Staying in Barcelona
When planning a trip to Barcelona, it's a good idea to stay in one of its central neighborhoods. The Gothic Quarter, El Born, and Eixample districts house some of the best things to do in Barcelona and make walking between the significant sites an easy task. We love Barcelona's abundance of boutique hotels, and some of the best options fall into the standard category, meaning you don't have to spend a ton to get that unique experience.
The best standard boutique hotels still have some of those amenities you might only expect at higher-end accommodations. Many of our favorites provide perks like delicious breakfasts, rooftop or outdoor terraces, live music events, happy hours, and bicycle rentals. As a bonus, all are within walking distance of many of the city's main sites, including the Barcelona Cathedral, La Rambla, and Passeig de Gràcia.
Hotel Praktik Èssens
Hotel Praktik Èssens provides a unique experience centered around the olfactory memory and sense of smell. Upon arrival, the lobby greets you with perfumery, which you can purchase scents specific to Barcelona. You'll find these fragrances throughout the hotel in rooms and common areas, such as the outdoor terrace and lounge, which offer 24/7 coffee and tea service. Here, you can also enjoy afternoon snacks and a daily happy hour.
You'll choose from five room types, but we suggest the premium rooms, as they have a bit more space and private terraces with sun loungers and outdoor baths. But even if you opt for a standard room, you'll still enjoy the beauty of the hotel's 19th-century history with wooden floors, white-brick walls, and small balconies.
What makes this boutique hotel especially unique is its location in the picturesque alley housing El Nacional (one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city) right off Passeig de Gràcia, which puts you just down the street from Casa Batlló and a few minutes from Casa Milà. Other sites within walking distance include Plaça de Catalunya, La Rambla, and the Arc de Triomf, among others.
Sonder Casa Luz
Though just a standard option, Sonder Casa Luz is one of the best rooftop hotels in Barcelona, and you'll find a beautiful view and breakfast buffet on the rooftop terrace. The staff puts 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.
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. Some units even have a private terrace for a bit more space and room to relax. As one of the best family-friendly hotels in Barcelona, anyone can enjoy staying here, as some rooms have multiple beds or bunk beds that kids will love.
As for location, Casa Luz is just a few minutes from La Rambla and Plaça de Catalunya. 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 it's easy to zip around the city and see sites like Barceloneta and Sagrada Família.
Hotel Regina Barcelona
Hotel Regina's vibe is relaxed and homey, so you and your family can feel comfortable from the start. All rooms are bright and fresh, using light-wooden tones to maintain a relaxing atmosphere. Families or small groups can choose triple or quadruple rooms or opt for connecting rooms. When not enjoying the comfy quarters, spend time in the spacious lobby, full of nooks and crannies to sit, play games, read, or sip drinks 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—perfect for kids!
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 and your crew 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.
Musik Boutique Hotel
For a standard option, consider Musik Boutique, a quaint hotel set on one of the city's best pedestrian streets. You'll be right on Calle de Sant Pere Més Baix, which runs right through the center of the El Born neighborhood. The moment you step outside the hotel, you'll be in the heart of Barcelona's buzzy core and truly in the center of it all. Enjoy leisurely walks to significant sites like the Arc de Triomf, Barcelona Cathedral, La Rambla, and the Picasso Museum.
There are just 23 rooms at Musik Boutique, all featuring a modern and minimalist aesthetic, which contrasts perfectly with the building's 18th-century facade. If you'd like a quiet room overlooking the central courtyard, ask for an inner deluxe or superior room with a terrace or balcony. Other perks include a 24-hour lobby bar, bicycle rentals for exploring the city, and a breakfast buffet.