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How to Choose The Right Barcelona Accommodation For Your Needs.

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When arranging your Barcelona accommodation there are 3 key stages that you need to go through to ensure you make the right decisions.

1) Choosing the right type of accommodation for you needs.

2) Finding the right location for your accommodation.

3) Finding the most competitive price.

Choosing the right Barcelona accommodation

Many people automatically think of a hotel as their number one choice for their Barcelona accommodation but actually there are several other options which could give you other advantages as well as being cheaper than a hotel. The main one's are:

1) Holiday Apartments
2) Aparthotels
3) Hotels, Hostals/Pensions

Which option you choose depends on the factors below.


We have built a hotel map that links the hotel reviews to a map of Barcelona. This is one of the easiest ways to find and book your hotel accommodation.

Barcelona Hotel Map

A holiday Apartment or a hotel?

Staying in a holiday apartment is something that most tourists never even think about. And yet who would not rather stay in their own exclusive apartment, with all the modern conveniences of home and yet pay the same as standard hotel room. If you are visiting as a group or more than 3 people then staying in an apartment works out actually cheaper than a hotel.

What's the best accommodation option for groups or families?

Are you coming to Barcelona as a family or group? If so then once again I recommend a holiday Apartment rental or possibly an Aparthotel which will work out more cost effective and offer you several advantages over a hotel.

Holiday apartment rental page

What is an Aparthotel?

The Aparthotel is a relatively new development in Barcelona. An aparthotel is a small apartment within a hotel - hence the name.

Aparthotels offer a cost effective alternative for families or groups that want to be together or for business people that may be spending some time in Barcelona.

Aparthotels usually have an en-suite kitchen with cooker and fridge that enable you to prepare and store food.

If you're coming to Barcelona in a group it's definitely worth looking into aparthotels as an option.

Aparthotels in Barcelona

How to choose the right location

This is important as Barcelona neighbourhoods vary considerably and it will make all the difference to your visit if you ensure the accommodation you choose is in the right location.

Reviews of the different Barcelona neighbourhoods

How to reduce your accommodation bill

In the next step we are going to look at the difference between hotels, hostals and pensions. And we'll show you how knowing this could help you reduce your Barcelona accommodation bill. To find out how see our Barcelona accommodation guide part II.

Our Insider Tip

Did you know you can enjoy unlimited travel on public transport for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days? See for free top attractions in Barcelona and get a 10% discount for other attractions which you wish to visit?

BCN Essentials Pass

Sagrada Familia entance tickets
Park Guell entance tickets
Unlimited public transport (metro, TMB buses, tram, regional & urban railways, Montjuïc funicular)
Transport from / to Airport
10% discount on other attractions
Audio guide with maps

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