Barcelona's Old City Has Some of the Chicest Hotels

Ciutat Vella, otherwise known as Barcelona's Old Town, and historic core, has some of the most unique, charming and architecturally stunning hotels. Whether you're looking to stay in the heart of the action in the Gothic Quarter, the chicer El Born district or the edgier Raval neighborhood, there is an abundance of hotels ranging from extremely high-end to very affordable. There is something for everyone, including boutique, commercial, mom 'n pop hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and pensions (higher-end hostels).

Some key hotels can be found on La Rambla, including the beautiful Hotel 1898 with it's gorgeous rooftop terrace that gives way onto 360 degree city views. Other hotels can be found overlooking plazas, such as Hotel Colon which has a direct view of the Cathedral and Hotel Neri, which is tucked away in Plaza Sant Felip Neri and has a charming garden patio as well as a cozy rooftop terrace.

The further you get into the downtown core, the smaller some of the hotels become as there is less space. If you're looking for something on a grander scale, some of the hotels on Passeig De Gracia and by the water are still very central, yet slightly bigger. The Arts and W hotels are quite large with gorgeous sea views and the Mandarin on Passeig de Gracia has all the amenities you could wish for. 

Hotel Colon Barcelona
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It--s hard to believe there is a hotel located directly across from such a visage; Barcelona--s famous Cathedral. Try to request one of the Superior Double rooms or Junior Suites and you--ll be able to walk out onto your private terrace every...  Read More

Port Vell-old Town
Casa Camper Barcelona


This is a hip and trendy hotel in the city center. Casa Camper is an comfortable, classy yet affordable accommodation with a young, energetic vibe. It's romantic in that it's small and personable and in one of the Old City's less 'chartered'...  Read More



Hotel Banys Orientals is slightly farther from the port, yet still an easy stroll. It's Born location provides for a chic and elegant stay and the Banys Orientals Spa adjacent to the hotel is a welcome after tour-time activity or afternoon...  Read More



A quaint and unassuming hotel in the city center, Chic and Basic is for the romantic trendsetters, and hipsters. Located in the chic, Born neighborhood, Chic & Basic has a mix of apartments and hotels throughout the city. The one in the Born...  Read More

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona


It's hard to beat the Majestic's location; situated on Barcelona's trendy Passeig De Gracia, surrounded by modernist masterpieces, including Casa Batllo and La Pedrera and a short stroll to Gracia and Plaza Catalunya, the Majestic is a luxurious...  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



If you're looking to stay slightly outside of the city center, yet still want to be close and within walking distance of great shopping and major attractions, then the Alma is a great choice. It's incredibly romantic, with the outdoor garden and...  Read More

Old Town
Hotel Neri
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One of the Gothic Quarter's most charming and elegant hotels, this boutique accommodation caters to those who want to mix culture with luxury. It's a tiny hotel, with a small staff and the rooms aren't huge, however they're very tastefully...  Read More

Hotel Arts Barcelona


The Hotel Arts embodies the terms class and luxury. Overlooking the Mediterranean and Frank Gehry--s famous flying fish, the Arts is a slight stroll from the city center, yet ideally located along the beach and just a short walk from most of the...  Read More

Hotel 1898
Photo courtesy of Hotel 1898


The 1898--s rooftop terrace is next to unbeatable. Boasting 360-degree views of the entire city, with its medium sized pool and plenty of deck space it's an ideal spot for family meals at their outdoor restaurant or just fun to laze around, soak...  Read More


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