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.