Wondering where to stay in Barcelona and have ZERO ideas about where the best places to stay in Barcelona actually are?
GIRL…or Boy…I am so there with you.
Because honestly, my least favorite thing to do before any trip is to try and find a mildly decent place to stay.
Not only is it always insanely expensive (I die a little whenever I fork over a huge wad of cash to a hotel), but it always feels like a total crapshoot since you never really know, until you get there, if the hotel is mildly luxurious and if the location is actually somewhat decent.
Who wants to do an impromptu marathon every time you have to get into and out of the city center?
Not this chick right here! The horror!
Just hearing the word marathon makes me want a cookie just to quell the sense of looming dread that prolonged exercise gives me
Let’s avoid the whole horrible situation, shall we?
That awkward moment where you desperately comb through heaps of reviews about the top hotels in Barcelona, desperately hoping that these so-called “user reviews” aren’t total BS.
Yeah, no bueno.
Instead, just make your life 10,000 times easier by checking out these expert blogger tips on where to stay in Barcelona, for any budget.
I follow these bloggers on the REG and they know all about the absolute best places to stay in Barcelona, even if you’re on a budget and backpacking Barcelona.
I pinkie promise.
See, things just got SUPER legit with that pinkie promise right there! LOL.
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1. Pol & Grace Hotel (Mid-Range)
By: Stefan and Sebastian of Nomadic Boys (check out their awesome (gay guide to Gran Canaria)
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One of our favorite hotels during our trip to Barcelona was Pol & Grace.
It’s a gay-owned, 4-star boutique hotel that sits along the northern edge of the city center, in between the charming neighborhoods of Gràcia and Sarrià-Sant Gervasi.
Just a short, 1-minute walk from the Sant Gervasi metro station and 3 km from La Sagrada Família, the only thing better than this hotel’s central location is the warm and welcoming feel that you get as soon as you walk inside your wonderfully modern room and find delightful, personalized welcome messages.
And this is just the beginning!
Literally, every detail of this hotel is designed to make you feel at home, with a trendy design aesthetic that appeals to millennial travelers in particuliar.
The bed was another highlight of our stay since it was so large and comfortable!
The hotel also serves a simple but lovely, buffet breakfast that is the perfect way to start your day.
The real highlight of this hotel are the owners, Cesar and David, who go out of their way to make every one of their guests feel special by providing them with best local tips on where to eat, where to go out at night, and more.
And with rooms that start at just $140 per night:
This mid-range hotel is a bargain considering all the wonderful amenities that guests get to enjoy throughout their stay.
2. Eco Boutique Hostal Grau (Mid-Range)
By: Naomi of Probe Around the Globe
When I planned 36 hours in Barcelona with my mom:
I knew I needed to upgrade from the hostels that I normally stay in.
I wanted to book a hotel that was clean, centrally located, and comfortable, which is exactly what I found at Boutique Hostal Grau.
Located just one street away from Las Ramblas in central Barcelona, the hotel’s location was abosulte perfection.
And while the “hostal” part of the name initially turned me off, I quickly learned that this word is just Spanish for “boutique hotel”.
What really convinced me to book a room here was when I finally saw pictures of their lovely private rooms and modern bathrooms.
I was instantly sold!
Add in nothing but rave reviews and I knew I needed to stay at this hotel!
For 2 nights in Barcelona:
I paid just $204, which is a total bargain when you consider the hotel’s location, smack dab in the middle of Barcelona.
We were warmly welcomed at reception and guided to an exquisite common area, where we were offered free coffee, tea, and cake.
And when we finally entered our room after a full day of sightseeing:
We were pleasantly surprised by a room that was outfitted with natural materials, recycling bins, and the softest, coziest bed ever!
I loved it.
My mother was also ecnahnted by the hotel’s welcoming charm and urban boutique vibe.
For a hotel that is so centrally located, I was surprised by how incredibly quiet our room was.
I would definitely book a room at the Eco Boutique Hostal Grau again and can highly recommend it to anyone looking for places to stay in Barcelona.
You have to make reservations well in advance since it’s one of the best hotels in Barcelona, is continually in high demand, and sells out quickly.
3. Chic and Basic Lemon Boutique Hotel (Mid-Range)
Plaza Catalunya is definitely the best location to stay in Barcelona.
Not only is it where you’ll find the old city and the 19th-century era Eixample, but this area also has a large central square that is filled with amazing stores and fantastic restaurants.
Slightly away from this main square, nestled in a quiet little corner of Plaza Catalunya, is where you’ll find the fantastic, Chic and Basic Lemon Boutique Hotel.
Just a short walk from the Universitat metro station:
This amazing hotel provides has a conveninet, central location but without all of the noise.
Accommodations at the property start at an affordable at $98 per night, with clean, spacious rooms and modern, hardwood floors that made us feel completely at home.
Other hotel amenities include plush towels, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and even a tote bag that you can use as a day bag.
But the best part?
You won’t have to worry about purchasing bottled water every day since the hotel gave us access to a breakfast area where you get still water for free!
It’s the little things that really set this hotel apart as one of the best places to stay in Barcelona.
4. H10 Catalunya Plaza Boutique Hotel (Mid-Range)
By: Joanne Norman of Sunsets and Rollercoasters
While there are many amazing places to stay in Barcelona:
Figuring out where to stay in Barcelona, Spain for a family of five still isn’t an easy task.
After a ton of research and even more emails, we found H10 Catalunya Plaza Boutique Hotel and it was the perfect place for us to stay.
Centrally located in Plaza Catalunya:
The airport bus drops visitors off at Plaza Catalunya, making trips to and from the airport incredibly cheap and easy.
This famous plaza is located right at the top of Las Ramblas, making it easy for hotel guests to visit Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter as well as iconic sights like Gaudi’s Casa Milo and Casa Battlo.
During our trip:
We stayed in the “Cataluyna Duplex” which was, and stil is, one of the most stunning accommodations that we’ve ever stayed in.
On the main floor of this 19th century apartment:
You’ll find a master bedroom with a king bed and an adjoining bathroom.
There’s also a small attached lounge with a double sofa bed and a living area with incredible, high ceilings, arched doorways, frescoed walls, and a small settee area that overlooks Catalunya Plaza.
The main floor also has a beautiful kitchen that’s adorned with Spanish tiles along the walls and ceiling.
But, just when you think it couldn’t get better:
This incredible apartment reveals a beautiful mezzanine, with a desk and two single beds, that overlooks the hallway and main living area.
There’s even a second bathroom, air conditioning, and a washer-dryer unit that all combine to make this the “perfect” place to stay in Barcelona.
And with rooms starting at just $175:
Luxury accommodations have never been more affordable in Barcelona,
5. Barceló Sants (Mid-Range)
By: Kate of Little Miss Kate & Co
Barceló Sants is a quirky, Barcelona hotel that sits directly above the Sants transit station.
With fun and inviting decor:
You’ll love the futuristic, space station theme that continues throughout the hotel; a theme that creates light and bright rooms, that start at just $120 per night, with large windows and everything your could ever want for a comfortable stay.
With direct access to the Barceló Sants metro below:
Local trains can easily take you anywhere in the city.
But before you leave for the day:
Start your morning off right with a sumptuous, breakfast buffet that consists of fresh and healthy foods like a cheese spread, smoothies, and more.
If walking around Barcelona isn’t enough of a workout for you, you can also access the hotel’s on-site gym, for an additional fee.
Barceló Sants is a lovely, centrally located hotel that is perfect for anyone visiting Barcelona.
6. Hotel HCC Regente (Mid-Range)
By: Diana of Diana’s Healthy Living
When visiting Barcelona:
Finding the best hotel to stay in all comes down to location.
Hotel HCC Regente is a perfect choice since it sits along one of Barcelona’s most popular streets, making it easy for guests to explore Barcelona’s old town, go shopping, and find delicious restaurants.
The rooms, starting at $125 per night, are extremely spacious (something this is rare in Europe), with luxury suites that have a private, walk-out terrace.
The best part of our stay was the complimentary, breakfast buffet, which included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, a variety of baked goods, salami, cheeses, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and more.
Whatever you do though:
Try the croissants before you leave since they are highly addictive.
During your stay:
Also stop by the hotel’s top floor terrace, which has amazing panoramic views of Barcelona, as well as a rooftop pool, bar, and solarium.
You don’t need to worry about renting a car since not only is public transportation easily accessible, but the HCC hotel has an electric, courtesy car that can be reserved during your stay.
A fabulous hotel that will make your trip to Barcelona even better.
7. Hotel Sagrada Familia (Budget Friendly)
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Hotel Sagrada Familia is a budget-friendly, modern hotel with an amazing location that is smack dab in the middle of the Eixample district of Barcelona.
You’re literally just steps away from the famous La Sagrada Familia and, let’s be honest, it really doesn’t get any better than that.
During our stay:
We found this hotel to be clean, basic, and comfortable, with decent sized, double rooms that include standard amenities like free WiFi, satellite TV, and a minibar.
The staff are also incredibly friendly and always willing to assist you with expert local advice on planning a 3 day Barcelona itineray and how to save money.
The price is also very affordable, with rooms that start at $95 per nigh.
If you’re on a budget in Barcelona, then this is the perfect place to stay.
Aside from La Sagrada Familia, and it’s associated metro station:
This hotel is also close to other famous, Antoni Gaudi sites like Casa Mila and Parc Guel.
The absolute coolest part of this hotel is the rooftop terrace, which has an amazing view of La sagrada Familia, even though we didn’t know about it when we stayed there.
If you’re in search of a reasonably priced, centrally located hotel, then Hotel Sagrada Familia is the perfect place for you to stay during your weekend in Barcelona!
8. Hotel Arts Barcelona (Luxury)
By: Sherrie of Travel By a Sherrie Affair
Located at the water’s edge:
The Hotel Arts Barcelona is a five-star, Ritz Carlton Hotel, with 44 floors of mesmerizing blue glass that tower over the Balearic Sea (part of the Mediterranean Sea).
Luxury and sophistication await you as you walk inside and find an exquisite lobby filled with modern decor and a garden of fountains.
Once you settle in:
You can then enjoy many of the hotel’s amazing amenities, which include a sea view spa, Michelin Star dining at Enoteca Paco Pérez, casual dining at Bites, and expert, handcrafted cocktails from P41 Bar & Coctelarium.
But the best part?
The view from your room! Because regardless of what floor you’re on, you’ll always be treated to a fantastic view.
Western facing rooms look out over the sea, with sailboats and yachts peacefully gliding by.
Eastern facing rooms look out over iconic, Barcelona attractions like Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, La Rambla, Plaça de Catalunya, Cathedral of Barcelona and more.
Depending on the time of year:
Bookings at the Arts Hotel Barcelona can cost anywhere between $359 per night for a room to well over $15,800 per night for a penthouse.
So no matter what your budget, you’ll definitely find the perfect accommodation for you.
9. Hilton Diagonal Mar (Luxury)
By: Jenn of One Hoppy Momma
The Hilton Diagonal Mar is one of our favorite hotels in Barcelona, Spain.
Not only does it have a fantastic location in the Sant Marti district of Barcelona( it’s just a 25-minute drive to BCN Airport.), but this elegant hotel also offers guests stunning, panoramic views of the city and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea.
With standard rooms that cost between $200 and $300 per night:
This hotel is a bit of a splurge but absolutely worth the price given the hotel’s prime location, attentive staff, modern facilities, delightful decor, and spacious rooms.
Throughout our stay:
We enkoyed both the hotel’s excellent breakfast buffet and loved the wonderful, rooftop Purobeach club, which featured a DJ, as well as reasonably priced pool-side, food and drink service.
Hilton Diagonal Mar is just a few blocks away from Llvant Beach. Therfore, we could eeasily walk there and enjoy some fun in the sun.
This hotel is also right next door to the El Maresme-Forum Metro station, making it easy to visit top Barcelona attractions like Las Ramblas and La Sagrada Familia.
10. Hostel One Paralelo (Budget-Friendly)
When preparing for a trip to Barcelona:
It can be difficult to find a fantastic, budget-friendly, place to stay.
Hostel One Paralelo makes it easy with it’s fantastic, communal atmosphere, and comfortable, custom-designed pod beds, in a 6-bed mixed dorm, that start at just $30 per night.
This hostel is perfectly situated and within walking distance of the metro, as well as top tourist attractions like Las Ramblas, Montjuic, and Barcelona’s beautiful waterfront.
Also included with your stay are amenities like super fast WIFI, spacious private lockers, a full kitchen, plush bath towels, laundry facilities, and even, everyone’s favorite, FREE, homemade dinners!
Three cheers for free food while meeting like minded travelers!
But that’s not all that’s included in your stay!
While you’re here:
You can also join free parties at some of Barcelona’s hottest bars and nightclubs, or enjoy unique, free activities every single day; activities where you can explore the parts of the city that most tourists miss.
If you want to create a Barcelona trip to remember, without going painfully broke, then this is the hostel for you!
***FYI: If you’re a light sleeper, the 6 bed, mixed dorms may not be for you since other guests must walk through these rooms to get to their rooms.***
adrian dean molina
Thursday 26th of December 2019
I love your list on where to stay in Barcelona. You have some really good ideas about the city. If you are ever back in Barcelona I would love to show you some amazing places to eat in the city. I run a food tour company called Eye on Food Tours drop me a line some time.
all the best,
Friday 27th of December 2019
Oh thank you so much and I sure will! I would love to experience one of your amazing food tours while in Barcelona!
Tuesday 28th of May 2019
Great list! I'd also like to mention the Catalonia Port Hotel in the Gothic Quarter - it's in a great location and the hospitality and rooms are so lovely. :)
Friday 31st of May 2019
Thanks for the addition! I'll have to stay there the next time I'm in town!
Monday 6th of May 2019
Hi there - great post, any shoewear tips for Madrid and Barcelona in a few weeks?
Monday 6th of May 2019
Definitely check out my post about what to wear in Barcelona.I also have a great post about stylish but comfortable walking shoes for female travelers! Hope this helps and have a fantastic trip
Friday 26th of April 2019
This is great! I’ve never traveled to Barcelona so had no idea where to start! Do you have any recommendations on cool places to eat and drink? We are a young couple on our honeymoon so looking for some beautiful, trendy places, preferably not too touristy!
Saturday 27th of April 2019
Oh congrats and have an amazing honeymoon!! I have a few other posts on Barcelona so definitely check out my 3-day itinerary which has some great places to eat on there. I hope you love Barcelona as much as I do!
Sunday 21st of April 2019
I am planning a stay in Barcelona next year, so found this post very useful. But so many ads. I know they are your bread and butter but they made reading difficult/disjointed.
Monday 22nd of April 2019
Thanks so much! Will definitely see if I can fix that!