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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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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
  • September 20, 2018 at 4:10 am
    Aaron
    Such a great site, looking forward to exploring all the resources! My wife and I love exploring new cities, and can't wait to get to Barcelona! We were hoping that if we let you know the kind of neighborhoods we liked in other cities, you might be able to recommend the Barcelona equivalent. We were most recently in Italy, and loved the Santo Spirito neighborhood in Florence, and Trastevere in Rome. We'd rather stay in the 'local' part of a city and walk to the attractions. We're all about the local food and culture first, with the nightlife being the next priority. We're hoping you can help direct us! Thanks!
    • September 20, 2018 at 6:59 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Aaron, Thanks so much for the kind words :) I have actually spent a ton of time in both Florence and Rome and can say that the equivalent neighbourhoods, though obviously not exactly the same, to Santo Spirito and Trastevere would be Gracia and the Gothic Quarter respectively. Obviously the Gothic Quarter, like Trastevere, can get overrun by tourists at times so I would say Gracia is your best shot at having a more local vibe (it's really basically without chain shops and is full of boutiques and local bars)... but at the same time it has much less night life than the Gothic Quarter. Anyway, weigh it up and let me know how you get on :) Ash
      • September 30, 2018 at 6:08 pm
        Aaron
        Such a big help, thanks! Our initial read on the opinions was either Eixample or Gracia, so having your input definitely solidified our decision to stay in Gracia. Thanks again for both the prompt reply and the awesome info!
        • October 1, 2018 at 10:17 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Thanks so much and great to hear Aaron! Please let me know how you get on :)
  • July 8, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Briony
    Hi, I'm looking for a hotel that's close to nightlife and the beach? Going with my friend and both in our 20s so looking for somewhere we can chill during the day and party all night... And the cheapest way possible Thanks!!
    • July 9, 2018 at 9:53 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Briony, Without knowing the exact date it's a bit hard to comment on the price and there tend to be big swings especially in high season, but based on your wants I'm going to recommend the Barceloneta neighbourhood. You'll be right at the foot of the city's biggest beaches but also be striking distance to nightlife in the Gothic Quarter etc. Naturally living here in Barcelona makes it hard for me to have any first hand experience so I naturally yield to the massive review database at Booking.com. I've run an example search for you using a mock weekend date (Aug 17-19, naturally quite an expensive weekend) and sorted it by price for you. This should be a good place to get started, even if the vacancy is extremely limited. Just make sure to change the dates in the page to match yours. You will hopefully yield more results. Hope this gets you started on the right foot :) Ash
  • March 27, 2018 at 4:55 am
    William
    Arrival and departure dates : Check in 6/18/18 Check out 6/22/18 Budget: $500-$700 Number of people and ages of children: 2 adults 1 child age 7 Reason for stay: pleasure
    • March 27, 2018 at 9:24 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi William, Since you're staying with a child I thought you'd probably enjoy the Gracia neighbourhood since it's much quieter, is a great place to walk around and is mostly traffic free. It's also void of a lot of the nightlife that can annoy travellers yet is still striking distance to most of the attractions. The prices here also give better value than other places good for kids like El Born. If you follow this link you'll see it has the properties in this neighbourhood for your dates and price range. Among the highlights in your price range (based on things I've heard from people + reviews) I would suggest taking a deeper look at Be Happy Apartments, the Hotel Gracia Garden, or the bit of a wild card that's cool because it has a swimming pool: Catalonia Park Guell. Anyway, that should get you started! Let me know what you think. Ash
      • March 27, 2018 at 9:48 pm
        William Realin
        Thank you Ash. I appreciate the great blog you have here. I have gotten a lot of info from it. I have chosen an Apartment. Gaudi Flats, Barcelona. We will be in Barcelona for 3 full days. We always try and do something fun for our 7 year old daughter so she doesn't get bored. Any suggestion would be appreciated. I will continue to use your site and plan an itinerary for our time there. Again, any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, William
        • March 27, 2018 at 10:22 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Thanks so much for the kudos William, I am glad I can help! If you haven't seen it already I've pretty much exhausted the activities for kids in my dedicated article: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-with-kids/ If there's something much more specific/custom that you're looking for please let me know and I'll try my best. At any rate, best of luck in the planning and if you need any more help I am here :) Ash
          • March 29, 2018 at 2:07 am
            William Realin
            Hi Ash, We are arriving late Monday night on June 18th, 2018. Would it be best to take a taxi to our apt/hotel? We are staying at Gaudi Flats Carrer de Còrsega, 523, Barcelona. We will be in Barcelona for 3 full days. How far in advance would we need to buy tickets to La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell? We do not like waiting in lines so I am thinking the Barcelona Card would work well for us. So when should I purchase this and when can I book the attractions. Also, we would like to make a day trip to Monserrat. Should we do a tour? Or would it be better to go at it alone? Thanks again for your input. William Realin
            • March 29, 2018 at 12:08 pm
              ashley
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              Ash
              Hello, If you're arriving very late and don't mind the money a taxi will be the best option. It depends what you mean by late though... if you're landed by 10 or 11 you'll still have access to all the services to carry you on to your apartment. In this case the Aerobus (included in City Pass) is recommended... it'll drop you at Placa de Catalunya - from there you can get a 10 minute bus (or a 7-8 euro cab, making the entire trip about 10/15 euro cheaper than a direct taxi from the airport). Since you're coming at one of the busiest times of the year it's strongly recommended to book as soon as possible so you have more choice over the entry times for Sagrada and Park Guell. If you booked the City Pass (NOT the Barcelona Card, which is a different thing and you'll have to wait in lines) now, or ASAP... it would give you the opportunity to book everything at any point before your arrival. Nice flexibility. But yes, book ASAP because the times are being swallowed up. For Montserrat a full guided tour is a good option if you have a real desire to understand every nook and cranny and don't feel like planning out the many individual transport tickets that you need to get there... it's way less of a headache. That said, if you're independent travellers looking for more adventure I would recommend doing it yourself. Remember, the City Pass has a 20% discount on one of the tours so that's something to consider. Ash
  • March 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    Sam
    Me and my partner would love to go to Barcelona. Looking at middle /end of June. We are a youngish couple so would like to stay somewhere that has everything and safe. Not so bothered with nightclubs but few bars would be great. Many thanks
    • March 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Sam, Thanks for writing in. Given your needs I think you should consider Gracia or El Born - it'll be totally safe but there's also a decent bar/food scene should you need it. Though they're outside the city chaos they're both also fairly central so they save you time. If you could tell me what type of accommodation or your budget I can help you further, if not enjoy your stay :) Ash
  • February 18, 2018 at 4:43 am
    Kellie Prowse
    Hi Ash, Thanks for the great website, glad I stumbled upon it. Has been very helpful, so much information. We arrive in Barcelona on 6/11/18 and leave on 9/11/18. We are 2 Australian adults looking to stay in a 1 bedroom apartment close to Gaudi attractions, Picasso museum, Gothic quarter and La Boqueria markets. Have had Catedral Bas Apartments recommended to us which I think is located in El Born and sounds like a nice area according to your blog. We are interested in food and culture but not really much into the nightlife. Would this be a good area/place for us to stay & easily get around to attractions? Also not sure what pass we should get & purchase in advance as we would like to avoid queues, especially at La Sagrada Familia and the Picasso museum - but avoiding as many queues as possible. Was thinking a hop on hop off bus would be a good way to get our bearings on the 1st day. We arrive via cruise ship and fly out via BCN airport. Our port and airport transfers will probably be arranged by our travel agent. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you. Kellie & Grant
    • February 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Kellie, For food and culture without worrying about nightlife I would say the Born is the perfect neighbourhood. It has the benefit of being walking distance (I'm talking 20-30 minutes, which is fine even in November under the sun) to all the attractions you listed save Sagrada Familia (probably 35-40 min walk, but doable). Cathedral Bas (which has also been highly recommended to me) has an amazing 9.9 location rating on Booking.com... it's 5 minutes' walk from the Born but in El Gotico, perfect striking distance for everything. I would get your apartment in the Born or the upper part of El Gotico (near Catedral Bas apartments show in the map on the link above which is more in the shopping area than the bar/club area)... another recommendation along these lines would be to check the Be Apartments. For the pass including skip lines everywhere, the Bus Turistic, Sagrada Familia, and Picasso Museum I think the City Pass is the one. Not only is it all booked online, 100% mobile tickets and saves you queuing up, but it'll give you 20% off pretty much every attraction you can imagine. All you have to do is select which Sagrada ticket you want and how many days on the Bus Turstic (one or two)... all the options are outlined here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-city-pass/ OK, hope I've got you on the right track! Any more questions I am most definitely here :) Ash
      • February 27, 2018 at 3:08 am
        Kellie Prowse
        Thanks for your help Ash, much appreciated.
        • February 27, 2018 at 6:04 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem, any more questions I am here :)
          • August 20, 2018 at 6:34 am
            Kellie Prowse
            Hi Ash, We arrive in Barcelona via cruise ship early am on 6/11/18 and we are booked into Catederal Bas Apartments Calle Duran i Bas no7, Barcelona. I was wondering what the best method of getting to our apartment would be? Are taxi's cheap and readily available from the terminal? Would you be able to give an idea of approximate cost please? We plan on getting the City Pass per your recommendation on 18/2/18 but just wanted to know before I book this - is it a good idea to do both Sagrada Familia and Park Gruell on the same day or would we need more time at each of these attractions? Thanks so much for you help. Regards Kellie Prowse
            • August 20, 2018 at 9:36 am
              ashley
              Team Member
              Ash
              Hi Kelly, Since it's a bit in between metro stations and you're going to have to pay for the Port Bus anyway you might as well get a taxi. It'll be the fastest way. Depending on suitcases If for whatever reason you're traveling quite light and would like to save money, you could indeed walk for about an hour (maybe less depending on the dock) slightly uphill to get there. Your choice :) As for Park Guell and Sagrada Familia there's certainly no problem visiting both on the same day. Keep in mind you should dedicate 90 minutes to each attraction plus about 45 in between for transport, coffee/snacks etc. Ash
              • August 20, 2018 at 10:16 am
                Kellie Prowse
                Thanks Ash. We arrive via port but your site says we need to pick an airport for the city pass. We fly out of BCN but already have transfers. Should I just lust BCN?
                • August 20, 2018 at 10:31 am
                  ashley
                  Team Member
                  Ash
                  Hi Kellie, Yes in this case I would just list the airport as BCN, at any rate you could use it as a backup or cancel the transfers because it would probably save money! Ash
  • February 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    Shelley Glass
    Thanks so much for this fun website! So glad I stumbled upon it today. :) We're planning our first trip to Barcelona for April 22-28. We want to spend plenty of time in and around the Gothic Quarter, but we also want to do some sightseeing in other areas of the city. Do you recommend we spend the six nights at the same hotel (we usually prefer this) in the Gothic Quarter area and use various forms of transportation to see the other areas? Or do you recommend we split our time between two areas/hotels for less travel time and more convenience in sightseeing? Thanks so much for your advice!
    • February 8, 2018 at 10:56 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello there Shelley and thanks for the compliments on the site :) This is an easy one to answer for me - though it's a fairly big city the thing about Barcelona is that it's super accessible. From the Gothic Quarter you can walk to neighborhoods like El Born, Eixample, and Raval in about 15 minutes. I would even venture to say that aside from Park Guell none of the main attractions are more than a 40 minute walk or 10-15 minute metro or bus ride. Having to check out of one hotel and check into another seems like an unnecessary hassle unless you were looking at a trip outside the city to Girona, Sitges, or Lloret de Mar. I would just stay in the same spot. You'll know what I'm talking about when you arrive, the city is ridiculously accessible and not like Paris or London where you'll spend a ton of time crossing the city. Ash
  • January 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    Migdalia Garcia
    Hello! My husband and I need a hotel post cruise May 6 to May 9. Mainly sightseeing and relaxation before going back after 10 days of traveling through Europe (3 days pre-cruise and 7 day cruise). I love the beach but not the touristy ones. A stretch of ocean with breaking waves and clean water will do. Don’t know if theses dates will be good for swimming. Do you have any suggestions that will allow is to relax and maybe visit Girona and Figueres for a day? We figured out our first leg of the trip in Barcelona with all your amazing advice and for that and for this suggestions WE THANK YOU!!!
    • January 29, 2018 at 5:45 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Migdalia, First of all about the swimming question I have to say you're right on the border between swimming weather and not. Depending on how mother nature is feeling you may encounter early swimming opportunities but in general it doesn't really kick into full swing until early June. My advice: pack your swimsuit but don't be disappointed if you don't use it. That said I understand your desire for a bit of beach, and a less touristy one at that. In this case I always suggest my readers check out the Poble Nou neighbourhood. Not only does it have a small town feel and a cool litle main drag with everything you could ever need (Rambla del Poble Nou) but it's right along the least touristy beaches in the city. Also you'll be further north which would make it easier to access Girona if you have a car (or even by bus at the main bus station). I've taken a look and found some hotels with great ratings that you may want to check out using my link to Booking.com. In the top 10 you've got some great options that some of my readers have stayed at: NH Hesperia, the Four Points, The Level at Melia, and the Poble Nou Design Apartment. Just knowing the beach and not knowing the budgets, what kind of things you value in lodging etc I can't say much else... but check out the amenities/prices and see which one suits you best. If you still can't decide let me know and I'll try and help. As for your Girona/Figueres question know that you'll need almost a full day for these trips. Without a car it'll involve a substantial (comparatively to staying in Barcelona) amount of travel... so relax might not be the best word. If you're absolutely set on it, and I recommend either for travellers with time, I've got articles on both Girona and Figueres that may come in handy. OK, any more questions I am here to help! :) Ash
      • January 31, 2018 at 10:51 pm
        Migdalia
        Ok so I’m skipping the ocean altogether if that’s going to be the case. I guess I will switch my search for hotels to areas near that amazing looking spa (Aire) and scheduled all those romantic things to do in Barcelona from your amazing article. So if I can ask you a few more questions... 1. Do you recommend AirBnb properties? Any one in particular? 2. Are there any laundromats in the city? 3. Where will you go in Barcelona to get your makeup done if staying at Eixample? My budget is $350-$450 for 3 Nights and the things that are important for me are: free wifi, private bathroom, a/c, well insulated rooms, close proximity to a metro line convenient to the airport and 100% no smoking. Thanks!!!
        • February 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Migdalia, That may be a wise choice, but remember that I'm only speaking about local custom. In the event temperatures rise to 25+ (will happen about one day in 10) it's perfectly normal to have a swim... if you're coming from a cold place as well like the UK I can assure you those people swim with almost any temperature haha. Anyway, I have had mixed experiences with Airbnb from amazing deals to some rip offs... it all depends on how much research you put in, usually the reviews on the site are fairly accurate so you shouldn't run into many problems. Just don't risk staying at one that looks too good to be true or is short on reviews. I haven't stayed in any in Barcelona so I wouldn't want to give you bad advice. Just make sure they're in the neighbourhoods above and not in some transport no man's land. For the makeup not being a woman I don't have any experience in this... BUT, I talked to a female friend and she suggested two places for this: Sephora and Hello Beauty (less expensive). You'll find both just below Eixample in the Gothic Quarter. Regarding laundromats here in Catalonia they're called 'bugaderia' and you'll find tons around you using Google Maps. Most are automated and easy to use. Anyway, any more questions I am still here! Let me know how it all goes :) Ash
          • February 1, 2018 at 4:49 pm
            MIGDALIA GARCIA
            Sorry! Thought Ash was short for Ashley! Totally impressed by your response regardless. Thanks so much!!! I will definitely let you know! A lot of research to do but your help is greatly appreciated! Migdalia
            • February 1, 2018 at 6:18 pm
              ashley
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              Ash
              Hahahaaa Migdalia you just keep digging yourself a bigger hole, yes my name is indeed Ashley but I'm one of the few male ones. It wasn't easy growing up but I'm slowly getting there ;) Best of luck with the lodging search, anything else I am here!
  • July 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm
    Roman
    I need hotel for our stay: 2 adults arrival 7 August, departure 14 august 500 eur Visiting the city
    • July 31, 2017 at 6:51 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Roman, Thanks for writing. The unfortunate thing here is that you've picked one of the biggest tourist weeks of the year to book - the city is 98% booked already and as such there is virtually no hotel available in your price range. Even most hostels are going to cost 500+ for two people this team of year. The only way you're going to find a hotel is if it's 15-20 km outside the city centre. The H2 Rubi is a quality hotel that comes highly recommended. I would also recommend the Ibis Barcelona Mollet. Again, if you're absolutely set on a hotel, don't mind having to head back 'home' before the last trains (or better yet have a rental car) and don't mind a bit of extra travel these should be fine. If you're fine with staying in a hostel there's a super clean one in a nice neighbourhood that I could recommend called Rocket Hostel. Again, I am really sorry I can't be much more help but with the budget and time frame it is extremely limited. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do. Regards, Ash
  • December 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm
    Koy
    Hi, We are headed to Barcelona for NYE, Dec. 30 - Jan. 3. We are looking for a nice hotel (4*) near the beach (for the views and also because I heard there are usually fireworks displays on the beach.) Do you have a suggestion for location and also a suggestion for good food and party locations for NYE? We are an early 30s couple and we enjoy hip and hop and popular music, but I would prefer a club or party that has a fun, but chill vibe. Not too crowded. Any other tips you can provide are great! Thanks!
    • December 29, 2015 at 11:07 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Koy, Sorry for the late reply, I've been back in Canada for Christmas catching up with family and neglecting the blog :( I'll be honest, I haven't stayed at any of Barcelona's beach hotels. I wouldn't want to recommend any specific one for fear of giving you some bad information, but I can tell you the main beach area 'Barceloneta' isn't too famous for its hotels. For sea views and access to less crowded beaches (not to mention cheaper prices) you may want to search in the charming Poble Nou neighbourhood. Jamboree is a very central club which plays a lot of hip hop - it is quite touristy though and bound to be rammed. In fact most clubs will be pretty busy so you may want to think of a lounge bar - Banker's Bar on Passeig de Gracia is a good, high end place to start if you want something a little more memorable and upscale. It's in the 5 star Mandarin Hotel but pay no heed! Just walk right in. It would be perfect for a couple wanting quality cocktails and chill. Marula Club in El Gotico plays an eclectic range of music and is probably the most 'relaxed' club in BCN... you may want to see what they have going on. Otherwise I'm afraid NYE is pretty full on at the clubs. Expect to pay minimum 40 euro to get in anywhere. For dinner you can't go wrong with El Nacional: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/el-nacional-barcelonas-gastronomic-graceland/ Or for an afternoon of authentic Spanish fast food and cheap cava, La Xampaneria: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/cheap-barcelona-wine-bar-la-champagneria/ Two totally different vibes each with their own merits! For some authentic Catalan cuisine you can't go wrong with La Flauta. If you're craving something not Spanish then Bacoa (burgers) or Sport Bar (pizza) are can't miss! Let's see, I'm probably giving you too much to think about ;) I'll end it there but please let me know how it all went! Cheers for writing :)
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