Barcelona with its golden beaches, numerous festivals, a diversity of gastronomy and architectural masterpieces will make you unconditionally and inevitably fall in love. It’s the city where you want to live for the rest of your life.
Though Barcelona is a city of amazing contrasts, the local citizens have something in common. It’s their hedonism and geniality, the way they never hurry and know how to relax. No wonder, that many people come to Barcelona to take a break from constant stress and fully enjoy every day of their lives.
Barcelona Hotel Guide
Barcelona has almost 3 thousand hotels which are glad to open their doors to guests. Here you shall find anything from luxurious design hotels to economy Bed&Breakfast options. You can also choose camping, hostel or apartments while planning your trip to the capital of Catalonia. Mind, that in a high season it’s vital to book your accommodation in advance. Otherwise, you may have nothing to choose from.
Barcelona is a huge town and each district has plenty of hotels. The most luxurious options are as usual located in the heart of the city, next to La Rambla, Passeig de Gràcia, Plaça de Catalunya. A price for a suite here starts at 150 euros per night. In case you are traveling on a budget, consider booking a room in Ciutat Vella, Eixample or close to the port.
The luxury segment of accommodations offers you a wide range of design- and boutique-hotels, while the economy segment has excellent rates on hostels. There, a bed in a common room will cost you approximately 15-20 euros.
Top-5 Attractions to Check Out in Barcelona
It’s pretty hard to list down the best attractions among such a diversity of cultural, architectural and natural tourist destinations in Barcelona. We tried to list the top-5 attractions you must see.
- Clearly, the first place goes to the business card of Barcelona - Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. Projected by Antoni Gaudi, this cathedral has been building for 130 years already. And who knows when it’s going to be finished. The majesty and grandeur of this construction will blow your mind. However, there’s a price you’ve got to pay for admiring such beauty or even getting inside. The concentration of tourists is so high, that you’ll have to spend hours in a line to see the interior of the church. But it’s definitely worth it!
- Locals and guests love Montjuïc Hill! First of all, it has a splendid city view. And second of all, there are many fascinating objects here which are worth seeing. Here you shall find Font Màgica fountain, Poble Espanyol village, the fortress and National Art Museum of Catalonia;
- The colorful, surreal and toy-like Park Güell is another famous work of Gaudi. There’s hardly a similar park in any other city in the world. If you go there at night, some mosaic statues might look pretty spooky;
- The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is not only an exhibition of the modern masterpieces. It’s also a spot to meet with friends, grab a glass of wine, and to skate. At night, this place turns into a real meeting point of the youths;
- Don’t skip El Gotic district. Here the narrow streets intertwine with ancient buildings, and small squares have cozy cafes and bars. In general, El Gotic resembles a tiny medieval town, a quieter one than Las Ramblas.
Hotels in the Center of Barcelona
The best hotels in the center of Barcelona are erected in various styles - from ancient and grandeur Gothic to Neoclassicism and Renaissance. But don’t think that there are only expensive luxury hotels in the central part of the city. Three-star hotels have excellent locations as well. Their modern rooms are fully-equipped, and there are rooftop swimming pools. They offer excellent views of the Catalonian Capital.
Here are some of the most popular hotels in the center of Barcelona:
- Neri 5*;
- 4* Hotel 1898;
- Granvia 3*;
- Hostal Grau Barcelona 2*.
Luxury 5-star Hotels in Barcelona
Five-star hotels in Barcelona are exclusive, spirited and bright. The level of service in such accommodations is stunning.
The majority of 5-star variants are located in the fashionable and respectable districts of the city. Guests can participate in festivals and holidays, explore the attractions and the gorgeous architecture of Barcelona.
Check out the list of the most famous hotels in Barcelona:
- Grand Hotel Central with a marvelous panorama of the city;
- Mercer Hotel Barcelona with an unbelievable atmosphere;
- The Serras will amaze you with its restaurant on the terrace;
- DO Plaça Reial G.L. is z cozy boutique-hotel;
- Almanac Barcelona is only 4 minutes away from the main attractions.
Cheap Hotels in Barcelona
Cheap hotels in Barcelona can be divided into two main categories. The first group comprises hostels with common rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. They are typically very clean, neat and have a central location.
The second group is the aparthotel. They offer home-like conditions and comfort. Each room has a small kitchen with everything you might require.
Tourists on a budget especially love these variants:
- BestPrice Gracia;
- BestPrice Diagonal.
How to Get to Barcelona from the Airport?
The International Airport of Barcelona El Prat is situated only 10 km from the city. However, many low-cost airlines like Ryanair or Wizz Air fly to Gerona Airport Costa Brava and Reus. They are 100 km away from the capital of Catalonia. Clearly, you can save on your flight, but it will take you longer and be more expensive to reach the city.
There are several options on how to get to Barcelona from El Prat:
- Every 10 minutes a comfortable bus called “Aerobus” runs to Plaça de Catalunya. In 30 minutes at a fair rate of 5.90 euros you’ll reach your destinations;
- Take the subway Line9 Sud. The train comes every 7 minutes and costs 7 euros. Mind, that you’ll have to transfer;
- If you arrive at night, take night buses № 16 and № 17. At only 2.5 euros you’ll reach the center of the city in 30 minutes.