Looking for that special hotel? Or thinking of renting an apartment? There are multiple options depending on budget, preferences, time of year and availability. In recent years it is increasingly common to see groups renting apartments for a weekend or week long break. New hotels continue to open to meet the growing demand. Before you jump onto AirBnB or booking.com take the time to decide what Barcelona experience you really want.
What hotels do I recommend to my friends? – for another take on the accommodation question
Best in the Gotico
If you want to really enter the heart of the old town, both the Hotel Mercer not far from the Town Hall and Palau de la Generalitat and the Hotel Neri in a little Felip Neri square near the Cathedral offer excellent options for an authentic gothic experience. Take a step back in time and enter into the former palaces of noble families.
Passeig de Gracia
Home to many quality hotels, top fashion brands and some wonderful architecture, a stay on Passeig de Garcia is hard to beat. The Mandarin Oriental chain offer some of the best accommodation in the city and the perfect location looking across to the beautiful Casa Batllo and Casa Amatller, some of the best examples of Modernisme. Hotel Casa Fuster at the top end of Passeig de Gracia gives you the opportunity to experience Modernisme from the inside. When Casa Foster was built it was said to be the finest of all the modernist buildings, using the highest quality materials and the best craftsmen.
Historical heritage buildings
The Cotton House Hotel from the Marriott chain was until recently home to the Association of textile companies, linked to Barcelona’s important industrial heritage. The renovation work has brought the building back to life. The hotel is located on Gran Via, just a couple of blocks from Passeig de Gracia. On the Ramblas is Hotel 1898 housed in the former headquarters of the Compania de Tobaco de Filipinos or Philippine Tobacco Company, echoing the colonial past. Another great restoration project giving a new lease of life to a historical building.
Style, location and an experience to remember. The Boria Hotel is tucked away just off Via Laietana. Also run by the Mercer Group, the hotel offers just 11 rooms, ideal for those looking for quality accommodation and a select clientele. Closer to Plaza Catalunya and the MacBa museum area is Casa Camper, a unique hotel venture brought to you by the same company that makes the still trendy Camper shoes.
Luxury sea views
A number of Hotels views over the old port or the Barcelona coastline. Hard to go past the Hotel Arts, one of the two tower buildings that mark the city skyline and the location of the Olympic Port and village. At the other end of Barceloneta is the W Hotel designed by Ricard Bofill which seems to sit on the water.
Seeing a group of people with suitcases standing outside your standard apartment building is quite common these days. An apartment stay allows you to enjoy your own space, bring home market food and cook at your leisure without missing out on what the city has to offer. Beyond the global offering of AirBnb, which is now dominating in this space there are a number of local apartment operators. Friendly Rentals is a Barcelona based company that has been active in this area for many years.
Sometimes it is best to go local. RoomMate hotels have opened five or six hotels in Barcelona over the past few years with a formula that appeals to young professionals. If you are finding it hard to find a decent priced room you should also try Hoteles Catalonia group which owns and operates a large number of hotels in and around the city.
There is a lot of competition in the cool as category. Wallflower magazine chose Casa Bonay as the coolest addition to the list of hotels in 2016. And the Soho House opened their Barcelona Soho House looking over the old Port. Members get preferential entry here, just making it even cooler once you are in.