Accommodation in Barcelona

Barcelona is bursting with hotels for all types of travellers, from five-star connoisseurs wanting a mud wrap to weary backpackers simply looking for a pillow and a shower. Though the city already has over 200 hotels to choose from, more than 60 more - mostly luxury - will be built by 2005 in conjunction with the hyped Fòrum 2004 . Barcelona is, without doubt, an increasingly popular city to visit, but it remains to be seen if it can absorb a 50 per cent increase in the number of available beds.

The low season has all but dwindled down to the winter months of November, January and February, yet even these months can book up for trade fairs, sporting events and festivals. During busy times and at the height of the summer season, it can be tough to find a room. Booking in advance - by at least two weeks - is strongly advised, but if you do arrive in the city without a reservation, the tourist offices in Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Sant Jaume can usually hunt down a room. There’s no commission, but a deposit is required. Some private booking services are listed here and the tourist offices can provide a complete list of all accommodation in Barcelona.

Many of the cheaper hotels, particularly those in the Barri Gòtic, will not accept reservations, although this is beginning to change. However, even as the accommodation selection has increased, so have the prices. Once one of Europe’s most reasonably priced destinations, Barcelona is getting more expensive. It still has an interesting selection of budget rooms, but most of its new hotels are expensive, and there’s less available than ever before in the moderate price range.

The place to be

The highest concentration of hotels is located in the Old City, which comprises three areas: the Barri Gòtic, the Raval, and Sant Pere and the Born.

For a more sedate hotel experience, select a place to stay in the Eixample. With its fair share of designer shops, restaurants and world-class architecture, the Eixample is home to some of the city’s more pleasant pensiones and most luxurious hotels.


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