What is the best location to stay in Barcelona? This is a question we always receive. Therefore, we created this guide on where to stay in Barcelona. It includes the best areas for the first time visitor, families and couples.
We even included a big map with all neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for couples, families and friends.
(This guide is always up to date, the last updated February 2021.)
But, first things first:
Question: Where to stay in Barcelona for a first-time visit?
Answer: stay central!
What does that mean? We highlight the recommended areas in the map below.
The very city center includes
Gothic Quarter (old town with the famous Las Ramblas)
El Born (old town)
Eixample around Passeig de Gracia
Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.
Why do I recommend these areas?
Those are the most convenient areas to stay and are the safety! They have direct access to the airport, public transport and many of the major sights nearby.
Please note: those are not the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.
We know it is hard to understand the district name when you have never been there. So we handcrafted several maps to help you. They are all in this guide. In fact, you won’t find any better and more detailed guide than this one. When reading this guide, you will stay at a great place in a safe neighborhood!
My favorite rooftop terrace and luxury place is the Hotel 1898.
You cannot be more central since this hotel is located on the famous La Rambla. It is a restored 19th-century building. The highlight for me is the heated rooftop pool with a sun terrace – and the panoramic view!
The rooms are super elegant, free and fast WiFi and on top of that, marble bathroom.