Barcelona's Best Family-Friendly Hotels, Most Accommodating Places to Stay on Vacation

In a city as busy and full of tourists as Barcelona is, it's no surprise that there is an overabundance of hotels in order to accommodate all tastes and travel styles. In particular, Barcelona is an extremely 'family-fun' vacation destination. Not only is it a city known for its tapas, sangria, siestas and fiestas, but it's full of unique and fun exhibits, history, eclectic markets and above all there's always something going on that'll keep kids and the entire family entertained. Whether you're watching the street performers on La Rambla or the traditional Catalan dances on the weekends in Portal de L'Angel or checking out the Magic Fountain show in Plaza Espanya, it's one city in which you'll never be bored. Therefore it's only suiting that Barcelona be equipped with a variety of family-friendly hotels; where the children have enough to keep them entertained after a busy day and the adults can relax, kick back and enjoy some quiet time after a long day of touring.

Some of the best hotels for families are the ones closest to the city center as it's easy to walk to most of the major sites and more exciting areas. Even if you want to stay away from the heart of the action and in a quieter location, there are plenty of centrally situated hotels that are off the main street yet still close to the downtown core. La Rambla street as well as the Born and Gothic neighborhoods have a variety of family-friendly hotels, as does the Ribera and Eixample neighrbohoods. The Eixample is slightly removed from the city center but it's also in the middle of the Old and 'Newer' part of town, which is a very pretty area to stay and still very well situated.



Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
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In a busy city like Barcelona, it's nice to come home to a hotel with an overabundance of ways to kick back and take the edge off. From its chill out Mimosa Garden with its Lebanese cuisine, to the 9th floor wading pool (only two feet deep), to the trendy Banker's Bar where you can actually see the old metal security boxes displayed above the bar and embedded into the walls (it's a converted bank building), the Mandarin is all about R & R and is great for families looking for a hotel with plenty to do at all hours of the day. Check out their High Tea which takes place daily between 5-7pm.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A stunning hotel with a kids room, amazing terrace and on call baby sitters

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Royal Ramblas
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This hotel is all about location, which is nice especially if you have young kids. Located on La Rambla it's a short stroll to the Boqueria market where you can buy fresh o.j., baguettes and cheese for breakfast (even though you can eat breakfast at the hotel). The hotel is simple and understated and was recently refurbished to give it a more modern feel. This is a great hotel for kids, as it has a computer in the lobby, a spacious dining room and plenty of action being directly on La Rambla. There's no time to get bored in this hotel.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: An affordable, central hotel with plenty of action for the kids on La Rambla

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H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel
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The H10 Montcada boasts a comfortable mix between elegance and comfort. The staff are down to earth and eager to please; so eager in fact that its not rare for them to follow you out of the dining room (after breakfast) if they see you heading towards the door in order to open it for you. The Jacuzzi atop the hotel terrace is one of the best places to spend time with the family, especially at night when the patio lights up and you can see panoramic city views. It's hard to get more centrally located than this; between the Gothic and Born neighborhoods, in the heart of the Old City and only a ten-minute walk from the beach.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A beautiful hotel with activities for children and a great terrace

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It's hard to believe there is a hotel located directly across from such a visage; Barcelona's famous Cathedral. In addition to the hotel's ideal location, the Colon is a small and quaint getaway from the typical loud and noisy atmosphere found on Barcelona's busy downtown streets in Ciutat Vella (Old City). It's a great hotel for families who want to have a relaxing and quieter vacation, while at the same time being able to walk out the front door and be in the heart of the action. This is a great place for kids as they can run around in the square while the adults have a cofee or a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the Cathedral.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A stunning hotel in the heart of the historic Quarter, lots of activity for families

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Grand Hotel Central

The infinity pool on the hotel's rooftop terrace is but one of the many intricate details that makes the Grand Hotel Central so incredible. Its 1920's fa--ade is complemented by the modern and sleek interior and its eco-friendly solar panels situated on the hotel roof. The staff are all excellent with kids and are more than eager to accommodate its clients, even with extended check outs and dealing with special requests. If you're a 'foodie family', check out their Avalon restaurant, run by well known, Michelin Star Chef, Ramon Freixa. This is a large hotel with a nice lobby space, great for kids to relax.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A beautiful hotel, extremely central and close to great shops and restaurants

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Port Vell-old Town
Hotel Jazz
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This one of the best hotels for families in Barcelona. Friendly, warm and personable, the Jazz is casual yet classy and above all its stellar location is unbeatable. It's 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). It's also two steps away from the metro, although you can pretty much walk anywhere in the city from the hotel (with a few exceptions). Their pool on the 8th floor is perfect for an afternoon swim with the family and a nice chill out session (the solarium is open until 10pm).

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A fun and very central hotel, close to shops and lots of fun activities for children

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Port Vell-old Town
Soho Hotel Barcelona
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The Soho is a comfortable and contemporary hotel with an awesome location; close to Plaza Universitat, La Rambla, Plaza Catlalunya and pretty much walkable from most places in Barcelona. It's great for families, especially those with young kids as it's really easy to access both the Old and Newer areas of the city in a short period of time. The hotel's rooftop terrace is also great for lounging, ordering food and drinks and taking a dip in the pool. This is an ideal place to stay as it's close to the newer areas of town and also just a short stroll from the Old City.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A fun place for kids, with a TV in the lobby and a great rooftop pool

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Port Vell-old Town
Le Meridien Barcelona
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Walking into Le Meridien's lobby you're instantly thrown into a lively, friendly and warm atmosphere, one that is perfect for young families. The hotel is ideally situated, close to the Boqueria on La Rambla and half way between Plaza Catalunya and the beach. You can pretty much walk anywhere from the hotel or take a quick metro, taxi or bus ride.The Meridien has a complimentary business center downstairs which is great for people who want to do a bit of work while on vacation and their signature Le PopBar, is the perfect place to have a family cocktail before going out for dinner.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: They've got a great workout room with exercise equipment for children

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Hotel Arts Barcelona

Not only can't you walk by a single staff member (at any time of day) without being greeted with a friendly, 'buenos dias', but the Hotel Arts embodies the terms class and luxury and is a super place for families who just want to kick back and relax while on vacation. The Arts' beach-side location overlooking Frank Gehry's famous flying fish, is well worth the short trek that it takes in order to get into the downtown core (about 20 minutes on foot). Their outdoor garden oasis is equipped with hammocks and a whirlpool and is a nice way to unwind with the family at the end of a busy day.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A stunning hotel with a lot of lawn space and hammocks outside, great for children

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Hotel 1898
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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 up the sun and enjoy the pool together. Coupled with the terrace, the other main selling point for this hotel is location. Walk out the main entrance (there are two entrances) and you're on the famous, La Rambla or dine at their downstairs restaurant adjacent to the lobby, while watching the street performers entertain the tourists directly across the way.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A great place for kids especially with the spacious rooftop terrace

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