The Best Boutique Hotels in Ciutat Vella, Barcelona

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15 July 2021

Ciutat Vella, in the very heart of Barcelona, is home to the Barri Gòtic and some of the most iconic architecture by Gaudi in the Catalan capital. Choose one of these boutique hotels to get an authentic Spanish experience – bookable on Culture Trip.

The old city, District 1, el Centro – set between the Mediterranean Sea and the Eixample district, Ciutat Vella, which incorporates the Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla, is romantic, gothic and bewitching. This enchanting, popular area is home to winding streets, thriving tavernas and tranquil squares. If you want to stay in Ciutat Vella, you’ve come to the right place.

Hotel Bagues

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
4.6/5 (451 Reviews)
Hotel Bagues
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From $217 Per night per room

This sumptuous boutique hotel, right in the centre of the city, captures that rare Barcelona air of high luxury mixed with pared-back elegance. Located in a beautiful building which housed a jewellery workshop for over a century, the indulgent rooms with chocolate tones are beautifully finished with all the trimmings, while the location places you in the heart of the action.

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Hotel Pulitzer

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (990 Reviews)
Hotel Pulitzer
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From $127 Per night per room

The elegant, luxurious monochrome rooms at the Hotel Pulitzer feature modern furnishings and open onto dazzling blue ceramic bathrooms the colour of the Mediterranean. The rooms each come with a minibar and subtle touches of modern technology to make your stay as comfortable as possible. This pet-friendly hotel also offers a complimentary nutritious breakfast, discounted access to the local fitness centre and even a personal trainer – which might be just what you need after all the tapas.

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The Serras

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel
4.9/5 (456 Reviews)
The Serras
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From $296 Per night per room
Located in the beautiful and alluring Gothic Quarter, this unique contemporary hideaway offers spacious designer rooms with sunny balconies opening up on to the grand old city. Beautifully appointed, with indulgent bathrooms featuring a rain shower and exclusive toiletries, the rooms are completely soundproofed, so you won’t even realise you’re in the beating heart of the city. This historic building also boasts a rooftop restaurant and a pool overlooking Marina Port Vell.
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Hotel DO Plaça Reial

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (795 Reviews)
Hotel DO Plaça Reial
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From $194 Per night per room
Housed in a building constructed in 1856 and fully refurbished in 2011, the boutique Hotel DO Placa Reial is located in the heart of Barcelona, on one of the most historic squares in the city, with a total of 18 luxury rooms, most of them overlooking the stunning Plaça Reial. This elegant, welcoming hotel has design and gastronomy at its heart, with three separate restaurant offerings taking full advantage of the mouth-watering local produce.
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Hotel Banys Orientals

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Banys Orientals
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Gastronomy, hospitality, culture, history and tradition all combine to create this elegant and welcoming hotel, where every detail has been thought through. The gorgeous rooms are understated and elegant with just a touch of Barcelona rustic, and the food in the downstairs restaurant mirrors this – hearty and Catalonian, with an indulgent twist.

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  • Ohla Barcelona

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.7/5 (982 Reviews)
    Ohla Barcelona
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    From $234 Per night per room

    A hotel with a thousand eyes sounds like something out of a particularly creepy episode of Doctor Who, but this hotel, which has 1,000 ceramic eyes on its facade, created by artist Frederic Amat, fits perfectly into the arty aesthetic of the Gothic Quarter surrounding it. A gorgeous hotel filled with art, it is just five minutes from La Rambla. The beautiful designer rooms are enticing and beautifully finished, with every comfort you could think of, and some you haven’t.

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    Grand Hotel Central

    Hotel
    4.7/5 (993 Reviews)
    Grand Hotel Central
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    From $300 Per night per room

    It’s all in the design, the detail and the finishing – and Grand Hotel Central has all of these things well and truly covered. The art deco lobby gives way to modern, elegant accommodation; if you tire of your well-finished room, pop up to the roof, where an infinity pool looks out over the ancient city. With an excellent restaurant, spa, sauna and fitness centre, you may need reminding to explore the rest of the city.

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    Hotel Neri

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.6/5 (235 Reviews)
    Hotel Neri
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    From $337 Per night per room
    In Barcelona, classical always rubs up against modern, usually with wonderful results. The Hotel Neri encapsulates this aesthetic, occupying two historic buildings, one of them a magnificent 12th-century palace. Choose between 22 beautiful rooms or six self-contained apartments. You can discover Barcelona in an intimate, sophisticated and relaxed way here, especially from the seclusion of the quiet roof terrace.
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    Hotel Duquesa de Cardona

    Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel
    4.7/5 (983 Reviews)
    Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
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    From $177 Per night per room
    Exceptional location, exceptional views, exceptional accommodation… you won’t take exception to anything this Barcelona institution has to offer. The hotel lies in front of Port Vell and within walking distance of the main trends and attractions of the historic quarters, while inside you are surrounded with neoclassical indulgence with a twist of modernity. The understated but sumptuous rooms are well appointed, and on the weekends you’ll find quite the fiesta taking place on the beautiful roof garden overlooking the marina.
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    The Wittmore

    Hotel
    4.8/5 (274 Reviews)
    The Wittmore – Adults Only
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    From $338 Per night per room
    Nestled in an alleyway in the Gothic Quarter, the child-free Wittmore is a place worthy of a Carlos Ruiz Zafón novel. All the rooms, decorated in indulgent tones and luxurious colours, have a view of the exclusive interior patio and the vertical garden. In the restaurant, the Witty, creative cuisine meets high-quality ingredients, turning every mouthful into a beautiful combination of flavours.
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