Barcelona's Old Town Has Some of the Chicest Hotels

Barcelona's Old Town Has Some of the Chicest Hotels

Ciutat Vella, otherwise known as Barcelona's Old Town, and historic core, has some of the most unique, charming and architecturally stunning hotels. 

Whether you're looking to stay in the heart of the action in the Gothic Quarter, the chicer El Born district or the edgier Raval neighborhood, there is an abundance of hotels ranging from extremely high-end to very affordable. There is something for everyone, including boutique, commercial, mom 'n pop hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and pensions (higher-end hostels).

Some key hotels can be found on La Rambla, including the beautiful Hotel 1898 with it's gorgeous rooftop terrace that gives way onto 360 degree city views. Other hotels can be found overlooking plazas, such as Hotel Colon which has a direct view of the Cathedral and Hotel Neri, which is tucked away in Plaza Sant Felip Neri and has a charming garden patio as well as a cozy rooftop terrace.


Hotel Colon Barcelona
It's hard to believe there is a hotel located directly across from such a visage; Barcelona--s famous Cathedral. Try to request one of the Superior Double rooms or Junior Suites and you--ll be able to walk out onto your private terrace every morning and stare directly at this incredible masterpiece. It's a romantic getaway, right in the center of the city's most historic neighborhood, the Gothic Quarter. The Colon is a small, intimate and quiet getaway, from the typical loud and noisy atmosphere found on Barcelona--s busy downtown streets in Ciutat Vella (Old City). It's a stone's throw from excellent bars and restaurants and easy to walk to the Born, Plaza Catalunya, the Raval as well as the beach.


Hotel Banys Orientals
Hotel Banys Orientals is slightly farther from the port, yet still an easy stroll. It's Born location provides for a chic and elegant stay and the Banys Orientals Spa adjacent to the hotel is a welcome after tour-time activity or afternoon relaxation 'retreat'. This is a high-end hotel that is moderately priced and if you want to stay in one of the 'posher' areas of the Old City, then this is a great option. It's unassuming yet at the same time it caters perfectly to those looking for an upscale experience in Ciutat Vella. It's a stone's throw from Passeig Del Born, which is the epi-center of the Old City.


Duquesa de Cardona Hotel Barcelona
This is not the cheapest of the bunch, however the hotel has excellent deals and special rates throughout the year. It's perfectly situated between the Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta neighborhoods and it has a small but quaint and relaxing rooftop patio, perfect for dining or having a few aperitifs while overlooking the port. The Duquesa is a quaint hotel, small but full of all the amenities you'd need to make your stay a wonderful experience. It's a close walk to the port as well as the Gothic Quarter and the beaches of Barceloneta. From the terrace you have excellent city views.


Alma Barcelona
If you're looking to stay slightly outside of the city center, yet still want to be close and within walking distance of great shopping and major attractions, then the Alma is a great choice. It's incredibly romantic, with the outdoor garden and rooftop terrace with 360 degree views of the entire city. The rooms are large and fully equipped, ideal for a honeymoon vacation or one where you'd rather spend more time in the room than out of it. The hotel restaurant is quaint and elegant and if you'd like to eat out there are plenty of classy and intimate places to dine around the Passeig de Gracia area and the Eixample neighborhood.

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Neri Hotel
One of the Gothic Quarter's most charming and elegant hotels, this boutique accommodation caters to those who want to mix culture with luxury. It's a tiny hotel, with a small staff and the rooms aren't huge, however they're very tastefully decorated and quite classy. The restaurant downstairs is an intimate and relaxing place to dine and in the summer the outdoor patio is perfect for a few drinks, while overlooking the Plaza Sant Felip Neri. There is also a quiet and hidden rooftop terrace where you can nap under the trees or sit in the hammock and read a book.

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