Where to stay in Barcelona, Spain

Where to stay in Barcelona, Spain

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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Barri Gotic

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 – apartments not far from the Arch of Triumph.
Hostal Fernando – a hotel not far from Liceu subway station offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Hotel Ingles – a hotel not far from Liceu subway station offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Hostal Excellence – a hotel not far from Placa de Catalunya offering rooms with shared bathrooms.
Itaca Hostel – a hostel a minute away from the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Or check everything available in Barri Gotic for your dates.

La Barceloneta

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 – not far from the beach, offers rooms with private bathrooms.
Safestay Barcelona Sea – 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


Chic & Basic Zoo – a hotel not far from the Ciutadella Park offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Hotel Santa Marta – a hotel not far from the Ciutadella Park offering rooms with private bathrooms.
Born Barcelona Hostel – a hostel and hotel at the Ciutadella Park, a minute away from the Arch of Triumph.
Pension Ciudadela – 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.

El Raval

El Raval neighborhood includes the famous La Rambla and Boqueria Market. For really delicious food go to Romesco, for tapas go to O’Toxo Tres Hermanos, for vegetarian food go to Veggie Garden.

Where to stay in el Raval, Barcelona

Hostal La Palmera – a hotel a minute away from La Rambla and Liceu subway station.
Hotel Aneto – a hotel a minute away from La Rambla.
Hostal Nou Raval – a hotel not far from La Rambla and Liceu subway station offering rooms with private and shared bathrooms.
Be Sound Hostel – a cheap hostel not far from Paral-lel subway station.
Ideal Youth Hostel – a cheap hostel a minute away from La Rambla and Liceu subway station.

Or check everything available in el Raval for your dates:

Eixample

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 – a hotel not far from the Ciutadella Park.
Hostal Martinval – a hotel not far from La Pedrera and the Egyptian Museum.
Rodamón Barcelona Hostel – a hostel and hotel at Diagonal subway station, a minute away from Passeig de Gracia.
Casa Kessler Barcelona – a hostel not far from Passeig de Gracia.
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace – a hostel 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.

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5 thoughts on “Where to stay in Barcelona, Spain

  1. Carmela Hopkins says:

    I like your site!
    Can you tell me where the Carmen Amaya Fountain is? It was dedicated to her some years after her death, as she always went there for water for her family when she was growing up. It’s the main reason I’m going to Barcelona from Arizona!

    • Marianna says:

      Hi Carmela!
      Glad you like it 🙂
      The fountain is in Placa de Brugada, just across the road from the Barceloneta beach. Hope it helps!

  2. Carmela says:

    Wow, that was a fast response! Thank you.
    Do you know what the name of the fountain is, so I can look for a photo of it online?

    • Marianna says:

      If you put to Google Search Fuente de Carmen Amaya, you will see the pics. If you put Font Carmen Amaya in Google Maps, you will see the exact location 🙂

  3. Carmela says:

    You’re amazingly helpful. I’ve been trying to find that specific onformation for a long time.
    Thank you, Marianna.

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