It consists of a maze of tiny streets that are a little quieter than its neighbor, but not at all short of attractions. To the northeast, El Born is bordered by the zoo, lakes, and fountains of the vast Parc de la Ciutadella. Accommodation is a mix of imaginative boutique hotels, family-friendly mid-range options, and several good cheap hotels.
Accommodation leans towards luxury and boutique hotels, with few budget options. Grand buildings from the International Exhibition line the pedestrian boulevard that leads to the Magic Fountain; in the summer months, there is a sound-and-light show here in the evenings.
Beyond, escalators take you up to Palau Nacional. This quiet neighborhood, home to young families, artists and new arrivals in Barcelona, sits between Eixample and the hills to the north of the city. Accommodation consists largely of budget-friendly hostels and hotels. This largely working class neighborhood manages to maintain its down to earth vibe, and its narrow streets are lined with low-key neighborhood tapas, bodegas, and some of the best seafood restaurants in the city.
Accommodation in Barceloneta is limited to a handful of budget and midrange hotels, with one excellent high-end hotel at the south end of the beach. Hotels here are mostly in the mid-range category, with a few budget spots. There are plenty of wallet-friendly options, too, particularly along Carrer del Parlament, with its traditional tapas bars and hipster cafes. Just north of Barceloneta, along the coast, Poblenou is an old industrial district where the decrepit warehouses have given way to sleek office buildings, contemporary design hotels, industrial-scale nightclubs, and trendy beach bars.
The W hotel and the beaches of Barceloneta. Free Travel Guides. Get Started Here! But Barcelona is compact. Your email address will not be published. Yay, you have reached the end of my complete post on the best neighborhoods and hotels in the city! Barcelona is so unique and diverse, it was really hard finding only 5 neighborhoods to recommend! Each of these areas are very different from each other, and the choice really depends on your own preferences and budget!
The city is definitely worth visiting, I have spent 3 months there, and it still was not enough! I hope my ultimate guide on Barcelona areas and hotels has helped you to decide on which area is the best for you to stay in and find your perfect accommodation!
NOTE: However, if you want to read my tips on things to do in Barcelona, how to avoid the crazy lines to Sagrada Familia, what to visit outside Barcelona and more, please click here to find all my content about this beautiful city!
As usual, do not hesitate to ask me any questions in the comments section below if you want to ask for additional information, it is always welcomed! Please continue with your great efforts and I will be sure to pass this site to more friends and coworkers. The ship docks at 7 a. Do you think we will need to purchase tickets for the Sagrada Familia in advance? We only have the one day and evening in Barcelona.
We fly out the morning of Saturday, November 23rd. Do we need to purchase tickets in advance for either of these? Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you. Hi, Gaye! Taking the Hop-On Hop-Off bus is a great way to discover Barcelona in such a short timeframe, good choice!
Yes, I totally recommend purchasing your tickets for Sagrada Familia a bit in advance at least 1 — 1. So my recommendation would be to take the touristic bus after you arrive, explore the city it has 3 different lines, the blue and red one take 2 hours each and the green one 40 minutes, so you will have some time for this , go to Picasso Museum or Barcelona Cathedral for a brief visit and then go to Sagrada Familia in the late afternoon, to catch the sunset there the best time to visit it!
I also recommend reading my article about Mistakes you should avoid at Sagrada Familia for more information. Hi Yulia. Am traveling to Barcelona with my 4 yr old daughter come September 5th all through till 10th September. This is our first time. Mind helping me with advice on the best places to visit, especially for the girl and for us to maximise on the tour. Hi Janet! Actually, I have an entire article about it, which you can check out here — Barcelona with kids — 25 Awesome Things To Do The list has as many options as you need for your itinerary and you can choose the best activities for you and your daughter, regardless if you need something more relaxing, adventurous, cultural etc.
I am traveling with two of my girlfriends to Barcelona end of March We are going to see one of our favorite bands play and explore this great city. We want to eat delicious food and sightsee as well as shop. Will be staying 6 nights. We want quiet, safe and close to centre and explored air bnbs but decided against it and much rather stay at a hotel. Can you recommend which area would be best? We are not looking for crazy nightlife as we are older, late 50s, late 40s and late 30s.
We want to wander to cafes and local cool bars. Please advise. Most grateful. You can find my hotel recommendations right here in the article! Hope this helps and I wish all 3 of you a great time in Barcelona!
Question-what area to book a hotel for myself? Thinking of taking a cooking class. I love to hike, shop unusual shops, and really get a taste and feel of how locals truly live. Looking for any suggestions!! Thank you! If you want to get a sense of how the city really is, I would deffinitely recommend you to choose the district El Raval! As for cooking classes, I found a few interesting one on the GetYourGuide website, like this one , but there are more options, you can check them out on their website!
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for the newsletter! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Read my ultimate list of resources to help you stay happy and productive while at home! Are you ready? La Barceloneta — Where to stay in Barcelona with a family 3.
Eixample 4. El Born — Where to stay in Barcelona for nightlife 5. Check the rates for Barcelona. Which area should you choose? In order to choose the best places to stay in Barcelona for you, I have created this personalized list of recommendations: Best area to stay in Barcelona for luxury : Eixample Best area to stay in Barcelona for budget travelers: El Raval Best area to stay in Barcelona for nightlife : El Born Best area to stay in Barcelona for families : La Barceloneta For each district or neighbourhood I carefully selected some of the best hotels for every type of budget, be it 5-star hotels, middle-priced accommodations or hostels.
Hotel The Serras is a 5-star luxury hotel located right in the heart of the city! I am sure you will fall in love with the infinity pool on the rooftop, the Michelin-starred restaurant and the amazingly decorated rooms! This hotel is actually the building where Pablo Picasso lived and started his career in !
The Wittmore has amazing city views and extremely quiet rooms where you will be able to relax after a full day. I am sure you will also enjoy the on-site restaurant and bar where they await you with a wide range of tasty meals and different types of wine! Make sure to book your stay here if you want to be in one of the best hotels in the heart of the city!
Of course, you will be right in the heart of the city, close to many restaurants, clubs and bars if you want to go out and have a good time! NH Barcelona Barri Gotic is located right in the heart of the area, but also very close to the beach. They have free Wi-Fi, delicious breakfast options and lots of nice spots for shopping and dining around.
The rooms are clean and modern and you can even stay and relax in the lounge area. The hours reception is a great bonus, as it will give you some flexibility in planning your stay in Barcelona. Get ready to have a great time here! The rooms are very simple and clean, perfect for a comfortable stay in the city. Plus, you will be a short walk away to all the important attractions in one of the best areas in Barcelona! Book your hotel in Barrio Gotico. La Barceloneta — Where to stay in Barcelona with a family I am sure you heard about the famous Barceloneta Beach before, have you?
It offers excellent service, amazing design and a unique view over the sea and the entire city. The perfect place for a luxury, signature stay in Barcelona! Hotel Arts Barcelona is another 5-star luxury hotel in Barceloneta on the beach that stands up with its cool outdoor pools, panoramic city views and incredible spa where you can completely relax after a day of exploring Barcelona.
The rooms are very clean and stylish and the entire hotel has many great facilities such as a very good on-site restaurant, bar and even a garden terrace. This one awaits you with amazing restaurants that serve traditional Spanish cuisine!
The rooms are clean and spacious and you can even use the laundry facilities, lockers and padlocks! Kalma Sitges Hotel is right on the beach, which is a great bonus. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are tidy. You will be close to many good seafood restaurants because you are so close to the beach! Book your hotel in Barceloneta. Eixample Eixample is a newer neighborhood than, for example, the Gothic Quarter.
During your stay here, you will be spoiled with a heated outdoor pool, a Michelin-starred restaurant and gorgeous, spacious rooms!
The rooms are super clean and soundproofed, so I guarantee you will sleep like a baby here! Bcn Urban Hotels Gran Rosellon is a cool and super modern 4-star hotel with middle-priced options. I am sure you will enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool, the awesome fitness center and the sun terrace!
The rooms are very simple and clean and the ceilings and floors are simply gorgeous! You can choose from private rooms and dormitory rooms, depending on your budget and preferences. A great place to make international friends! You can also benefit from the shared kitchen where you can cook your meals. Book your hotel in Eixample.