Hotels in Barcelona
Lodging options in Barcelona are as eclectic as the city itself. From sleek, modern buildings and chain hotels (Best Western, Tryp) to restored 19th and 20th century townhouses of the Gothic Quarter and wallet-friendly youth hostels, hotels in Barcelona cater to every budget and personality. Prices rise during the peak travel seasons, so plan ahead. The more affordable hotel options can usually be found outside the city’s tourist zones, which are easy to access thanks to good public transportation. Here are two of our favorite hotels in Barcelona:
For a taste of Barcelona’s contemporary luxury, the Claris hotel in Passeig de Gracia is an excellent choice. With a rooftop pool, a terrace restaurant, and Roman and Egyptian art in its rooms, it’s one of the top-rated Barcelona hotels.
Over in the trendy Raval district, meanwhile Barcelo Raval represents the city’s edgier, most design-forward side, with in-room iPod docks and Nespresso coffee makers, and futuristic decor all over the property – think lime green walls and a “double skin” facade, made with dark glass and stainless steel mesh.
Location is the major draw at this La Rambla property. The hotel has easy access to the city’s harbor, the Gothic Quarter, and Plaza Cataluña, among other top tourist destinations.
The hotel is the last Art Nouveau hotel still in operation in Barcelona. The 96 plush guestrooms are done up in shades of café con leche in this 1908 landmark building, the last designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner.
In Las Ramblas, these 147 rooms have dark wood floors and spacious bathrooms; head to the rooftop infinity pool for spectacular views of Barri Gòtic and the city's ancient walls.
Barcelona’s gourmands have long been crazy for the brilliant revisionist Catalán cooking of chef Xavier Pellicer.
Hotel Banys Orientals Location is this hip boutique hotel's trump card—you're right on the edge of El Born, Barcelona's trendiest neighborhood, and within walking distance of dozens of fantastic bars, shops, and restaurants as well as the Museu Picasso and the Catedral de la Seu.
Stay in this tower of blue glass and steel that rises 44 stories in Port Olímpic (the Olympic Port) with stunning views of the city, water, and Frank Gehry's Fish sculpture.
Fernando Amat, owner of Spain’s housewares boutique Vinçon, and architect Jordi Tió created the 25-suite Casa Camper for the bohemian Spanish shoemaker. Whimsical touches like hammocks and fire engine–red walls temper strict minimalist interiors.
A 10-minute walk from the historic city center, this hotel has 53 rooms and a lounge with a grand piano.
The hotel prides itself on top-notch service. Housekeepers leave bonbons or flowers on pillows in Superior rooms and suites, and concierges create unique itineraries (a tour of La Boqueria market with a Spanish food expert, for example).
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The Neoclassical Hotel Majestic is located at the center of Barcelona amidst the city’s most popular Modernista architecture: the Sagrada Família, La Pedrera, and Casa Batlló.
The Market Hotel is conveniently located at the border of L'Eixample and El Raval. Set in an early-20th-century town house with four-poster beds and Indian teak furniture, this affordable option is a great value.
Like a slice of Dubai plunked amid the formerly modest fishing enclave of Barceloneta, this gleaming 26-story W (which opened in October 2009) resembles a giant glass sail at the end of the Port Vell pier.
The avant-garde Cram l’Hotel showcases the work of some of Spain’s finest interior decorators. The hotel, centrally located on the Aribau and within walking distance of the Eixample and Rambla, houses 67 rooms with an ultra-modern design, including white walls and accents of red and ochre.