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.
A 10-minute walk from the historic city center, this hotel has 53 rooms and a lounge with a grand piano.
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 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.
Close to the University of Barcelona, this design-minded property in the Eixample neighborhood is also close to Casa Mila and La Sagrada Familia.
In the middle of the checkerboard Eixample neighborhood, this stunning steel-and-glass-encased building is redolent of an industrial complex and a Buddhist retreat.
With its clean lines and unpretentious look, Juli Capella’s Hotel Omm projects an incandescent warmth. The interiors, created by Sandra Tarruella and Isabel López, set pale woods in bright, airy rooms against moody, barely lit hallways and stylish lobby areas.
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.
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.
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).
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.
It takes some effort to get to this property located on the outskirts of the city: guests must first take a taxi or bus, and then funicular and train trek. This 70-room hotel is situated atop a hill next to an amusement park in the Mount Tibidabo area.
Despite its setting in Barcelona’s busy pedestrian zone, the hotel is unexpectedly serene (murmuri means murmur). Almost half of the 53 gray-and-beige rooms feature open-air balconies.
Opened in 2004, Hotel Diagonal was designed by Barcelona architect Juli Capella, and its entrance features wood and metallic accents, modern furniture, and silver and gold circles on the ceiling.