Las Ramblas is the beating heart of Barcelona. Lined with shade-giving trees, it stretches from the central Plaça de Catalunya square to the costal Port Vall. Just under a mile in length, you’ll find everything here from boutique clothing shops and local flower stalls to the best family friendly restaurants and cafés in Barcelona. It makes sense, then, to base yourself nearby. With that in mind, here are the best, affordable, hotels in the area.
There is an array of accommodation within close proximity of Las Ramblas. Above, Hotel Pulitzer
Chic interior at Hotel Espanã
Enter a world of Catalan Modernism, courtesy of Lluís Domènech i Montaner (the same architect behind the city’s Palau de la Musica concert hall). Inside this four-star hotel, originally opened in 1859, rooms here have a comfortable and vintage appeal, which your children will feel just as at home in as you. Rooms at Hotel Espanã start at €92/night and Las Ramblas is just around the corner. Your children will love the open-air swimming pool, too, while we venture you might develop a soft spot for the solarium.
60’s and 70’s inspired interior
The clue here is in the name, but this relaxed and friendly hotel is rather more chic than basic. Taking inspiration from the city’s 1960s and ’70s period, the décor is bright, loud and cool, with an easy going atmosphere more akin to a trendy youth hostel than a three-star hotel. With prices starting at €55/night, however, you’d be forgiven for thinking someone had made a mistake with your booking. Relax, from the billiard room to the bright and open restaurant and in-house laundry service, everything at Chic & Basic Ramblas is designed to make your stay simple.
Located just off Las Ramblas in Barri Gòtic (or, ‘The Gothic Quarter’), Hotel Cantón places you right in the centre of Barcelona’s historic Old Town. Inside, rooms are simple, but available from single sleepers to triple rooms for those with young children, with prices varying from €40-80/night. Each room also has its own fridge, handy if you’d rather stock up on snacks and refreshing drinks instead of being tempted into each cafe you pass (good luck, by the way). The city’s Old Port is just a few minutes away and offers spectacular evening and dawn views, too.
Le Meridien offers wonderful views across the city
Operating at the other end of the scale (expect to pay almost €200/night) the luxurious but unpretentious hotel Le Meridien Barcelona forms the perfect backdrop for a special anniversary or significant birthday treat. Located close to the Boqueria market on Las Ramblas, the hotel also includes a spa including a heated hydromassage bath, sauna and steam room. The sun terrace isn’t to be overlooked, either. Lounge here, filling up on the hotel’s well-known eclairs, or head out into the bustle of the street for a typically Spanish contrast between relaxation and excitement.
It doesn’t get much closer to Las Ramblas than a hotel located right on it, which is exactly what makes Hotel Lloret a brilliant choice for those wishing to get to the heart of the city. Situated towards the Plaça Catalunya end of the city, certain rooms feature private balconies overlooking the room. It’s worth dining in too – meals can be taken in a one-of-a-kind early 20th-Century lounge room unmatched anywhere else in the city. For even more culture, Barcelona Cathedral and the MACBA Modern Art Museum are located a short, five minute walk away. Best of all, prices start at around €70/ night.
Las Ramblas on your doorstep at Hotel Lloret
With rooms beginning at €85/night, the Hotel California is one of the more affordable options nestled close to Las Ramblas. Like the US state from with which it shares its name, everything here is about taking it easy, with a 24-hour reception on hand to assist with everything from planning your day to procuring theatre and museum tickets. Rooms are large and modern and have won many awards for quality. Best of all, it runs a number of reduced rate offers throughout the year, so check the website before booking.
Hotel California offers affordable yet comfortable rooms
Located in the trendy, multicultural Raval neighbourhood, the Peninsular is a lively place to spend a few days. Grab a drink and head out onto the plant-lined patio, or take a nap in the air-conditioned rooms if the bustle of Las Ramblas gets too much. Boqueria Market is just 250 metres away and is one of Barcelona’s most famous attractions. It’s also easy to slip out into Raval to take in street performers and some of the city’s most welcoming bars.
Stylish and modern, Hotel Pulitzer is located just a five-minute walk from Plaça Catalunya at the top of Las Ramblas. The rooms are modern and fresh, with edgy, hip furniture and a unique style in each. Prices can start around €120/night, but there are always plenty of last-minute deals to be had. During the day you can chill out in its rooftop bar, while, at the weekends, local DJs come to perform. Naturally, the crowd here tends to be younger, but anyone ready and willing to embrace life is welcome.
Hotel Pulitzer is a real treat, minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas