Planning a trip to Barcelona? Admission fees to world-class museums and bar tabs at nightclubs can make a trip to Catalonia’s capital expensive. That’s why Oyster reporters are always on the lookout for hotels that are budget-friendly, while still offering a good bang for your buck. After visiting nearly 350 hotels in Barcelona, we evaluated how each stacked up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. Take a look at our expert picks for hotels with the best value in Barcelona, Spain and get inspired!
There are 63 rooms at this sharp four-pearl property in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood. It’s a bustling area and popular with tourists who want to reach sights like Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya on foot. Contemporary guest rooms are done in a travel theme that's light, bright, and modern, with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and air-conditioning. Some are small while others have terraces, living rooms, and pools. The hotel has features not often found in central Barcelona, including an outdoor pool and sundeck, and a fitness center. There's also a retro air-travel restaurant and bar. For features like these -- and a central location -- rates are reasonable.
Housed in an elegant 19th-century Modernist building, BarcelonaBB is a charming and intimate bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the Eixample. Gaudi masterpieces and the metro are right nearby. Its five rooms (four share two bathrooms) are appealingly decorated and quiet. The free continental breakfast is plentiful and delicious, and the proprietors friendly and helpful with sightseeing information. BarcelonaBB is a terrific value, and a great fit for travelers who wish to forego a big hotel experience.
Tucked away on a pedestrian street in Barcelona’s hip El Born district, the five rooms at the budget-friendly Casa Marcelo Barcelona exude early 20th-century charm -- though note that only two have private bathrooms. Amazing shopping is just outside the hotel’s door while the Picasso Museum and the Barceloneta Metro station can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. Breakfast can be a bit light, but guests have access to the kitchen to store or prepare additional meals, and the shared balcony is a lovely place to relax and watch the street scene below.
The upper-middle-range Barcelo Sants sits atop the Sants train station, the city’s main rail hub, where two metro lines and several national and international rail lines converge. Given its convenient location (which business travelers appreciate, considering the proximity to the Les Corts financial district), the hotel has reasonable rates. Its ultra-modern and quirky space-station theme can be fun, although it's not for everyone. With its large inventory of event space and location, the hotel is popular with conference attendees. Its 378 rooms are sleek, clean, and minimalist with minibars and free Wi-Fi, but the open bathroom layout might compromise privacy for some. Dining options are multiple and varied, and there is a nice fitness center and sauna, but access comes with a fee.
Aparthotel Silver is a contemporary hotel set slightly away from Barcelona's city center on a quiet street, yet it's a short walk to many restaurants, bars, and shops. Guests comment favorably on cleanliness, friendliness of the staff, the cozy courtyard where a breakfast buffet is served, and the comfort of the rooms. Modern rooms have stocked kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi; therefore, the hotel is considered by many to be a good value for the price. Some rooms have small terraces with deck chairs, but on-site parking does not come cheap.
A clean, contemporary 10-floor hotel in the heart of the Eixample, the 150-room EuroPark is conveniently situated one block from the Girona Metro and four blocks from the Passeig de Gracia and Casa Batlló. Unlike some nearby hotels such as the Praktik or Catalonia Berna, the EuroPark has a swimming pool. It also offers a small but adequate fitness room and business center. Contemporary rooms are decorated in chic black and white stripes and come with free Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs. All in all, the EuroPark is a good solid value for those seeking a convenient, well-located hotel with a wide range of amenities and facilities.
Not a typical bare-bones basic hostel, the fun and funky Generator Barcelona pulls out all the stops with thoughtful touches and exuberant and colorful decor and design. The features list is big for this type of accommodation, and includes a tapas bar, cocktail bar, continental breakfast (for a fee), TV lounge, reading and game room, and social events with DJs, and art exhibitions. The hostel is actually a combination hotel and hostel, with the hotel wing having its own elevator. The hostel section has both shared dorm rooms and private rooms, while the hotel has private singles and doubles. The five-floor Generator is located in the Gracia District of Barcelona, not far from the Casa Mila, and about a 15-minute walk from the Sagrada Familia. It's an excellent value for budget travelers who want a little extra pizzazz from their hostel -- or hotel.
The mid-range Flor Parks Hotel offers a great location on Las Ramblas, about a one-minute walk to the Liceu metro station, a short walk to the Mercada de la Boqueria, Placa Catalunya and other sights. It’s a basic yet tidy and quiet hotel with a chic sundeck. The adjacent restaurant and lounge will deliver breakfast to guests' rooms, and serves meals and cocktails throughout the day. Its 26 rooms are rather narrow with ho-hum decor, but they're clean and have mini-fridges and spacious marble bathrooms. Reasonable rates make the Flor Parks a solid choice for anyone seeking to stay on Las Ramblas.
Hotel Curious is a clean and functional hotel in the middle of Barcelona offering small rooms but an excellent value. It's a great option for tourists who need a basic, no-frills place to rest and want to be in the center of much of what Barcelona has to offer, including countless restaurants, cafes, and shops located nearby. The hotel is very close to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya and the beach is a 10-minute bus ride away. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer contemporary furnishings, though they are sparsely decorated. Freebies include buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. Room service is available and there is also a bar. Guests can also get massages on-site for an extra cost. There is no parking available at the hotel.
The 143-room Ibis Barcelona Meridiana is a budget hotel that's a bit removed from the main tourist sights, though these can be accessed in about 30 to 45 minutes via public transportation. While this is a low-frills property, it's surprisingly clean and modern for a budget hotel, with pleasant, comfortable rooms equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi -- but they lack coffee/tea facilities and mini-fridges. The hotel serves a daily breakfast buffet (for a fee) and has a lobby bar that's open 24/7. Though there are few on-site features, the surrounding entertainment and shopping complex has a lot to offer.
The 147-room Ibis Barcelona Pza Glories 22 is a budget chain hotel located in the El Poblenou neighborhood. Though not within walking distance of top tourist attractions, it's well serviced by public transportation and many sights can be reached in about 20 minutes. This low-frills chain property is clean and modern, with contemporary rooms that have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Amenities are limited to a tiny fitness room with cardio equipment and a lobby bar that's open 24/7, plus the hotel serves a daily breakfast buffet (for an extra fee).
Ana's Guest House is a charming two-and-a-half pearl bed-and-breakfast in the leafy Eixample district of Barcelona. Simply furnished with a homey vibe, this bed-and-breakfast is great for families, couples, and independent travelers looking for a quiet place to rest after a day of exploring the city. About a 25-minute walk from the city center, the hotel is a few steps away from the Verdaguer metro stop, making getting around the large city fairly easy. With six rooms and a two-room suite, and a free breakfast daily, there are options for a range of budgets.
Hotel Cuatro Naciones is a mid-range property in an 18th-century building in the centrally located Las Ramblas neighborhood. The hotel's 54 rooms are plain, but they come with big closets, and some have views of the city. Though the location is the hotel's biggest draw, it does come with some additional perks such as free Wi-Fi and a basic buffet breakfast. It's also historic, and in the past two centuries it's housed the likes of Einstein, Stendahl, Chopin, and Buffalo Bill.
There are 55 guest rooms at this modern, budget-friendly hotel with funky minimalist style, set in Barcelona's Sants district. It’s an ideal location for business guests visiting one of the two large convention centers in the neighborhood, though tourists will have to be okay with a a 20-minute metro journey to Las Ramblas. Rooms have a bright and minimalistic Scandinavian look, and include air-conditioning and smart TVs. Amenities at the property are limited, but there’s a breakfast room, meeting room, and free Wi-Fi.
The Residencia Salesiana Marti-Codolar is situated among several buildings on the grounds of an old monastery. The budget property offers 99 basic, no-frills rooms that lack air-conditioning or TVs, but they all have en-suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. The property has a simple, cafeteria-like restaurant that serves lunch and dinner at prescribed times in addition to a free breakfast buffet. The highlight here are the hotel's ornate, old gardens with statues, fountains, and sitting areas. It's a bit far from tourist sites, however, though there's a metro station nearby that gives access to the city center in about 30 minutes.
The 40-room Hotel Catalunya is a budget property with a great central location in the Barri Gotic, close to Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya. It's an ideal spot for tourists wanting to walk to all of Barcelona;s sights, and is more modern than many city-center hotels in this category. Rooms are simple, clean, and mostly contemporary, with air-conditioning, mini-fridges, and small flat-screen TVs. Wi-Fi is also included in room rates. A TV room with vending machines, two computers, and a microwave is the only common area.
There are just six rooms at this quiet budget hotel in Barcelona's chic Sarria-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, a residential area around 15 minutes from the city center by RER train. It’s far from the touristy parts of town, but there are upmarket and artsy shops and restaurants nearby for those who prefer experiencing a slice of local life. Rooms have air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, and while they are well-kept and bright, they're basic and lack TVs. Most have a private bathroom but the Single Rooms share a bathroom. The property has a communal kitchen and TV lounge, but no other facilities.
Hostal Martinval is a tidy and charming budget property in the Eixample District, within easy walking distance of several tourist attractions. Its 10 rooms range from small units with shared bathrooms to an apartment with a private kitchen, bay windowed dining area, and terrace. Air-conditioning and Wi-Fi are sometimes unreliable, but nice perks include welcome drinks at check-in, free snacks, and newspapers. And the building itself, dating back to 1900, has plenty of appeal with a birdcage-style elevator, though it's rather small and slow.
The 12-room Feetup Garden House Hostel is a budget property located in the quiet, residential area of Horta-Guinardo. It's a five-minute walk to the Valldaura Metro station, and from there it will take 30 minutes to reach Plaza Catalunya. Rooms are bright and clean, and some have en-suite bathrooms. The lobby and TV room are cozy and colorful places for this hostel's youthful guests to hang out, and the garden patio and rooftop terrace are popular with guests who want to spend some time outside. The communal kitchen is well-stocked for cooking meals, and a continental breakfast is available for a fee. For budget-minded travelers who don't mind communal living and a trek into the city, this is a solid choice.
The Hostal River is a budget property with an excellent location in Barcelona's trendy El Raval neighborhood, just off Las Ramblas. It's within walking distance of a number of attractions, as well as restaurants, bars, shops, and the metro. Rooms are simple and basic, but clean, and all have a sink. Some have private bathrooms, though others share a bathroom. There are no frills here, but for travelers looking for a cheap place to sleep and shower in a great location, it's a fine choice.