Barcelona is an ideal location when traveling with kids. The city never seems to get old for families, with gondolas and funiculars, large sweeping parks packed with entertainment, and beaches right in the city. But when traveling with the little ones in tow, it helps to choose a family-friendly hotel in Barcelona, too, of which there are plenty of options.

Staying in Barcelona

Barcelona's redeveloped port and marina are perfect for families.

Barcelona is a top-rated destination in Spain, especially for families. That's because some of the best things to do in Barcelona entertain adults just as much as children, such as exploring the famous works of Antoni Gaudí, tasting all the goodies at Mercat de la Boqueria, checking out the street performers along La Rambla, playing at the beach, and watching the fountains at Plaça de Catalunya. Kids also love viewing the colorful interior of Sagrada Família and wandering the whimsical and leafy Park Güell.

Barcelona is a fairly concentrated city regarding its touristic sites, so it's easy to find accommodation in the center of it all, which short legs will surely appreciate. For family-friendly hotels in Barcelona, it's best to focus on the Gothic Quarter, El Born, and Eixample neighborhoods. Some perks to prioritize that will keep the kids happy include breakfast buffets, spacious rooms, separate beds, and an outdoor pool, if possible. 

To make the choice a little easier as you tackle planning a family trip, we've rounded up the best family-friendly hotels in Barcelona, from luxury options to standard hotels that fit any budget.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Spend the evenings on the rooftop terrace with a pool (Photo courtesy of Mercer Hotel Barcelona)

For a family-friendly luxury option in the city center, consider Mercer Hotel, one of the best boutique hotels in Barcelona. Set in the Gothic Quarter, this property welcomes you right into the city's history. Kids will be excited to hear that the property includes part of the Roman wall of Barcino, an ancient Roman city set in present-day Barcelona. You'll also find details like preserved frescoes, wooden ceilings, and atriums ranging from the 12th to 18th centuries. 

The giant rooms at Mercer Hotel also accommodate families and channel the property's history, with floor-to-ceiling windows, oak flooring, and stone walls. The hotel starts room categories at a superior tier to maintain its elegance, though you can opt for a suite if you'd like more space for the whole crew. You can easily explore the historic city center when not enjoying the property. You'll be walking distance from sites like Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça de Sant Jaume, the El Born historic neighborhood, the waterfront promenade, and La Rambla. 

After a day of seeing the sites, you can relax with some of the hotel amenities, such as the Mercer Restaurant, which puts a modern twist on classic Catalan dishes and overlooks an inner courtyard filled with orange trees. Don't worry—there are plenty of kid-friendly options at the hotel's tapas bar, Le Bouchon. Cool off during the day at one of the most beautiful rooftop terraces in the city, complete with a bar and outdoor pool (perfect for the kids!).

Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux‎

Hang out on the rooftop with an outdoor pool (Photo courtesy of Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux‎)

Another luxury hotel in Barcelona, Hotel Neri Relais & Chateaux‎ combines two historic buildings, one being a 12th-century medieval palace. You and your kids can pretend to be royalty during your stay and enjoy knowing that the hotel received an award for adding value to the city's heritage. You'll enjoy this legacy in the spacious and ultra-comfy rooms, featuring wooden floors, high ceilings, and views overlooking the historic Gothic Quarter streets. 

If you'd like a bit more space, you can opt for a deluxe room, which also comes with a private terrace and outdoor tub, or a suite for a little extra seating. However, families and small groups might prefer the hotel's Casa Neri, a subsection of one-bedroom apartments with its own private rooftop pool and sundeck.

Enjoy walking through Barcelona's historic center, easily reaching sites on foot, such as the Barcelona Cathedral, Calle del Bisbe (and its famed Gothic bridge), Barceloneta, and La Rambla. When done for the day, head back to the hotel to enjoy its amenities, including a terraced restaurant with kid-friendly fare and a rooftop with an outdoor pool and sundeck.

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Convenient, kid-friendly eateries (Photo courtesy of ICON BCN by Petit Palace)

For one of the best mid-range family-friendly hotels in Barcelona, you have ICON Barcelona, which definitely gives off those warm, homey vibes. To start, the hotel has an outdoor pool (complete with a waterfall), plus sun loungers and giant bean bag chairs, which kids will love. The pool area is very relaxed, serves pizza, and plays music, so you don't have to worry about getting a little noisy.

You can also enjoy an elaborate breakfast buffet in the property's Mediterranean restaurant, serving kid-friendly food for lunch and dinner. The spacious lobby lounge is also a nice area for families to relax on sofas, plus you can rent bikes right from the reception.

Rooms at ICON are also great for families, as they're bright, spacious, and modern. You'll have the option of reserving triple and quadruple rooms, some with fun and cozy bunk beds! When not enjoying the hotel and your room, head out to explore the city on foot. ICON is within walking distance of sites like the Arc de Triomf, Barcelona Cathedral, La Rambla, Mercat de la Boqueria, and Passeig de Gràcia.

Midtown Apartments

Cook your own meals and enjoy extra space (Photo courtesy of Midtown Apartments)

If you prefer renting apartments while traveling, Barcelona has a unique family option right in the heart of the city. You'll find Midtown Apartments in the Eixample neighborhood, in a building that exemplifies the city's famed architecture and once housed some of the most elite families in the city. You can even reserve one of the family's apartments—just ask for a ground-floor unit. 

The apartments are incredibly spacious and offer all the modern necessities any family could need. You can choose from one, two, and three-bedroom units with large living rooms, comfy sofas, dining areas, washing machines, full kitchens, and multiple bathrooms (for the larger apartments). The big perk of this accommodation is the rooftop pool and sundeck, which has a pretty relaxed vibe so rowdy kids can have fun, too.

Midtown Apartments is walkable to just about any city site, which tired legs will appreciate. Enjoy strolls to Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park, La Rambla, Mercat de la Boqueria, and Passeig de Gràcia with mesmerizing architecture. As a bonus, you'll be just a few blocks from Plaça de Catalunya, perfect for an evening stroll to get ice cream and watch the lighted fountains at night.

Hotel Regina Barcelona

Relaxing lounge to spend your downtime (Photo courtesy of Hotel Regina Barcelona)

Hotel Regina proudly calls itself family-friendly accommodation, and we agree—it's definitely one of the best standard family-friendly hotels in Barcelona. The property's vibe is relaxed and homey, so you and your family can feel comfortable from the start. Choose from triple or quadruple rooms or opt for connecting rooms, which work best for older kids. All rooms are bright and fresh, using light-wooden tones to maintain a relaxing atmosphere. When not enjoying the room, spend time in the spacious lobby, full of nooks and crannies to sit, play games, read, or sip fresh juice from the bar. 

Hotel Regina has one of the best breakfasts in the city, featuring ​​homemade cakes, an abundant variety in its buffet, and outdoor seating in a leafy and breezy inner courtyard. If you'd like to spend time on a rooftop terrace, you can access the one next door at Regina's sister property. You can also grab breakfast or lunch at the restaurant La Esquina two doors down, also owned by the hotel. This relaxed café won a culinary award for its exceptional sandwiches—a kid favorite!

When ready to leave the coziness behind for a day of sightseeing, you'll be right in the heart of Barcelona, less than one block from La Rambla and Plaça de Catalunya with its entertaining events and fountains. In about 10 minutes, you can walk to the Mercat de la Boqueria, the Barcelona Cathedral, and Casa Batlló. For family trips to the beach or Sagrada Família, you'll have your choice of three nearby metro stations. 

Sonder Casa Luz

Spread out in a family room with bunk beds (Photo courtesy of Sonder Casa Luz)

Though you won't find a pool atop Sonder Casa Luz, you will find a beautiful view and breakfast buffet from the rooftop terrace, a scenic and entertaining start to your days! The staff put a lot of care into presenting the buffet, greeting you upon arrival, and delivering fresh juice and coffee right to your table. You can also enjoy lunch and dinner from the rooftop restaurant, which features live music on the weekends. The rooftop has a pretty relaxed vibe, so although it does draw a younger crowd in the evenings, kids are always welcome. 

As a boutique hotel, the rooms have a trendy and relaxed feel, with warm wooden tones and a minimalist vibe. Despite being a smaller property, the rooms feel rather spacious and come with balconies and views of the street or inner courtyard. Family rooms have four twin beds, two side-by-side to create a double bed, and two bunk beds for the kids. If you have older children, you can request rooms next to one another. Opt for units with a private terrace for a bit more space and room to relax together.

As for location, Casa Luz isn't far from Hotel Regina, so you'll also be just a few minutes from La Rambla and Plaça de Catalunya. Likewise, you can easily walk to sites like Mercat de la Boqueria, Passeig de Gràcia, and the Gothic Quarter. And for the metro, the hotel is just across the street from the Universitat station, so a family beach day is a breeze!