Staying in Barcelona
Traveling with your family and kids is a fun way to introduce new cultures, food, and experiences. But at the end of the day, families need a few extra amenities to keep everyone happy. Some of the best family-friendly hotels in Barcelona offer perks that kids and adults love, including swimming pools for entertainment, onsite restaurants for convenient meals, and a walkable location to mind those shorter legs.
Though luxury hotels certainly have those perks, you don't necessarily need to splurge to stay comfortable with your family. Some of the best mid-range hotels in Barcelona are our favorites when it comes to a family-friendly atmosphere. With our picks, you can stay near the waterfront, swim in the pool, eat at kid-friendly restaurants, and have plenty of space to spread out.
ICON Barcelona definitely gives off those family-friendly 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.
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 just about one block from ICON Barcelona, so you'll be within walking distance of the same sites. Enjoy strolls to the Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park, plus La Rambla, Mercat de la Boqueria, and Passeig de Gràcia with its 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.
Duquesa de Cardona
Families will enjoy Duquesa de Cardona's location on Passeig de Colom, giving you the best of both worlds, as it's in the Gothic Quarter but across from the marina and Port Vell. The property is one of the best rooftop hotels in Barcelona, offering a terrace with comfy couches in a shaded lounge area, drinks at the bar at sunset, meals overlooking the waterfront, and dips in the pool. From here, you can watch the city's cable car float across the sky, so don't be surprised if you get convinced to take a ride!
Because of its location, Duquesa de Cardona allows families to easily walk to the port, beaches, and Barceloneta, plus wander throughout the Gothic Quarter and El Born neighborhood, stopping at sites like the Barcelona Cathedral, Picasso Museum, and Ciutadella Park. La Rambla is just down the street, plus four metro stops are all within 10 minutes of walking.
When choosing rooms at Duquesa de Cardona, we suggest bypassing the standard and superior rooms, which feel small and a little simple. Consider a deluxe room or suite to embrace the hotel's elegance and get the space your family needs. You can even request rooms with harbor views. Bathrooms are clean and modern, though, once again, the deluxe rooms and suites offer more space and comfort.
Casa Bonay feels like its own little city, a trendy and vibrant hotel that welcomes you with cool decor, like neon signs and tons of plant life. You and your family won't go hungry here, as the property has four eateries: a specialty coffee bar with pastries and juice (Satan's Coffee Corner), a vibrant lounge bar with kid-friendly grub (Libertine), a rooftop bar and barbecue restaurant (Chiringuito), and a gourmet tapas spot with natural wine and local ingredients (Bodega). You can find something even for the picky eaters!
The hotel is on the corner of the Eixample and El Born neighborhoods and within walking distance of many significant sites, including the Arc de Triomf, Casa Milà, and (bonus) La Sagrada Família. This is one of the few recommended hotels within walking distance of Gaudí's most famous project, but if the little ones aren't feeling it, you'll also be next door to the Tetuan metro and one block from the Girona metro. This makes it easy should you want to zip across the city or enjoy a family beach day. After sightseeing, spend time at the rooftop terrace, complete with dining, sun loungers, couches, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after sunbathing.
Casa Bonay has eight room types, all following the hotel's vibrant, energetic, and colorful theme. To fully take advantage of the hotel's essence and have enough space for your entire crew, we recommend a room with a private terrace featuring hammocks, sun loungers, and an outdoor shower. Some of the rooms also offer yoga kits, so you and your kids can have fun and stretch your body after walking around the city.