The Best Hotels in Barcelona

Updated: July 17, 2017

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Barcelona Hotels – Tips and Advice

  • The best hotels are El Palace (most luxurious), Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (best spa), Hotel ABaC (outstanding service), Grand Hotel La Florida or Hotel Arts Barcelona (best for families), Mercer Hotel Barcelona (best historic hotel), and Hotel Casa Fuster (upscale local flair). The best budget hotel in Barcelona is Ciutat de Barcelona.
  • The best neighborhoods for visitors are Barri Gòtic & El Born (the historic heart of Barcelona, super central, great for museums, dining and nightlife), L’Eixample (superb Modernist architecture, museums, upscale dining and shopping), Gràcia (proximity to the Sagrada Familia, trendy restaurants, good transport connections), El Raval (convenient for exploring the historic center, great restaurants and bars), Barceloneta (best for beaches, seafood restaurants, easy walk to historic center) and Montjuïc & Tibidabo (lofty views, art galleries, and amusement parks).
  • Smoking is still allowed in some Barcelona hotels; those sensitive to tobacco smoke or smells will want to request a non-smoking room. Smoking is not allowed inside bars and restaurants, but permitted on attached outdoor terraces.
  • Spain’s Catalonia region is world-famous for cutting-edge, experimental cuisine, and as Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona wows foodies with its proliferation of Michelin-starred restaurants. Spanish food is, of course, known for its tapas and Barcelona has a myriad tapas bars, from traditional Spanish and Catalan to Basque pintxos, Galician seafood, and more. In recent years, vegetarian and vegan cuisines have become an established part of Barcelona’s dining scene.
  • Central Barcelona – Barri Gòtic, El Born, and El Raval – is a compact and very walkable maze of narrow streets, and it’s often faster to walk than take public transport. L’Eixample, Montjuïc, and Barceloneta can all be reached on foot from the historic city center.
  • Central Barcelona is connected to neighborhoods further afield by an excellent, efficient Metro system. A single trip to most destinations costs €2.15, but if you’re looking to use the Metro a lot, it’s worth buying a 10-trip ticket (€9.95) to save money. A Metro ticket to the airport costs €4.50 and trains run from both Passeig de Gràcia and Barcelona Sants. Barcelona’s main train stations are attached to Metro stops. The Citymapper smartphone app makes it really easy to get around the city using public transport, which runs roughly between 6am and 11.30pm daily. Uber is banned in Barcelona, but taxis can be easily booked though an app called Easy Taxi. Driving is not recommended in the historic center due to the proliferation of one-way and pedestrian streets, and lack of parking.
  • Barcelona is a 24-hour city. People dine out late (typically, many restaurants don’t open until 8:30pm). Bars stay open until the early hours of the morning, and in nightclubs, action doesn’t really kick off until after midnight – It’s easier to get a seat in a restaurant or bar if you get there close to opening time. Barcelona’s most popular restaurants get booked up weeks in advance; if you have your heart set on a particular place, plan accordingly.

The 16 Best Luxury Hotels in Barcelona

1. Cotton House Hotel

Cotton House 5 star hotel in L’Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona
A 5-star design hotel that combines historic elements with bold, contemporary design. Located on the site of the former HQ of the former Cotton Textile Foundation in L’Eixample, this 19th century mansion retains the building’s grand marble staircase, newly complimented by bold colors and modern art. Guest rooms and suites are spacious, light-filled, and come with Nespresso machines, iPod speakers, and sizable rain shower bathrooms. In standard rooms, parquet floors and an all-white color schemes convey an understated elegance. Interconnecting rooms are available for families. Amenities include a rooftop pool and solarium, and the atmospheric library provides a perfect spot to drink the hotel’s signature Gossypium cocktail. An on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. The Cotton House is well-located for exploring Barri Gòtic and nearby sights such as Casa Batlló.
Nearest transport: Passeig de Gràcia Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

2. Claris GL

Claris Hotel with Egyptian history museum in Barcelona's L’Eixample neighborhood.
This vast, luxurious hotel in the heart of Eixample is an eclectic mix of early 20th century architecture, thoroughly modern amenities, and ancient Egyptian history. Inside this renowned Egyptologist’s hotel, you’ll find a private Egyptian artifact museum, archeological artwork, and archaeological finds throughout, all alongside silk, chrome, and tropical hardwood-accented decor. The Brazilian rosewood-panelled rooms are suitably sumptuous and bathrooms are equipped with rain showers. Dining-wise, guests can choose between a rooftop restaurant serving typical Mediterranean fare during warmer months, and the year-round Mr Kao (superb dim sum). Besides an excellent spa, the hotel has a rooftop pool and fully-equipped gym. Located just steps away from Gaudí buildings and convenient for dining and shopping. Easy walk to historic centre.
Nearest transport: Passeig de Gràcia Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

3. Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts Barcelona hotel with great sea views
Rising 44 stories above the Mediterranean, this luxurious art-themed skyscraper sits at the north end of Barcelona’s string of beaches. Fine art and sculpture feature in all the common areas and minimalist, sizable guest rooms are flooded with plenty of natural light; ask for a corner room to get the best of the sea and city views. Suites have more character, and the top-end penthouse apartments come with butler service and kitchens equipped for chef-prepared private meals. Five on-site restaurants range from the child-friendly Bites and Café Veranda to 2-Michelin-star fine dining at Enotecta; Frank’s is the hotel’s top-notch bar. The range of amenities – large outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym, hammam, and children’s pool – is hard to beat. Located near the Ciutadella park, beaches, and Barceloneta’s restaurants; a long-ish walk from Barri Gòtic and El Born.
Nearest transport: Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

4. Hotel Omm

Hotel Omm postmodern hotel in Barcelona
Barcelona’s first design hotel, postmodern Omm combines cutting-edge design with a winning Eixample location and excellent dining. From the inviting lobby’s cozy nooks and cubed leather furniture to the diagonal slats that regulate sunlight through guest room windows, unusual features abound. Shades of purple, grey, and orange dominate sparely-decorated rooms; superior rooms come with large tubs and private terraces, while suites are decked out with four-poster beds and antique furnishings. Cots are provided for babies and child-minding services can be arranged on request. The hotel’s celebrated restaurant is the Michelin-starred Roca Moo, with more casual dining in the Moovida bar area. There’s an opulent spa in the basement, and excellent views of Gaudí’s La Pedrera from the rooftop pool. Live bands and DJs are hosted in the lobby and the staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful. Great location for dining, shopping and exploring nearby Modernist architecture. The historic centre is an easy walk from here.
Nearest transport: Diagonal Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

5. Hotel Majestic

Hotel Majestic Barcelona hotel near Gaudi houses.
Located between the two iconic Gaudí houses on the Passeig de Gràcia, the Majestic is all unrestrained opulence, with grand staircases, plenty of marble, Louis XV chairs and luxurious furnishings in all the rooms. Sizable guest rooms are more understated and contemporary than the common areas, with Nespresso machines and numerous other conveniences. Bathrooms come with deep tubs, Bvlgari toiletries, and rain showers. Service here is among the best in the city, and facilities include a spa with an extensive range of treatments, rooftop pool, and well-equipped gym. There’s excellent dining on-site, from the refined seasonal menus at the Condal and traditional Catalan dishes at the Petite Comitè to snacks and cocktails at the rooftop Dolce Vitae bar. The restaurants have children’s menus and the hotel provides cots for babies and free stays for one child under 12.
Nearest transport: Diagonal Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

6. Hotel Casa Fuster

Best Barcelona Modernist hotel
An unmissable treat for fans of Modernist architecture, 5-star Casa Fuster is an Art Nouveau masterpiece. Built in 1908, this was the last project of renowned architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, also responsible for the gorgeous Palau de la Música Catalana. Expect vaulted ceilings, antique lamps, Gaudí-designed chairs and broken-tile mosaics, and plenty of marble. The 85 guest rooms and 20 suites are a little more subdued, with tall French windows and Loewe toiletries in the ornate bathrooms. There are two dining options: Restaurant Galaxó (avant-garde Mediterranean) and Café Vienés, which offers light meals in a historic space. There’s live jazz on Thursday nights and cocktails on the Blue View roof terrace, next to the large rooftop pool. Amenities include a sauna and gym. Well-situated for shopping and dining in both Gràcia and L’Eixample, and for exploring the best of Barcelona’s modernist architecture.
Nearest transport: Diagonal Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

7. Hotel Miramar Barcelona

Best Barcelona hotel on  Montjuïc
Surrounded by lush gardens on the slopes of Montjuïc, this converted early 20th century palace benefits from excellent sea views and relative proximity to downtown’s restaurants and nightlife. The majority of the understated yet luxurious rooms come with either a terrace or balcony. Guests can enjoy creative Mediterranean dishes at the on-site Forestier restaurant; children’s menu available. The tranquil location, babysitting services and large pool make this hotel a favorite with families. The L’Occitane spa offers a full range of treatments, and there’s a fully equipped gym as well. Ideally located for exploring Montjuïc’s art galleries, fortress and landscaped gardens; a short walk or taxi ride to El Raval.
Nearest transport: Drassanes Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

8. W Barcelona

Best Barcelona hotel for beaches
This trendy, all-glass hotel at the south end of Barcelona’s string of beaches has some of the best views in the city. The vibe attracts the young and the vogueish, with DJs in the stylish lobby and upstairs Eclipse bar on Friday and Saturday nights. With the exception of suites, all rooms are the same size, but price varies, depending on the view and how high up you are. Guest rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows and beds set in the middle of the room for contemplating the horizon; views from the Extreme Wow corner suite are breathtaking. Dining options include Bravo24 (fine dining, Catalan dishes) and Salt (gourmet burgers and cocktails), and the W is a short walk away from Barceloneta’s many restaurants. The rooftop infinity pool is hugely popular with guests. The hotel’s location is ideal for beach-going and for catching the cable car across the marina to Montjuïc; Barri Gòtic is within walking distance, too.
Nearest transport: Barceloneta Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

9. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Barcelona five star hotel with spa
Chic, opulent 5-star hotel right on the Passeig de Gràcia, a stone’s throw from two of Gaudí’s most celebrated buildings. Suites here are enormous, compared to the mid-sized standard rooms; all are decorated in soothing neutrals, with oriental touches reflecting the hotel name. There are three superb restaurants: Moments (2-Michelin-starred fine dining), Mimosa (contemporary international cuisine in a tranquil garden setting) and Blanc (light meals, afternoon tea). The Banker’s Bar is a popular place to meet for cocktails. Besides the fitness center and rooftop pool, there’s a luxurious basement spa offering a full range of treatments. Casa Pedrera, Casa Batllò and several other attractions just a few minutes’ walk away, as well as numerous restaurants and boutiques.
Nearest transport: Passeig de Gràcia Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

10. EL Palace

El Palace Ritz Hotel Barcelona
This former Ritz is the grand dame of Barcelona hotels – all onyx and marble, vast chandeliers, ornate antique furnishings, and liveried doormen in top hats. Old European style prevails throughout, with Regency furniture and fireplaces in the ivory-and-cream guest rooms, and Roman-style step-down, marble tubs in the Classic Deluxe baths. Service is old-school and impeccable, and family-friendly amenities include kiddie bathrobes and welcome kits; under-11s stay for free. Of the two excellent restaurants, the refined Winter Garden serves beautifully-presented signature cuisine, while bar 19 is the spot for tapas and British-style afternoon tea. The Bluesman Bar has regular live jazz and blues music. Amenities include a rooftop pool and a Mayan-themed spa that specializes in volcanic stone treatments. Convenient location for high-end shopping and visiting some of Barcelona’s best Modernist architecture.
Nearest transport: Passeig de Gràcia Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

11. Hotel ABaC

Best Barcelona boutique hotel and restaurant
A fantastic dining/lodging combo, this intimate 5-star boutique’s fifteen rooms and suites surround one of the best restaurants in the city. ABaC is housed in a revamped 19th century mansion within a leafy, residential corner of the city. Blonde-wood, minimalist guest rooms come with plasma-screen TV and large bathrooms sporting Hermès toiletries; some with whirlpool tubs. The penthouse suite has a roof terrace. The hotel’s eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant is renowned for some of Barcelona’s most creative cooking, and several other restaurants are a short walk away. Though the hotel is compact, there’s a full-service spa with a pool, hammam, and Jacuzzi. The helpful staff can arrange sightseeing itineraries, or hire a personal shopper to help guests navigate Barcelona’s many boutiques. Located on the northern outskirts of the city, near Mount Tibidabo; most attractions and restaurants are an easy Metro or taxi ride away.
Nearest transport: Av. Tibidabo light rail
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

12. Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Five star hotel in Barri Gotic Barcelona
Hidden down a tiny pedestrian street in the heart of Barri Gòtic, 5-star Mercer is a layered history of Barcelona: a medieval building sitting on top of an ancient Roman wall and with an intact Roman watchtower. Neutral decor harmonizes with the ancient lintels and the thick, exposed stone walls keep the rooms quiet and cool at the height of summer; the most atmospheric rooms are in the Roman tower. Bathrooms are thoroughly contemporary, with rain showers and Molton Brown toiletries. On site-dining consists of a casual bistro serving French and Catalan dishes and high-end Mediterranean cuisine. Due to heritage building status, amenities are limited to a plunge pool and bar on the decked rooftop. Ideal for exploring the museums and sights of Barcelona’s historic center, with convenient transport links to other attractions and numerous restaurants and bars just minutes away.
Nearest transport: Jaume I Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

13. Hotel DO Placa Reial

Luxury boutique hotel in Barcelona's Placa Reial
This 18-room boutique hotel has a lot going for it: a winning location just off La Rambla on the popular Plaça Reial, super-helpful multi-lingual service, and excellent on-site dining. All the rooms are bright and cheerful; most have balconies with a view and there are lots of little welcome touches, like a pillow menu and complimentary fruit. Apart from rain showers and Molton Brown toiletries, most bathrooms come with tubs. The atmospheric wine cellar hides an excellent restaurant, La Cuina del DO (inspired Mediterranean cuisine), while La Terrasa del DO offers casual tapas-style dining. The rooftop plunge pool and a small but well-equipped spa make this a favorite romantic retreat. Barri Gòtic’s museums, attractions, and restaurants are right on the doorstep.
Nearest transport: Liceu Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

14. Grand Hotel Central

Art Deco hotel Barcelona
Sitting on Via Laietana, opposite Barcelona’s cathedral, this Art Deco hotel is a super-central mix of old-world grandeur, professional service, and contemporary comfort. 147 comfortable guest rooms and suites are characterized by neutral tones, high ceilings, and state-of-the-art conveniences; light sleepers should ask for a room facing away from the main street. City Restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes in gastropub surroundings, City Bar offers tapas, light meals, and DJ nights, while the rooftop bar next to the infinity pool is popular with both guests and young professionals during the warmer months. There are numerous other restaurants and bars right on the doorstep, too. Amenities include a wellness center, gym, and an exhibition space that showcases the work of up-and-coming artists. Ideally located for the Picasso Museum, the Ramblas and other sights and museums in Barri Gòtic and El Born; short Metro ride to other major attractions.
Nearest transport: Jaume I Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

15. Ohla Hotel

Five star hotel near Barri Gòtic and El Born in Barcelona
This chic yet understated 5-star hotel is equally popular with holidaymakers and business travelers, straddling the divide between Barri Gòtic and El Born in Barcelona’s historic centre. Rooms have a tranquil color scheme and customizable pillow and sheet menus. The ones facing the busy Via Laietana are well-soundproofed, and all bathrooms come with rain showers. There are two superb dining options: Caelis (Michelin-starred French and Catalan cuisine with a modern twist) and La Plassohla (hearty, classic Catalan dishes). Award-winning mixologists mix cocktails in the lobby Vistro bar, which also offers a wide range of wines. There are standard fitness and relaxation amenities – gym, spa, sauna – but the highlight is the clear-sided rooftop dipping pool. Easy walking distance to central museums, sights and numerous restaurants and bars.
Nearest transport: Catalunya Metro
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

16. Grand Hotel La Florida

Barcelona hotel on Mount Tibidabo
Sitting at the top of Mount Tibidabo, this 5-star urban resort hotel offers unparalleled views of the city below. 70 Art Nouveau style rooms are decked out in neutral tones and come with large marble bathrooms. 8 suites are individually designed by acclaimed artists, boasting private terraces with views of the city and the Pyrenees mountains. There are two excellent restaurants, serving tapas and contemporary Catalan cuisine, as well as a as poolside lounge and bar. A full range of amenities includes a large indoor pool, small outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, gym, and spa; families are made to feel welcome with special activities for kids, children’s menus, and child-minding services arranged on request. The location is ideal for visiting the Tibidabo Amusement Park, but it’s quite far from Barcelona’s other attractions; the hotel provides three daily shuttles to downtown Barcelona.
Nearest transport: Tibidabo funicular
Hotel phone: +34 917 01 67 67

Staying in Barri Gòtic & El Born

Where to stay and eat in Barcelona's Barri Gotic
With its beguiling maze of narrow medieval streets, interspersed with secluded little squares, Barri Gòtic is the oldest and most central part of Barcelona, built on the ancient remains of the original Roman settlement. The beautiful architecture and proliferation of bars, restaurants, shops make it the best introduction to the city. The pedestrian promenade of Las Ramblas marks the western border of Barri Gòtic, which is home to Barcelona’s Cathedral and the Barcelona Historical Museum. To the east, across the busy Via Leiatana, is El Born, a site for jousting during medieval times and now one of Barcelona’s nightlife hotspots. The neighborhood’s main street, Passeign del Born, is dominated by a beautiful 19th century wrought-iron market; other attractions include the Picasso Museum, World Cultures Museum, the splendid Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana, and the Chocolate Museum. El Born shares an eastern border with the vast Parc de la Citadella. Accommodations in Barri Gòtic & El Born are an excellent mix of 5-star and boutique hotels and hostels, and the dining scene is second to none.

Best Hotels in in Barri Gòtic & El Born

Best Restaurants in in Barri Gòtic & El Born

  • Viana Barcelona • $$-$$$ • Vintage decor, internationally-inspired tapas meant for sharing, signature blackberry mojitos. Bar-seats for walk-ins; book a table in advance.
  • Irati Taverna Basca • $-$$ • Crowded little Basque tapas bar, popular with locals and tourists. Grab pintxos (sandwiches) from platters at the bar, or order hot dishes from the menu.
  • Shunka • $$$ • Casual, minimalist Japanese restaurant. Super-fresh ingredients, toro (fatty tuna) dishes stand out. Popular with young professionals. Reservations.
  • Can Culleretes • $$ • Barcelona’s oldest restaurant; hearty Catalan fare in atmospheric surroundings. Particularly popular for Sunday lunch.
  • Els 4 Gats • $$ • Legendary bar-restaurant where Picasso and his avant-garde friends used to gather. Come for the ambience not the food.

Staying in L’Eixample

Where to stay and eat in Barcelona's L’Eixample neighborhood
North of Barcelona’s historic center, just beyond the grand Plaça Catalunya, lies L’Eixample, which literally means ‘Expansion’ in Catalan. This grand grid of streets, bisected by the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, is a Modernista showcase: some of Gaudí’s most famous buildings are found here, including La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, as well as the newly-opened Casa de les Punxes by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Other attractions include the Barcelona Egyptian Museum high-end fashion boutiques by local and international designers. Many of Barcelona’s grand 5-star hotels are found here, as well as numerous fine dining venues and upscale bars. Barri Gòtic and Gràcia are both within walking distance.

Best Hotels in L’Eixample

Best Restaurants in L’Eixample

  • Lasarte • $$$$ • Barcelona’s only 3-Michelin-star restaurant. Two seasonal tasting menus, creative, beautiful dishes. Romantic, special occasion. Smart casual dress code. Advance reservations.
  • Big Al’s American Kitchen • $$ • Award-winning burgers with unusual toppings and craft beer. Take the ‘Widowmaker’ eating challenge! Popular with families, young crowd.
  • Moments • $$$-$$$$ • Michelin-starred, contemporary take on Catalonia’s traditional dishes by one of Spain’s top chefs inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel. The tasting menu is a special treat.
  • Roca Moo • $$$-$$$$ • Seasonal, creative international dishes inside Hotel Omm. Open kitchen, excellent lunch deal, splurge-worthy tasting menu.
  • Totora • $$-$$$ • Upscale takes on classic Peruvian dishes, ceviches a specialty. Tranquil, romantic ambience, excellent cocktails.

Staying in El Raval

Where to stay and eat in Barcelona's El Raval neighborhood
Once a no-go area for tourists, El Raval used to be a rough working-class neighborhood, renowned for its prostitution and crime. Though it still pays to be careful in parts of El Raval at night, it’s rapidly gentrifying, and home to a vibrant immigrant population, which is reflected in the area’s diverse culinary offerings. Traditionally, El Raval has been home to a large artists’ community, so it’s fitting that the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the neighborhood’s attractions, along with Barcelona’s most famous food market, La Boquería, one of Gaudí’s Modernist buildings, and a couple of minor museums. The dining scene is a varied mix of some of Barcelona’s hottest tapas bars and restaurants and all-night kebab joints, and accommodations consist of boutique hotels and budget hostels.

Best Hotels in El Raval

Best Restaurants in El Raval

  • Tickets Bar • $$$-$$$$ • Circus-themed tapas bar by two superstar chefs. Playful, globally-inspired dishes. Choose from a la carte or decide how much you want to spend. Casual, fun. Reserve weeks in advance.
  • Bar Pinotxo • $-$$ • Longstanding, popular tapas bar at the Boquería food market. Hearty daily specials, owner is a local legend. Casual, busy.
  • Dos Palillos • $$$$ • Fun, Michelin-starred Spanish-Asian fusion tapas bar. Two tasting menus, two nightly seatings, open kitchen. Casual, buzzy. Reservations essential.
  • Alkimia • $$$-$$$$ • Refined, Michelin-starred dining. Simple, ingredient-driven dishes that make the most of local, seasonal produce. The tasting menus are worth the splurge. Reservations.
  • Hoja Santa • $$$-$$$$ • High-end, traditional Mexican dishes presented in creative and unusual ways. Casual, friendly ambience. Great cocktails.

Staying in Gràcia

Where to stay and eat in Barcelona's Gracia neighborhood
It used to be a small village on the outskirts of Barcelona, but Gràcia was linked to Barcelona’s historic centre by the building of the Eixample neighborhood, and it still retains an intimate village feel. With its many staircases, narrow pedestrian walkways, and mom and pop stores, Gràcia has a relatively young, artsy population and is home to a clutch of excellent restaurants and a few boutiques. Gaudí’s famous Park Güell is found along its northern fringes, while Barcelona’s single most popular attraction, the Sagrada Familia church, and the Modernist Hospital de Sant Pau are within walking distance to the east. There are few accommodation options here, beyond one 5-star hotel and several budget options. Good transport links to more central attractions.

Best Hotels in Gràcia

Best Restaurants in Gràcia

  • Céleri • $$-$$$ • Buzzy, stylish organic vegetarian restaurant, with dishes revolving around one of eight vegetables. Biodynamic and organic wines also. Reservations recommended.
  • Somodó • $$ • Light, beautifully presented Japanese-Mediterranean fusion dishes. No a la carte menu; just three wonderfully affordable set menus.
  • Con Gracia • $$$ • Innovative, affordable fine dining that makes the most of local produce. Two tasting menus; if you choose ‘Experience’, then all dishes come as a surprise. Reserve ahead.
  • Spoonik • $$$$ • Underground hipster restaurant combining a multi-course tasting menu with opera and more. A remarkable sensory experience! Only 20 seats, so reservations essential.
  • Ipar-Txoko • $$ • Traditional Basque restaurant serving large helpings of meat- and seafood-heavy dishes. There’s no menu; the owner tells you the daily specials.

Staying in Montjuïc & Tibidabo

Where to stay and eat in Barcelona's Montjuic neighborhood
Montjuïc hill lies south of El Raval, across the main Avenida del Paral·lel. Overlooking the Mediterranean, Montjuïc is one of Barcelona’s most picturesque spots, notable for the views from the fortress at the top, its landscaped gardens and its heavyweight art museums: Joan Miró Foundation and the National Museum of Catalonian Art (MNAC). Montjuïc’s foothills are dominated by imposing 1920s architecture, built for the 1929 World Expo and lining the grand pedestrian boulevard. The Font Màgica is found here, with a few restaurants and bars along the nearby streets. There is little in the way of accommodation, with the exception of a 5-star hotel along Montjuïc’s slopes. The hill is connected to Barceloneta by the Aeri del Port cable car and is a short walk from the bars and restaurants of El Raval. Mount Tibidabo sits on the northernmost outskirts of Barcelona, with unparalleled views of the city from the Tibidabo funfair at its summit. Its isolated location is both a boon and a bane. There are a couple of 5-star hotels here, along with some cheaper options, and several excellent restaurants, but the majority of Barcelona’s attractions are a good ride away.

Best Hotels in Montjuïc & Tibidabo

Best Restaurants in Montjuïc & Tibidabo

  • ABaC • $$$$ • Original, 2-Michelin-star dishes and a designer-inspired bar inside an intimate 5-star hotel. Romantic ambience; reservations essential.
  • Bangkok Café • $$ • Thai street food packing some authentic heat served in cosy, relaxed surroundings. The place gets packed in the evenings, so reservations are recommended.
  • Passion Show Restaurant • $$$ • Delicious Mediterranean dishes and creative cocktails in an enchanted forest setting, against a backdrop of a futuristic cabaret show. Exhilarating fun!
  • Blai 9 • $-$$ • Informal, buzzy tapas bar locally renowned for its tiny, towering masterpiece pinxos (open sandwiches) and croquettes. Great value for the money.
  • El Asador de Aranda • $$$ • Hearty Castilian cuisine served inside a gorgeous Modernist building at the foot of Tibidabo hill. Roast lamb cooked in clay oven is a specialty.

Staying in Barceloneta

Where to stay and eat in Barcelona's Barceloneta neighborhood
Dominated by a string of beaches, the former fishing village of Barceloneta juts out into the Mediterranean just east of El Born. The beaches, the long pedestrian promenade, and the neighborhood’s many seafood restaurants are the main draws here, along with the Barcelona Aquarium at the nearby marina. With the exception of a couple of 5-star hotels and a few budget options, there isn’t much to be found here in the way of lodging. Barcelona’s historic center is reachable on foot.

Best Hotels in Barceloneta

Best Restaurants in Barceloneta

  • 7 Portes • $$-$$$ • Refined, elegant restaurant with formal service; rice dishes and seafood specialties. Popular with families; book ahead on weekends.
  • Restaurante Can Ros • $$-$$$ • Classic Catalan dishes in one of Barcelona’s oldest restaurants. Casual, inexpensive, home-style cooking.
  • Restaurante Barceloneta • $$$ • Superb Mediterranean and Catalan seafood dishes with great seafront and marina views. Extensive wine list. Bookings advised.
  • Torre d’Alta Mar • $$$ • Fine, seafood-based dining in the old port’s cable car tower, high above the marina. 360-degree views, relaxed ambience.
  • La Cova Fumada • $-$$ • Casual tapas bar popular with locals, locally renowned for its spicy-potato-and-meat bomba. Hearty portions, busy.