Top hotels in Barcelona
Sitting in the buzzing area of Poble-Sec, Barcelona’s theatre district, the contemporary 4-star Hotel Barcelona Universal is just a short walk from the iconic Ramblas. The rooftop pool and terraces have inspirational views of the city and Montjuïc hill, while the breakfast buffet at The Wolf Tavern is an excellent way to start the day. Free wifi is available throughout Hotel Barcelona Universal, and its rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning and LCD TVs. The fully equipped fitness room (with complementary towels and water) will help to prepare you for walking around the city.
Found in the innovative 22@ area of Barcelona, the 4-star Ilunion Barcelona is a contemporary hotel that’s just a short walk from Bogatell beach. Making a great first impression with its striking lobby, the hotel also has a restaurant that specialises in seasonal Mediterranean fare, a gym stocked with TechnoGym equipment and a beautiful rooftop pool. Dramatically designed, but exceptionally comfortable, every room at the Ilunion Barcelona has satellite TV, free wifi and a private bathroom.
A distinctive circular-building that stands among the modern skyscrapers of Sant Marti, the 4-star contemporary Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar is just a short walk from the Mar Bella beach, Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre and Barcelona Congress Centre (CCIB). There are several cool places to enjoy a drink on-site, including a seasonally open poolside bar on the roof. Stylishly designed, each room at the Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar has modern furniture and free wifi, as well as a flat-screen TV and private bathroom with tub and shower. Located at few minutes walking from Maresme Forum Metro Station and just 2 minutes from bus stop H14 with direct line to the city center.
The stylish, 4-star Ilunion Almirante is found close to the Gothic Quarter and Barcelona’s fashionable Born district. It’s a short walk from the famous Las Ramblas and Barcelona Cathedral. The hotel has a fitness centre and bar, and the 24-hour reception offers car hire so you can explore the surrounding area. Smart rooms come with air-conditioning, a pillow menu, and free wifi.
This modern 4-star hotel is convenient for exploring Barcelona’s old city. The area’s historic buildings, narrow streets and striking squares will be on your doorstep, while the famous La Rambla mall can also be reached in no time. Cosy and modern, the hotel is suitable for both leisure and business guests, with a complimentary on-site gym, plus an internet corner. The wifi is free in the rooms too, which also feature flat-screen TVs and complimentary bottled water.
This modern, 4-star hotel is situated in Barcelona’s seaside neighbourhood of Sant Marti, just a short walk from Bogatell Beach and only a few metro stops from the city centre. The hotel’s stylish interior features a bar, a gym, a restaurant and free wifi, in addition to a rooftop pool and sun terrace. The air-conditioned rooms include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and private bathrooms.
This hotel is set in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, just a short distance from Las Ramblas and of attractions such as the Liceu opera house and Plaça Catalunya, Paseo de Gracia and the seaport. The Hotel Alba is located in Barcelona’s old town, and its beautiful façade is listed for its artistic interest. Inside, relax in a spacious en suite bedroom with balcony and air conditioning. Stroll down the colourful Ramblas to the seafront, or enjoy cava and tapas in the famous Boqueria food market. Just a short walk away, the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter are full of shops, bars and restaurants. The Alba boasts convenient public transport links, with Liceu metro station only 300 metres away. From here you can travel quickly and conveniently to attractions including the Fira de Barcelona and Gaudi’s incredible Parc Güell.
Just a short walk from Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the 4-star Ilunion Bel-Art is a contemporary hotel that sits in the tranquil area of Horta-Guinardo. Combining striking shades of black and white with bold touches of colour, the hotel’s bar and restaurant make a dramatic first impression. The Ilunion Bel-Art’s rooms all have free wifi access and bottled water, as well as attractive wooden flooring, private bathrooms with showers and flat-screen TVs.
The 4-star Hotel Ronda Lesseps is situated in the north of Barcelona, providing tourists with an ideal base to explore the city. Find Gaudí’s Park Güell and Gracia Quarter within short walking distance of the hotel. You can reach the city centre in 10 minutes by bus or Metro. A self-service buffet breakfast is provided each morning and The Coffee Shop serves refreshments and light snacks right through the day. Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. Guestrooms are spacious and equipped with air conditioning, cable TV and a safe.
The modern 3-star Ilunion Auditori sits among the beautiful, modern area of L’Eixample, close to the fantastic shopping of Avinguda Diagonal. Awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the hotel has a gym stocked with TechnoGym equipment, a restaurant that specialises in seasonal cuisine and a rooftop pool and terrace, which is a perfect place to relax. Rooms at the Ilunion Auditori have a private bathroom with shower, satellite TV and free wifi.
This modern 4-star hotel sits in the north-east corner just a short walk from the Sagrada Familia and Gaudí's Park Güell, this hotel is perfect for exploring the cultural side of Barcelona. The cosy rooms include free wifi and flat-screen TVs, and you can fill-up on a buffet breakfast at the onsite restaurant.
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The modern Pere Tarres Youth Hostel is found by the bustling L’illa Diagonal shopping centre, and within easy walking distance of the Maria Cristina and Les Corts metro stations. Start the day at the free breakfast buffet, enjoy a game of ping-pong and relax with a drink in the bar-restaurant or on the terrace. Pere Tarres Youth Hostel offers free internet access, and each of its private and dorm-style rooms has its own en-suite bathroom.
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Hotels in Barcelona
Barcelona’s wealth of arts, culture, and magical architecture leave a lasting impression on all who visit there. Make the most of our Barcelona deals and discover all that Spain's second largest city has to offer.
Perhaps the most distinctive features of the city are its unique buildings, designed in the modernist style by some of the leading architects of their time. The most famous of these are the works of Antoni Gaudí, with his passion for bright, pastille coloured structures that resemble the stuff of fairy tales. Palau Güell, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Casa Vicens, and Casa Batlló are all fine examples of his work, however, it’s Park Güell and the Sagrada Família that make the biggest impression on visitors.
Park Güell was originally intended to be a housing development with attached gardens but when this idea was abandoned it was opened as a public garden instead. From the gingerbread-like houses to the harlequin-tiled salamander that sits at the entrance, the park conjures a wonderfully surreal atmosphere. The main terrace forms the heart of the park, with its winding, tiled bench in the shape of a sea serpent from which you can enjoy panoramic views across the city.
Gaudi’s most famous design is his unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família - an awe-inspiring Cathedral consisting of a series of towers ascending towards the heavens. The base of the building is decorated with detailed stone sculptures and contains the crypt where Gaudi is buried. Begun in 1882, construction of the Sagrada Família is estimated to reach completion by 2026, however, you can still visit most parts of this impressive attraction as work continues.
There are also fine examples of Gothic architecture in the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) of the old city, one of the best places to stay in Barcelona for lovers of history, where many of the buildings date to medieval and Roman times. Barcelona Cathedral, which took over six hundred years to build, has an impressive Gothic façade and allows fantastic views over the city.
Barcelona Beach Hotels
Those attracted by the Mediterranean’s gentle climate will love the city’s beaches. Barcelona Beach was recently voted number one in a top ten city beaches list with Barcelona also voted one of the world's best beach cities by the National Geographic.
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Museums and Galleries
The arts form an essential part of Barcelona’s identity, with many influential artists having been born or spent time here during their most creative periods. Pablo Picasso lived in the city for a while and the Museu Picasso displays much of his work from this time, including paintings, sketches, and ceramics.
Salvador Dali also looked to Barcelona for inspiration and redesigned a former theatre here into Teatre-Museu Dalí – a house for his works in which he is buried, decorated with typically surreal features such as loaves of bread and giant eggs.
MACBA - The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona has an excellent collection of Spanish and Catalan art from the last few decades and is a must-see for art fans.
The Centre d'Art Santa Mònica is a public museum of contemporary art (incorporating photography and multimedia installations) which also hosts regular exhibitions.
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Music and Theatre
The city is also home to a number of venues for live music and theatre, such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house and the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall with its beautifully ornate interior (guided tours are available). The Teatre Principal is the oldest theatre in the city and features operas, plays and musicals - from Cinderella to Broadway hits - usually performed in Catalan.
Food in Barcelona City Centre
Barcelona’s cuisine is as stylish and fulfilling as the rest of its culture, with everything from tasty snacks to the heartiest meals to tempt your appetite in the city centre.
Pinxtos are one of the city’s signature dishes, consisting of delightfully bite-sized, savoury nibbles served on a piece of bread. This snack is a favourite in bars and the bill is usually calculated by how many toothpicks you have left on your plate at the end of the night. One of the best places to eat pinxtos is Irati, near the Boqueria Market on La Rambla where you can try over eighty varieties, from potato omelette to honey, apple and cheese.
The more widely known tapas variety of snack can also be found in many bars and restaurants. Try Los Toreros, off La Rambla, for a tapas restaurant that’s popular with the locals and serves authentic patatas bravas and other spicy treats.
7 Portes is one of the best restaurants to try paella in the city, an institution that has been feeding locals for over a hundred years.
If you want to try a bit of everything, head down to La Boqueria, Barcelona’s large food market, which is an attraction in itself. From fresh bread, to olives, seafood and fish, there’s lots of quality produce to sample here.
One of the most famous streets in Barcelona, and even in Spain, is La Rambla, a pedestrianised, tree-lined walkway lined with stalls, street performers, painters and much more. There is an abundance of Barcelona accommodation in this area with our hotels including:
For souvenirs, WaWas on Carrer dels Carders is a great place to buy stylish t-shirts, mugs, bags etc. with a Barcelona theme, while La típica Candela is a shop that sells candles with distinct Spanish aromas, such as bread and tomato or Spanish omlette!
The first Camper shoes store opened in Barcelona and you can still buy the world famous, stylish but comfy, footwear here.
For more independent and vintage designs, head to the streets around Raval (near to Carrer Hospital) for lots of interesting little places, such as comic book, music and tattoo shops.
There are two large department stores in the centre of the city, El Corte Inglés and Fnac, which stock most other items, from Levi jeans to the latest Sony electronics etc.
Barcelona has a busy and varied nightlife, with one of the most popular nightclubs being Razzmatazz, an eclectic venue that plays a mixture of rock, techno, pop, and R&B and attracts artists such as Missy Elliot and The Kaiser Chiefs.
For hard-edged rock and roll, The Magic Club plays rock and metal by the likes of Iggy Pop and The Ramones and attracts a tattoos and leather crowd.
Born is a good district for all-round partying and one of the best places to stay in Barcelona. With many popular bars here including La Fianna (with its stylish Moroccan décor) and La Luna (a converted stables that serves great tapas and cocktails) it's an ideal location.
Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Barcelona
What are the best hotels to stay in Barcelona?The best hotels to stay in Barcelona are Ilunion Barcelona, Barcelona Universal Hotel and Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar, managed by Melia.
What are the most convenient hotel rates in Barcelona?Rocket Hostels Gràcia in Barcelona offers one night in a double room at the price of £10.
What hotels are in the central Barcelona neighborhood?Kimpton VIVIDORA HOTEL, Catalonia Portal de l'Angel and Catedral Bas Apartments Barcelona are located in the central neighborhood of Barcelona.
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