There are times on holiday when you’d rather save your money for meals, museums and generally having fun – not splashing out on luxury accommodation. If you’re looking to stay in Barcelona on a budget then check out these affordable hotels which strike the right balance between quality and price.
Though boutique and budget could never go hand in hand? Room Mate Anna is here to prove you wrong. This designer hotel is located minutes away from many of the Modernist marvels of the Eixample neighbourhood such as the Casa Batlló and Passeig de Gràcia. Its stylish design was conceived by interior designer Lorenzo Castillo and is an homage to the sea, the sun and the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Located just 500m off Barcelona’s famous La Rambla avenue, the hotel Banys Orientals is modelled on a traditional Catalan inn and offers warm and welcoming hospitality. The rooms are cozy and clean, combing the old world charm of the El Born neighbourhood with a modern finish. Downstairs, the Senyor Parellada restaurant attracts both locals and travellers who appreciated the authentic cuisine and intimate setting.
The clue is in the name: modern design, affordable prices, right in the heart of Barcelona. Chic & Basic Born is housed in a 100 year-old building in the city’s cool El Born neighbourhood, just a few minutes from Parc Ciutadella and the Picasso Museum. The hotel prides itself on offering quirky, original rooms with details such as glass-fronted showers in the middle of the bedroom and lighting which can change colour at the touch of a button. Step outside and you’ll find some of the best nightlife in Barcelona, with cocktail bars and tapas restaurants at each corner.
This modern hotel is located in the heights of Eixample and offers affordable rooms with fantastic in-house facilities. The 8th floor roof-terrace boats an outdoor swimming pool so that you can cool down in style and enjoy the views of the city. The décor at the Europark Hotel is sophisticated and understated, with black leather sofas contrasting on wood floors with large glass windows to let in plenty of natural sunlight. Simple but stylish, rooms come with modern bathrooms and rain showers as well as comfy beds to ensure you get a good night’s rest.
Calling all design and architecture lovers! Retrome Barcelona is a hidden-gem hotel in the Eixample with so much charm you won’t know what to put on your Instagram first. The floors are original Catalan hydraulic tiles whose vibrant patterns and bold colours will entrance you. While the rooms have all been carefully decorated with retro furniture to complete the vintage feel without over-cluttering.
Anyone visiting Barcelona is sure to want to take a tour of its world-famous food markets at some point during the stay. The Hotel Market is located just a minute’s walk away from the Sant Antoni market, currently undergoing a multi-million euro refurbishment which will see it compete with the likes of the Boqueria when it opens. Modern and stylish, the hotel’s rooms offer everything you need for a pleasant stay while the hotel restaurant serves freshly prepared dishes based on local, seasonal produce.
The Aparthotel Silver offers a selection of budget-friendly accommodation which combines the comfort and functionality of staying in a hotel with the added bonus of having your own seating area and kitchenette. This is ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to have spend on expensive meals out every night. Located right in the heart of Gràcia, the hotel gives access to the fantastic independent boutique of the neighbourhood as well as its many bars and cafés which are all within walking distance.
A cool, contemporary hotel right in the heart of Barcelona’s hip Gràcia neighbourhood, Casa Gràcia offers all the originality of a boutique hotel but without the hefty price tag. Large groups of friends will love being able to book the dorm room which can sleep up to six people and offers views over the city. While if you like to keep yourself busy, there are activities organised daily open to guests and non-guests such as yoga on the terrace, film nights and wine tastings – many of which are free.
Choose from a single, double or triple room at the Ciutat de Barcelona hotel and save money will staying in the heart of the Old Town. Located near the Picasso Museum, the hotel boasts a cozy rooftop terrace with private swimming pool overlooking the city’s famous skyline. In the lobby the bar stocks a wide selection of local wines available to drink in or take-out. The rooms are simple and straightforward but clean and come with everything you would expect – if not ask at the reception and the staff are always happy to help.
A veritable urban oasis, Praktik Garden is a budget-friendly hotel with a large outdoor terrace overflowing with plants and flowers and plenty of space to enjoy the open air. Fully refurbished in 2015, the rooms are bright and clean with everything you need to make your stay comfortable including a TV, hair-dryer and safe. While their single bedrooms are the perfect option for anyone travelling alone.