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Hotels in Barcelona

Although until recently there was an acute shortage of hotels in Barcelona, particularly around the time of the Barcelona Grand Prix, boat show or large scale trade fairs, the construction of a number of new hotels in the last few years means that you now have a bigger choice of hotels and lower prices.

Your choice of hotel may depend on your reason for visiting Barcelona. Many tourists to Barcelona choose to stay close to the sights or the nightlife, while business travellers often select hotels close to the Fira, Barcelona's exhibition and conference halls. Below we offer some advice on selecting a hotel.

Choosing a tourist hotel

If you're going to visit Barcelona for tourism or leisure then your main three considerations are likely to be location, cost and facilities.

Popular areas include the Ramblas, the gothic quarter and Passeig de GrÓçia, as well as El Born for the nightlife. However, if you're trying to stretch your budget, or if you are looking to choose a specific hotel such as the luxury Hotel Arts, then it will make your life easier if your hotel is close to a metro station at least. Taxis are reasonably cheap compared with many cities, although can be in short supply, especially at weekends and throughout August.

The map above gives an overview of Barcelona city. [1] Ciutat Vella, [2] Eixample, [3] Sants-Montjuic. [4] San Martí. The gothic quarter is located in Ciutat Vella, between the Ramblas and Via Laietana, while El Born is towards the bottom and to the right of Via Laietana.

One point to watch is that some hotel booking websites don't make it clear which of their hotels are not actually in the city, but the province of Barcelona instead. This can can leave you some way to travel to Barcelona, but if you are in any doubt check the postcode - Barcelona city postcodes are 5 digits long, always beginning 080.

Specific hotel recommendations include; the budget Internacional, 5-star Le Meridien and 1898 on the Ramblas; Rialto in the gothic quarter, with Hotel Colon, directly opposite the gothic cathedral; Banys Orientals in El Born; the 5-star Majestic Hotel on Passeig de GrÓcia, with the Claris nearby; and Barceló Sants, which although it is mainly aimed at business travellers, is directly above Barcelona-Sants station and ideal for the metro and mainline stations.


Hotels ideal for business travellers

Just as tourists may choose a hotel because of its vicinity to the sights, if you are travelling to Barceona on business you may prefer to choose a hotel close to where you'll be visiting and of course your contacts may offer to arrange your hotel for you and there are several hotels convemiently located for anyone visiting the Universities.

Barcelona is host to dozens of major exhibitions and conferences every year and so if you'll be spending most of your days in the exhibition halls of the Fira you'll be happy to know that there are several hotels within easy walking distance. The Plaza in Plaça Espanya springs to mind as the obvious example of a good 4-star hotel close to the exhibition halls, but there are also three close to Barcelona-Sants station - the Barceló Sants (mentioned above), Expo and Grand Torre de Catalunya.


Luxury hotels in Barcelona

If your only concern is luxury while in Barcelona then again you have several options. Hotel Arts has a whole list of awards, although the Vila Olimpic sea-front is rather souless. Much more traditional are the Majestic, Claris, Le Meridien and the Palace, which was formerly the Ritz Barcelona; all offer world class service in buildings with truely spectacular facades.


Related pages

Barcelona hotel finder
A comprehensive list of hotels in Barcelona city, with links to details including location maps and other details. Also includes links to websites where you can book online.

Hotels in the Barri Gotic
The Barri G˛tic is the area located within the walls of the old city of Barcelona. A maze of narrow streets and passageways, the area was once quite run down, but has long been a must for any visitor to Barcelona.

Eixample hotels
L'Eixample, or Simply meaning "the extension", the Eixample is the area of Barcelona designed to deal with the swelling population of the 19th century, consisting of wide streets set out in a grid.

Ramblas hotels
Find all the information you need on booking Barcelona hotels located right on the Ramblas, Barcelona most famous street.

5-star hotels in Barcelona
If you're looking for a slice of luxury then look here first. We look at what we like and dislike of Barcelona's 5-star hotels.

Hotels close to the Fira
The Fira is Barcelona's exhibition and conference centre.

Holidays in Barcelona
For a list of holidays available in Barcelona, from all inclusive packages to Mediterranean cruises.

Links to other sites

Use the links below to search for hotels in Barcelona. Clicking on the links will open a new window, you'll need to ensure that your popup block allows them to be opened.

Barcelona hotels from Hotel Pronto

Barcelona hotels from Totalstay

Barcelona hotels from Travelnow





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