Where to Stay in Barcelona

Barcelona has an eclectic mix of hotels, from ultra modern five star hotels to atmospheric boutique hotels in medieval buildings. Where you stay depends very much where you plan to propose and what you want to do during your stay. Most people choose a hotel in downtown Barcelona, while some prefer to stay in the historic Gothic Quarter. You could also stay a little out of town if you’d like to get away from the crowds.

Where to Stay in Downtown Barcelona

If you’d like modern luxury in the center of the city, the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I is a fabulous choice. It is located on the Avinguda Diagonal, one of the main avenues in Barcelona that crosses the city diagonally from west to east. The hotel benefits from views over the city and every modern luxury, as well as tranquil Mediterranean gardens and outdoor pools.

Just off the Avinguda Diagonal, the Hotel Omm, located on the Paseo de Gracia, is a very modern and stylish choice, with light and airy bedrooms providing direct access to the rooftop terrace with pool and bar. Another hotel with a rooftop pool in the same area is the Hotel Casa Fuster, an incredible restored modernist building with a fantastic reputation for service, luxury, and romance.

On the other side of the Avinguda Diagonal, in the Eixample close to Las Ramblas, the Praktik Rambla is a stylish boutique hotel that features modern design concepts and a relaxing terrace, at a more affordable price than many hotels in the area.

Where to Stay in the Gothic Quarter

There are plenty of fantastic boutique hotels to choose from in the Gothic Quarter, and one of the most atmospheric is the Hotel Neri, a former medieval palace on the Placa Sant Felip Neri. As well as warm colors and natural materials, music plays a large part in the ambiance of the Hotel Neri.

Another great choice in the Gothic Quarter is the H10 Montcada, built in the neoclassical style that is typical of the Via Laietana Avenue. The modern interior makes it a comfortable place to stay and the rooftop terrace with jacuzzi and fabulous views is a great place to unwind.

Only a few minutes walk from the Gothic Quarter, the Duquesa de Cardona hotel is located in front of the Port Moll de la Fusta. The sixteenth century building has been carefully restored to provide modern comfort without losing the original feel of this truly romantic location. The terrace provides one of the best views of the harbor in Barcelona.

Where to Stay on the Outskirts of Barcelona

If you’re planning to propose on Mount Tibidabo, one of the best places to stay would be the Gran Hotel La Florida, a luxury hotel built in the 1920s which houses a fantastic collection of art alongside a superb spa and restaurants. The hotel is located on Tibidabo itself and all the rooms have fantastic views over Barcelona or the Pyrenees and you can book a suite with a private terrace.

If you’d like to stay right on the waterfront in Barcelona, the Arts Hotel, a Ritz Carlton hotel located right on the Marina, is a fabulous choice. As well as an open air pool and jacuzzi, a luxurious spa, and a selection of boutiques and restaurants, the Arts Hotel has a fabulous view of the Port Olimpic and the Mediterranean Ocean.