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15 Cheap Hotels in Barcelona Spain (with Style!)

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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.

Vamos.

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:

Hotel Rialto

☆☆ Area: El Gotico | Carrer de Ferran 40-42 | Metro: Liceu

A historic building with epic hallways decked out in beautiful artwork – fittingly where legendary Barcelona artist Joan Miro was born. Looking for fun? You’re in Barcelona nightlife central.

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.

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Retrome Urban Retreat

☆☆☆ Area: Eixample | Carrer de Girona 81 | Metro: Girona

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?

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Hotel Praktik Garden

☆☆ Area: Eixample | Carrer Diputacio 325 | Metro: Girona

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.

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Room Mate Emma

☆☆☆ Area: Eixample | Rosselló 205 | Metro: Diagonal

Who says a futuristic design hotel has to be expensive? At just 500 meters from Casa Batllo and La Pedrera on the famous Passeig de Gracia rarely has a Barcelona hotel been so cheap and central.

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.

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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).

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Hostal Levante

☆☆ Area: El Gotico | Baixada de Sant Miquel 2 | Metro: Liceu

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.

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Hotel Aneto

☆ Area: Raval | Carrer de Carme 38 | Métro: 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.

Another plus? Air conditioning – a godsend in the blistering heat of July and August.

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Ciutat Barcelona

☆☆☆ Area: El Born | Carrer Princesa 33-35 | Metro: Jaume I

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.

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Center Gran Via

☆ Area: Eixample | Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 573 | Metro: Universitat

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.

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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.

You’ll be striking distance to Montjuic, Poble Espanyol, and the legendary Magic Fountain show.  There’s also the massive shopping centre Gran Via 2 right across from the hotel.

It’s a great hotel for Barcelona conventions at the nearby Fira.

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Hotel Palermo

☆ Area: Gothic Quarter | Boqueria 21 | Metro: Liceu

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.

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Chic & Basic Zoo

☆ Area: Born | Passeig Picasso 22 | Metro: Jaume I/Arc de Triomf

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.

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Vincci Maritimo

☆☆☆☆ 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).

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Smartroom Barcelona

☆ 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.

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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.

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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.

53 comments
  • January 22, 2020 at 1:44 am
    Hazel
    Three friends and I are coming July 5, and staying 2-5 nights, we are looking for an apartment or airbnb because we've found them to be cheaper than hostels between the four of us, our price range is around 80 euros a night. Our reason for travel is tourism and exploration, we want to spend time at the beach and are excited about street festivals and night life. We are all 18.
    • January 22, 2020 at 9:23 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Hazel, In high season it'll be hard to find an entire place Airbnb in the city centre for around €80.00 a night. In looking at your dates I see only 4-5 options and two of them are a camper van and a boat. None of them look particularly good. I would look at my cheap holiday apartment post here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/cheap-apartments-in-barcelona/ In particular Be Apartments and Blue Apartments seem right up your alley :) Ash
  • December 26, 2019 at 10:37 am
    Christina Toh
    Hello. Thank you for sharing your Barcelona experience, super informative website! My mum and I are going to Barcelona May next year, and I am currently doing the trip planning, including accommodation. Looking at your recommendation, I would say something like El Born - center location but not too noisy. What sort of budget would I be looking for a 3 star hotel? Definitely need to be safe, have our own space and private bathroom, doesn't have to be flash. Would you have any recommendation for budget around USD80 or below? Thank you!
  • November 15, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    Natalia
    Hi Ash, Me and my boyfriend are traveling to Barcelona on Jan 10-13, 2020. Could you kindly recommend a hotel close to La Ramblas. Also I am looking to go with your highly recommended City Card for 2 days value. Could you also recommend a good night club that will play House (EDM) music on Saturday and Sunday nights. Thank you
    • November 16, 2019 at 12:29 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Natalia, In my article on budget hotels there are three (the ones located near Liceu metro): https://www.barcelonahacks.com/cheap-hotels-barcelona/ You may also want to check out Hotel Suiza or Hotel H1898 which are more upscale. As for the EDM music I would check out Moog (small, powerful) or Razzmatazz (massive with five rooms!). Cheers, Ash
  • September 7, 2019 at 6:09 am
    Yaz
    Yo Ash. Beautiful website, can't believe I just figured it out. I'm gonna be staying for a year in Barcelona, I'm hooked for the first month with accommodation. The thing is that I don't think I'll be able to stay there for the whole year, so where can I find good studios that doesn't exceed 700 euros a month?
    • September 7, 2019 at 1:11 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Yaz, Thanks so much for the kind words :) Unfortunately if you're wanting to be in the city centre it's unlikely to get any decent apartment for around 700 euros. You'll probably get a closet in a noisy part of town... if you could up your budget to around 800 you'd probably have a better shot. I would take a look through one of the Facebook rental groups like this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/barcelonarentals/ And also one Idealista, which for me is the most reputable flat finding website. Cheers, Ash
  • August 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    Katrina
    HI there! What a great site! 4 of us are coming 9/17 thu 9/23 and thinking of 2 nights in Ibiza, rest in Barcelona. We are looking for an apartment style place w/ 4 beds. Any suggestions? The place we had our eye on is now booked. Thank you so much!
    • August 12, 2019 at 1:03 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Katrina, Without knowing too much about the amenities required and your desire for neighbourhood vibes it's hard to give some very specific advice... but please let me know! In the meantime I would suggest checking out my article on the best apartments in Barcelona which gives a very thorough cross section of options. Cheers, Ash
  • April 18, 2019 at 11:26 pm
    Nadine
    Hi Ash, A friend and I are heading to Barcelona for 3 days in September. Where would you suggest we stay for a social but chill atmosphere (i.e. finding people to go out without being a party hostel) that also has a private room for 2 people? It seems most hostels don't seem to have a private room, so I'm also open to any suggestions to just meet new people in general. We prefer to keep our budget to around $100-130/night. Thank you so much for your help! Your blog has been really useful in planning our trip- I look forward to hearing back from you! ~Nadi
  • April 6, 2019 at 5:38 pm
    Susan
    Hey there. Thanks so much for all the information on your website! But I’m still in need of some help on where to stay. Me and my husband will be be traveling just for 3 nights and 4 days in early October. We do like to walk a lot and want to stay somewhere in the centre but we also would like a quiet place to sleep. We also don’t mind crowds or the bustle. I was hoping you would give us some suggestions or ideas on where to stay. Also if you have any hotel recommendations that would be great.
    • April 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Susan, After reading your post the area that stands out for me is El Born. It's super central and got some hustle and bustle but it's also pretty devoid of nightlife so it's a peaceful place. It's also near Ciutadella Park and closer to the beach than say the Gothic Quarter. In my article on the best area to stay in Barcelona I've got info on this as well as the other top areas. If you click the buttons there you'll be taken to Booking and the world's greatest hotel review database... you'll be able to filter results by budget and amenity, which I think will be more useful than anything I can say since I haven't spent a lot of time in hotels in Barcelona. Please let me know if you have any more questions :) Ash
  • March 15, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    Renee
    Hi. I appreciate you sharing all your knowledge We are a family of 2 adults 2 tween girls going to Barcelona for 4 nights in April / May. We want to do as much as we can on foot, sort of step outside our accommodation and “wander around”. We are not big on the nightlife obviously and want a safe area. What area do you recommend looking for accom??
    • March 16, 2019 at 9:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Renee, In this case I'd recommend El Born as it has a great wandering quality, is striking distance to the Gothic Quarter and also the beach, and is completely safe and kind of devoid of the night chaos of other areas. You could also do Gracia for the same reasons but you won't be able wander to the main sites as much... it would be more casual and local and less touristy. Ash
  • January 28, 2019 at 8:05 am
    Janet
    Hi Ash We are a couple visiting barcelona from 15-19 July looking for a quiet area with good food options. We also like gardens so were thinking of the Poble Sec area. It is obviously a busy time in Barcelona will this area be a little quieter or is there somewhere else you could recommend? Many thanks
    • January 28, 2019 at 11:33 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Janet, Yes indeed it will be a busy time, peak high season! In this case you're probably on the right track by choosing Poble Sec... you'll be just a few minutes from walking up Montjuic and all its gardens, vistas, and attractions. The good thing is that it's nestled up against the mountain so doesn't have a lot of traffic or people passing through... as far as central goes this would be one of the quietest neighbourhoods. There are also great restaurants in particular Calle Blai and its amazing pintxo bars like Tasqueta del Blai. My other recommendation would be Gracia since it's mostly traffic free and is in good striking distance to some of the amazing parks like Park Guell or Los Bunkers de Carmel. Can't go wrong in either place! :) Ash
  • January 10, 2019 at 7:28 am
    Janice
    Hi there, We are a youngish retired couple arriving by ship on May 5 and plan to stay for 8 nights The last four we plan to take in the f1 GP in montmelo. We are wondering if it would be better to stay in Barcelona for the first four and then move closer to the race track for the remainder or if the commute is not too bad and stay in the city for the whole time. Any advice would be appreciated. We leave by train on the 13 to head to Alicante
    • January 10, 2019 at 8:44 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Janice, I usually recommend people stay in the city simply because it gives you a lot more options than staying out in Montmelo. If you rent a car it would be super convenient but also if your lodging is anywhere near the train stations Passeig de Gracia, Sants, or El Clot it shouldn't be all that bad a commute especially with the free shuttle buses offered on the other side. I've got all the info here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/circuit-de-catalunya/ Again, if you told me where you'll be staying in Barcelona and what kind of transport you'd use I could give some more specific advice. Ash
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