This article is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove Project
The easiest way to discover Barcelona is to stay where the action is: the city center. El Born, Eixample Esquerra, Barceloneta, El Raval, and the Barrio Gotico are the most popular neighborhoods, though by no means the only options. From any of these areas, you can walk to many iconic monuments and museums, including the Picasso Museum, La Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Musica, and more.
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Accommodations in Barcelona are affordable compared to other popular European cities, and you can choose from traditional hotel rooms, private room rentals, and luxury spa hotels. Here are my top four picks for accommodations in Barcelona.
Atmosphere, history, and location combine in this boutique hotel that once was a medieval palace. Hotel Neri is located in Barri Gotic, the most complete gothic neighborhood in Europe, just a short walk from well-known attractions.
The hotel only has 22 rooms and two suites, each offering elegant decor, plush fabrics, and a romantic vibe. Don’t miss the rooftop garden, the perfect place for tapas and cocktails.
Park Hotel Barcelona
This hotel is a premier example of 20th-century modernist architecture and a Catalan cultural heritage site.
Located in the stylish neighborhood of El Born, you will be within 10 minutes of Las Ramblas and the metro lines. Take a walk down Passeig del Born, a beautiful tree-lined boulevard, and shop for one-of-a-kind mementos and gifts, or stop in a chic café.
The interior, dominated by a stunning spiral staircase and mosaic-tiled bar, has recently been renovated. In 2012, the rooms got a makeover and the brand of the hotel was updated. A warm and stylish environment is created via the use of natural wood and light fabrics. This hotel is a great value, especially for the neighborhood.
Cozy Apartment in a Hip Area (Airbnb)
If staying where the locals are is your style, Sant Antoni is a perfect choice. Part of the L’Eixample neighborhood, the old market of the same name is the most popular in the city. This part of Barcelona developed in the 1800s. The streets are laid out in a typical grid style, making navigation easier and providing a more spacious feeling.
Young, hip, and safe, Sant Antoni is an easy metro ride from the city center or walk from Las Ramblas. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
W Hotel Barcelona
For a chic beach break with city style, the W Hotel Barcelona, designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Bofill, has views to die for. Located on the Barceloneta, it’s an easy walk to tourist areas. Indulge at Spain’s only Bliss spa: check in and enjoy a panoramic view of the sparkling sea and harbor.
Barcelona Has it All
Barcelona is a city rich in architectural treasures and tourist attractions. Most of the main attractions are found concentrated in the historic center, but if exploring away from the usual tourist routes appeals to you, you’re in luck: Barcelona’s excellent public transportation system means everything is easily accessible.
A perfect blend of Mediterranean climate, with easy access to beaches, delicious cuisine, and a cutting edge arts and culture scene, Barcelona has rightfully become one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
If you enjoyed this article, read my article on how to snag a cheap flight to Barcelona written for the Hipmunk City Love Project.