Closest, Hippest and Hottest Hotels near Barcelona's Lively Cruise Port

Each summer Barcelona makes way for the many cruise ships that dock in its ports. While some take up residence for only a day, other ships spend 2-3 days or even longer. While most people reside on the ships, there's always a few who want to rent a hotel for the evening to change up the scenery. Then there are the travel buffs who arrive to the city before the cruise departs or who stay late after the ship returns. So if you don't want to venture to far from the port, take a look at this excellent variety of low and high-end hotels within 10-15 minutes walking distance of Barcelona's port. While some give way onto gorgeous views of the Mediterranean sea and Barcelona's boardwalk, others are closer to the city center, around the less touristy neighborhoods of Poble Sec and the Raval. If you're looking for a mix of proximity and still want to experience that local flare, then choose one that's closer to Ciutat Vella rather than the water. Barcelona, although it's a city large enough so it's hard to get bored, is small enough that it never takes too long to get anywhere, either by foot, metro, bus, bike or taxi, so no matter where you stay, you'll never be THAT far away. Some hotels however, are closer than others and one notable place to consider, which is as close as you can get to the port, is Eurostars Grand Marina.


Situated in the Gothic Quarter, just a short stroll from the port, this hotel was created in 1850 and newly renovated in 1992, for the Olympics. With five floors and a total of only 38 rooms, it is one of the Gothic Quarter's most charming, small hotels. The 24 hour reception, free wi-fi and elevator are strong selling points for this hotel which caters to a young adult crowd. The Adagio is perfectly located, close to La Rambla, the Gothic Quarter as well as the Port. They also have parking available, which is hard to find in the Old City.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Adagio Hotel is a low budget hotel in the Old City and very close to the port.

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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 relaxation 'retreat'. This is a high-end hotel that is moderately priced and if you want to stay in one of the 'posher' areas of the Old City, then this is a great option. It's unassuming yet at the same time it caters perfectly to those looking for an upscale experience in Ciutat Vella. It's a stone's throw from Passeig Del Born, which is the epi-center of the Old City.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Hotel Banys Orientals is one of the chicest hotels in the Born that is close to the port.

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This hotel is perfectly situated, close to the port, Montjuic and the Poble Sec and Raval neighborhoods. It's only 10 minutes from La Rambla and Plaza Espana and ideal for those looking for a slightly less touristy location. Largely popular for conferences and people coming to the city for congresses and fairs, Auto Hogar Hotel is a comfortable hotel with free papers, parking availability, internet access and a buffet breakfast. This hotel isn't as well known as some of the others in the area, but it's quickly making a name for itself as it's a quality hotel with excellent service and very close to the port.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Auto Hogar Hotel is ideally situated, 10 minutes walking from La Rambla, the Port and Plaza Espanya.

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The Oasis hotel is a great economical option on the edge of the Old City and the Port area. It's comfortable and offers a variety of amenities including wi-fi, luggage storage, a buffet breakfast and its own hotel snack bar. If you're looking for a no frills accommodation, which is perfectly situated then this is a great choice. It's only a short walk to all of the beaches in Barceloneta and close to the Gothic Quarter's Cathedral, Plaza Tripi (George Orwell Plaza), and great shopping on Calle Avinyo and Calle Ferran. The hotel also arranges beach bikes tours with a great discount.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Hotel Oasis is one of the most economical hotels which is close to the port.

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Situated in one of Barcelona's up and coming new neighborhoods and away from most of the tourists, the Barcelona Universal offers the best of both worlds; centrally located with a rustic, local feel. If you're a large group ask for one of the Triple or Superior rooms and if you want a private terrace, ask for the Barcelona Skyline Suite, which also comes with a jacuzzi. This is one of the tallest hotels in the Old City, thus providing for exceptional panoramic city views from it's 360 degree rooftop terrace. Located on Rambla Del Raval, it's in the heart of the Raval, and makes for an exciting stay.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Barcelona Universal Hotel is close to the port yet at the same time in the center of a local and lively neighborhood.

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The Silken Concordia is a modern hotel, with stylish designer furniture and a classy decor. It also caters to the business crowd and is well equipped with IT points and internet throughout. Ideally situated, it's near the less touristy, Poble Sec area as well as Plaza de Espana and not a far walk from Montjuic and the port. This is the perfect option for those who have an eye for design and want to be in a more off the beaten path neighborhood, yet at the same time close to the water and various tourist attractions such as the Magic Fountain Show and Poble Espanyol.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Silken Concordia is one of the city's best designer hotels which is very close to the port

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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 rooftop patio, perfect for dining or having a few aperitifs while overlooking the port. The Duquesa is a quaint hotel, small but full of all the amenities you'd need to make your stay a wonderful experience. It's a close walk to the port as well as the Gothic Quarter and the beaches of Barceloneta. From the terrace you have excellent city views.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Duquesa is a classy hotel situated perfectly between the Port and the Old City.

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TRYP Barcelona Apolo Hotel
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Located in one of Barcelona--s less mainstream neighborhoods, Poble Sec, which is equally as lively with plenty of rustic bars and trendy restaurants is not as crowded as the city center. Ferran Adria--s new restaurant, Tickets, is actually in this neighborhood amongst many other high end culinary establishments. Even though the hotel--s not in the city center it--s a close walk to La Rambla, the downtown core and the green metro line is two seconds from the building, which can take you to Gracia or the Eixample area. This is a large hotel, with plenty of natural light in the lobby and decent sized rooms with friendly service. The fact that it's pet friendly adds a warm and intimate touch to the overall hotel vibe.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Tryp Apolo is a no frills hotel ideal for business trips and close to the port

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W Barcelona

The views alone are worth the stay at the W. Whether you're sipping pricey cocktails in Eclipse, the 26th floor club, or chilling by the wet bar in the pool, pretty much anywhere you set foot you'll have prime seats overlooking the Mediterranean as well as Barcelona--s beautiful coastline. The longer you stay at the hotel the more you--ll notice the incredible attention to detail. From the --pillow guide-- by your bedside table, to the quirky expressions all around the hotel (ex: the sign on the way down to Bliss Spa reads: spahhhhhh), there is a noticeable touch of design, art and fashion throughout. This is a top of the line hotel, yet there are a few rooms that might not break the bank and still offer incredible sea views from the comfort of your bed.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Since coming onto the hotel stage, the W has become one of the city'es chicest and funnest hotels right along the water.

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A minimalist, warm Mediterranean hotel, the Grand Marina is ideal for business trips and is even a great place to host conferences, parties and events. They have over 40 conference rooms varying in size and are more than happy to organize a private event on their large outdoor terrace overlooking the rest of Port Vell or in one of their many indoor ballrooms. Eurostars Grand Marina is one of the closest hotels to the port. If you're looking for luxury and convenience together, then this is a great bet. The views from the outdoor terrace are remarkable and worth the stay.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: This is one of the closest hotels to the Port and a luxurious one at that

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