Unusual Hotels & Off-Beat Places to Stay in Barcelona

Time for another epic travel guide to something. This time, keeping this super close to our experience by talking about our beloved city of Barcelona with some cool, unusual and quirky hotels and places to stay in Barcelona, a popular destination for weekends away from Europe and for backpackers and travellers from around the world. Although geographically part of Spain, Barcelona sits as the capital of Catalyuna and are very proud of their Catalan culture and language, which is distinctively different to Central Spain. There are currently political disputes between Spain and Catalyuna, as the region fights for it’s independence, it’s very complicated so we’d recommend doing your own research if you’re interested or worried about how it may change your travel experience. We have been in Barcelona during the Ramblas attack and the recent conflict with Spain, it hasn’t personally put us in danger, but as with any travel to a new city, do your own research and always act with respect and caution as required at the time of travel.

If you’re looking for sunshine, Art History, incredible independent businesses across every category and delicious fresh food, you’re going to dig Barcelona. Like many cities by the sea, Barcelona benefits from a more laid back vibe than a city like London or Paris. Subcultures and alternative fashions such as skate-boarding, street art, punk and metal music are popular and add to the rich, colourful layers of the city. Barcelona is also incredibly multi-cultural, with not many countries going unrepresented somewhere in the city, this makes wandering extra interesting and means that you’re likely to find any type of cuisine you can imagine somewhere. From our experience so far, you can find excellent Indian, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Catalan as well as every Latin American culture represented too, which in itself is incredibly diverse. Being by the sea, you’ll find super fresh seafood and with the wonderful weather fruits and vegetables that are packed with so much more flavour and variety than you’d find in colder climates like England. And don’t even get us started on the quality and limitless options of pastries and bread products.

Flights to Barcelona are usually very affordably, making it a great choice for a short getaway, budget holiday or longer stay. If you’d like to learn more about Barcelona, you can read more posts on CMK and Food Scouts. We hope to keep this page updated with new finds as we discover them, so be sure to pop back when you’re ready to book your next trip to Barcelona. We’ve broken down our edit into three different price brackets, naturally there are cheaper ways to stay in Barcelona, but we wanted to focus on places that ticked all of our essentials in terms of comfort, location and design.

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Budget Hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona Urbany Hostel – rooms from £34

If you’re looking to be more central, Barcelona Urbany Hostel is walking distance of Sagrada Familia, expect crowds in peak season, but for convenience combined with low price, this could be a good option. Rooms are simple, but with the added benefit of great WiFi, cheap bar and a rooftop terrace in an iconic location, this is ideal for budget travellers. Private rooms and shared dorms are available.

Yeah Hostel – rooms from £49

Well located in walking distance to plenty of awesome Barcelona stuff, Yeah Hostel offers a simple but cosy hostel environment with added bonuses including games consoles, WiFi and a variety of tour options. This is a great choice for the more social traveller, who is looking for a traditional hostel experience combined with modern comforts and style.

The Rock Palace Hostel – rooms from £52

Part of the Sant Jordi Hostels chain, The Rock Palace Hostel is exactly what it sounds like. If you stay here you can genuinely expect to see drum kits, guitars and skate ramps in the hostel. So you can enjoy the full rock star experience in your hostel, there’s also a rooftop pool and a rock idols themed bar. Be sure to include a trip to Nevermind on Carrer Tallers to compliment your stay.

Vincci Bit – rooms from £81

Located in the Poble Nou district of the city, the Vincci Bit Hotel is a four star hotel walking distance to the quiet side of the beach. A little bit out of the way in terms of the obvious tourist attractions, but well connected by the affordable Metro. Enjoy the style and comfort of a four star hotel without the silly price tag.

The Generator Hostel – rooms from £91

The famous Generator Hostel has a gorgeous design-led venue in Barcelona, offering dorm rooms, private rooms and even a penthouse suite. If you want a vibrant, colourful, modern design with all the comforts you’d expect from a four star hotel with a one star price, this is for you. Easy walking distance to Sagrada Familia and the Metro.


Chic & Basic Born – room from £81

Fans of traditional architecture, stunning independent fashion boutiques and some of the best food in the city, we’d recommend staying in Born. Conveniently located in easy walking distance of Las Ramblas, a main train station, Metro and the beach, you can enjoy a bit of everything for an affordable price. The decor is elegant and modern, with the feeling of a high class hotel for a much lower price tag. The Chic & Basic Born Hotel has rooms with coloured mood lighting and are part of a larger Barcelona hotel chain should you prefer another location.

Affordable Hotels in Barcelona

Retrome Hotel – rooms from £94

For a homey hotel with bags of Mid-Century style without breaking the bank, check out Retrome Hotel and it’s pretty garden terrace. There’s a variety of rooms on offer, each a bit different with aparthotel vibes and traditional hotel room options. Located in Exiample, there’s plenty of architecture eye candy as you wander, with easy access to the rest of the city.

Hotel Acta Mimic – rooms from £98

Sleek, modern and with bags of character the Hotel Acta Mimic is located a short walk to Las Ramblas and the beach, making this the perfect sightseers location. Close to Barrio Gotico, expect nightlife long into the early hours with plenty of iconic and amazing Barcelona things to discover close by. The hotel also boasts a restaurant with a terrace.

Hotel Praktik Bakery – rooms from £100

Maybe the world’s first hotel in a bakery, we couldn’t miss this one off our list for our love of good quality, handmade bread products. The hotel and rooms are simple, stylish and cosy with breakfast provided by the connected bakery. So, if you like us love a great breakfast in a stunning, unusual location to start the day, the Hotel Pratik Bakery could be perfect for you. The hotel is located in the north of the city near Diagonal station, so ideal for exploring the Gracia region of the city in a more peaceful central location.

Hotel Market – rooms from £70

Located close to Sant Antoni station close to the El Raval area of Barcelona, Hotel Market is ideal for visitors looking for a classy hotel on a budget. Hotel Market, offers a range of suites and room options as well as a on site cocktail bar and restaurant.

Luxury Hotels in Barcelona

Room Mate Pau – rooms from £159

Room Mate Pau, is part of a Barcelona chain offering cheerful, modern and colourful design in awesome Barcelona locations. Room Mate Pau also offer suites and rooms with stunning decked balconies and terraces so you can enjoy the Barcelona sunshine in the privacy of your own space and avoid the crowds!

Hotel Pulitzer – rooms from £164

Close to Placa Catalyuna, Hotel Pulitzer is super central and ideally located to those visiting for shopping trips or bar hopping with plenty of public transport options on the doorstep. For your extra spend you’ll have access to a sports centre, pool, spa facilities and in room food and massage services. The rooms are elegant and spacious and the extra facilities make this a great place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

Casa Camper – rooms from £264

Did you know that the Portuguese shoe company, Camper also have hotels? Casa Camper is just that, the Barcelona branch of this iconic, high end hotel. Around the corner from MACBA and walking distance to much of the city, Casa Camper gives guests access to a 24/7 open buffet and mini bar included in the price. There’s also a room terrace with honesty bar and some rooms have hammocks! Pricey, but worth it for the mega design, location and added features.

Margot House – rooms from £164

Named after Margot Tenebaum of the Wes Anderson movie, The Royal Tenebaums, Margot House is a newbie to the Barcelona hotel scene. The clean, modern Scandinavian style design is ideal for it’s trendy Passeig de Gracia location, sitting close by to Barcelona’s luxury fashion stores and trendy Gracia region. Rooms are minimal but cosy and full of character and light. Lovely and very Instagram friendly!

 Gran Hotel La Florida – rooms from £149

If you want to get out of the city slightly and enjoy some of the best panoramic views of Barcelona, head to Tibidado in the north of the city. There’s not much up there other than Gran Hotel La Florida and a vintage style fair ground and church, but the facilities at this hotel will keep you entertained. Enjoy huge rooms with walk in showers, bathtubs and balconies and the many communal areas of the hotel for drinks, snuggling up with a book or enjoying a meal on the terrace overlooking the city, like we did. High price tags, but a totally unforgettable experience, even just for one night.

AbAC Barcelona – from £234

If you’re coming to Barcelona for the Michelin star restaurants and the food, AbAC Hotel & Restaurant is a brilliant choice for a luxury budget. Located on the way up to Tibidabo, you’ll enjoy a little peace and quiet at this stunning resort. The onsite restaurant has 3 Michelin stars and there’s also a spa with a pool, sauna and much more. Absolutely stunning place to celebrate something special or for an indulgent break.

Barcelo Raval Hotel – from £130

Located in El Raval, the Barcelo is a popular location for it’s 360 degree rooftop bar open to the public. It’s modern, colourful design and central location makes it a great choice for sightseers or bar hoppers. It’s decor might be considered a little kitsch for some with a mainly black and pink combo, but for Instagram snaps and mood lighting we’re not complaining. There’s also a tiny rooftop pool and a wellness centre.

Let us know if you find somewhere else amazing to stay in Barcelona, we’ll try to update this regularly so you have a go-to list of unusual and quirky hotels in this awesome city. Want to be featured or collaborate on something? Get in touch via social media @JayneKitsch of visit the Contact page for more information.

Unusual and Cool Hotels to Stay in Barcelona an Alternative Travel Guide

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