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Barcelona has something for everyone, and the best way to experience this type of Spanish *everything* is at a 4 star hotel. This way, you’ll get all the luxury and modern amenities you’re after, while leaving enough to really indulge in all the city has to offer: from Gaudí in Gràcia and Medieval alleyways in the Gothic Quarter to seaside bliss & hipsters in Poblenou and long shop-lined boulevards of Eixample and El Born.

4 Star Hotels Barcelona

Neighborhoods crisscrossed with winding alleys dotted with ancient architecture, streets lined with outdoor tables primed for all-day wining and dining, and a long list of sightseeing gems to be checked off your list — Barcelona really has it all. Because there’s so much to be indulged in in terms of Spanish food, drink, and culture, the best way to stay is at a 4 star hotel, where you’ll strike the perfect balance between luxury and economy.

Where to stay at a 4 star hotel in Barcelona? Important neighborhoods at a glance:

Gothic Quarter: Fairytale cityscapes & La Rambla

© Duquesa de Cardona Traversing the otherworldly alleys and back alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is like a dream — passing by medieval buildings now occupied with hip wine bars and authentic Spanish dining, slipping down tiny passageways while locals zip by on mopeds, and window shopping through old steel-barred windows and popping in through ancient metal doors. It’s really like nothing you’ve ever seen. The Mercat de la Boqueria market is as authentic Barcelona as you can find — as you wander through the maze of stalls serving meat in a cone, fresh fish, cocktails-to-go, and much much more, all your senses will be tingling in pure pleasure. The 4 star hotels in the 14th-century Barri Gòtic are both stylish and traditional, most boasting rooftop pools and always equipped with super sweet rooms perfect for both a romantic stay or a family holiday. The hotel dining rooms themselves are something to write home about — everybody knows the Spanish take their food very seriously, so it shouldn’t be any different where you’re staying. The beautiful, tree-lined La Rambla is Barcelona’s favorite pedestrian walkway. It serves as the border between Raval and the Gothic Quarter and is known for being a hotspot for just about everything you want as a visitor — busking, shopping, cafes, memorials, sun, beauty, and more. Head just south for a 4 star hotel in Barceloneta, a perfect little neighborhood that reads like a beach town. Here you can chill outside at Sant Sebastià Beach or at the hotel pool, dine al fresco at one of the many lovely establishments lining the shore, or, if you’re feeling daring, endeavor to take the iconic and very high Port Cable Car up to the Montjuïc Castle and Hill.

Eixample & El Born: Central, happening, & shopping

© H10 Port Vell Eixample and El Born are home to the trendy, hipper establishments and 4 star hotels. Here things move a bit quicker and the streets are a little wider than in the Gothic Quarter and the artsy neighborhood Raval, which borders Eixample’s southeast border. Some of the pastimes of a trip to Eixample include: gazing up at the balconies that float out into the warm air overhead, stopping every five minutes at another boutique shop, rare book store, or bustling market hall, and gawking at the amazing Modernist architecture that characterizes the area. Eixample was one of Barcelona’s planned neighborhoods; you’ll be able to pick up on that in that it’s laid out in a perfect grid. Within that grid is the Tàpias Foundation cultural center and architecture museum, the Passeig de Gràcia passage highlighting more Gaudí hits, and the neo-Mudejar Arc de Triomf. The 4 star hotels are a-plenty in Eixample, and they all offer some combination of lovingly-designed interiors, breakfast on the terrace, first-class service, and sprawling outdoor pools perfect for all Barcelona months. El Born comprises the spillover from the Gothic Quarter and from Eixample and thus provides all the best of both worlds — medieval surroundings & a youthful spirit. El Born boasts a fine nightlife scene — which is best experienced over a large number of mojitos —, the Picasso Museum, and super trendy designer shopping.

Gràcia & Sagrada Familia: Sightseeing, bohemian vibes, & international cuisine

Gràcia and the area surrounding Sagrada Familia are imbued with an old-world sensibility; this is where you’ll get a real feel for 19th-century Spain while hanging out at super trendy tapas and pinchos bars sipping natural wine. Antoni Gaudi has his roots deep in the area; everywhere you turn you’ll see another one of his famous buildings, sometimes subtly embellished with his Catalan Modernist flair, and other times totally otherworldly and over the top, like at Park Güell, located at the northern edge of Gràcia. When staying in Gràcia, you won’t have much reason to leave — the neighborhood is walkable, safe, beautiful, and filled with affordable restaurants and bars, many of which are vegetarian-friendly and almost all of which serve up delicious tapas like patatas bravas (potatoes with aioli), Iberian ham on bread, and fresh calamari. The 4 star hotels in this northern part of Barcelona boast an elegant ambiance, modern amenities, and perfect locations surrounded by Spain’s impressive architecture and always a stone’s throw from your new favorite store, whether a trendy boutique shop or a bustling fish market. The Sagrada Familia is a church like you’ve never seen. Towering over its square near the center of the city, it appears in the sky almost juvenile — and so fundamentally Gaudi it’s palpable. Under construction since 1882, there’s nothing more exciting than participating in the centuries-long venture as a spectator, to be able to witness a moment in its ever-evolving form. A 4 star hotel directly adjacent affords perfect views of the project in action.

Poblenou: Seaside bliss & start-up culture

Debatably the best thing about Barcelona is that it is simultaneously a beach town and a trendy metropolis, an ancient city and an architectural hotspot, and traditional manifestation of Spanish culture as well as an international melting pot. One of the places you can feel this most potently is in the eastern seaside district of Poblenou. The northern part of this vast neighborhood is characterized by converted warehouses and sprawling factory spaces turned start-up offices and design showrooms, in addition to the iconic Jean Nouvel-designed Torre Agbar skyscraper. Poblenou used to be the city’s industrial hub before falling into decline in the mid 20th century; it has since undergone complete renovation, partly as a result of the development preceding the 1992 Olympics, and it continues to boom as a tech hub. The beachside area comprises the sunbather’s favorite Bogatell Beach, the family-friendly Platja de la Nova Icària, and the clothes-optional Platja de la Mar Bella. All located near the city center, the 4 star hotels in Poblenou pride themselves on providing sweeping views over the Mediterranean, innovative design concepts to reflect the contemporary spirit of the area, and access to all the neighborhood top hangouts. Some even include full in-house spa centers, which are a great addition to any stay.

Getting there

Barcelona is easily accessed and quite easy to navigate once there. Barcelona’s airport (BCN) is located 13 kilometers from the city. You can take a taxi downtown for around 35 EUR, or the bus or train for much less (5-10 EUR). The trip takes around 30 minutes. Note that there are two other airports near Barcelona, in Girona and Reus, which are around 100 kilometers from the city — there are ways to get from here to Barcelona, but they are long and can be expensive. Budget airlines fly more often into these airports, but the hassle may cancel out the savings. If you do choose this route, book your transfer ahead.

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