With beautiful beaches, Europe’s oldest theme park and delicious new foods to try, there are plenty of things to entertain children in Barcelona. Fortunately, there are also lots of great places for little ones to rest their heads after a busy day of adventures. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best family hotels in Barcelona.
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Hotel Regina has spacious family rooms | Courtesy of Hotel Regina / Hotels.com
This boutique hotel is a great option if you want a child-friendly atmosphere without having to feel like you’re staying in a kids’ playhouse. Hotel Regina’s family rooms offer a double bed as well as two additional beds in an adjacent area and are stylishly decorated and appointed. The hotel has a cosy downstairs lobby area and breakfast room and is just a short walk away from lots of shops and restaurants. It’s located just off Plaça de Catalunya, very close to Portal de l’Àngel, Barcelona’s main high-street shopping area.
The large, modern Novotel Barcelona City boasts a 19th-floor outdoor pool that offers spectacular panoramic views of the city, as well as a soft-play area that’s perfect for little children. The family rooms here are ideal for a group of four, while the Novotel family rate means two children (under 16) per room stay for free, with breakfast included. The restaurant also offers a choice of specially designed kids’ menus with tasty, healthy meals at affordable prices. The hotel is located just off Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona’s El Poblenou neighbourhood.
For those who want to bring the whole family along on vacation – even the furriest members – Pol and Grace Hotel is both family- and dog-friendly. For smaller families, the best option is the triple room, which features either a double bed and sofa bed or two individual beds with a sofa bed. Also, there’s enough space to accommodate even a large pet pooch, while the spacious bathrooms are stocked with eco-friendly products. Pol and Grace is in the hip residential Gràcia neighbourhood, which is perfect for both family explorations and daily doggie walks.
Casa Gracia offers a home away from home that happens to be adorable and also full of fun. It has numerous room options that fit up to six people, from dorms with bunk beds to family rooms with individual beds and apartments that have private kitchens and TVs (and balconies on some). And all rooms have a private bathroom and the option to use the communal kitchen, dining room and other spaces. The hotel also hosts numerous events in the basement, including folk performances, stand-up comedy and other live music. Plus, there’s weekly yoga to start your family’s morning with an energetic stretch. Casa Gracia also offers a walking tour, tapas tours and tips for exploring Barcelona on your own.
If money is no object, the luxury duplex apartments at the Hotel Arts Barcelona are the ultimate family crash pads. Occupying the top floor of the 44-storey hotel, the beautifully bright apartments have up to three bedrooms and come with butler service, telescopes to keep the kids entertained and use of a car for exploring Barcelona. And if relaxing in the apartment isn’t enough, the hotel, with its iconic Frank Gehry fish sculpture, is mere steps away from the beach and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
This quirky hotel is run by the world-famous shoe brand Camper and is located in the El Raval neighbourhood, just a short walk from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Casa Camper’s central location means you’re in the heart of all the action, while its stylish minimalist design sets it apart from larger hotels. Smaller families can book a double room with a comfy sofa bed that can sleep one child. The breakfasts here will set you up for the day and include a choice of fresh dishes cooked to order and plenty of healthy options for the little ones, too.
The family rooms at TRYP Barcelona Apolo Hotel are ideal for families who want to holiday together but still have space to themselves. The rooms have two separate sleeping areas and can accommodate up to four people. In many rooms, two kids can each have their own bed. Meanwhile, the lobby bar is perfect for adults who fancy a quick nightcap. During the day, families can explore nearby attractions, including the Jardins de Joan Brossa on Montjuïc.
U232 Hotel is a functional, modern accommodation that has a bar and restaurant downstairs. Its family rooms offer the possibility of connecting two adjoining rooms, with a double bed in one room and twins and a sofa bed in the other – meaning a family of five can share and have access to two bathrooms at the same time. U232 Hotel lies in the district of L’Eixample, which is relatively quiet and has a residential, family-friendly feel to it while being within close reach of Barcelona’s main attractions.
A luxury four-star hotel located in Barcelona’s charming Gothic Quarter, Arai Aparthotel offers a stylish family room that includes original 18th-century stone walls and traditional high vaulted ceilings with wooden beams. Even better, the room contains a double bed in a separate sleeping area, as well as two single beds. The room also comes with a kitchen, including ceramic hobs, a kettle and cooking utensils, as well as a large flat-screen TV so that you can easily make a peaceful home from home while on your vacation.
This family-friendly hotel is located just a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s famous Passeig de Gràcia, home to some of the best boutiques in the city. Housed in a stylish period building, the ICON BCN by Petit Palace is modern and simple in design, making it easy to navigate and very child-friendly. The family rooms are an excellent option for those with older children, who might not take well to sharing a sofa bed, as they include a double bed and a bunk bed. The only decision you’ll need to make will be who gets to sleep on the top bunk.
Located right in the centre of Barcelona, on the famous La Rambla boulevard, Citadines Ramblas Barcelona offers a choice of self-catering apartments. The most interesting option for families is the one-bedroom apartment, which in addition to a double bed also has a pull-out sofa bed that can accommodate two little ones quite easily. Having your own kitchen also makes it easier to keep your kids fed and happy without having to splash out on restaurant meals every day.
Hotel Nouvel sits inside a preserved centuries-old building, making it a treat for the whole family, but what sets it apart from other places is its babysitting service. Leaving the kids safely with hotel staff means that adult guests can head out for a night on the town. The hotel’s triple room is perfect for families as it has three beds – some rooms even have a private terrace.