The Most Family-Friendly Hotels in Barcelona

With so much to do and see in Barcelona, you will need somewhere for little legs to cool off at the end of the day
With so much to do and see in Barcelona, you will need somewhere for little legs to cool off at the end of the day | Courtesy of H10 Madison / Expedia
Tess Humphrys

With beautiful beaches, the oldest theme park in Europe and delicious 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 our guide to the best family hotels in Barcelona.

1. H10 Madison

Chain Hotel, Luxury

H10 Madison with modern furniture, Picasso-style art and bookcase
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Kids need space, and this is in short supply when it comes to Barcelona hotels. The H10 Madison, however, is set in a big, beautifully restored building in the heart of the Ciutat Vella – so there’s plenty within walking distance, even for short legs. Adjoining rooms are an option, or junior suites sleep families of four. Children love to splash about in the rooftop pool here, and complimentary marshmallows are a sure-fire hit with the little ones in what might just be the top Barcelona family hotel.

2. Room Mate Carla

Boutique Hotel

Room Mate Carla bar area with modern blue decor
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When travelling with small children, bathrooms with tubs are a blessing, and most at the Room Mate Carla have just that. Tasty and healthy snacks can be a godsend too, and you need reach no further than the minibar to appease peckish kids. Triple rooms are perfect for small families, plus a particularly efficient laundry service is on hand for any accidents. A city centre location puts many of the best sights within kid-friendly walking distance.

3. Hotel Regina

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Hotel Regina minimal room with headboard, rug and wood floor
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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. The family rooms offer a double bed, plus two additional beds in an adjacent area, and are stylishly decorated and appointed. The hotel has a cosy downstairs lobby and breakfast room, and is just a short walk from lots of shops and restaurants. It’s located just off Plaça de Catalunya, close to Portal de l’Àngel, Barcelona’s main high street shopping area.

4. Novotel Barcelona City


Novotel Barcelona City rooftop pool and jacuzzi with loungers and sea views
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The large, modern Novotel Barcelona City has a 19th-floor outdoor pool with 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 kids’ menu with tasty, healthy meals at affordable prices. The hotel is located just off Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona’s El Poblenou neighbourhood.

5. Casa Gracia Barcelona

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Hostel, Hotel

Leather bean bag, leather sofas and potted plants in the lobby of Casa Gracia Barcelona. Large floor to ceiling windows looking out at the city.
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Casa Gracia offers a home from home that happens to be adorable and also full of fun. It has numerous room options that fit up to six people, such as dorms with bunk beds, family rooms with individual beds, and apartments with private kitchens and TVs (and balconies on some). 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.

6. Hotel Arts Barcelona

Resort, Hotel

Hotel Arts Barcelona pool with view of whale sculpture and sea beyond
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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. If relaxing in the apartment isn’t enough, the hotel – which sits across the road from the iconic Frank Gehry fish sculpture – is mere steps from the beach and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

7. Casa Camper Barcelona

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Casa Camper Barcelona lounge with pool tables and wood panelling, leather chairs
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This quirky hotel is run by shoe brand Camper and is located in the El Raval neighbourhood, a short walk from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. A central location means you’re in the heart of the action, while the 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.

8. Hotel Barcelona Apolo


TRYP Barcelona Apolo Hotel outdoor lounge with wicker furniture and floral pillows
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The family rooms here are ideal for those 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 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.

9. U232 Hotel


U232 Hotel rooftop lounge with city views
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U232 Hotel is a functional, modern accommodation with a bar and restaurant downstairs. The family rooms offer the possibility of connecting two adjoining rooms, with a double bed in one 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. The hotel lies in the district of L’Eixample, which is relatively quiet and has a residential, family-friendly feel to it.

10. Arai Aparthotel

Hotel, Apartment

Arai Aparthotel rooftop pool with plants and view of Barcelona Cathedral
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A luxury four-star hotel located in the 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, plus two single beds. The room also comes with a kitchen, including ceramic hobs, a kettle and cooking utensils, plus a large flatscreen TV so you can easily create a peaceful home while on vacation.

11. ICON BCN by Petit Palace


ICON BCN by Petit Palace outdoor pool with loungers and umbrellas
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This family-friendly hotel is located 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 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 and a bunk bed. The only decision you’ll need to make is who gets the top bunk.

12. Citadines Ramblas Barcelona

Hotel, Apartment

Citadines Ramblas Barcelona room with desk and breakfast waiting on bed
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Located in the centre of Barcelona, on the famous La Rambla boulevard, Citadines Ramblas 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 sofabed that can accommodate two little ones 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.

13. Hotel Nouvel


Hotel Nouvel rooftop terrace with loungers and astroturf on the floor
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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 the babysitting service. Leaving the kids safely with hotel staff means 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.

Leon Beckenham and Tara Jessop contributed additional reporting to this article.

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