One of the first decisions to make before looking for accommodation is in which neighborhood to stay during your stay in Barcelona.
You should know that Barcelona's hotels and apartments are expensive, compared to the equivalent quality level in other European capitals. Prices increase during the tourist season and can skyrocket during trade fairs and conventions such as the Mobile World Congress.
It is therefore important to choose your dates and book as soon as possible.
You should also know that the Barcelona city council no longer allows the construction of new hotels in the city centre so many hotels are opening in the city outskirts.
Regarding the different neighborhoods of Barcelona, three of them are specially appreciated by tourists:
Ramblas and gothic quarter
The Gothic Quarter and the Ramblas are the historic centre of Barcelona, it's the best location for touring the city on foot. It's the liveliest area, with lots of restaurants and outdoor cafés. It is also the noisiest neighborhood with the oldest hotels, some very well renovated and furnished, but not all. Be careful and make sure your hotel has heating or air conditioning, depending on the season, and outside window.
The eixample quarter, characterised by large avenues and grid-based urbanistic organisation is an interesting option. Less noise and crowds than in the centre, but also fewer bars and restaurants. The area closest to Plaza Catalunya is a good option for mobility as many subway and bus lines pass nearby.
A part of this quarter, around Casanovas Street, is called gayxample and offers a large choice of gay-friendly hotels, saunas, clubs and gay bars…
Barceloneta is the old fishing district. Located near the port and the beach, it is poorly served by public transport. Not too many hotels, mostly quite small, but you can find a lot of apartments rental on different web platforms.
This is the best option for those who prioritize beach and paella…
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