Hotels near Downtown Barcelona
For those who are traveling to Barcelona for the first visit this is such an exciting time! Barcelona is a beautiful city, the second largest in Spain. The city is home to the work of Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan architect who left beautiful mosaic work and buildings, including the SagradaFamilia church, which is still being built, Las Ramblas, a well-known pedestrian friendly strip with stores, restaurants, and booths selling trinkets, the Picasso museum, and finally, the 1992 Summer Olympics. Shaped by a long history, Barcelona has created museums that leave a strong impact on the visitor, like the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MACBA). Restaurants that line the streets and spread patios for seating patrons out onto the sidewalks and the sunlight, are known for simple yet amazing appetizers, known as tapas and the classic rice dish, Paella.
One of the most amazing things that Barcelona offers everyone who travels to or through the area is the geography. From the Mediterranean Sea, through a developed, modern city, straight up into the mountains, Barcelona has everything. You’ll find fresh, local seafood, the Tibidabo mountains amusement park overlooking the bustling city that’s always in motion, just to name a few. The ideal way to get the best of everything, especially if you’re only in the area for a short time, is to book one of the hotels near downtown Barcelona– or even better yet, one is in downtown!
All of the hotels near Downtown Barcelona are within four blocks of Las Ramblas, which means that multiple forms of public transportation are just a short walk away! Maybe grabbing a croissant and a cappuccino on your way will make it go by quicker.
NH Barcelona Centro is the hotel near downtown Barcelona that is the closest to the La Ramblas excitement. Catalonia Port del’Angel and Catalonia Catedral Hotel are both about the same distance from the Barcelona hot spot, just a few blocks away from each other and finally the Catedral Bas Apartments Barcelona is the furthest, but great for groups with accommodations for up to 8 people in your own private space.
Shows and Things To Do
At the top of Las Ramblas, and to the North of these hotels near downtown Barcelona is the Placa de Catalunya, a large, open square that provided a central location in the city for meeting up with friends, starting tours, and catching public transit. In this square, there is a tourist information area, the Barcelona-Placa de Catalunya train station for the red, turquoise, and orange line, and the Catalunya metro stop. The surrounding buildings have inviting and tasty cafes, including Cafe Zurich and the Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona- don’t forget to grab a t-shirt! This is also a major destination for shoppers, with an incredible variety of clothing stores and other merchandise continuing past the top of Las Ramblas, up and around the Placa de Catalunya. Staying at one of the hotels near downtown Barcelona makes all of this so easy to access and enjoy! With a metro pass, visiting the Barcelona boardwalk and beach is quick and well worth the few euros it costs.