Where to stay in Barcelona?

Our clients often ask us references about hotels. Find below our recommendations and a review of the main neighbourhoods with an important hotel offering.

Barcelona being a very diverse city, choosing the neighbourhood is just as important as choosing the hotel itself.

Central Barcelona:

Passeig de Gracia: our choice area
 

Passeig de Gracia seen from La Pedrera roof top

Passeig de Gracia is the most elegant avenue of Barcelona: it is both the high-end luxury shopping street of Barcelona and a unique showcase of turn of 20th Century Art Nouveau architecture (including 2 houses by architect Antoni Gaudi).

It's always a pleasure to take a stroll around the hotel, even at night as it must be Barcelona's better illuminated street. There are nice restaurants and cafés just around any corner catering to both the locals and the foreigners.

Hotels on or by Passeig de Gràcia:

5 Stars: GL Claris, El Palace, Majestic & Spa GL, Casa Fuster, Mandarin Oriental, Omm, Alma.

4 Stars: Renaissance Barcelona, Alexandra, Avenida Palace, Condes de Barcelona, Gallery, HCC St. Moritz, Husa Barcelona, Murmuri, NH Calderon, Regente, Sixtytwo

3 Stars: Onix Rambla, Gran Vía, Continental Palacete

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Rambla
 

Rambla avenue in Barcelona Flower stall on "La Rambla"

Probably the favorite election of most travelers of all ages and conditions and also the favorite of many Barceloneses.

Most of that area is restricted to pedestrians and even though this might present logistical difficulties if you carry a lot of luggage, it is the nicest area to be when on foot.

The famous Rambla avenue is a non-stop show. The atmosphere and the crowds change along the day, from very familiar by late afternoon or early evening to frankly weird late at night.

The area to the left of the Rambla (on the map) known as Raval is a conflictive area and more so at night. Choose anywhere else...

Hotels on or by the Rambla: Rivoli, Royal, Meridien, Montecarlo, 1898, Husa Oriente...

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Barri Gotic ⁄ Gothic District
 

This is the historical district of Barcelona and has plenty of important landmarks such as the Cathedral of Barcelona and many others. Its narrow lanes are also rich in hotels.

The whole area is a pedestrian-only "island" and some hotels there can be difficult to reach by car.
If you are taking a tour with us for a party larger than 6 (i.e. with minibus), please check with us if that hotel can be reached before confirming your reservation.

Sant Felip Neri square in Barcelona's  Gothic District

Hotels in Barri Gotic: Felip Neri (housed in the building shown on the photo), Catalonia Albinoni, NH Barcelona Centro, Catedral, Colon...

Via Laietana is the only wide avenue open to transit that crosses the Old Town and has several hotels. A nice location, very close to the Gothic District though easy to reach by car.

Hotels on Via Laietana: Ohla Hotel, HCC Montblanc, Grand Hotel Central, Confortel Almirante, Eurostars Laietana Palace, H10 Montcada...

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Pl. Catalunya
 
Catalonia Square (Plaça de Catalunya)

The very heart of Barcelona: Being an articulation between the Old Town and Eixample, Catalonia Square's location is excellent: close to the Rambla, the Gothic district and the shopping streets and within easy reach.

The area can get very crowded on special dates as the Square is a favorite to host events, from concerts to demonstrations.

Hotels on or by Plaça Catalunya: Olivia Plaza, Pulitzer, Regina, Duques de Bergara, Jazz, H10 Catalunya Plaza, Catalonia Ramblas, H10 Universitat, Avenida Palace, NH Calderon ...

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Off central Barcelona

Pl. Espanya
 
Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona

Still within Eixample though a little farther from the city center, the area around Plaça d'Espanya has a large offering of hotels as it is close by the main trade fairs grounds.

Off from the heavy tourist scene of central Barcelona, the neighborhoods around Pl. d'Espanya will offer a more "local" feel.

Hotels by Plaça d'Espanya: B Hotel, Catalonia Plaza, Fira Palace, Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, Barceló Sants, Onyx Fira, AC Vilamari ...

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Barcelona Seafront: Port Olimpic ⁄ Olympic Marina
 

Until the 1992 games Barcelona lived with its back to the sea: the land by the sea was occupied by old industrial estates, there was a railway line running along the beach preventing access to it, etc.

Vila Olímpica

On the occasion of the Games, the area was renovated: apartment blocks were built to accommodate the athletes at the "Olympic Village". Other improvements included beaches, a long and wide beach side promenade, a new marina, a shopping mall a luxury hotel, etc.
It eventually became one of the most demanded residential area in Barcelona.

Arts Hotel seen from the Beach,

Hotels by the Olimpic Port or Olimpic Villa: Arts, AB Skipper, Icaria Barcelona, H10 Marina Barcelona.

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Diagonal Mar ⁄ Forum Area
 

It is the newest district in Barcelona, so new that parts of it are still under construction.
Just like the Olympic Village, this former industrial area was developed on a special occasion: the Forum of Cultures in 2004.

The core of that development is the International Convention Center of Barcelona, which hosts huge conventions. Hotels where first to appear: most are big and of course brand new business hotels.
The drawback is the location: quite a long way from Central Barcelona and other spots of interest, although they are all very close to the beach.

Barcelona Forum and Diagonal Mar District seem from the sea

Hotels by the Forum / International Convention Center: Barcelona Princess, Melia Barcelona Sky, Vincci Maritimo, Tryp Condal Mar, AC Barcelona, Hilton Diagonal Mar GL...

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