One of life's pleasures is finding out that you've got an added treat that you never expected, whether it be that free shot of limoncello after your pizza or a toy in your cereal box. Some hotels can be said to do something similar - offering a little more than you might expect for their price or star rating. Here I have listed some of these. They might be two stars with access to facilities at five stars, basic accommodation with roof top pools or design hotels at affordable rates.
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Hotel 54 Barcelona is for those looking for a budget hotel with a beach side location in the city.
Hotel Chic and Basic is a concept hotel aiming to offer style and quirkiness at affordable rates.
Each room includes a television, a computer with free internet access and hydro-showers. Some of the rooms include a Jacuzzi - ask about this when booking.
Hotel Triunfo is a hotel that appears to offer it all - a clean and attractive space, a good location and affordable prices.
Hotel Ciutat Barcelona is a classically cool hotel in a classically cool area. With a rooftop pool thrown in for good measure.
Denit Hotel Barcelona does not have its own pool or gym. However, customers of the hotel are currently provided with a pass to use the spa and pool at Hotel Majestic (5 Star).
Hotel Curious is a newly refurbished one star hotel that offers high standards of design and service.
Advance Hotel Barcelona is a design hotel for those who wish to enjoy stylish surroundings both inside their hotel and on stepping outside its doors.
H10 Casanova Hotel Barcelona is what is known as a 'Superior' four-star hotel - it may not offer the amenities of a five star hotel but it definitely offers the style and glamour.
Centric Hostal offers a classy location at affordable prices. With friendly staff, a summertime terrace and free internet connection it is an inviting option for those who don't mind being further from the sea.
HCC Open Barcelona is a standard hotel that offers the added bonus of a pass to its more glamorous sister hotels.
Petit Palace Museum Hotel is a quirky and classy design hotel in a central location. The hotel does not have a pool. However there is a roof terrace with a solarium and a small Jacuzzi. There is also a fitness centre with a sauna.
Splendom Suites Aparthotel offer something a little bit different - apartments in the centre of the city with hotel style services.
There is a small pool on the roof of the hotel. It is situated next to a Jacuzzi and a small solarium area with sun loungers. This is an impressive amenity in a two star hotel.
On entering Constanza Hotel, Barcelona I had thought it was a 4 star. It came as a pleasant and impressive surprise to find out that the hotel is a 2 star.
It has the bonus of a roof top swimming pool, adding value to a 3 star establishment.
Aparthotel BCN Montjuïc offers surprisingly low prices for a relatively central location for tourists and impressive amenities.
This list provides a wide range of prices and star ratings. What all of the hotels share in common is a forward thinking attitude and a focus on the needs of the customer that has led them to offer that little bit extra.
If you are hoping to find particularly affordable accommodation in Barcelona it is worth checking our list of budget hotels and hostels