You’ve booked the tickets and you’ve got your to-do list all planned out. Now it’s time to choose exactly where to stay in Barcelona to make sure your trip is the best it can be.
But whether you’re looking to stay in one of the best hotels in central Barcelona, a budget hostel close to the beach or a more boutique option just steps from La Sagrada Familia, we’ve got you covered.
This post has been contributed to by some of my favourite bloggers and shares our top picks of places to stay in Barelona. Now, let’s get booking!
Hotel Sixtytwo, Eixample, Barcelona
Set across from Casa Batlló in the city centre, Hotel Sixtytwo is a fabulous place to stay in Barcelona. This boutique hotel mixes contemporary stylings with a historic location and is bursting with authentic Spanish hospitality.
Rooms range from standard double rooms to junior suites with rooftop terraces. All are comfortable and beautifully furnished with a king-sized bed or two singles, a private bathroom with luxury toiletries and additional seating to either work from or relax in front of the TV with a cup of coffee from the in-room Nespresso machine. Wi-fi is also included throughout.
If your Barcelona hotel budget can stretch a little, it is worth upgrading to a deluxe room or suite with a terrace to benefit from the outside space. Why not pick up a bottle of wine from a local bodega and enjoy it from your private sun lounger or balcony overlooking Paseo de Gracia? Bliss!
Breakfast is served in the dining room on the 1st floor, where fresh orange juice and cooked organic eggs are the order of the day. There’s also plenty of choice for vegetarians in Barcelona from the buffet, from toast, cheeses and DIY ‘pan con tomate’ to pastries, yoghurts and fresh fruit. After 11 am, you can order food to your room from the room service menu, or grab an iced tea, sangria, water and snacks from the dining room, all completely free of charge!
Aside from the comfortable rooms and desirable location, nothing can beat Hotel Sixtytwo’s staff for their warm welcome and recommendations on restaurants and things to do. Coming back to this Barcelona hotel after a busy day’s sightseeing really felt like coming home.
The Arai Aparthotel, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona
If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Barcelona, look no further than the Arai Aparthotel. This 4-star boutique hotel is located in a restored 18th-century palace in the Gothic Quarter, within walking distance of the city’s top attractions.
The 31 beautifully decorated apartments feature high ceilings with open beams, marble bathrooms with a shower or bathtub, and original elements incorporated into the stunning decor. Plus, they’re spacious enough for 2-4 people, making them a great option for families or groups. And they all feature a fully equipped kitchen.
While the hotel is truly unique, the staff’s attention to each guest is what makes it feel like you are staying at one of the best hotels in Barcelona. They will go out of their way to attend to every detail whether it’s coordinating a day trip to Montserrat, serving a delicious breakfast to your room or providing treats and a special bed for your pampered pooch.
Other amenities include a rooftop terrace and pool, fitness facilities, and a restaurant serving Catalan cuisine and delicious tapas. So whether you’re looking for a place to relax or explore, the Arai Aparthotel is a perfect choice.
Recommended by Jenifer of The Evolista
H10 Metropolitan, Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona
If you’re visiting Barcelona for the first time, staying in the city centre is the best option. And H10 Metropolitan is the perfect hotel if you want to stay in the heart of Barcelona. It is located a few minutes from Plaza de Cataluña and Las Ramblas.
Not only is this four-star hotel location great but the hotel itself is too. The rooms are decorated in a modern and unique way and are very spacious. Some of these rooms also include a cute small balcony where you can enjoy the views of the street and a bit of Plaza de Cataluña.
The hotel facilities are another reason to stay at H10 Metropolitan. You can enjoy a meal at its restaurant or a cocktail on its outdoor terrace on the ground floor or rooftop bar. Both bars have swimming pools to cool down in the summer months.
In addition to the amazing facilities, the hotel is surrounded by plenty of restaurants and tapas bar options, so you don’t need to go far for a meal.
Recommended by Cristina of My Little World of Travelling
Generator Hostel, Grácia District, Barcelona
First, the entire vibe of the hostel is very youthful and fun. There are a few swings in the lobby, a game room, and even a bar downstairs with a DJ booth! In terms of other facilities, the hostel also has lockers and luggage storage, which came in handy for long days of exploration after check out, breakfast, and a 24/7 staffed front desk. The front desk staff were extremely knowledgeable with suggestions and recommendations, so always ask for their advice when you stay at any hostel.
As for location, the hostel is located centrally in Barcelona, only a few blocks away from the Sagrada Familia – Barcelona’s most famous tourist attraction. Generator is also only a short taxi away from Parc Guell and the beach.
Shared single-gender dorm rooms are available, but this location also offers more private rooms or larger, co-ed rooms if you’re looking to save a bit more.
Pro tip: In hostels, the single-gender rooms are always more expensive than the co-ed dorms. Plus, the rooms get cheaper as you add more bunks to the room, so a private room will be the most expensive.
Recommended by Nicole from The Abroad Blog
H10 Madison, Gothic Quarter
H10 Madison is a gorgeous 4-star hotel located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. Just a short walk from many of the city’s main attractions, it’s set in a prime location.
The rooms are spacious and airy with contemporary furnishings and mod cons. Some rooms and suites have a private balcony with views of the majestic Barcelona Cathedral. H10 Madison also has a fitness centre, sauna and 24-hour room service.
One of the biggest draws of the hotel is its stunning rooftop terrace complete with a heated plunge pool and sun lounger area. As one of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona, it’s a lovely spot to sip on a cocktail on a balmy summer evening with some delicious tapas. All while gazing at panoramic views over the cityscape.
With friendly staff and excellent facilities, H10 Madison is an ideal hotel if you’re looking for a luxurious yet relaxing bolthole in a dreamy location.
Recommended by Jessie from Pocket Wanderings
The Sunotel Club Central, Eixample, Barcelona
The Sunotel Club Central is a fantastic 4-star hotel located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona—very close to where all the action is. It’s a vibrant area within walking distance to Passeig de Gràcia, an important business and shopping avenue, and Plaça de Catalunya, a large square bursting with history and modern architecture.
For those visiting Barcelona as part of a larger road trip across Spain or even Europe, make sure to rent a good campervan. That said, staying in a hotel for a night is actually a great idea because it gives you access to comfortable hotel facilities and amenities, which may not be available on a camping ground.
The hotel itself is super cosy and clean, offering various room types to suit your budget. But the main highlight is, of course, the rooftop terrace where guests are welcome to lounge and use the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Not to mention a range of complimentary services, including high-speed internet and bicycles, which you can use to explore Barcelona.
Recommended by Bradley from Dream Big, Travel Far
Hotel Europark, Eixample, Barcelona
Located in the heart of the city, the boutique Hotel Europark is the perfect place to base yourself to explore the city. You’ll be less than a 15-minute walk to La Sagrada Familia, Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló, and many other famous sights.
The hotel offers a variety of modern and beautifully designed rooms, including a penthouse with spectacular panoramic views of the city and La Sagrada Familia. If you skip staying in the penthouse, you can still enjoy the city views from the eighth-floor terrace, including a bar and pool — the ideal place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
The hotel does offer a breakfast buffet in the morning, but it is also in a great location to enjoy many of Barcelona’s best vegan restaurants, which are just a stone’s throw away!
Recommended by Rebecca from Veggies Abroad
So there you have it – our top picks for where to stay in Barcelona. No matter where you pick, you’re sure to have a wonderful time in this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Enjoy!