Best place to stay in Barcelona for first time visitors 2020

Best place to stay in Barcelona 2020


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Where is the best area to stay in Barcelona for first time visitors in 2020

There are 4 main places in Barcelona which first time tourists choose for hotels and apartments. If you are a cruise ship passenger then you might be interested in hotels near cruise ships.

Scroll down to get a quick overview and further down you will find all area mapstips and information about where to stay in Barcelona - and which area is best to stay for first time visitors. 
You might also be interested in our guide to planning a 3 day Barcelona. If you prefer, you can go directly to our Barcelona hotel & apartment deals 

Updated January 2020

We think the area around the central downtown square called Plaça de Catalunya is the best place to stay in Barcelona for short visits and for first time visitors, because it is most central and best connected to many top sights.

It is walking distance to the old medieval city and the 19th modernist area. 


Our second choice is the district called Eixample (pronounced Esh-sharm-pluh) This is the modernist area of Barcelona developed from late 19th century. 

Our third choice is to stay inside the medieval city district Ciutat Vella (pronounced (See-ooh-tat Vey-ya) which is rich in charm and history

Finally our fourth choice, which is mostly for summer visits, is the  neighbourhoods of district Sant Marti because it's close to Barcelona's beaches

Here's the list again with links to hotel in those places:

1) Plaça de Catalunya - central city square - near 19th and medieval parts of city. Best place to stay for sights and tours.
Hotels Plaza Catalunya

2) Eixample - central city district with many neighbourhoods - architecture 19th century modernist. Best place to stay for luxury and comfort
Hotels Eixample area

3) Ciutat Vella - city district- medieval city area - narrow street - old architecture. Best place to stay for history and charm
Hotels Gothic area

4) Sant Marti - city district - former industrial area - now office and residential area near beaches - modern architecture.  Best place to stay for sea and beaches.
Hotels near beach


Our 2020 top tips for Barcelona hotels:


A top tip is Seventy Barcelona, a new 4 star hotel in Barcelona - rated Exceptional by reviews -  which opened in November 2019 on street Carrer Còrsega, 344 centrally located near fashionable shopping street Passeig de Gràcia in the heart of modernist Eixample area of Barcelona, Spain.

Features include spectacular reception area with floor-to-ceiling windows, rooftop pool and sun terrace, business event rooms and an in-house spa and a high quality restaurant

Another top tip for 2020 is 3 star Hotel Chi - rated Excellent by guest reviews. It's quite a new hotel near Plaza Espanya near Rocafort metro stop, so well communicated but a little off center. Modern air-conditioned rooms, swimming pool, Free WiFi all areas and more. 

Check out Motel One Barcelona rated Wonderful by guests which is a clean new  3 star hotel with a rooftop terrace and bar in Barcelona’s Born District beside Ciutadella Park. 

Check out Room Mate Gerard rated Wonderful by guest reviews.  This 4 star hotel has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace and fitness center. 

Have a look at the 4 star Hotel SB GlowSup which is rated Very Good by guests and offers rooftop pool and fitness center. 

Also popular is a 3 star hotel rated Wonderful by guests called Hotel Rec Barcelona (adults only) in the Born area of Ciutat Vella old city. The hotel Rec has a seasonal outdoor pool and sun terrace and is close to bus station Estacio Nord. 

New on Plaza Catalunya Barcelona's central square is 4 star Iberostar Paseo de Gracia which is rated Wonderful by reviews. It gets top reviews for the location and spacious rooms for the terrace with pool. 

For high end luxury our top tip is new five star OD Barcelona hotel rated Wonderful by guests and the magnificent Monument hotel on elegant Passeig de Gracia street also rated Wonderful.

Find more tips and maps on our Barcelona hotel pages.  You might also be interested in our guide to planning a 3 day stay in Barcelona.

If you prefer, you can go directly to our Barcelona hotel & apartment deals

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2020 14:50