There are many fine hotels in Barcelona, from cosy independent hotels to lavish luxury hotels offering incredible views... Read more
Many Barcelona hotels are small, locally-run establishments which offer good value accommodation that is clean and comfortable. Tourists requiring more upmarket hotels also have a wealth of choice, whether they are looking for some shopping therapy or rest and relaxation on the beach. The majority of visitors choose to stay in the central areas, as Barcelona's excellent public transport system whisks them around the city in a matter of minutes.
Hotels along Las Ramblas and close to Placa Catalunya will suit every budget, from basic no-frills accommodation to the 5* Meridien Hotel. A central location, excellent transport links and beautiful, interesting historic streets make the Old City an excellent area to stay.
Eixample is known for many upmarket hotels, including the 5* Mandarin Oriental, on Passeig de Gracia, where residents can take a dip in the rooftop pool or eat in the Michelin-starred restaurant.
The streets and squares of Gracia are generally peaceful until the third week in August, when the Gracia Festival takes place. The streets of Gracia are filled with a riot of colour as each street adopts a different decorative theme and music plays in all the squares. It is advisable for visitors wishing to stay in this area during August to book early.
Due to its location away from the centre of the city, Montjuic is a quiet and relaxed environment. Close to public transport links, central Barcelona is only minutes away, but the choice of hotels here is equally good. Ranging from small 2* establishments to the 5* luxury of the Miramar, visitors can choose according to their budget.
The most famous 5* beach hotel is W Barcelona, next to Barceloneta Beach. Its impressive sail-like structure is hard to miss and offers incredible views across Barcelona. Many chain hotels can be found near the beach front, in addition to beautifully designed boutique hotels for those with deeper pockets.