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Where to stay in Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - : View of the Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

Barcelona is the coastal capital of the Catalonia region of Spain. As the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is best known for art, architecture and culture. The Sagrada Familia Church is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona, and this is the home of modernist architect Antoni Gaudi.

With history dating back to the third century BC, the city centre today is full of engaging art museums and is home to over 1.6 million residents. Barcelona is a very popular European vacation destination, and visitors will find so many things to do in Barcelona. As a fairly large city center, it can be daunting to decide where to stay in Barcelona, so we’ve rounded up some of the best neighborhoods to choose from.

We will cover off all types of Barcelona accommodation options from Hostels to cheap hotels in Barcelona and luxury Barcelona hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Barcelona, the best Barcelona hotels, best places in Barcelona (to stay and to visit), the best places to stay in Barcelona Spain, the best neighborhoods in Barcelona to stay and many more. 

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El Born – Where to stay in Barcelona first time

El Born is one of Barcelona’s trendiest neighborhoods, with a lively atmosphere both day and at night. Located close to the shore, the neighborhood was once the seaside property of medieval aristocrats. Today, El Born offers dozens of galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and boutiques. While the neighborhood is popular with tourists, there is a distinct bohemian feel, with some of the oldest buildings in the city and a thriving international community. Barcelona visitors who want to stay in the heart of the action should consider staying in El Born.

Best Places to Stay in El Born

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in El Born:

Itaca Hostel
Hostal Dragonflybcn
Bed & Art Hostel
Hip Karma Hostel

Budget Hotels in El Born:

Hotel Jaume I
Hotel Monegal
Hotel Lloret Ramblas
Hotel El Call

Mid-Range Hotels in El Born:

ILUNION Almirante
Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel
Regencia Colon Hotel
Catalonia Magdalenes

Family Friendly Hotels in El Born:

Colon Hotel
Catalonia Catedral
HCC Montblanc
Catalonia Portal de l’Angel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in El Born:

H10 Madison
Grand Hotel Central
Hotel Ohla Barcelona
Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa
H10 Cubik

BARCELONA,SPAIN:Street in El Born,trendy quarter in historic center of Barcelona.

Gothic Quarter – Safest areas to stay in Barcelona

The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona (also known as Barri Gòtic) is the centre of the old city or old town (depending who you speak to) of Barcelona. It offers has medieval narrow streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and restaurants. The Gothic Quarter is in my opinion the best location to stay in Barcelona.

Artisans along these streets near the Cathedral of Barcelona sell everything from leather to jewelry. While flower stalls and street-food vendors fill the busy avenue of La Rambla. The Placa del Pi, named after the Gothic church, often hosts a weekend art market.

Best places to stay in Gothic Quarter

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Gothic Quarter:

Hostal Coral
Pension Mariluz
Hostal Levante

Budget Hotels in Gothic Quarter:

Hotel Jaume I
Hotel El Call
Hotel Adagio
Hostal Fernando

Mid range Hotels in Gothic Quarter:

Gran Hotel Barcino
Hotel Suizo
Hotel Gotico
AinB Gothic-Jaume I

Family Friendly Hotels in Gothic Quarter:

Catalonia Avinyo
Aparthotel Arai
Hotel Condal
Colon Hotel (best views of the Gothic church)

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gothic Quarter:

Mercer Hotel Barcelona
Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux
The Wittmore Hotel
Hotel DO (best hotel in Barcelona)

Barcelona, Spain - 14th-century Gothic church Santa Maria del Pi in the gothic quarter of Barcelona Spain in Placa del Pi with colorful flags and a small cafe

El Raval – Where to stay in Barcelona for nightlife

For an edgier side of Barcelona, check out El Raval neighborhood. Once the red-light district, El Raval underwent an overhaul in the 1980’s, but still retains a gritty feel in some areas. The bright side of El Raval is being home to some of the best bars and restaurants in Barcelona. The Museum of contemporary art is in El Raval, as is the Palau Guell, a Gaudi mansion from the late 1800’s that can be toured. If you’ve chosen your location in El Raval carefully, you will love this cultural neighborhood of Barcelona.

Best Places to Stay in El Raval

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in El Raval:

Poprooms Barcelona
Hostal Las Flores
St Christopher’s Inn Barcelona
Hostal MiMi Las Ramblas

Budget Hotels in El Raval:

Hotel Monegal
Estudios Pelayo
Pension 45
Hotel Curious

Mid-Range Hotels in El Raval:

H10 Catalunya Plaza
Turin Hotel
Apartamentos Barcelona Nextdoor
Hotel Pulitzer
Exe Ramblas Boqueria

Family Friendly Hotels in El Raval:

Hotel Regina Barcelona
Catalonia Plaza Cataluna
Amister Apartments Barcelona
Royal Ramblas Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in El Raval:

Le Meridien Barcelona
Hotel 1898
Hotel Ohla Barcelona
AinB Las Ramblas-Guardia

BARCELONA,SPAIN-: Sculpture Cat, Gato, by Fernando Botero, located in Rambla del Raval, Barcelona.

Barceloneta – Where to stay in Barcelona for beach and nightlife

Beach lovers visiting Barcelona should consider staying in Barceloneta, a seaside neighborhood with the best beaches, ports and marinas of Barcelona. Barceloneta has a laid-back beach vibe, with open-air seafood restaurants, tapas bars and marinas where the posh yachts come to anchor. This is also where you can jump on the Port Cable Car that whisks you up to Montjuic with sweeping views of the city. If you plan to spend time at the beach, or seaside attractions such as the aquarium, then Barceloneta is a great place to stay in Barcelona.

Best Places to Stay in Barceloneta

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Barceloneta:

Pension Palacio

Budget Hotels in Barceloneta:

Som Nit Born
Hotel Marina Folch
Santa Marta Hotel
Lyon Hotel

Mid-Range Hotels in Barceloneta:

Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona
H10 Port Vell
Hotel Del Mar
Hotel Oasis

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Barceloneta:

W Barcelona
Hotel 54 Barceloneta

Playa de la Barceloneta city beach in the centre of Barcelona city, Catalonia region of Spain

Gracia – Best neighborhood to stay in Barcelona

If you are looking for a small village feel in the big city of Barcelona, check out the Gracia neighborhood. This is a great Barcelona neighborhood if you want to feel like a local, and see how Barcelona residents live day to day. Gracia is lined with leafy streets and is very walkable.

Many streets are pedestrian-only, so you can wander from square to square all day long. There are several Metro stops in Gracia, so you can easily access other areas of Barcelona for the days when you want to be a tourist. Despite not having many tourists attractions, there are still plenty of cafes, restaurants and boutiques to check out. This area is the best place to stay with family as its very relaxed and there are a few things to do for the kids.

Best Places to Stay in Gracia

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Gracia:

Yeah Barcelona Hostel
Gracia City Hostel
Generator Hostel Barcelona

Budget Hotels in Gracia:

Sweet BCN Traveller House
Hotel Gracia Garden
BCN Urban Hotels Bonavista
Casa Gracia

Mid-Range Hotels in Gracia:

Bas Apartments Gracia
Barna House B&B
Click&Flat Seneca Suites
Casa Bella Gracia

Family Friendly Hotels in Gracia:

Hotel Well and Come
Catalonia La Pedrera
Suites Center Barcelona
Bonavista Apartments – Passeig de Gracia

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gracia:

El Palauet Living Barcelona
CoolRooms Paseo de Gracia
Casa Fuster Hotel
Le Palacete

Barcelona, Spain - .: Facade Casa Batllo, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Passeig de Gracia Located in the Eixample district

Poble Sec – Where to stay in Barcelona on a budget

Foodies visiting Barcelona might consider staying in Poble Sec, an up and coming neighborhood in the shadow of Montjuic. This central area is close to everything, but also isolated enough to be a bit quieter than other popular neighborhoods. The Metro will take you anywhere around Barcelona, and adjacent neighborhoods such as El Born are within walking distance from Poble Sec. You can hike up Montjuic and take the Port Cable Car over to the beach. During the day, Poble Sec is a quiet residential area, but truly comes alive at night when the streets come alive with revelers.

Best Places to Stay in Poble Sec

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Poble Sec:

HelloBCN Hostel
Futura Casa Lola
Hostel One Ramblas
Pars Teatro Hostel

Budget Hotels in Poble Sec:

Barcelona Fifteen Luxury Hostel
Coronado Hotel
Pension Peiro

Mid-Range Hotels in Poble Sec:

Charmsuites Nou Rambla Apartments
Hotel Brummell
Hotel Paral – lel

Family Friendly Hotels in Poble Sec:

Tryp Barcelona Apolo Hotel

Chimneys at the Office building of the former power station in Barcelona's District Poble Sec

Sant Antoni -The coolest place to stay Barcelona

Another quiet, but central, neighborhood of Barcelona is Sant Antoni. With a residential feel complimented by quiet streets, Sant Antoni is a hipster heaven. Centered around the Sant Antoni Market which dates back to 1882. This neighborhood is wedged between El Raval and Poble Sec, two other central districts. This is an area for street art, art galleries and hip cafes where young people gather for weekend brunch. If Raval is too edgy, and Poble Sec to busy, consider staying in Sant Antoni when you visit Barcelona.

Best Places to Stay in Sant Antoni

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Sant Antoni:

Hostal Delfos
TOC Hostel Barcelona
HolidaysBCN Hostel

Budget Hotels in Sant Antoni:

Bird House
Hostal Balkonis
Hostal Plaza Goya Bcn

Mid-Range Hotels in Sant Antoni:

Stay Together Barcelona Apartments
Sunotel Central
Caledonian Hotel
BCN Urban Hotels Gran Ronda

Family Friendly Hotels in Sant Antoni:

Silken Concordia Hotel
Evenia Rocafort
HCC Lugano

BARCELONA,SPAIN- Public market, building,Mercat Sant Antoni,Sant Antoni quarter,Eixample district,Barcelona.

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Where to stay in Barcelona

Where to stay in Barcelona

Where to stay in Barcelona


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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!