Where to Stay in Barcelona on a Budget

Where to Stay in Barcelona on a Budget 2024? Top Affordable Accommodation Picks

Visiting Barcelona, the largest city in the community of Catalonia in Spain is a great idea. Famous for its unique architecture mostly designed by the well-known architect Antoni Gaudi, the vibrant nightlife, art museums and beach life, make it a popular destination for visitors and an extremely dynamic city for its residents. Whether you’re interested in knowing more about its history, and cultural heritage, or are simply looking for an adventure, knowing where to stay in Barcelona on a budget will make your experience complete.

The coastal location and cosmopolitan energy make it one of the European foremost cultural hubs. Maybe this is why “Gaudi’s playground” needs some extra savings to be visited, but using our tips on how to spend money in this most expensive city in Europe you will enjoy visiting affordable places.

Are you a first-time visitor to Barcelona? Read our guide about Where to Stay in Barcelona for a FIRST time visit.

Question: Where to stay in Barcelona on a budget for a first-time visit?

Barcelona offers a wide range of relaxing leisure options. The city overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and it is a hub of many new trends in the world of culture, cuisine and fashion. The innovations of many artists and designers intervene with the tradition. The charm and slow pace of the Old Town, the avant-garde of some modern districts and the ultra-dynamic pace of many modern cities coexist in Barcelona.

There are a variety of activities to engage with while visiting it. From cultural and historical places to great opportunities to spend some time at the beach or get a taste of its vibrant nightlife.

Here is the question:  Where to stay in Barcelona for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: Ciutat Vella (Gothic Quarter)

Ciutat Vella is the heart of Barcelona. This is a fascinating district characterised by narrow mediaeval streets and historic architecture. Divided into several neighbourhoods, each having a unique charm, this place offers a perfect mix of modern and traditional attractions.

Some of these areas include:

  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • La Rambla
  • Picasso Museum

Why do I recommend these areas?

Barcelona’s Old Town is formed out of four districts: Barri Gòtic, Raval, “Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera” and Barceloneta.

Barcelona Cathedral is one of the most significant places to visit in Barri Gòthic. The left and right sides of La Rambla, which is the main boulevard in Barcelona, feature the two contrasting parts of the city.

Picasso had started his story in Barcelona and worked there, but his museum was established later in the district of l La Ribera.

The district between the Old Port and the beach is Barceloneta. Since it has never been inside the city walls, it’s not a part of the historic city of Barcelona. Regardless, it will attract you with the charming approach to the Mediterranean Sea.

There is a cable car to Montjuïc Hill and many restaurants that will make you enjoy the time spent there.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Hotel BESTPRICE Gracia
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Ola Living Born
🤩 Best Design Hotel: Praktik Essens
😎 Best for Groups: Allegro Barcelona
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Sun & Moon Hostel
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Niu Barcelona Hotel
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Sun & Moon Hostel

Do you prefer staying close to the beach? Then check our simple guide to best beach hotels in Barcelona. The website LesBoutiqueHotels collects also the finest boutique hotels in Barcelona.

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Barcelona

Searching for where to stay in Barcelona on a budget? Below is a list of the accommodations that will meet your needs and expectations whatever traveller you might be!

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Design Traveler
1.4 Groups
1.5 Solo-Traveler
1.6 Nightlife-seeking traveler

1.1 Families

Travelling with your family and staying in Barcelona on a budget isn’t a mission impossible. Before I go into the visit-worthy places and handpicked hotels, let me give you a few pieces of advice.

First, I highly recommend you choose free and low-cost activities and visit parks, the Montjuíc Fountain and stroll along the historical part. Don’t forget that the museums offer a family discount, which is a great bonus. You can spend time on the Barcelona beach or go for a picnic and save money on meal prep. To get around, use public transportation and join the free walking tours which cover the most important attractions. If you don’t mind a bit of spinning, renting bikes sounds really fun.

Overall, smart budgeting for accommodation and additional activities will ensure a memorable family holiday. And now, let’s explore the two best neighbourhoods for you to stay in.


Here, you can enjoy the modernist architecture by visiting Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Casa Millà, stroll through a broad avenue Passeig de Gràcia, visit the local markets and learn about the local cuisine. The nightlife scene offers a variety of entertainment.


Staying in Gràcia with your family promises a well-spent time together. Gràcia is a bohemian neighbourhood in Barcelona, known for its cool vibes and distinct character.

Two central squares, Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia and Praça del Sol are great places to spend time and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. There are also many antique shops, bars and restaurants. Don’t miss Verdi Street and go to the cinema with your family. Park Güell is very near this boho district and having a nice picnic will be truly a delight. This place attracts with its artistic and historical attractions, making it an ideal location for a family trip.

Handpicked accommodations for families

La Terraza de L’Eixample

Where to stay in Barcelona on a budget with your family? I’ve got the ideal place for you. The offered family rooms at La Terraza de L’Eixample are equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom, satellite TV and a terrace with a mountain view. You can relax in the garden, use the outdoor dining area and as you get out of the property there are La Pedrera and Casa Batillo and Plaça Catalunya within walking distance.

It is very easy to get to the hotel since it is only 1 km away from the Sants Railway Station and the nearest airport is Barcelona El Prat Airport.

Book La Terraza de L’Eixample here

La Terraza de L'Eixample

Roof deck at La Terraza de L'Eixample

Hotel BESTPRICE Gracia

Very close to Park Güell and Central Barcelona, Hotel BESTPRICE Gracia is perfect for a family holiday. Rooms offer private bathrooms and satellite TV. there are also many restaurants and bars in the surrounding area. An airport shuttle is available, as well as a daily roomkeeping service. The property is very easy to get to because Joanic Metro Station is only 450 m away, which only adds to the overall convenience.

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Enjoy your stay at Hotel BESTPRICE Gracia

Room at Hotel BESTPRICE Gracia

 1.2 Couples

Want to explore Barcelona on a budget with your loved one? No problem! This city of diversity can offer countless unforgettable moments. You can start your day by enjoying the breathtaking views of the city from Bunkers del Carmel at sunset, stroll through the Old Town, or go for a boat ride in the Parc de la Ciutadella.

For the romantic hearts, you can enjoy a lovely dinner in your neighbourhood, witness the Magic Fountain Show at the Montjüic Fountain, and go on a picnic in Park Güell. All these places will make the two of you enjoy your own company.

El Born

A trendy and historic part of Ciutat Vella, part of Barcelona which is famous for the narrow streets and charming squares is a great place for couples to settle while on a holiday.

You and your beloved can visit the Picasso Museum, the church of Santa Maria del Mar, Palau de la Música Catalana, and the El Born Cultural Center. If you have a sweet tooth, visiting the Chocolate Museum will make for quite an experience! You can also indulge in gastronomy in many restaurants on your way.

Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)

Why not step back in time and stay here? This neighbourhood is a proud witness to Barcelona’s rich past, offering quite a lot for those who want to explore the city’s history and architecture. If you’re wondering which places to visit, there are many antique shops to explore, as well as other remarkable locations, including the Jewish Quarter, La Rambla Boulevard, the Cathedral of Barcelona and many more.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Ola Living Born

Located only 1 km from the centre of Barcelona, Ola Living Born place offers even more than a couple needs. You will have a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a toaster. The Somorrostro beach is only 1.4 km away. The property is very close to Santa Maria Church, Plaça Reial and Picasso Museum. Some of the rooms offer a terrace.

El Prat Barcelona Airport is 12 km away, so getting to the accommodation is very easy.

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Entertainment area at Ola Living Born

Hotel Rialto

Right in the centre of Barcelona, Hotel Rialto offers rooms with wooden floors, functional design and modern bathrooms. You can additionally have a buffet breakfast and Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel’s “Miró ” restaurant. The Barcelona Cathedral is 400m away, La Rambla Boulevard is right at the front, and Plaza Catalunya is only a 10-minute walk.

Liceu Metro Station is 300 m away, making it easy to get to the property.

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Bar and restaurant at Hotel Rialto

1.3 Design-lovers

Barcelona is a very unique and attractive destination for a traveller with a passion for design. The city is known for its warm welcome not only because of the creative hubs but also for the mix of the traditional and innovative. While you’re staying in one of the cosy affordable accommodations in Barcelona, you’ll be able to Immerse yourself in the vibrant and architectural scene of the city.


This neighbourhood features adorable mediaeval streets, making it the perfect place for a design traveller. You can enjoy modernist architecture by visiting Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, as well as Casa Batlló and Casa Millà. If you want to get a real feel of the local atmosphere, stroll through the broad avenue Passeig de Gràcia visit the local markets and taste the local cuisine.


This is a place which shows Barcelona’s transformation to innovative and creative flows. It’s a pure blend of industrial heritage and modern design and technology. Thanks to its rapid development, it has become a hub for innovation and a perfect place for visitors like you. “22@ District” is a good place to visit, where the Media -TIC Building is a highlight you shouldn’t miss. As you stroll through the streets, you will be fascinated by the colourful murals. You can also take relaxing walks on the waterfront and visit the beach.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Praktik Essens

Looking for where to stay in Barcelona on a budget? Praktik Essens offers an outdoor terrace, tea & coffee corner with free pastry and a happy hour every day from 19:00 – 20:00 hours. Rooms have a private bathroom and a seating area. This property is only 300-350 m away from Casa Batillo and Tivoli Theatre. Moreover, Plaça Catalunya is 500 metres away. The nearest airport is El Prat Barcelona and you can use the airport shuttle.

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Superior Double Room with Exterior Bathtub at Praktik Èssens

Superior Double or Twin Room with City View at Praktik Èssens

Malda Singular

Malda Singular is really a great place to stay. Rooms are equipped with Smart TV, a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Parking, airport shuttle, room service, laundry and a coffee maker will be at your disposal.

In addition, I’m sure that you’ll find the location more than desirable. Picasso Museum is 600m away, Tivoli Theater 700m away, Cathedral of Barcelona only 200m away, and Plaça Catalunya is a 6-minute walk from the hotel. The nearest airport is Barcelona El Prat Airport, only 12 km away from the hotel.

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Suite at Maldà Singular Hotel

Room with Bathroom at Maldà Singular Hotel

1.4 For Groups

This is a perfect city for a group visit, especially if you’re looking for the best places to stay in Barcelona on a budget. It offers a variety of attractions and activities to meet anybody’s interests. There are many guided city tours to join, as well as many attractions waiting to be explored!


Eixample is one of the largest districts of Barcelona. Its name in the local language means “extension”, so this widely spread part of the mediaeval streets is a perfect place to explore the essence of the city. You can enjoy the modernist architecture by visiting Gaudi’s, La Sagrada Familia, which is located close by. Stroll through the broad avenue of Passeig de Gràcia, visit the local markets and get to know the traditional cuisine. The nightlife scene offers a variety of entertainment, so you can choose where to go depending on your budget and the interests of the group members.

Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)

Want to step back in time? Barri Gòtic is a testament to the richness of Barcelona’s history. There are many spots that are completely worth your visit, such as the Jewish Quarter; the La Rambla boulevard, as well as the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Looking for where to stay in Barcelona on a budget? Here are a couple of accommodations I recommend:

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Allegro Barcelona

Allegro Barcelona, a futuristic hotel offers rooms in elegant white decor with a few colourful touches. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast, along with the many tapas bars and cafes located just around the corner. The location is ideal, putting Rambla de Catalunya at only a 5-minute walking distance away. In the hotel, you will be able to use portable WiFi free of charge and enjoy the sight of the Gaudi buildings as they’re only 500 m away.

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Suite with Private Pool at Allegro Barcelona

Enjoy your very own Private Pool at Allegro Barcelona

Hotel Rialto

Rooms in this hotel have wooden floors and a very functional design, all of which have a flat-screen TV. The bathrooms are also very modern. You can have a buffet breakfast and Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel’s Miró restaurant. If you’re wondering why I recommend this place, it’s because Barcelona Cathedral is only 400m away, and La Rambla Boulevard is literally at the hotel’s doorstep.

Book Hotel Rialto here

Single room with bathroom at Hotel Rialto

1.5  Solo-travelers

Planning to visit Barcelona on a budget? The country is considered generally safe for a solo traveller, although you’ll have to be more careful in crowded areas. You will be able to explore Barcelona at your own pace, immerse in its modern and traditional architecture and culture and, of course, meet many new faces.

El Raval

Being a neighbourhood in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, El Raval is one of the most culturally diverse areas. The place has undergone rapid and important transformations. However, it still remains a bohemian character hub of creativity, arts and alternative culture. There are so many highlights to visit here, some of which are the MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Arts of Barcelona, the most famous food market La Boqueria, Rambla del Raval- the biggest boulevard, Palau Güell designed by Gaudi, and many more. Pay attention to street art and urban culture, and don’t forget to have a taste of their diverse cuisine.

Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)

Wondering where to stay in Barcelona on a budget will lead you straight into its gothic quarter. And, believe me, staying here will be like taking a trip back in time! This neighbourhood is a testament to Barcelona’s rich past, but also a vibrant and lovely area with a rich cultural heritage. If you’re wondering which highlights are worth visiting, I suggest you explore the many antique shops, the Jewish Quarter, the frequent boulevard La Rambla, Plaça Reial and Plaça del Pi, the Cathedral of Barcelona, and many more.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Sun & Moon Hostel

Sun & Moon Hostel is a very modern hostel. Rooms are decorated in fun, bright colours and have an en suite bathroom, as well as air conditioning. The shared rooms have lockers to ensure your belongings are safe. There is a TV Lounge and vending machines in the hostel.

Sun & Moon Hostel is located 150m from Liceu Metro Station. Barcelona Beach is 15 minutes walk from the hostel. The area around is full of bars and restaurants, and the hostel also offers an airport shuttle service.

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Dorm Room at Sun & Moon Hostel

Sun & Moon Hostel Common Area

Fabrizzio’s Petit, Barcelona

This hostel is located in central Barcelona, just 15 minutes walk from Sagrada Familia and Plaza Catalunya Square.

It offers a guest kitchen, lounge and terrace. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast are also included.

The rooms are modern with colourful decorations which will make you feel cosy. Fabrizzio’s Rooms can be both, shared or private with access to 4 shared bathrooms. Bed linen and towels are provided.

The kitchen is well-equipped with an oven, microwave and washing machine. In the lounge there are computers, a flat-screen TV, a PlayStation and movies to watch.

You will be offered a map, and staff can provide tourist information. Bicycle rental, walking tours, and night-time activities can be organised by the staff of the hostel.

Many bars, restaurants and supermarkets can be found in the surrounding streets. Girona Metro Station is only 3-minutes walk from the property. Airport trains leave from Passeig de Gracia Train Station which is 5 minutes away.

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Fabrizzio's Petit for solo traveler

1.6 Nightlife Traveler

No matter if you are fond of beach parties, electronic music night clubs and trendy bars, exploring Barcelona on a budget offers it all. If you’re interested in exploring the high-fun side of the city, I’m here to suggest a few neighbourhoods. Just a safety reminder beforehand… pls take care of your belongings!

Poble Sec offers a variety of bars. In Barri Gòtic narrow streets you can also find many pubs. El Raval, on the other hand, is known for its alternative bars. If you’re looking for the most iconic club to visit, Razzmatazz is the place to go, while Opium Barcelona is the most stylish one. If you are into beach parties then Shoko Barcelona Beach Club is where you should be headed

El Raval

This diverse and lively area has a rich nightlife, but note that it only starts after midnight. Thanks to the authenticity of the nightlife in Barcelona, I assure you will make plenty of candid memories.

Barri Gòtic

This district isn’t as renowned for its nightlife as the neighbouring El Raval, but it still has to offer great places. Here, you’ll find the Jamboree Jazz Club, Irish pubs, wine cellars and some cocktail bars, all of which are very pleasant and attractive. Of course, if you’re a late-night bird and a nightlife seeker, simply skip to the El Raval area and you will get an all-night party.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Niu Barcelona Hotel

Looking for the best places to stay in Barcelona on a budget? The rooms at Niu Barcelona Hotel have flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms. Heating in winter and air conditioning in Summer makes your stay pleasant. It is very close to Plaça Catalunya and Portal de l’Angel. The rooftop outdoor pool is a great place to relax after a night out.

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Deluxe room at Niu Barcelona Hotel

Pool area at Niu Barcelona Hotel

Pension Canadiense

This guest house provides some rooms that have a patio and an inner courtyard view. All units have a private bathroom. Daily housekeeping is also obtained.

Pension Canadience is located in the heart of Barcelona, so all the landmarks are very close or easy to reach. Moreover, the Barcelona Airport is only 12 km away.

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Private room at Pension Canadiense

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Barcelona

If you’re having a hard time deciding where to stay in Barcelona on a budget, know that you can’t make a mistake. Each district offers affordable and comfortable accommodations, promising an enjoyable stay for whichever type of traveller you are. In every case, you’ll be able to explore different districts and enjoy the charm and the dynamic of the city, including all its historic, architectural and modern attractions.


Can I find affordable accommodation during peak tourist seasons?

It can be challenging, but booking in advance and staying slightly outside popular areas might help you find more affordable options even during peak seasons.

What safety tips should I keep in mind while booking budget accommodation?

Read reviews carefully, check the safety features of the accommodation, and choose well-reviewed places. Always be cautious with personal belongings and use secure locks.

Are there any budget tips for saving on accommodation?

Be flexible with your travel dates, compare prices on multiple platforms, and consider staying in less touristy neighborhoods. Additionally, booking directly with the accommodation can sometimes lead to better rates.

What neighborhoods are recommended for budget stays?

Eixample, El Raval and Poble Sec are known for affordable accommodations and vibrant atmospheres. Gràcia is also a good option with a local feel and budget-friendly choices.

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Discover budget-friendly stays in Barcelona! Use our map to find all the top sights and the perfect affordable accommodation for your stay.

Summary: Where to stay in Barcelona

According to the research I did while compiling this insightful guide featuring affordable accommodations in Barcelona, here are the best districts to consider during your stay:

  • Poble-sec
  • El Raval
  • Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)
  • Eixample
  • El Born

I truly hope that these tips on where to stay in Barcelona on a budget will be helpful. For more travel inspiration and advice, don’t forget to check out my blog page.

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