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Best Places to Stay in Barcelona

January 20, 2020
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Where to Stay in Barcelona

Looking for a place to stay in Barcelona? There are so many accommodation options in Barcelona that you have will have your choice of hotels, hostels, airbnbs, and apartments. Luckily, many accommodations in Barcelona are reasonably priced and even the mid-range properties boast luxurious amenities. With so much supply, the quality of the properties need to be maintained at the highest level, and there are so many places that do just that. 


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Best Hotels in Barcelona

Hotel Europark

I have now stayed at the Hotel Europark on my past two trips to Barcelona and have nothing but extremely positive things to say. As a solo traveler, booking a hotel can add up in price quickly, but on both occasions I stayed at peak times and paid around 100 euros a night. If you are traveling with a partner or group then you’re even more in luck because you’ll essentially be paying hostel prices for a fantastic hotel. Arrive between 4PM and 6PM and receive a glass of cava during check-in which you can then take up to the rooftop pool area and lounge on the 8th floor. There is a bar cart up there for drinks and you can order reasonably priced room service items for about 20 hours of the day. 

While I typically use sites like TripAdvisor or to book hotels, I have found that booking directly with the Hotel Europark gives me a significantly better price. 


El Palace Hotel 

Sophistication abounds at the Palace Hotel in Barcelona, a property which undoubtedly lives up to its name. While the exteriors and interiors of the property ooze old world charm, the hotel has been renovated with all of the expected modern comforts. El Palace is located in the Eixample neighborhood, an outstanding location, just a few minutes walking to Passeig de Gracia. But what truly sets the Palace hotel apart is the properties first class concierge service. They take care of their guests. 

Read reviews on Tripadvisor or book your room now!

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Airbnbs in Barcelona

Entire Apartments

Luxury Penthouse with Private Terrace

I used to always suggest a stay in either the Eixample neighborhood or the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona; however, after staying at a friend’s place in Sants on this past trip to Barcelona, I have to admit that I am thoroughly impressed. Not only is the main train station less than a 5 minute walk away from this airbnb, but the Sants metro with both the blue and green lines are also right at your doorstep. You can get anywhere in the city and to and from the airport with such ease that I think this airbnb is a fabulous choice, particularly for a weekend. Not only is there a beautiful private terrace on two levels, but an updated kitchen with oven and dishwasher. And yes, there is an elevator so you don’t have to walk up with luggage. 

Exclusive & Classy Flat 2 Min from Paseo de Gracia

Not only is this airbnb in a fabulous location, but it is a perfect option for a group of girlfriends, a family trip, or couples double-date edition. There are two bathrooms in the apartment which is a rarity in these parts and the apartment is updated with stylish decor and immaculately clean. There is a small elevator to bring your luggage up to the apartment.  

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Private Room with Private Bathroom

BCN center / private bathroom – king bed or BCN center/ensuite bathroom – king bed

This airbnb is technically located in the El Born neighborhood of Barcelona but is also extremely close to the Gothic Quarter, a superb location. There is one bed in the private room and although there is no view, there is a large french window. Perhaps the best part of the property is that there is a detached full private bathroom right next to the room. 

Oliver also has a private room with a large bed and an ensuite bathroom, so if your dates are booked for one room, I highly recommend checking the availability for the other room in his apartment. 

City Centre: Beautiful room with private bathroom 

You must take a look at the photos of this property and I know you’ll fall in love. This beautiful, modern duplex has a double room with ensuite private bathroom, a luxury in Barcelona. It is located in front of Ciutadella Park.I don’t typically recommend this location, but it really is a great one as well. Similar to the Eixample, you may need to take public transport to get into the historical quarter or walk about 20 minutes. Luckily, public transport is phenomenal in Barcelona, so as long as you have a T-10 metro pass, you will have no problem getting around.

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Best Hostels in Barcelona

There are so many fabulous hostels in Barcelona. With such steep competition, I made sure to only list hostels with a rating of 9.4 or higher on Hostelworld. These hostels have a variety of amenities like free family dinners, free daily tours, game rooms, pod-style beds, etc. 

360 Hostel Barcelona Arts & Culture 

There are so many great things to say about this hostel. First off, it’s rare to find a place with 3500 reviews and a 9.8 rating. It’s also located in a central area with two metro stations just a 5 minute walk away from the property. One of the best parts of any hostel experience is the free family dinner and 360 Hostel does this nightly. It is not only the best way to socialize with fellow travelers, but it also is great for budgeters looking to keep their costs low. I have been fortunate enough to stay at three hostels in the past who have offered this perk, and it 1000% enhanced my experience. One thing to keep note of is that the dorms are mixed, so look elsewhere if you prefer a male/female dorm. 

Fabrizzio’s Petitt

This amazing hostel is situated in the most ideal location right in the heart of the classy Eixample neighborhood. There are private rooms with private and shared bathroom options available if you are looking to do some socializing but still prefer to have your own space. Breakfast is completely free and available all day plus  there are free family dinners many nights of the week as well. While there are opportunities for pub crawls and nightlife, this hostel tends to skew to a more mature crowd; it won’t be quite the same party scene as some of the other hostels in Barcelona. 

Hostel One Properties: 

There are four Hostel One properties in Barcelona, all of which have extremely high ratings. That being said, I’m not totally in love with the locations of these properties. 

Hostel One Paralelo

This is the highest rated but in the least desirable location in my personal opinion. It seems as though I’m in the minority, however, if you read the reviews. If you are looking to socialize and party then this is the place to do it. There are a lot of really fabulous aspects of this hostel like free family dinners nightly, free tours during the day, private beds with curtains, and a Netflix cinema room. 

Hostel One Sants 

I’ve recently become a huge fan of the Sants neighborhood having stayed there a month ago. It’s not exactly walkable to the main sights, but the area is extremely well-connected; the main train station is located in Sants which gives you direct access to the airport as are two metro lines, the blue line which takes you to Sagrada Familia and the green line which gets you directly on Las Ramblas. With all that said, this hostel is a 12 minute walk from the train station which is a bit far in my estimation. The reviews, however, praise the hostel for its free day activities, free nightly family dinners, rooftop terrace, pub crawl, and game room. There are twin private rooms available, but the bathroom is shared. The dorms are for three, four, or six people and are mixed gender. 

Hostel One Ramblas

Hostel One Ramblas is the closest geographically of the aforementioned Hostel One properties. to the historic sites and Las Ramblas. The hostel boats similar perks like free dinner nightly, as well as daytime adventure options, and breakfast is served until 1PM! There are four, six, eight, and 10 bed dorms; but, similar to  the other properties, these rooms are mixed gender. 

Yeah Hostel Barcelona

This highly-rated hostel in the only one on this list that has female dorms available. If you are a light sleeper who can’t handle snoring, you should definitely look into staying here. That’s not to say that women don’t snore, but I have had much better experiences staying in a female dorm than I have in a mixed dorm. Yeah Hostel has the free nightly dinners and the free daytime activities and I actually really love the location. It’s on the good side of Gracia, a trendy, bohemian neighborhood, because it’s the side closer to the historical parts of the city. Yeah Hostel is also  extremely close to public transport; the Verdaguer metro station has two lines running through it and is just about a block away. 

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Please Note:

On my last trip to Barcelona, I was reading the reviews of properties and noticed two reviews at different hotels stating that people had their belongings stolen in the lobby of their hotel during check-out. And, although I didn’t read this review about the Hotel Europark which is where I ended up staying, I did notice signs in the lobby warning guests about thieves. About a week after I returned from my trip, a family friend had her purse and backpack stolen in the lobby as she was checking out to go to the airport. This happened at a completely different hotel than the two properties I had read reviews about. After all of these occurrences, I felt it was necessary to include this information in my post, so that you are aware of the issue and can remain vigilant during your stay in Barcelona!

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