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.
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.
We may never have ventured into Poblenou, Barcelona’s emerging tech district, if it weren’t for Dominique Perrault’s 400-foot-tall glass-and-steel den of cool.
Built in 1919, but renovated in 2004, this Eixample neighborhood hotel is near several major attractions: Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gràcia, The Picasso Museum, and Museum of Modern Art.
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.
Barcelona’s gourmands have long been crazy for the brilliant revisionist Catalán cooking of chef Xavier Pellicer.
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.
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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.
An intimate 18th-century palace that blends old-world romance with funky Catalan chic in medieval Barri Gotic, the neighborhood where Picasso lived, studied, and painted many of his Blue Period canvases. Dine on wild-mushroom risotto at the hotel's velvet swathed restaurant.
A quick five minute walk to Las Ramblas, this hotel is a favorite among business travelers. Design is somewhat quirky – the eight-story property was built in the shape of a cruise ship.
Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola oversaw the conversion of this midcentury bank building (at the main intersection of Barcelona’s elegant Eixample district) to a luxurious Mandarin outpost in late 2009.
The highlight here is not the service (if you check out during prime time, you may learn a few Catalan obscenities from the harried staff)—rather, inexplicably, it's a second-floor museum of Egyptian artifacts and the Andy Warhol portraits in the East 47 restaurant.