Barcelona feels like a capital city and like the greatest cities of Europe there is a lot to see and do and sites are spread over different areas each built up over the city’s long history, location therefore isn’t too important, though if you are going to have a night out it might be handy to be based near Las Ramblas.
With Barcelona being such an artistic city some hotel owners try to make their hotels artistic as well, some do this well and some are aided by fantastic art deco buildings but some think quirky and artistic is a substitute for comfort and service
Barcelona is probably more popular with backpackers than any other city in Spain as it is close to the French border and fits nicely into a round trip of Europe, as such there are plenty of good hostels and budget hotels but with many big multinationals based here there are many luxury business hotels as well.
The Claris is a hotel that tries to be artistic and gets it just right not falling into the trap of making a hotel that isn’t welcoming and cosy at the same time; it is strangely modern yet with touches such as Roman Mosaics, Chesterfields and even an Egyptology Museum included.
The building is in a neo-classical style outside with a bright interior with marble floors and pillars also in a neo classical style yet with Corinthian influence. The bathrooms feature a lot of marble as well but the rooms are good sized and make a relaxing setting with dark woods.
An Art Nouveau building where the Edwardian feel from when it first opened has been kept ever since in the details of the hotel, from the foyer to the dining room and bedrooms. A four star hotel it features an outdoor pool and terrace and an indoor gym; rooms are not massive but a good size with en suites and air conditioning. The style of the hotel inside and outside makes it worth going for a walk around the halls and corridors to take in the truly magnificent architecture and period features.
The staff at Hostel Fernando obviously don’t think that being a hostel means that cleanliness is not important and the place is spotless and maintained to a very high standard.
Singles and doubles are available, including with bathrooms, as well as reasonable dorm beds and the location is ideal, just off Las Ramblas, though this does mean it can be noisy at night and people will come in late. Breakfast is included that is rare for even hotels in Spain and though not anything special has a good choice to get you started for the day.
Another budget hotel with a great location, great prices but also great service. The Hotel Rey Don Jamie is in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona close to the best shopping and sites such as the Cathedral. The hotel is certainly basic but what the staff do they do well so you get a clean and bright room with a comfortable bed and have a good chance of getting a good view as well. Don’t expect pools, laundry services and room service but if you don’t need that then this may be the place for you.
Designed by the modernist Domennech I Montaner the building is now a little rough around the edges but as a budget hotel for someone looking for somewhere clean and well kept to sleep you won’t find many cheaper places in Barcelona, especially given the location right by Las Ramblas and you do get a bathroom with most rooms. Most guests are young and it can get loud at night but the atmosphere is good and you have the chance to meet people in the hotel before heading out.
With hotels in Madrid as well this small chain is getting a name for itself as having fun and futuristic hotels and at good prices. Everything is ergonomically shaped and designed to fit in to the rooms with backlit walls, plenty of space and comfortable furnishings.
Rooms with bed and breakfast included are good value and suites are available as well, which though only a little larger do have terraces from which you can watch the centre of Barcelona down below.
In the Eixample area but a little way out in an area with more blocks of flats than restaurants, bars and shops the Villa Meilia has the advantages you will pay a lot less get a lot more peace and quiet and are still a relatively short walk from most of Barcelona’s main sites.
The interior and rooms are modern and the chocolate coloured walls and teak make it feel welcoming. There may be few places to go out nearby but the hotel has a fantastic rooftop bar, great for relaxing in the sun, enjoying a warm evening and for meeting a few fellow travellers.
Hotel Toledano – A three star hotel in the middle of Las Ramblas like all accommodation in this area noise at night may be an issue for light sleepers but if you are staying here it probably means you are planning to go out at night anyway.
Rooms are a good size with en-suites, air conditioning and many have balconies giving great views over the coast.
Just stunning throughout, the Alma Barcelona is a fresh modern and luxurious five star hotel.
Even the smallest rooms available feel big and well designed with high ceilings and high window; having the desks in each room across the room facing the window is a nice touch and they are actually comfortable to work at unlike in many hotels.
Unlike more traditional 5 stars the hotel doesn’t feel pretentious yet offers every luxury you could want and fantastic, yet not stuffy or over the top, service.
Gaudi’s La Pedera is right by the hotel and the location is great to get right into the heart of Barcelona, at the same time though they have managed to include a garden and large terrace which is just one of the options for taking your meals in this large hotel.
A modern well decorated three star hotel in a good location in Barcelona, the attention to detail in the rooms and throughout make it feel like it could easily be a four star and could easily cost a lot more than it does, especially if you come outside of summer when you can grab some good deals.
Rooms, including the bathrooms, are good sizes for a three star hotel and well decorated but simple at the same time. On the roof the hotel even has a small pool and terrace.
While some of these hotels have restaurants others don’t, either way the city has many great restaurants including fantastic seafood restaurants or you can try a number of Tapas bars too.