Barcelona's Chicest and Most Elegant Budget Hotels in and around the City

Going on holiday is expensive enough and if you're the type of traveler who doesn't need to spend that much time in the hotel, then why not opt for a cheaper, more affordable option; and spend the rest of your money on tapas and sangria! Barcelona has almost as many hotels and hostels as it does bars, restaurants and nightclubs. It's a city full of swanky five star establishments, remodeled four star heritage buildings and plenty of budget hotels and hostels.

One of the best things about the city is that no matter how many stars your hotel has, Barcelona’s buildings are so aesthetically pleasing and architecturally beautifully designed, that even the least elaborate and most rustic of places gives off an elegant and classy vibe.

When it comes to deciding on where to stay, if you’re looking for budget options it really depends on which area of town you want to stay in.

The closer you stay to Ciutat Vella  (Old City), in the Gothic Quarter and the Born for example, or by the beach in the Barceloneta neighborhood and anywhere along La Rambla, is going to be more expensive no matter how nice the accommodation. If you're looking for something slightly more luxurious but don't want to pay through the roof, consider staying slightly outside of the downtown core, perhaps towards the Eixample district and you'll be able to find a higher end hotel at a more affordable price.






It is rumored that Picasso himself visited the Levante Hostal in his youth and that his painting, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was created with memories of his time spent there. The Levante is a friendly and cozy Hostal in the heart of the Gothic...  Read More



You can't get more centrally located than Plaza Reial; one of Barcelona's most lively and busy plazas, directly off La Rambla, this is where the action starts and finishes, especially on weekends. If you're looking for an affordable, young, hip...  Read More



When walking into this small hotel in the Raval you feel a mix of bohemian sophistication. The Hotel Peninsular is charming and well situated in one of Barcelona's most rustic and 'real' neighborhoods; you'll feel like you're experiencing the...  Read More

Port Vell-old Town


Ideally situated beside Plaza Catalunya, Hostal Goya is a friendly, unassuming, modernly decorated establishment and if you don't want to burn a hole in your wallet but still want to experience a comfortable and enjoyable stay in the heart of...  Read More



A charming place to stay, the Market Hotel is located on the outskirts of the city center, in the Sant Antoni neighborhoods, but still only a short walk or quick metro ride to the downtown core. This place is all about comfort at affordable...  Read More

Hotel España Barcelona
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What used to be a three star hotel has recently been converted into a beautiful four star Modernist visage. It remains, however to be a very affordable option in the heart of the city; close to La Rambla, the Raval, the Gothic Quarter and the...  Read More



This is not the cheapest of the bunch, however the hotel has excellent deals and special rates throughout the year. It's perfectly situated between the Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta neighborhoods and it has a small but quaint and relaxing...  Read More

Hotel Sagrada Familia
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The views from the rooftop terrace of this hotel give you front row seats to Gaudi's, Sagrada Familia and if you want to see the Church head on (which you should) it's about a two-minute walk. The hotel itself features a very basic...  Read More

Hotel Medium Abalon
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The Abalon's best selling point is its close proximity to Gaudi's, Sagrada Familia. It is a minimally decorated, simple, budget accommodation, with clean rooms and a cafeteria on the main floor. If you're looking for a very affordable place to...  Read More

Port Vell-old Town
Hotel Jazz
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It's hard to beat the Hotel Jazz's location as it's directly next door to Plaza Catalunya, close to the Raval and the rest of the Old City and a stone's throw from La Rambla and Rambla Catalunya (more elegant high end shopping). This is one of...  Read More


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