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Cheap Places to Stay in Barcelona – Top-Rated Budget Hotels and Hostels

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Welcome to our guide on cheap places to visit in Barcelona. It’s no secret that Barcelona is a glamourous, vibrant place to visit, with lots of high-end restaurants and 5-star boutique hotels. It’s certainly more expensive than others areas of Spain. However, you can easily explore the city on a budget. Restaurants, attractions and hotels are available for all budgets; you just have to know where to look.

In this guide, we’ll share a selection of cheap places to stay in Barcelona, including affordable areas and plenty of budget Barcelona hotels. All accommodation options have excellent Tripadvisor reviews and cost an average of 80 – 150 euros per night, though the exact price will vary depending on the dates you visit.

We’ve also included some excellent hostel options for those that want to visit Barcelona on an even smaller budget. Read on for inspiration on where to stay and start your trip planning!

Cheap areas to stay in Barcelona

If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in Barcelona with plenty of budget hotels, there are some areas that are more affordable than others. Generally, the tourist centre around Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter are is most expensive, but also high-end shopping areas such as Plaça de Catalunya and the L’Eixample neighbourhood. Although you can still find budget Barcelona hotels in these areas, you often get better value by staying slightly out of the tourist centre.

The following places are all cheaper areas to stay in Barcelona. They’re still well located for sightseeing and getting around.

Gracia

Gracia is popular residential neighbourhood north-west of L’Eixample. It’s a great place to stay for those that want an affordable Barcelona hotel just outside of the action. There aren’t many nightlife options in Gracia. However, there’s a great selection of restaurants, all of which are far less touristic than those of the centre. They can also be more affordable places to eat.

Gracia has a wide range of great value hotels and apartment rental options, and you get more for your money compared to the main tourist areas. In fact, many of the Barcelona budget hotels on our list are in Gracia. The only downside of staying in this neighbourhood is that you’ll have to use public transport to reach the main sites.

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El Poblenou

El Poblenou is a cheap place to stay in Barcelona for those that want plenty of beach relaxation. Barceloneta Beach is the more expensive beach area, with exclusive nightclubs and high-end hotels. El Poblenou is closer to Bogatell Beach and Barcelona’s other quieter beaches. It’s a trendy place to stay, and as it’s further away from the tourist centre and the Barceloneta Beach hotspot, you can find some excellent value hotels. Stay in this area and you’re within walking distance of the beach. However, you’ll need to use the metro to see the main attractions.

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El Raval and El Poble-Sec

El Raval and Poble-Sec were once a run-down area of the city, with higher crime rates and a lot of poverty. These days they’re still a little rough around the edges in some areas, but they’ve been massively gentrified neighbourhood and are right next to the tourist centre of Barcelona. Both areas have been rejuvenated with some excellent bar and restaurant options, plus some excellent budget-friendly hotels. Stay in El Raval and you’ll only be a short walk away from Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter and Barcelona’s seafront.

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L’Eixample

L’Eixample may be known as an exclusive, upmarket place to stay in Barcelona. However, as it’s a huge area, you’ll also find plenty of budget-friendly accommodation options. Stay to the north-west of the district and prices are often cheaper than the main tourist hotspots. L’Eixample has a wide selection of great restaurants, bars and attractions. It’s probably our favourite place to stay in the whole city!

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The best budget Barcelona hotels

Andante Hotel

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Andante Hotel is an affordable 3-star hotel on the edge of Barcelona’s El Raval district. Being only a 3-minute walk from Las Ramblas, it’s perfectly located for sightseeing. You can walk to the Gothic Quarter, Port Vell, El Born and many of Barcelona’s key seaside attractions in less than half an hour. It’s a great hotel to base yourself if you prefer walking over public transport.

Andante hotel is small, quaint and modern. It has a nice breakfast restaurant and outdoor patio area, and surprisingly for a budget hotel, it has a rooftop swimming pool with stunning views of the city. Andante Hotel’s location itself is a little bit run-down. However, it’s very well located for exploring, has good reviews and is great value. We highly recommend booking a room rate with breakfast. It’s excellent!

B-Hotel

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B-Hotel is a cheap place to stay in Barcelona that provides excellent quality and amenities for a relatively low price. Situated right next to the famous Plaça d’Espanya, it’s a great budget Barcelona hotel for those that don’t mind staying a little further out of the main tourist centre if it means having a great hotel. The hotel has a stylish, dimly lit interior, contemporary common areas and cosy breakfast area.

One of the best things about B-Hotel is its large rooftop area. It has nice views of the city and features a spacious infinity swimming pool. There are also plenty of loungers and chairs to relax on after a long day of sightseeing. Its location is ideal for seeing a couple of attractions, but you’ll need to use the local bus or metro to see the rest of the city.

Aparthotel Silver

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Aparthotel Silver is one of the best cheap places to stay in Barcelona for those that want the ameneties of a hotel, but also cooking facilities to make a few homecooked meals. It’s a top-rated aparthotel in the Gracia neighbourhood, a short walk from the metro station and a selection of excellent restaurants.

Rooms are basic but modern, with studio and apartment options, and all the basic amenities you need to cook a meal. It also has a well-appointed breakfast restaurant and an outdoor garden relaxation area. Aparthotel Silver suits those that want a nice place to stay in a quiet neighbourhood, with affordable nightly rates. You’ll need to use public transport to get around, but it’s fast and efficient and you can get to most attractions in 15-minutes or less.

Hotel Praktik Bakery

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Hotel Praktik Bakery, as its name suggests, is a unique hotel concept. It’s a hotel that has large, excellent bakery on its ground floor. The bakery is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack and is a welcome sight after a day of sightseeing. The rooms at the hotel are small, but bright and modern. They’re ideal for those that just want a nice place to stay in a good area, at a reasonable price.

One of the best things about Hotel Praktik is its location. It’s right in the heart of Barcelona’s fashionable L’Eixample district, at the top of the long ‘Diagonal’ street. It’s only a short walk from some excellent bars and restaurants, plus several Antonio Gaudi attractions. It’s also well located for shopping, with endless high street and designer shops on the surrounding streets. Hotel Praktik Bakery is a little more expensive than other hotels on our list due to the area, though it’s still affordable in comparison to other Barcelona hotels.

Smartroom Barcelona

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Smartroom Barcelona is the go-to Barcelona budget hotel for those that just want an affordable, clean and modern place to stay. This basic but well-maintained hotel has bright, modern rooms. They’re no small and ‘no frills’. However, the affordable nightly rate is worth the compromise if you’re planning on being out all-day exploring Barcelona.

The hotel has small breakfast and relaxation areas, and many rooms have beautiful views of the city. As a bonus, some rooms even have spacious balconies with sun loungers and tables and chairs. These rooms provide excellent value for those that enjoy catching some sun and want to relax after a day of sightseeing. Smartroom Barcelona is in the Montjuic area of town, which is a great area to explore.

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Barcelona Sagrada Familia

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Located near the Sagrada Familia, Leonardo Boutique Hotel Barcelona is a budget-friendly hotel with excellent Google and Tripadvisor reviews. 3-star rated, this quirky hotel combines monochrome colours with dashes of red purple, and artwork of Barcelona’s top attractions. Rooms are small but well equipped, each with a modern design and neon mood lighting.

Other areas of the hotel are well maintained, with a large garden relaxation area and cosy breakfast restaurant. There isn’t a lot going on in the hotel’s location. However, it’s only a 2-minute walk from a metro stop, which gives you quick access to all the city’s attractions.

Hotel Acta Antibes

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Hotel Acta Antibes is a small, top-rated budget Barcelona hotel that’s a short walk away from the city’s main attraction, the Sagrada Familia. Its interior and rooms are basic, but clean and well-maintained, with all the amenities you need for a short, affordable stay. It does exactly what you need from a budget hotel, and it does it well.

Except from the Sagrada Familia, there isn’t a lot to see near the hotel, but you have easy access to public transport to see the rest of Barcelona main attractions. As you’re a little further out from the main tourist area, the neighbourhood has some excellent restaurant options, ranging from traditional Spanish tapas, to Brazilian cuisine, Japanese Sushi and some excellent cafes and brunch spots.

Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou

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Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou is one of the cheapest Barcelona hotels on our list. Year-round it’s a great place to stay for those that want an affordable base for exploring the city. It’s in the Poblenou district of Barcelona, which is right next to the city’s best beaches. The beautiful Bogatell Beach is only a 10-minute walk away, making it a great hotel for those that value relaxation and good nightlife during their time in Barcelona.

This hotel is a simple, budget friendly option from the international Travelodge brand. They’re known for having some of the best hotel beds, but facilities and décor is basic. This particular Travelodge has good reviews, a good location, and even has a small swimming pool. This is a massive bonus for a budget hotel.

Hotel Arc La Rambla

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Out of all the cheap places to stay in Barcelona on our list, none are quiet as centrally located as Hotel Arc La Rambla. It’s nestled right on the main tourist street in the city, meaning you can see a lot of great attractions on foot. You have a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops in only a few minutes’ walk. You can also walk to the picturesque Barcelona seafront. There’s no doubt Las Ramblas is a very touristic area to stay. However, it’s very accessible for sightseeing and is an ideal spot for first timers to the city.

Hotel Arc La Rambla’s exterior is gothic, old and rustic, just like the rest of the street. Inside, it’s clean, modern and well-appointed, featuring trendy rooms and a good breakfast area. It has smaller budget-friendly rooms, but also large suites with balcony terraces and sun loungers. Nightly rates at the hotel are generally affordable throughout the year. However, you should expect to pay a little more than other hotels on our list due to its central location.

Hotel Paral·lel

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Hotel Paral·lel is a classic, long-standing hotel that has been modernised and renovated to become a stylish place to stay. Sleek black, grey and white furnishings and mood lighting give hotel rooms a look that appears higher end than other budget hotels. Rooms are spacious, well equipped, and some of them even have balconies with sun loungers. It feels a lot more like a 3-or-4-star hotel than the 2-star rating it currently has.

The hotel also offers a continental breakfast and has a relaxation area with vending machines. Location-wise, Hotel Paral·lel is in the up and coming El Poble-Sec neighbourhood, a short walk from Paral·lel metro station. Whilst not the most glamourous location compared to other hotels on our list, it’s very well located for seeing Montjuic Hill, plus key tourist attractions around Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter and Port Vell.

 

The best budget Barcelona hostels

If you’re on a tighter budget and want or explore Barcelona with minimal accommodation costs, consider staying in a hostel. They’re some of the cheapest places to stay in Barcelona if you don’t mind sharing a room or bathroom. Hostels are also great for those that are travelling solo. Here are some of the best Barcelona hostels:

Onefam Paralelo

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Onefam Paralelo is a welcoming, social hostel in the trendy neighbourhood of El Poble-Sec. It features wooden décor and furnishings throughout, a communal kitchen and relaxation area, and plenty of group activities and tours. Rooms on offer include small, shared dorms, or private rooms for a slightly higher nightly rate.

Onefam is a one of the best cheap places to stay in Barcelona for those that want to meet other travellers. It’s surrounded by some excellent bars and restaurants and has good transport links.

The Central House Barcelona Gracia

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If you want a quiet hostel in a nice neighbourhood, The Central House Barcelona Gracia is the place to go. Boasting large outdoor garden areas, a rooftop patio, an indoor café and working area, there are plenty of places to relax when you aren’t sightseeing. It offers cosy dorm rooms, but also private rooms for those that want their own space.

The Central House Barcelona Gracia is at the top of Barcelona’s Passeig De Gracia street, so you’re only a stone’s throw away from some excellent restaurants and shops. You’re also close to the vibrant nightlife scene of L’Eixample.

Yeah Barcelona Hostel

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Yeah Barcelona Hostel is a great budget Barcelona accommodation option for those that want a comfortable, modern and stylish place to stay, but without a high price tag. Its large common areas and social activities are a great way to meet other travellers. There’s also working spaces for those that want to catch up on emails or do a bit of remote work.

Choose from a small dorm or pay the higher cost for your own private room. All rooms and dorms have a quirky, colourful style and it’s very much a higher end hostel over a basic, budget option. It even has a rooftop swimming pool! Yeah Barcelona Hostel is located in the Gracia district, a short metro ride from the main attractions.

Our top tips for finding a cheap place to stay in Barcelona

  • Consider staying a little further out from the tourist areas and use public transport to get around. Hotels outside of the main tourist areas are cheaper and provide good value for money. The Barcelona metro system is excellent too, so sightseeing on transport is quick and affordable.
  • Consider booking a self-catering apartment on Booking.com. Apartments allow you to cook some of your own meals and save money. They’re also excellent when travelling in a group or with family.
  • Travel outside of the peak summer months of June – August for cheaper accommodation costs. Barcelona is a much cheaper place to visit in winter, late autumn or early spring.
  • Visit on weekdays over a weekend. Barcelona accommodation is often cheaper Monday to Friday.
  • Find a cheap Barcelona hotel near a Metro station to make getting around quick and easy.
  • Book a hotel with breakfast included to save money on eating out.
  • Book a hotel with free cancellation. That way, if the hotel drops in price between now and when you’re due to visit, you can cancel and re-book for the lower price.
  • Compare hotel prices for your chosen dates on comparison sites such as Trivago and Tripadvisor. You could also take advantage of promo codes and offers. We never book a hotel without first searching for a discount code!
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Frequently asked questions

Thanks for reading our guide on cheap places to visit in Barcelona. We hope we inspired you with some excellent budget Barcelona hotel and hostel options and you can now plan your trip without breaking the bank. Whilst more expensive than other Spanish and European cities, Barcelona can still be visited on a low budget.

Eat food on the go, stay a little further out and fill your itinerary with plenty of free attractions. If you have any questions about visiting Barcelona, be sure to post a comment below.

Check out our other Barcelona travel guides:

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Ricky

BY RICKY MARSHALL

Author bio:

An adventurer at heart that loves anything outdoors. Beaches, mountains and amazing scenery is everything I love about travel! I also enjoy home comforts and need a nice place to relax and re-charge after every trip.

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