Just because I worked at the call-center of an on-line hotel booking site doesn’t mean I should know where to stay in Barcelona.
(editor’s note: actually it kinda does)
Damn! I guess it’s time for another article.
In this one I’m going to show you some of the top cheap hotels in Barcelona – that will save you some money but not cost you any dignity! Because here we’re looking for value and style.
Cheap Hotels in Barcelona Spain
Yes, after a ton of suggestions from blog readers I’ve tried to filter the list to ensure the hotels are tailored for tourists and positioned near the most essential Barcelona attractions.
Still not sure? Keep scrolling to check out my Barcelona hotel map to get a better idea.
And please: drop me a line below about your party, type of visit, budget, dates etc. and I’ll get back to you ASAP with some custom advice.
Also don’t be afraid to check out Airbnb’s discount homestay options as the deals there can be fantastic.
In the meantime here’s my quick list of the top cheap hotels in Barcelona:
The totally acceptable 7.7 rating and affordable prices make it one of the best cheap hotels in Barcelona. Travellers also rated the varied buffet breakfast here as above average for the area.
The best part? Location location location. It’s as central as anything. The ideal budget hotel for groups of young friends looking to take Barcelona by storm.
Retrome Urban Retreat
Individually decorated rooms with a retro style that’ll take you back to the 60’s or 70’s – and yet everything is immaculate and feels brand new. You’ll have an interesting assortment of choices like the retro studio or even a retro duplex.
Get to know some locals in the cozy and exclusive bar downstairs, relax in its large and airy rooms, and take advantage of one of the best Barcelona budget hotel breakfasts in town.
Young, hip, and enthusiastic are the words used to describe the staff – and did I mention it’s the perfect hotel near Sagrada Familia church?
Hotel Praktik Garden
Chic and colourful are two adjectives that repeat themselves constantly in the reviews of this 8.6 rated hotel just 400 meters from the high end Barcelona shopping action on Passeig de Gracia.
From the moment you walk in (in its forest-like entrance) there’s an aire of tranquility and sleek modernity. What really works here is its super central location which somehow avoids typically inner-city chaos.
Another thing you rarely see? Portable WiFi outlets you can take with you out sightseeing.
Room Mate Emma
Couples have pushed the rating here above 9 noting its super comfy beds and LCD TV with installed sound system and satellite channels. The little details here like informative and friendly service and quality welcome sweets push things to the next level.
Upgrade to a deluxe room with a balcony for just €12.00.
12:00 pm check out is also great if you’re going to be sampling Barcelona’s best bars.
Travelodge Poble Nou
☆| Area: Poble Nou | Carrer de Llull 170 | Metro: Llacuna
A respectable 7.8 rating for this value hotel that’s optimal for getting around and exploring the centre. Did I mention it’s one of the few cheap hotels near the beach? The colourful and modern decor is a rare breed at this price range.
Quiet and clean are two adjectives that have come up again and again. If you’re looking to relax this could be the shout for you.
From the airport take the train to Passeig de Gracia and change for the yellow metro line until Lllacua (yellow line L4).
Decent and cheap, what more can you ask for from this centrally located hotel near the cruise port? You’ll find this 7.6 rated lodging right in the heart of the Gotico area.
If you’re looking for value and basic comfort this is one for you – ideal for single travellers but probably not for couples or anybody looking for a zen retreat (the area is quite busy).
Some bathrooms may be shared. To get to this hotel from the airport take the train to Passeig de Gracia and change there for the green line until Liceu.
This no-nonsense hotel is known for its price-quality ratio and vicinity to the famous La Rambla and in particular Boqueria Market.
This inexpensive hotel in the city centre is popular with middle-aged and the elderly who remark about the comfy beds, cleanliness, and location which makes walking less necessary.
There is no breakfast included but do not fear! With one of Barcelona’s classic bakery chains (365) just downstairs you’ll be well taken care of.
Yes, it’s rare but there are cheap hotels in Barcelona with a rooftop pool and superior security key-access to the hotel that’ll keep the pickpockets at bay.
This super central hotel just a stone’s throw away from the countless tapas bars and fashionable cafes of the trendy Born district has an endless array of pluses: complimentary bottles of water on every floor, flawless WiFi, and free welcome drink.
The bright and colourful rooms will put you to bed like a baby, and if not just go for a walk in nearby Ciutadella Park.
Center Gran Via
With a sparkling 8.8 rating it’s hard to find such a critically acclaimed and modern hotel for so cheap. You’ll be right in the center just minutes from Plaça Catalunya (great for airport transport) and near a ton of museums like MACBA.
Look out for the moderniste style with some amazing balconies on offer. It is particularly high rated hotel for couples who give it a near perfect 9.5.
EASYHOTEL BARCELONA FIRA
☆ | Quartier: L’Hospitalet | Avinguda de la Granvia 22 | Métro: Ildefons Cerdà
This one is for those looking for cheap hotels near Barcelona airport, but that’s not to say however that you won’t be able to hop on public transport and get central in a hurry.
This low cost hotel offers all the basic modern amenities: WiFi, TV, USB ports, contemporary decor, air conditioning, spacious showers, and friendly English-speaking service.
It’s a great hotel for Barcelona conventions at the nearby Fira.
If you want a hotel in the old town then look no further than this steal of a deal hotel right on the famous La Rambla. It’s perfect to discover treasures like the Barcelona Cathedral and Boqueria Market on foot instead of the metro.
Travellers appreciate the superior bed comfort as well as the customer service at the front desk. A highlight though, like most hotels in Barcelona, is the little terrace to take advantage of great weather.
Visiting Barcelona with kids or in a group? This cheap hotel is ideal with its four bed option.
Chic & Basic Zoo
Readers really love the location here with its proximity to Parc de la Ciutadella, Arc de Triomf, and the Picasso Museum. For being one of the best value hotels in Barcelona you wouldn’t know it by the quality of the breakfast and spacious rooms.
The complimentary drink service (coffee, tea, and water) in the lounge is a hit with travellers – and an opportunity to meet fellow travellers and explore Barcelona’s top attractions in company.
There are also free bikes available for guests!
This chain of cheap hotels has 5 different locations in the city depending on whichever you deem the best area to stay in Barcelona.
☆☆☆☆ | Area: Poble Nou | Carrer De Llul 340 | Metro: Selva de Mar
If you’re looking for modern, stylish, and bright rooms with crafty parquet flooring and a view of a Japanese Zen garden in one of Barcelona’s most underrated neighbourhoods this value hotel is for you.
Reviewers noted the spacious rooms and gigantic beds at this cheap 4 star hotel.
An advantage of selecting this area is the proximity to one of the city’s best beaches (Mar Bella) and Barcelona’s largest shopping centre (Diagonal Mar).
☆ | Area: Sants | Olzinelles 56-58 | Métro: Mercat Nou
This super modern hotel near Camp Nou stadium with a budget-friendly rarity rating of 8.5 is perfect for those grabbing Barcelona FC tickets. It’s also near Sants train station if you’re coming from Madrid or heading to France.
The rooms here are clean and spacious while some even come with a terrace. Another highly rated Barcelona budget hotel for its customer service.
It’s also very adapt for travellers visiting Barcelona with disabilities.
Best Price Diagonal
☆ | Quartier: Poble Nou | Avenida Diagonal 70 | Métro: Selva de Mar
It’s hard to push a Barcelona budget hotel to an 8.6 rating but this one found in my favourite Barcelona neighbhourhood does so with its great price-quality ratio for a boutique style hotel.
You’ll be just 10 minutes walking from Nova Mar beach, arguably the city’s cleanest and calmest, as well as 5 minutes from one of Barcelona’s biggest shopping centres: Diagonal Mar.
For a bit extra there’s also the added benefit of an airport shuttle. You’ll get free WiFi and discounts for breakfast at the cafe next to the hotel.
There is also a great offering of massage and beauty services – if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday away from the chaos and noise, yet still be in the city, this is for you.
Barcelona Cheap Hotel Map
Where to Stay in Barcelona – Booking It
I know, you didn’t need me to tell you to head to Booking.com. But just in case you haven’t heard of the #1 hotel booking site in Europe, allow me to explain why I book with them:
- Easy and user friendly.
- The largest selection of Barcelona hotels online.
- Extensive and accurate room information.
- Building facilities clearly explained.
- Intuitive listings that you can order by price, by reference, or by name.
- Great filters so you won’t have to waste time waiting for the page to load like other portals.
- Property searches by map if you already know where you want to sleep in Barcelona.
- The biggest database of guest comments and reviews in the world.
- Book with no money down!
- Reasonable cancellation policies. Cancel 3 days in advance and incur no penalties.
- Prompt and attentive customer service
- Payment variety (Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron, American Express, JCB, Aura, and Diners Club).
Enjoy your stay and remember: feel free to leave a comment below because I’d be glad to help.