During a visit to Barcelona, the city reveals itself in the same ways as flamenco dancers do: with both precision and fluidity. You’ll find yourself in awe of Barcelona’s architecture, yet liberated by the glory of its scenery. Many visitors to Barcelona are pleased to learn about the free museums, such as the Picasso Museum and the Museum of the History of Barcelona. The options for Barcelona hotels offer as many different perspectives as the city itself:
1. Anba Boutique Hotel
Visitors who want to stay in the city’s heart will find the perfect spot in this 19th-century building. You’ll find art deco ceilings and ideally situated balconies in each room. The staff is warm and welcoming, and there are several dining options.
You can walk to some of the most popular tourist destinations from the Anba- like the Plaza de Catalunya (Catalan Plaza.) Spend some time in its circular garden, enjoy the impressive fountains in the plaza, or gaze at the Pescador, a memorial crafted to honor the area’s fishermen.
2. The Social Hub
To stay at a place with a friendly sense of fun, choose the Social Hub. The lobby and hallways feature steel girders with a casual ambiance. On the lobby walls, coy metallic eyelashes are on partitions made of wooden blinds. Your room may remind you of a college dorm – but the comfort will rival any other motel.
Located less than a mile from Westfield Glories (Glories Mall) and a short walk to the Diagonal Mar Mall, the Social Hub is the perfect location for anyone who loves shopping. Both shopping centers offer a variety of stores and restaurants, from familiar names like Levis and Sephora to European stores like Bershka and Kiabi.
3. Hotel Ilunion
Lovers of abstract art will appreciate the unusual decor at this hotel. Inside your comfortable room, you’ll find king-sized beds and free Wi-Fi. It also offers guests the use of its indoor pool and gym. Located in Barcelona’s technical district, its informal decor makes it one of the best family hotels.
Although bullfighting is no longer allowed, the Plaza del Toros Memorial is worth a visit just to see the grandeur of its Byzantine architecture. Visitors can climb to the highest level of the arena and gaze down from that perch at the former bullring. Visit the small museum and bring home a unique souvenir.
4. The Level Melia at Barcelona Sky
One look at the stately exterior will convince you to stay at The Level Melia. When you want to relax, you can dive into the pool or head downstairs to the Spa to get pampered. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, the Merkado.
Located near both Bogatell Beach and Mar Bella Beach, you’ll feel miles away from the city when you’re there. The beaches are lined with vendors of everything from snacks to massages.
5. Ohla Eixample
One of Barcelona’s best luxury hotels, the Ohla Eixample features a terrace complete with a long, rectangular pool spanning the length of the hotel’s side.
Located nearby is the Sagrada Familia, with spectacular white pillars and an inner atmosphere of peace, which are part of the lure of this idyllic church. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the symbols and hidden details crafted into its architecture.
6. Hotel Duquensa Del Cardona
This hotel’s decor is royal enough to please a real-life duchess. This hotel is often considered one of the best hotels in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. The hotel offers two outdoor pools, and sports enthusiasts will enjoy its proximity to snorkeling, hiking, and golf.
Enjoy the bustling activity at the Placa Reial (Royal Palace.) It’s a downtown square with a jade-green arch that beckons you inside. You’ll find the large and imposing Fountain of Three Graces in its center. Crowning the fountain are three mythical deities, masterfully carved by Jean-Jacques Ducel.
Barcelona’s tourists need to book tickets in advance for many of its most popular attractions. Check with a travel guide to get tickets at least 3 weeks in advance. Some attractions (like La Sagrada Familia) will sell “skip the line” tickets – and you’ll be wise to invest in them. No matter where you go in this spellbinding city, you’ll never forget the adventures you encounter here.
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