building in the Gràcia district, this hotel is surrounded by many exclusive shops. Leaving the door of the hotel, the guest immediately finds himself on Paseo de
Gràcia is Barcelona’s “Golden Mile”, where boutiques of all the world’s leading brands are concentrated.

It offers elegant rooms with eclectic furnishings that are sheer luxury. Built over 100 years ago by famed modernist architect Louis
Domenech and Muntaner, 105 rooms of 12 different types.

At Casa Fuster G.L Monumento, all air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a minibar and satellite TV. The bathroom is stocked with a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. In a number
rooms have a hot tub. The hotel has a stylish restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. In addition, guests can order room service and
relax on the roof of the hotel, where the jazz bar and chill-out bar are located.

An overnight stay in Casa Fuster costs about 200 euros – unless, of course, we are talking about the Grand Suite, the cost of a night in which can reach up to 1000 euros.


This luxury hotel, housed in a building with a neo-Gothic façade, offers six modern design apartments and several elegant and modern suites. The hotel is located at
Paseo de Gràcia, 113 – that is, on the most prestigious avenue in Barcelona.

The spacious suites at El Palauet Barcelona feature 2 en suite bedrooms, a large living room and a fully equipped kitchen with stove, microwave,
small fridge and dishwasher. Some of them have a balcony. All suites include 2 bottles of water and a platter of apples refilled daily
guests eating apples), as well as a 380 ml bottle of Spanish wine and a Wallpaper guide to Barcelona.

In the morning, the hotel prepares breakfast, which is served directly to the room. The average price per night at Palauet Living is 450 euros, and it is ranked seventh in the ranking of the best hotels in Barcelona by
version of the North American edition of Forbes.


This 5-star hotel is located on Mount Tibidabo, offering a bird’s-eye view of Barcelona overlooking the city. The hotel boasts luxurious modernist
a restaurant with an excellent wine list, as well as several bars with the same breathtaking views from the terraces.

The hotel’s rooms – with oak floors, marble bathrooms and separate living rooms – retain the glorious spirit of the good old days. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi. Rooms at the Grand Hotel
La Florida are equipped with a flat screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. The average cost of a room is about 150 euros.

Located away from the center, the hotel is ideal for those for whom the noise of a big city is not an advantage.


This exclusive and luxurious complex is located on Passeig de Gràcia 68 and since 1918 has been a symbol of the splendor and luxury of the Catalan capital. Majestic Barcelona GL Spa Hotel
offers luxurious rooms and suites decorated in warm and soft colors with an elegant timeless design that can satisfy any, even the most demanding, taste.

The hotel features a spa center and a rooftop swimming pool. The terrace offers a magnificent view of the city, including the main attraction of Barcelona – Sagrada Familia seems to be within walking distance. Incidentally, the other two
the buildings of Antonio Gaudi are located on the same street where the hotel itself is on the famous Barcelona Paseo de Gracia – the “Champs Elysees of Barcelona”, where the eyes run wide from the abundance of branded
boutiques. Thus, in order to make a shopping tour, the guests of the “Majestic” just need to leave the hotel door.

The SOLC restaurant is located on the first floor and serves traditional Catalan and Spanish cuisine. In the Del Majestic bar, you can enjoy live piano sounds in the evenings. Summer guests
can visit the Dolce Vitae cocktail bar by the pool with panoramic views of Barcelona. The on-site spa hotel features a fitness center and a spa center with steam baths, a sauna and a variety of treatments.

Suites also feature separate living areas, additional flat-screen TVs and spa baths. The price per night is about 220 euros, although the Royal Penthouse, accommodating up to six
person, can cost a tenant a four-figure sum.


This luxurious hotel is housed in a Neo-Gothic mansion built in 1896, located at number 75 on Paseo de Gracia. The spacious rooms are decorated in earthy tones and feature oak floors.