Encompassing some of the most famous neighborhoods in Barcelona, from the Gothic Quarter to the Born, the Ciutat Vella (Catalan for ‘Old Town’) is home to some of Barcelona’s most iconic architecture and is the heart and soul of the city. Endlessly romantic, the Ciutat Vella with its winding streets and peaceful squares is one the most popular places to stay in Barcelona. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Barcelona’s magical Old Town.
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This luxury five-star hotel oozes opulence and old-world charm, with red velvet curtains draped to the ceiling and comfortable leather armchairs ready to catch you when you fall after a long day of sight-seeing. The Wittmore is built around a large central patio with an impressive vertical garden (rumored to be the tallest in Barcelona), which offers an oasis of calm in the heart of the city and provides all the rooms with plenty of natural sunlight.
Located across the way from the old harbor of Barcelona, Port Vell, the Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is an elegant boutique hotel which prides itself on attention to detail and offers its guests a tailor-made experience. The 19th century building in which the hotel is housed has been carefully renovated to ensure maximum comfort while the décor reflects the history of the edifice. While the top floor of the building is reserved for the terrace and solarium, it is complete with a trendy cocktail bar.
This bijou hotel is housed in a former Medieval palace and has retained all of the charm of its former glory. Period features have been carefully preserved and enhanced with subtle touches of modernity for maximum comfort. Located on the popular Plaça de San Felipe Neri (from which the hotel gets its name), the Hotel Neri is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the enchantment of the Gothic Quarter.
The name of this luxury hotel accurately reflects what guests can expect to find upon arrival: a sumptuous five-star hotel located on one of the main axes of Barcelona, in the heart of the city center, between the Gothic and the Born. The rooms at the Grand Hotel Central are bright, comfortable and clean with a simple but stylish finish. However if you’re not out and about exploring the city, you’ll probably want to take a dip in the infinity pool on the rooftop.
This luxury five-star hotel is located in side a majestic neoclassical building on the Via Laetana, a former residence of one the Counts of Barcelona. In contrast to its exterior, the Ohla Hotel Barcelona boasts an avant-garde décor complete with original artwork by local artist Frederic Amat. The rooms are modern with a designer feel and stylish bathrooms, while the cocktail bar and rooftop swimming pool are the perfect urban hangouts when you’re too tired to venture out.
This chic three-star hotel is a handy pied-à-terre from which to explore the artsy El Born neighborhood, home to the Picasso Museum and Saint Catherine’s market. The rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, and the décor is casual yet elegant – but for something special, book one of the coveted suites that offer the extra room you’ll come to appreciate during longer stays. The hotel restaurant has a good reputation in town and regularly attracts both tourists and locals – be sure to book in advance to avoid surprises.
Situated on one of the most famous squares in Barcelona (the lampposts are designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí), the eponymous Hotel DO Plaça Reial prides itself not just on its prime location, but also on offering a quality gastronomic experience to its guests. There are three different areas guests can choose from, all serving modern Mediterranean food inspired by the local markets and the seasons.