Where to stay in Barcelona

Where is the best area to stay in Barcelona?

Whether it’s your first trip or your fifth, the question of where to stay in Barcelona will be one of your most important ones.


The vibrant city of Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and is the second largest city in the country. This is a destination that is known for everything from its incredible architecture to its rich history and diverse culture. Many people flock to Barcelona to take in the fascinating architectural work of Antoni Gaudi, including the fabulous but as yet unfinished La Sagrada Familia. Of course, there is far more to this city than just the architecture. You can look forward to great shopping, entertainment,  family attractions and exciting sightseeing tours. You can also enjoy the beaches, beautiful weather and the chance to kick back and relax as you take in the unique Barcelona vibe.


When it comes to finding the best area to stay in Barcelona, the city centre is an obvious choice for most people. This includes areas within the city centre such as the Gothic Quarter, the bustling and vibrant Las Ramblas and the Eixample area, which is where you will find some of Gaudi’s most famous work including La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. All of these areas will put you within easy reach of Barcelona’s sights and attractions as well as entertainment and shopping. You will also find it easy to get around when you stay in the city centre, as you can benefit from convenient access to transport links. This makes sightseeing and enjoying the attractions far easier, particularly if you do not have access to a car during your time in the city.


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Hotel   Avg price
Ciutat de Barcelona
Carrer de la Princesa, 35
119€ - 127$
Hotel Jazz
Carrer Pelai, 3
151€ - 162$
Catalonia Portal de l'Angel
Portal del Angel, 17
203€ - 217$
Room Mate Pau
Fontanella, 7
231€ - 247$
Hotel   Avg price
Hotel 1898
La Rambla, 109
247€ - 264$
Catolonia Catedral
Carrer Arcs, 10
260€ - 278$
Catalonia Square 4* Sup
Ronda Sant Pere, 9
266€ - 285$
Olivia Plaza Hotel
Plaça de Catalunya, 19
276€ - 295$
Hotel   Avg price
Ohla Hotel
Via Laitena, 49
354€ - 379$


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Barcelona city centre, the best area to stay in for first time visitors

Barcelona City CentreWhen you stay in Barcelona’s city centre, you will certainly never be short of things to see and do, as you will find yourself at the heart of the action in this area. There are a number of different key areas that you can select from within the city centre, and the cost of accommodation along with the facilities and amenities available will vary depending on which one you select. No matter which part of the city centre you stay in, you can expect to enjoy a full and diverse itinerary, although you can also enjoy plenty of opportunities to kick back and relax if you wish to do so.


One of the main parts of the city centre is Barri Gotic, or the Gothic Quarter. This is the central part of the old city and is filled with Medieval buildings. The area is mostly pedestrianised other than for service vehicles, which makes it ideal for those who like to explore on foot. There are many great landmarks and sights to enjoy in this part of the city centre, which includes the remains of the Temple of Augustus, the Church of Santa Maria del Pi, and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia.


If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a really busy area, you can choose accommodation at Las Ramblas, which is at the heart of the action. This is a boulevard that is lively, packed with sights and attractions, offers some great street entertainment, and provides easy access to everything from a choice of dining facilities through to a variety of shops. Las Ramblas runs for more than a kilometer and at the southern most end of it you will find Port Vell, the attractive waterfront harbor where you can enjoy a bite to eat, a refreshing drink, and some wonderful views.


Another very popular choice in Barcelona city centre is Eixample, which is home to a variety of architectural wonders. This is an area that is filled with modernist buildings and is home to some of the most famous Gaudi treasures, which includes La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. You will also find a fair amount of nightlife to enjoy in this part of the city, so if you consider yourself something of a party animal this is a great place to come.



Hotels in Barcelona City Centre


Other Places to Stay in Barcelona


In addition to the city centre, Barcelona also offers a range of other great places where you can stay. While these are not as close to the main attractions and tourist hotspots as the city centre, they offer their own unique charm and character. Some of the other places you can choose from here include:



Gracia Neighborhood


Best area to stay in Barcelona for young adults and couples


Gracia NeighborhoodThis neighborhood is around one kilometre north of the centre of Barcelona, and offers a great insight into Catalan culture. You will find that this area has a more authentic feel and atmosphere than some of the more touristy areas, which is great if you consider yourself something of a culture vulture. You can visit attractions such as Guell Park and Casa Vicens.


Also, depending on when you visit you might even be able to take in the delights of the week long Festa Major de Gracia, which will enable you to enjoy a wide variety of street festivities.



Hotels in Gracia





El Born Neighborhood


Best area to stay in Barcelona for shopping and nightlife



El Born NeighborhoodThis is a very fashionable and cosmopolitan part of the city, which is perfect for those who want a good combination of nightlife, shopping, entertainment, and sightseeing. You can enjoy sitting outside the cafes to sip a drink, heading to one of a variety of bars for a bite to eat and simply relaxing as you watch the world go by. Of course, there are also many attractions that you can look forward to when you stay in this area.


This includes The Picasso Museum and the Textile Museum. If you are into retail therapy, you will also find many shops and boutiques to explore in El Born.



Hotels in El Born





La Barceloneta


Best area to stay in Barcelona for beaches



La-BarcelonetaThe 1992 Olympic Games changed Barcelona's seafront with its becoming a highly popular location by both locals and tourists. La Barceloneta, the fishermen's neighborhood, has noted this boom and it suffers as a result. Its tranquility and the essence of the neighbourhood have been lost due to the developments to encourage tourism.


There are apartments available for tourists to rent close to the beach and the quality of the local paella has not changed. Between June and September, swimming is most enjoyable but as winter approaches, the water cools.



Hotels in La Barceloneta





Sant-Montjuïc Area


Best area to stay in Barcelona with family


Sants-montjuicThe Sant-Montjuïc area has many incentives to stay in it. It is close to the centre, less than 15 minutes by metro, and we have everything we need: restaurants and shopping, in the Las Arenas shopping centre, tourist attractions such as the magic fountain of Montjuïc, and parks such as the Joan Miró park if we travel with children.


Other advantages are that we will be close to the Barcelona-Sants station if we travel by train, near the Palau Sant Jordi if we go to a concert, or near the Barcelona Fair, whith a good offer of hotels at a good price when there is no fair scheduled.



Hotels in Sants-Montjuïc





Camp Nou Area


Best area to stay in Barcelona for football fans



Camp Nou, BarcelonaThe only real reason to visit the Camp Nou area is to go to a FC Barcelona game or at least take a tour around its Stadium. It is just 30 minutes from the center of Barcelona and has lively and quiet parts.


The district has shops and restaurants but not really enough to attract the visitor there unless football is involved. Certainly, it doesn't have the lively nightlife of Gracia or El Born.



Hotels near Camp Nou