Best Area to Stay in Barcelona | Best Places to Stay in Barcelona
If you’re having trouble deciding where you want to stay in Barcelona, think about the Barcelona attraction you’re most excited about visiting. And then bring your pillow, and cuddle up next to it. You may be surprised to learn that many of the city’s top sights have cozy and fancy hotels located right on their doorstep. If you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you look at pictures of la Sagrada Familia, then imagine how fantastic it will feel to go to sleep while gazing out the window at the real-life version up close and personal. There’s so many guides out there that will say this neighborhood is the best or that neighborhood is the best, but it’s honestly so subjective. Herbert Historybuff may feel most at home in the old city’s Gothic Quarter, but Bubba Beachchaser may long for a seaview hotel over one soaked in historical charm that simply just bores him. Only you know the types of places you like best. So pick your place. And then pick your hotel. We made it easy for ya. Here’s our list of the best places to stay in Barcelona.
Best Hotel in the Gothic Quarter
We had a hard time picking just one, so if you’re seeking a hotel centrally located to all the top attractions in the Gothic Quarter, none of these hotels will disappoint. The Gothic Quarter earns my pick as favorite neighborhood in all of Barcelona, and we adore its hotels.
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona – the Best Overall Hotel in the Gothic Quarter
This elegant hotel lies within walking distance to all the top sights of the Gothic Quarter. It features a roof terrace with a bar and plunge pool, port-view rooms overlooking the harbour, free wifi, and excellent reviews.
Barcelona Hotel Colon – the Best Cathedral View Hotel in the Gothic Quarter
Our favorite Barcelona Cathedral-view hotel in the Gothic Quarter, Hotel Colon delights guests with its rooftop terrace set against a cathedral backdrop so close you almost feel you could reach out and touch it. This rooftop bar and restaurant also overlooks the square, so you can sit on the roof, sip some wine, and listen to performers play music every night below (like a free concert). There’s also a free 7th floor spa, and the hop-on-hop-off bus stops out front, so it’s easy to tour the city.
Best Barcelona Hotel Near la Sagrada Familia – (Directly Across the Street!)
The Ayre Hotel Rosellon sits directly across the street from the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. And a rooftop terrace and bar overlooks the church from ten stories up. Guest rooms facing the Sagrada Familia can be a bit noisy, however, but the view is spectacular. If you’d like a quieter night of rest, you can request an interior room and still have access to all the rooftop amenities.
Best Art Hotel Near Palau Guell – (Directly Across the Street!)
The Gaudi Hotel Barcelona lies directly across the street from Palau Guell, and like many of the entries on this list, it also features a rooftop terrace. The best part about this rooftop is that it places you right at eye level of the most colorful (and famous) part of the Palau Guell architecture — the rooftop chimney spires constructed from a kaleidoscope of cracked ceramic tiles. The hotel’s interior also mirrors Gaudi’s artistic style, with the lobby’s stairs adorned in the same chiseled mosaic of colors you see on Palau Guell’s architecture. If you’re a fan of art, architecture, and Gaudi, then this is the hotel for you.
Best Barcelona Hotel Near Park Güell
Unfortunately, Catalonia Park Guell’s not located directly across the street from Park Guell, but it’s just a few blocks and short walk away (and the closest hotel that we could find to this top Barcelona attraction.) You’ll love the rooftop pool and clean, comfy rooms.
Best Hotel Near Parc de la Ciutadella – (Directly Across the Street!)
In trend with almost all the other hotels on this list, the K +K Hotel Picasso lies directly across from a favorite attraction — Parc de la Ciutadella. It has a rooftop pool, and the hop-on-hop-off bus stops right in front of the hotel, making transportation convenient.
Best Barcelona Beach Hotel
I’ve never stayed in a W Hotel that I didn’t like, and this one sits right on the beach at Barceloneta Beach. As Barcelona’s most popular beachfront hotel, the W features guest rooms with floor to ceiling windows, an infinity pool, wet deck, spa, and stunning high-rise views.