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A quiet location in the bustling El Born district, with easy access to the Gothic Quarter
The Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona is situated in the El Born district, a historic area filled with narrow medieval streets and trendy bars. Though it's not on a main strip, the property's quiet location is surrounded by local shops, violin makers, and markets. Nearby tapas bars abound and a small wine store is located down the street from the hotel. Various museums are also within walking distance, such as the renowned Picasso Museum. Stunning examples of medieval architecture can be found in the adjacent Gothic Quarter, including the majestic Barcelona Cathedral that is renowned for its ornate exterior and gargoyles on the roof.
Barcelona is an eclectic city that is popular for its historic and remarkable architecture, vibrant club scene, and urban beaches along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of the Catalan region, Barcelona speaks its own language -- literally and figuratively. Known for a frenetic pace, the city is full of modernist architecture, medieval history, quirky fashion, and endless tapas bars. Located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the city has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers.
The stylish Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona offers a great location in the buzzing El Born district, which is known for its trendy bars and cafes. The hotel is situated on a quieter street and provides fantastic people-watching from its romantic -- albeit tiny -- wrought iron Juliette balconies (make sure to request a front-facing room). On the ground floor, a contemporary lobby opens up to a popular Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant. Another highlight is the rooftop terrace, with its small outdoor pool and distant mountain views. Rooms have light wood floors, bright accent walls, and modern amenities -- but furnishings are starting to show a bit of wear and tear. Nice perks include free Wi-Fi and free bottled water.