Find Holiday Apartments in Barcelona with Local Advice
If you’re like me you’re sick of hostels.
You also probably don’t see the sense in splurging on a hotel if you’re out all day sightseeing.
Luckily there’s a happy medium to be found: spending less but getting the privacy of your own holiday apartment in Barcelona. And I’m gonna show you how to do it properly.
Also! Make sure you keep reading on to my free apartment finder service.
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Barcelona Holiday Apartments
1 – My top 12 apartments in Barcelona
2 – How to book your apartment
3 – Why you should book with Booking
4 – Why rent an apartment in Barcelona?
5 – Barcelona apartment rental hacks
6 – My free apartment finder service
Top Apartments in Barcelona
After being in touch with readers and doing some research myself I’ve made a list of some of the best apartments in Barcelona.
I’ve taken into account the needs of my typical blog reader (location, rating, and price): if these are the top of nearly 2000 holiday apartments there’s surely a good reason!
Still haven’t found anything? I suggest writing me below or checking out the deals on Airbnb.
There’s a €2.48 city tax per person per day not included in online booking portal prices.
All properties have WiFi and towels included.
INSIDE BARCELONA APARTMENTS MERCAT
€90.00+ | Rating: 9.3 | Size: 65 m² | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Area: Born
This beautifully renovated apartment block near Ciutadella Park and the Picasso Museum is particularly good for young couples. You’ll be near some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.
Even though it’s super central in the Old Town it’s found in a calm pedestrian street and you’ll also be within striking distance to the beach – just a 20 minute walk.
Amenities: flat screen TV, terrace, AC/heating, kitchen, washing machine, dining room.
From airport: Aerobus to Universitat + bus H16 to Parc de la Ciutadella + 5 minutes walking.
LODGING APARTMENTS GUELL GAUDI
€95.00+ | Rating: 8.7 | Size: 68 m² | Metro: Alfons X (L5) | Area: Guinardó
This spacious apartment is just steps from the legendary Park Guell.
Here you get great value for small groups and families – the latter of which will take full advantage of the huge park. This recently renovated apartment can accommodate up to 5 people.
Being so high up also gives you an amazing view from the small balcony. If you are looking for calm without being too far from the main attractions, this is the perfect apartment!
Amenities: flat screen TV, AC/heating, balcony, kitchen, dining room, two bathrooms.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + metro L4 from Urquinaona to Alfons X + 5 minute walk.
ASPASIOS SAGRADA FAMILIA APARTMENTS
€130.00+ | Rating: 9.3 | Size: 60 m²+ | Metro: Sagrada Familia (L2, L5) | Area: Eixample
This elegant and modern apartment offers both two and three bedroom versions.
You’ll feel like you’ve just bought a new apartment in one of the hottest places in town, right around the corner from epic Sagrada Familia church! You’ll get a priceless view of it from the terrace.
This is another great option for families – because it’ll get super quiet at night as it’s an area far from the clubs of the old city.
The hosts here also give personable service rarely seen around these parts 😉
Amenities: flat screen TV, view, AC/heating, terrace, kitchen, dining room.
From airport: Aerobus to Universitat + metro L2 to Sagrada Familia.
FEELATHOME MOZART APARTMENTS
€90.00+ | Rating: 8.8 | Size: 65 m² | Metro: Diagonal (L3, L5) | Area: Gracia
These modern apartments are found in the most authentic neighbourhood in the city: Gracia. They’re especially adept for couples, families, or groups of friends between 2 and 5 people.
The calmness of the area makes it the perfect place to take advantage of your personal terrace. You’ll also be in the middle of some of the city’s best boutiques, restaurants, and much more.
And as the name says: you’ll feel at home!
Amenities: flat screen TV, terrace, AC/heating, kitchen, dining room, washing machine.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Espanya + metro L3 to Diagonal + 7 minutes walking.
€200.00+ | Rating: 9.5 | Size: 85 m² + | Metro: Hostafrancs | Area: Sants
Families looking for something that feels more like an upscale home than an apartment in Barcelona should go for this newly furnished flat that’s received a 9.9 rating for families.
The extra bathroom is a great way to avoid early morning fights and confusion! This huge and clean apartment comes with all the fixings including an amazing welcome pack and some of the best customer service via owner Pilar.
The highlight is the gorgeous balcony.
Amenities: flat-screen TV, fan/heater, kitchen + oven, dining area, Nespresso machine.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Espanya+ 10 minute walk.
€300.00+ | Rating: 9.3 | Size: 80 m² + | Metro: Passeig de Gracia | Area: Eixample
When I think of couples looking to spoil themselves with a little luxury my mind goes to this spacious beauty right on Barcelona’s main shopping street Passeig de Gracia.
The high ceilings and super comfy boutique furniture have a habit of keeping you relaxed like home. Looking off the balcony and seeing Barcelona life walk by will get you up off the couch though and into the area’s many amazing tapas bars.
Again, couples have rated this apartment a 9.6 so this could be a great honeymoon option.
Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, full kitchen, washing machine, dining area.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 10 minute walk.
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€80.00+ | Rating: 8.8 | Size: 26 m² + | Metro: Badal | Area: Sants
You’ll get all you need with a spacious bedroom and modern furnishings. The bigger rooms even have their own jacuzzi. This is the perfect choice for those attending conventions at the Fira Barcelona at Plaça Espanya.
You’ll find this in an accessible yet quiet neighbourhood.
Amenities: flat screen TV, air conditioning/heating, fully equipped kitchen, desk, bath.
From airport: Train from Terminal 2 to Sants Estacio + 5 minute walk.
€55.00+ pp | Rating: 9.5 | Size: 95 m² + | Metro: Urquinaona | Area: Eixample
The three-bedroom one here is ideal for groups or stag dos and is a great jumping off point for something stylish and modern without breaking the bank. With four single beds, a double, and a sofa bed this is also great for clubbing weekends.
Spotless cleanliness and a what’s-what of products from irons to oil for cooking in the slickly fitted kitchen mean no stone is left unturned – there’s even swipe cards for left luggage facilities.
Did I mention the rooftop terrace with city view and private swimming pool?
Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, full kitchen, hardwood floors, dining area.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 10 minute walk.
€70.00+ | Rating: 7.9 | Size: 55 m² + | Metro: Selva del Mar | Area: Poble Nou
Families looking for value and relaxation a bit outside of the city chaos should look up this Barcelona apartment which is just 150 meters from the beach and a variety of parks.
In the one bedroom apartment you rarely find such a fully-functional apartment including kitchen and living room at this price. Reviewers have raved about the comfortable beds, tranquility of the area, and friendliness of the host.
Another convenience is its proximity to the convention centre at El Forum, though to get super central to places like La Rambla it’s only a quick €10.00 taxi.
Amenities: flat-screen TV, fan/heater, full kitchen, kitchen, dining area.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 20 minute metro to Selva de Mar + walk.
€89.00+ | Rating: 7.9 | Size: 20 m² + | Metro: Jaume I | Area: El Gotico
You’ll find all the freedom of home in this cosy super central apartment that has been recently renovated and fully-equipped for all your holiday needs.
There is a basic but modern kitchen with a small dining area. The double bedroom with hardwood floors is a favourite and rates 9 with couples. 400 m from La Boqueria Market and 700 m from the Barcelona Cathedral.
Amenities: flat screen TV, heating/air conditioning, hair dryer, wardrobe.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 10 minute downhill walk.
€60.00+ | Rating: 7.7 | Size: 30 m² + | Metro: Verdaguer | Area: Eixample
A very appropriate and straightforward name for this utilitarian apartment which allows any couple or small family the ability to stay really central without taking out a second mortgage.
From here you’ll be able to do most of Barcelona’s main attractions walking. The owner is also super accommodating and has been known to bring you a bottle of wine on check in!
One downside? There is a shared bathroom for the three apartments.
Amenities: flat-screen TV, city view, fan, fridge, microwave, oven, lounge access.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + walk to Passeig de Gracia + metro to Verdaguer.
€95.00+ | Rating: 7.9 | Size: 37 m² + | Metro: Catalunya | Area: El Gotico
It doesn’t get any more central than this apartment for rent on the legendary Rambla.
If you’re more interested in value and location than the latest furnishings this is for you. It’d be a great holiday apartment for young couples or people looking for nights out. There are options for 3, 4, or 5 adults (with 3 costing the same as 2).
Tourists have raved about the comfortable beds and cleanliness. Also very efficient Wi-Fi.
Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, balcony, full kitchen, dining area, bath.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + 5 minute walk.
Park Guell Apartments
€95.00+ | Rating: 7.1 | Size: 60 m² | Metro: Alfons X | Area: Guinardó
This huge apartment right near legendary Park Guell is fantastic value for families.
Being right up in the mountains gives you fantastic views. The massive terrace is big enough to play host to a BBQ for 20 – but don’t get any ideas! This recently furbished apartment sleeps up to five.
If you’re looking for relaxation without being too far from Barcelona’s attractions this is it.
Amenities: flat screen TV, fan/heater, city view, full kitchen, dining area.
From airport: Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya + bus 24.
Bcn Sagrada Familia Apartments
€110.00+ | Rating: 7.0 | Size: 50 m² + | Metro: SP-Dos de Maig | Area: Eixample
This sleek grey-toned apartment for rent comes in both single and two bedroom versions. Really well-furnished. You’ll hardly find a better holiday apartment so close to the legendary Sagrada Familia and yet it’s just far east enough that you get cafes and restaurants with local prices.
Tourists rave about the balcony and super fast Wi-Fi and it’s another great option for couples – lively during the day but quiet at night.
Amenities: TV, air conditioning, city view, full kitchen, coffee machine, dining area.
From airport: Aerobus to Universitat + metro to Sant Pau-Dos de Maig.
How to Book a Barcelona Holiday Apartment
Once you’ve selected the property at Booking you’ll be taken to the payment page.
At this stage you’ll be able to enter your basic details – and if needed your payment information. Keep in mind for many properties you can simply book no money down.
It’s here that you’ll be able to get in contact with the property to make any special requests.
As mentioned before, with Booking.com’s intuitive site you should be able to find all the information you need, but if you need any additional help make sure to write me in the comments below and I’ll help you the best that I can.
5 Reasons to Book with Booking.com
Since starting to use Booking about a year ago I’ve had some pretty cool experiences in cities like Helsinki, Istanbul, and Saint Petersburg.
I don’t see how this would be any different for my adopted city Barcelona.
1 – You’re Guaranteed the Best Price
Not only is it rare to find a better price on nearly 2000 Barcelona apartments to rent with any other platform, but if you do find one Booking.com has a price match guarantee.
Save a few euros and put it toward one of Barcelona’s great restaurants instead.
2 – 123,550,000 Reviews Can’t be Wrong
There’s no better way to ensure you’re not getting ripped off.
With well over one hundred million traveler reviews on accommodation this is the greatest database of lodging comments ever assembled.
The result is the most democratic and informative ranking system ensuring optimal choice.
3 – You Get Enormous Flexibility
Restrictive owner-imposed cancellation policies of sites like Airbnb make it difficult to change up your Barcelona itinerary.
With Booking.com you’ll find many properties with free cancellation and no prepayment.
4 – The Perks
Once you’ve made five reservations on Booking you’re elevated to Genius status.
This entitles you to 10% discounts and a dedicated customer service hotline not seen by regular users.
Depending on the property it could also get you:
- Welcome drinks and/or chocolates
- Early check in
- Late check out
- Free airport shuttles
Look for the yellow ‘.genius’ logo next to a property to see what perks you’ll receive.
5 – It Trumps any Other Apartment Rental Site
From its super in-depth holiday apartment filtering system to the massive collection of photos to superior customer service teams it’s no wonder Booking counts 1.2 million room nights a day.
It’s 100% risk-free with no hidden fees and annoyances found on owner-direct sites like:
- Massive security deposits
- Extra guest surcharges
- Cancellation surcharges
- Credit card scams
- Fake photos
Why Rent an Apartment in Barcelona?
Every time I’m in a new city I first look at the holiday apartments on offer because:
- You can do what you want. When you have an apartment to rent you can decide when you come and go, no key leaving, you can invite friends over for dinner etc.
- You have more space compared to a hotel room. This is definitely something to value especially if you’re travelling to Barcelona with kids or with a bunch of friends on a stag do etc.
- You’ve got a kitchen! Another very important point. Once you’ve exhausted Barcelona’s best restaurants maybe you want something cheaper and healthier.
- It’s cheaper and usually of a much higher quality than a hotel, especially booking with Booking.
Cheap Barcelona Apartment Hacks
- Check my article on the best area to stay in Barcelona to select the right neighborhood.
- For Spain the cheapest rates are available about six weeks before your stay.
- When searching make sure to make use of the many filters to the left of the screen.
- Read under the apartment info block to make sure there aren’t any cleaning fees.
- Always write the apartment owner with your arrival time and contact info.
- If you’re still stuck use my Barcelona apartment finding service (below).
My Barcelona Apartment Finding Service
If the options above didn’t make the cut make sure you get in touch ASAP.
I’ll help you find the best apartment to rent for your needs if you simply write me:
- The exact dates of your stay.
- Number of people.
- Type of group (solo, couple, friends, family etc.).
- The type of holiday you want.
Just write in the comments below. The service is free of charge so feel free to go wild with any ridiculous requests, I don’t have anything better to do on a Sunday morning do I? 😉
Get at Me in the Comments Below
Yes, I know I’m sounding like a broken record but please get at me with any questions about your Barcelona apartments in the comments below.
Also – whether it’s question about your Barcelona holiday or a comment about the website I am always here to listen.
Also don’t be afraid to join the Barcelona apartment discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.
August 27, 2021 at 8:52 amHi, We are going to Barcelona on 10th September for 4 nights, we are a couple with our son and his girlfriend( he will be celebrating his 21st) so we would like a 2 bedroom apartment or 2 rooms. I would really like to have an outside space for catching some sunshine! We don’t have to be totally central but would like to be in an area with things going on. Max budget £550
August 27, 2021 at 7:26 pmHi Jaqui, Thanks for writing in :) You should be in luck for September as this year things are quite slow so many apartments that would normally be going for 30% more are still vacant. I would check out AB Montjuic for its proximity to airport transport and 'central yet not overrun by tourism' vibe. It's also got a nice balcony. Sleep Bailen is also a great idea for its modern/elegant vibe that's right in the thick of things, walking distance to Sagrada Familia - the city's top tourist attraction. It's also got a cute balcony for morning coffee and sun. If you're looking for a nice kitchen and more focus on a terrace, and a proper one with views of Sagrada Familia at that, then Sunny Home could be the one. Hope this helps :) Cheers,
August 7, 2021 at 1:48 amMe and my boyfriend are going 1st to 8th of Sept. We like the idea of an apartment, but only have a budget of about £600 for all nights, and we'd like to be able to walk to some sights and nice restaurants. Any advice would be much appreciated!
August 7, 2021 at 9:08 pmHey Harriet, With a budget of £600 you should be able to find something fairly decent centrally. Apartments HHD is probably the best located one for your tastes and budget - it's right at the top of my favourite neighbourhood (El Born) so you'll be walking distance to pretty much everything. Lovely Loft is also another great option as it's super near to all the action/airport transport/Plaça Catalunya/Gaudi's two mansions etc. You may also want to check out Apartamentos Sagrada Familia - they're a bit further out but the quality of the stay will be better as it's a bigger, more highly rated space. It's also no slouch in the location department being near Barcelona's prized attraction and being just 15 minutes' metro to anywhere. Hope this helps... do let me know if you have any more questions! Cheers,
June 28, 2021 at 2:01 pmHey m8, we are couple and we are looking for one double bed for us in 23-26 july 2021. About budget - we don't want to exceed 400 euro for all nights. The type of holiday we prefer is some possibility of visiting a few interesting streets on foot, maybe a trip for one surf day and ofc a lot of good food. We looking for a place with the opportunity to relax in the evening with our own company. We considered Sants and Gracia. We have a budget and time (I hope so) for public transport trips. For U - greetings for the great job U are doing m8! Have a good day!
June 28, 2021 at 6:34 pmHi Michal, Thanks for writing :) First of all I'll tell you that after having lived in Sants for 5 years there isn't a lot of interesting stuff to see there on foot... nor are the restaurant choices very good. Gracia is by far the superior neighbourhood, is much more authentic, and more beautiful. In Gracia there's Apartments Sata Sagrada Familia which has a high rating, reasonably priced, and will give you lots of great walking options like Sagrada Familia itself and the entire neighbourood of Gracia just beyond Carrer de Pi Maragall. That said, I'd rather put you in my favourite neighbourhood (and my girlfriend's favourite as well) which I think is the best for couples. It's called El Born - and the advantage here is you're a 15 minute walk to beach, you're in the middle of some of the city's best restaurants and cafes, and it's got some of the best artisan shopping in the city. It's also walking distance to just a ton of sights and is much more central than Gracia or Sants. In El Born it's a much classier neighbourhood so prices are a bit higher but I do see one for $490, which is about €410, like Inside Apartments Esparteria. If it's a bit too high consider that you'll spend much less on transport having your base in this area. Again, we've been decimated due to COVID so unfortunately we no longer have any running deals with apartments (yet! I hope to renegotiate soon) so I hope you'll accept my apology for the Booking links... but these are two great places to start the journey no doubt. Please let me know if you have any more questions,
June 29, 2021 at 9:18 amHi! Thank U for a very efficient, comprehensive and specific answer! I am extremely grateful! I will certainly use Ur advice and when already we choose something, I will certainly share my impressions from the trip! Thank U and wish U all the best for the great job U're doing! Greetings from Poland and see U in Barcelona! :D
June 29, 2021 at 4:40 pmThanks so much for the kind words Michal! Of course, do write to us again if you have any questions about anything Barcelona :) Have a good one man,
January 19, 2020 at 1:52 pmHii, I am coming to Barcelona for a summer abroad, so i am staying for 2 months"june and july". I am studying at UAB and my classes are going to be in "carrer del consell de cent". So i would like you to tell which are the best neighborhood to say in for these 2 months. And i want to stay in an apartment that is near my classes in order to walk to my classes rather than taking any transportation. Thank you so much, Btw this website is everything, its one of the best!!
January 20, 2020 at 9:13 amHola Yousr, Where exactly on Consell de Cent will you be? It's a very long road which covers a few different areas. I would try and find a place in Gracia or perhaps in Eixample but again it depends... please give me an exact address so I can assist you further :) Ash
January 20, 2020 at 1:10 pmThis is the exact address if this can help, Carrer del Consell de Cent, 367, 08009 Barcelona, Spain, also i would like to ask about a place to cheap studios or apartments rather than airbnb?
January 21, 2020 at 2:03 amOK, you're quite central so in this case anywhere in Eixample or in Gracia would be perfect for what you're doing. If you're not looking at Airbnb and have a longer term stay I would put an ad out in the Barcelona Rentals Facebook page because it's more likely you'll find some better value stuff there. Ash
January 8, 2020 at 6:43 pmHi there, I’ve booked flights for 10-15 friends (23 - 31 years old) for my birthday this May 4th - 8th 2020. I’m aiming for apartments / villas which would be suitable (I don’t mind the group being split into two group if easier). Budget is about £40 - £50 per person per night. Please help! I’m at a loss with locations - we want it to be modern, perhaps with outdoor area or pool available :) any help would be so appreciated! Your site will be my go-to while planning!
January 9, 2020 at 8:07 amHi Meg, Thanks so much for making me your go-to, always glad to help :) If you're looking at locations I can help. You're young and probably looking for a bit of vibrancy so I'd check out the Gothic Quarter or El Born. You'll have so many bars and restaurants to choose from and be close to the attractions. I break down the neighbourhoods more in depth here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/best-area-to-stay-in-barcelona/ You will likely have to split up into smaller groups but can still stay in the same apartment block. Some highly recommended ones from readers similar to you would be Best House Best Place or Deco Apartments. Also, if you wanted to be right in the thick of the party option there is Ramblas Apartments that'll get you all in the same flat. I'd take a look here :) Cheers, Ash
December 11, 2019 at 2:26 pmHey, this website it is really helpful thank you We are coming in Barcelona for Christmas- 24-26 of december. I was looking for apartments, because we want to have a kitchen. I am wonder from HABITAT BLANCA APARTMENTS- and i just want to ask you, do you know something good or bad for them ? And also can you recommend us some restaurants with good food and prices? Thank you
December 12, 2019 at 10:53 amHola Vanina, Thanks for your very kind words :) Unfortunately since there are so many holiday apartments in Barcelona it's hard for me to have first hand (or even second hand ) experience with them. In this case I've never heard of HABITAT BLANCA APARTMENTS so my advice is for you to simply do your homework on it in reading the reviews on Google, Booking, Tripadvisor etc. Usually if there are a good chunk of them the reviews are fairly accurate :) As for restaurants... I have an entire section on the blog dedicated to restaurants (the majority are keeping budget in mind) here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/category/food/ If you have a more specific question though I'd be glad to help! Cheers, Ash
October 23, 2019 at 8:04 amHi My daughter and friend are coming to Barcelona for a university semester abroad (from Canada). Looking for a 1 bdrm 1 bathroom apartment in a good area for young people Dates would be sept 1/20 to December 31/20 Any suggestions of where to look
October 23, 2019 at 11:20 amHi Karen, The areas good for young people would be El Born, El Gotico, or Eixample. For such a long term I would look at the website Idealista.com because that's where you'll find all sorts of rooms for people living there. The holiday apartment rentals will definitely gouge you for way too much. You can also check out on Facebook because there are groups for room rentals. Simply search 'Barcelona room rental' and it'll come up... lots of expats, in English, variety. Ash
October 1, 2019 at 4:26 amwhich is the best route from Casa Maca Guest House to Sagrada Familia ?
October 1, 2019 at 10:45 amHola Susan, I wouldn't take transport unless you have limited mobility... it's just a 17 minute walk and you can get the instructions using Google Maps. Cheers, Ash
August 3, 2019 at 9:19 amHi we are 2 people looking for an apartment near la rambla. 3.9-7.9 At about max 130€ per night. Thank you :) !!
August 3, 2019 at 6:30 pmHola! Of the ones above I would recommend the Be Apartments, Apartments Sixtyfour, and BCN Accommodation. I would take a look at those, though keep in mind that there already isn't much vacancy so you should be booking ASAP! Otherwise maybe take a browse on Airbnb :) Ash
July 9, 2019 at 1:58 amHi, We are a family of 5 looking for accommodation in August. Couple plus 18yrs, 14yrs & 12yrs. We are looking to stay out of the City but be a reasonable commute to Barcelona for sight-seeing but also would like the option of the beach. Air-con is important and we'd rather an apartment with outdoor space. ie not a hotel. We already have flights booked but are struggling to find accom for £900 max for a 5 day stay. Public transport only. Can you help? Thanks
July 9, 2019 at 11:58 amHi Nick, Thank you so much for all the very detailed information... but in order to help you a very key thing would be for the exact dates. The vacancy in Barcelona in August is so scarce that from one day to another your options may be completely different. In fact, there is already a 97% occupancy rate in August for apartments and hotels according to Booking. Keep in mind that your 18 year old will be considered an adult by the lodging, so it's looking like three adults and two children. When I'm thinking of a bit far out but also close and easy for transport, near the beach, I think of the area of Poble Nou. There appear to be two options and those are Apartamentos Navas and Nova Icaria Apartment. If you click you'll see that I selected a random 5 day period in August but again though... without knowing the exact dates it's just random and ultimately useless to be suggesting spots when they may not be available for your dates. Please let me know when you're coming and I can help further! Cheers, Ash