As I always say, I prefer to stay in the city center. Yes, it might be more expensive than in the outskirts or farther parts of the city, but I spend less if none time in transport as the majority of sights are usually within walking distance in this case. I feel safer in central areas and I can stay outside after dark as well. So, where to stay in Barcelona?
Below is a selection of hotels and hostels based on my idea of the best areas to stay in Barcelona and on the reviews: I included here those that have high scores and some cheaper options. As always, read the reviews first! I tried to select cheap accommodation, but the price depends heavily on the season.
My best advice is to stay in Ciutat Vella: this district is in the very center of Barcelona. La Rambla, Ciutadella Park, Barceloneta beach, all these places are in Ciutat Vella. Actually, it consists of four neighborhoods that are much more familiar to travelers.
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I include the price range as well for one person to make the choice easier and for less clicks 🙂 Just like I said the price is not exact, it is just for your information, and depends on the season and the room whether it is a bed in a dormitory, a single or a double, so check the prices and availability.
Barri Gotic or Gothic Quarter is, probably, the most famous neighborhood in Barcelona. Travelers and locals go there to walk its narrow streets and sit in its many plazas. The Cathedral of Barcelona is in Barri Gotic. There are plenty of restaurants and bars here: vegetarians could go to Vegetalia, for tapas you may choose Viana Barcelona or Bar del Pla.
Where to stay in Barri Gotic, Barcelona
Apartments HHB – price range 60-100 EUR per night – apartments not far from the Arch of Triumph.
Hostal Fernando – price range 45-110 EUR per night – a hotel not far from Liceu subway station offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Hotel Ingles – price range 40-90 EUR per night – a hotel not far from Liceu subway station offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Hostal Excellence – price range 40-90 EUR per night – a hotel not far from Placa de Catalunya offering rooms with shared bathrooms.
Itaca Hostel – price range 20-40 EUR per bed per night in a dormitory – a hostel a minute away from the Cathedral of Barcelona.
Or check everything available in Barri Gotic for your dates.
As you guessed it, la Barceloneta is about beaches and fish restaurants. And the best part about the beach is that it is clean and free. It is, probably, the most expensive part when it comes to accommodation. The Museum of History of Catalonia is here as well. When it comes to restaurants, for tapas you might go to La Cova Fumada, for pizza go to Acqua & Farina and for fresh juices go to Fruit Express.
Where to stay in la Barceloneta, Barcelona
Residencia Universitaria Campus del Mar – price range 60-90 EUR per night – not far from the beach, offers rooms with private bathrooms.
Safestay Barcelona Sea – price range 14-30 EUR per bed per night in a dormitory – a hostel a minute away from the beach.
Or check everything available in la Barceloneta for your dates.
Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera/El Born
This is the neighborhood with the Ciutadella Park, one of my favorite spots in Barcelona. Here you can find the Picasso Museum, the Museum of Chocolate, the Arch of Triumph, etc. the best known part of this neighborhood is El Born, which sounds more familiar than Sant Pere. El Born, which was chosen by aristocrats in the medieval times, now is the home to the artistic community of Barcelona and plenty of bars. For tapas and lively atmosphere go to El Xampanyet, for cocktails pay a visit to Dr. Stravinski.
Where to stay in Sant Pere/el Born, Barcelona
Hotel Santa Marta – price range 65-130 EUR per night – a hotel not far from the Ciutadella Park offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Chic & Basic Zoo – price range 45-100 EUR per night – a hotel not far from the Ciutadella Park offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Born Barcelona Hostel – price range 40-50 EUR per bed in a dormitory and 120-200 EUR for a room – a hostel and hotel at the Ciutadella Park, a minute away from the Arch of Triumph.
Pension Ciudadela – price range 20-70 EUR per night – a hotel not far from the Ciutadella Park offering rooms with private and shared bathrooms.
Or check everything available in el Born for your dates.
Where to stay in el Raval, Barcelona
Hotel Aneto – price range 55-90 EUR per night – a hotel a minute away from La Rambla.
Hostal La Palmera – price range 55-80 EUR per night – a hotel a minute away from La Rambla and Liceu subway station.
Hostal Nou Raval – price 35 EUR per night – a hotel not far from La Rambla and Liceu subway station offering rooms with private and shared bathrooms.
Be Sound Hostel – price range 14-35 EUR per bed in a dormitory – a cheap hostel not far from Paral-lel subway station.
Ideal Youth Hostel – price range 12-25 EUR per bed in a dormitory – a cheap hostel a minute away from La Rambla and Liceu subway station.
Or check everything available in el Raval for your dates:
This is another huge district of Barcelona full of fancy shops, like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and cheaper brands like Zara and H&M. It includes Placa de Catalunya, a starting point for almost all travelers. My advice here would be to stay somewhere within walking distance from Passeig de Gracia, where the famous La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are located. Eixample is cheaper than Ciutat Vella and travelers can find many hostels here.
Where to stay in Eixample, Barcelona
Pensió Cerdanya – price range 40-90 EUR per night – a hotel not far from the Ciutadella Park.
Hostal Martinval – price range 35-85 EUR per night – a hotel not far from La Pedrera and the Egyptian Museum.
Casa Kessler Barcelona – price range 28-45 EUR per bed in a dormitory and 125-155 EUR per room – a hostel and hotel not far from Passeig de Gracia.
Rodamón Barcelona Hostel – price range 18-45 EUR per bed per night in a dormitory and 55-95 EUR per room – a hostel and hotel at Diagonal subway station, a minute away from Passeig de Gracia.
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace – price range 14-55 EUR per bed in a dormitory and 55-100 EUR per room – a hostel and hotel not far from Passeig de Gracia.
Or check everything available in Eixample for your dates.
An alternative to hotels
Being honest, hostels and hotels alike are very expensive in Barcelona, so my first point of search is Airbnb. It is not as cheap as I want it to be, but if you are willing to share an apartment with its host, you may find some good deal. For example, my friend and I stayed a week in the beginning of June for 360 EUR in a room 2 minutes away from the beach. For your first booking and discount click here.