Top hotels in Barcelona
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.
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.
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.
Found in Barcelona’s vibrant Theatre district, close to Parallel Metro station, this modern 4-star hotel makes an ideal base from which to explore the city and surrounding areas. Hotel highlights include a 24-hour reception, restaurant, bar and free wifi.
Standing out for its unique oval structure and avant-garde design, the Barceló Raval hotel sits in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood, one of the city's most fashionable areas. Enjoy delicious tapas and an extensive cocktail menu in the stylish B-Lounge service, and unwind by the pool on the rooftop terrace. Rooms at the Barceló Raval are furnished in a modern style, with iPod docking stations, minibars and free Wi-Fi.
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.
Located in the heart of Barcelona on a quiet pedestrian street. Next to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya. Porta de Angele shopping street is just 2 minutes walk away. Modernist style building with more than 100 years of history. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, double-glazed windows and private bathroom. Offering air conditioned rooms and free WIFI.
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.
The modern 4-star Pere IV is found in the buzzing Poblenou district, within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the Port Olimpic and the city’s beaches. The hotel's attractive restaurant specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and there is also a colourful indoor pool and a Spa recently opened with 120-square-metre, and mini gym with free access for hotel guest hammam and Finnish sauna. Free wi-fi access, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels is offered in every one of the Pere IV’s elegant rooms. Guests can enjoy one hour's free access to the spa between 10am-9pm. Is obligatory the use of shower cap and flip flop to access the Spa.Guests up to the age of 16 are allowed to use the spa between 10am-1pm and must be accompanied by an adult.
Incredibly chic, the 4-star The Gates Diagonal Barcelona is a contemporary hotel on the Avinguda Diagonal, a street famous for its modernist architecture. The hotel is located immediately neighbouring the Torre Agbar and opposite to Glories Shopping Centre. The coffee and lobby bars are cool places to enjoy a drink, as is the rooftop pool and terrace, and the Piano Restaurant serves Spanish cuisine. Combining dark woods and white fabrics and finishes, the The Gates Diagonal Barcelona’s stylish rooms all have free wifi, a private bathroom with shower and a flat-screen satellite TV.
Surrounded by modernist buildings in the buzzing L' Eixample district in central Barcelona, the 4-star Sunotel Club Central is within easy walking distance of the city’s tourist and cultural hotspots. A lovely retreat in the centre of the city, there’s a bar serving drinks and snacks, a business centre and a breakfast room. Relax on the solarium terrace, take a dip in the pool, unwind in the Jacuzzi, or get cosy in guest rooms with free wi-fi, flatscreen TVs and air conditioning.
The Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona hotel, located in the center of Barcelona's thriving financial district, opposite the Barcelona Convention Center and just 15 minutes from the city center, offers business travelers and visitors to Barcelona an ideal base for a trip to Spain's most populous city. Situated opposite Catalonia's largest shopping center, Diagonal Mar, and 25 minutes from Barcelona International Airport, this Barcelona, Spain hotel features bright and contemporary rooms with Mediterranean views, a fitness center with a sauna and flexible meeting and event space for 2–1,000.Relax by the seasonal outdoor pool and enjoy cocktails or lunch on the elegant outdoor terrace. Indulge in fresh Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine in the stylish hotel restaurant, the Indigo Restaurant, then take a stroll along the nearby beach and marina.
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Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff.
The modern Generator Hostel Barcelona is found in the trendy Eixample district, and a short walk away from Gaudi's iconic Casa Mila and the metro. The 24-hour front desk is the central focal point to a quirkily designed interior, where you'll find private lockers and a collection of information on Barcelona. Generator Hostel Barcelona offers both private rooms and dorms to cater for the Barcelona trip you desire with hairdryers and private bathrooms.
Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities, and an elevator (lift).
With a stay at INOUT Hostel Barcelona in Barcelona (Sarria-Sant Gervasi), you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Tibidabo Amusement Park and Parc de Collserola. This hostel is 8.8 mi (14.2 km) from Camp Nou and 9.2 mi (14.7 km) from Casa Mila.
With a stay at Lenin Hostel Barcelona in Barcelona (Eixample), you'll be steps from Passeig de Gracia and 3 minutes by foot from Casa Batllo. This hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Casa Mila and 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Placa de Catalunya.
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.
This simple hostel is set in Barrio Gotico. The premises count with 31 welcoming units. No pets are allowed on the premises.
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff.
Featured amenities include a computer station, multilingual staff, and luggage storage.
Hostal Radio is in central Barcelona, just 3 minutes’ walk from the MACBA and CCCB Modern Art Museums. It offers a 24-hour reception and colourful rooms with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at the Radio feature heating and a ceiling fan. Each one has a private bathroom. Guests at Hostal Radio are welcome to enjoy a free walking tour service, available on request. Hostal Radio offers coffee, capuccino, chocolate and cold drinks for sale at their waiting room. There are numerous bars, restaurants and shops within 2 minutes’ walk and both Universitat square and Catalunya square are just 5 minutes away. Airport buses leave from Plaza Catalunya and paid parking near the hotel is offered to our guests.
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 stylish guest house is located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. The Hostal Nitzs Bcn’s modern rooms include free Wi-Fi, bed linen and towels. Hostal Nitzs Bcn is surrounded by a range of bars and restaurants. Jaume I Metro Station is just 4 minutes’ walk away, while the Ramblas are 5 minutes away. The Nitzs Bcn has an air-conditioned social lounge with an LCD TV. Guests also have free access to a kitchen and dining room, with a microwave and fridge. There is a Nespresso machine.
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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.
Barcelona’s amazing weather has seen it chosen for our Where’s hot in July guide Find out the average temperatures and some tips on places to go, including the Marina and cultural film screenings.
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.
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