There is an interesting choice of 2 Star El Born Hotels ranging from the very upmarket Hotel Oasis through large budget hotels like Hotel Santa Marta to renovated hostels of varying sizes.
Although none of these hotels are actually on Passeig del Born itself all are located in the Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera neighbourhood and so are just a short walk away from this very trendy but reduced area.
I've complained in other articles on the site about the way El Born rather than La Ribera is used to refer to the whole neighbourhood in features by travel writers, who base their information on Wikipedia rather than actually visiting the place.
Having said that, all but one of the establishments on this 2 Star El Born Hotels page are in La Ribera neighbourhood - so you're very close to most of El Born's attractions, such as the Mercat del Born Cultural Centre, Passeig del Born and the gorgeous Santa Maria de Mar church and you are also only a maximum of two minutes walk away from the fashionable restaurants and bars.
In fact, the first four 2 Star El Born Hotels listed are also perfectly located for the beaches and port area at La Barceloneta, the lovely Parc de la Ciutadella as well as the Barri Gòtic, the best-preserved mdieval Gothic Quarter in Europe.
Interestingly, though, Pensió 2000 - a family-run guesthouse in Sant Pere right opposite the breathtaking modernista Palau de la Música is in many ways even better located, especially for Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça de Catalunya and the upmarket Eixample district.
Pla Del Palau, 17, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
Located on Pla de Palau between El Born and Port Vell, Hotel Oasis is just a short walk from Estació de França railway station and La Barceloneta metro station.
This is the most luxurious and expensive of the 2 Star El Born Hotels listed here and in terms of facilities, the Oasis strikes me as more of a 3 Star than a 2 Star and, in terms of price, it is definitely at the top end of the range.
The 94 modern, air-conditioned rooms have everything you need, including satellite TV, a private bathrooms with hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.
A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel's Oasis café-bar, which also offers a range of hot drinks and cocktails throughout the day.
Given it's location, the Oasis is definitely an excellent option, and you'll find most of what you want to visit in Barcelona City Centre within easy walking distance.
Avenida Marqués de la Argentera, 13, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
The much more moderately priced Hostal Orleans has, as the name suggests, more of a renovated guest house feel to it and with only 17 rooms looks a great choice to me.
Located on Marqués d'Argentera directly opposite Estacio de França just a few yards down from Parc de Ciutadella and backing on to the bars and restaurants of El Born, the location really is unbeatable.
The air-conditioned and heated rooms have a balcony, with a view of the park if you're lucky, as well as a plasma TV, safe, a private bathroom with hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.
One of the nice touches is the communal lounge with sofas, computers with free internet and drinks vending machines, along with a microwave so you can heat up your own food.
Breakfast is not available but as Hostal Orleans is surrounded by so many bars, this is not a problem.
All in all Hostal Orleans looks a great choice for the budget conscious traveller.
General Castaños, 14, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
Located on the Barceloneta side of Estació de França, Hotel Santa Marta is perfectly situated for both the beach district and the Parc de la Ciutadella and still only a short walk from Passeig del Born.
This is basic no frills hotel run by the Gargallo chain and it offers 66 simple, air-conditioned rooms with TV, tiled floors and private bathrooms.
On the plus side, the hotel has its own car park nearby and vending machines offering drinks and snacks whilst on the down side, there is no buffet breakfast.
Until recently you had to pay for Wi-Fi access but this minor irritation has now been sorted out and you have free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
However, the location is great and there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, so for the price Hotel Santa Marta looks a decent choice for anyone who is looking for a budget option and wants to combine time at the beach with city centre sightseeing.
Via Laietana, 23 3º, 2ª, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
To be perfectly honest, if I was 20 years younger and travelling to Barcelona on a tight budget, somewhere like Pensión Casa Blanca is the kind of place I'd definitely choose to stay at.
Centrally located on Via Laietana right next to Jaume I Metro Station, Pension Casa Blanca is perfect situated for both the Barri Gòtic and El Born.
With only 8 rooms, this is a basic guest house with a family touch and the rooms have a flat-screen TV, a fan and private bathroom and some have a seating area and a balcony.
Perhaps it's a sense of nostalgia because this is the kind of place I used to stay in when I travelled round Europe in my 20s but Pensión Casa Blanca looks like a really fantastic budget accommodation choice to me, and it really can't be beaten for location.
Sant Pere Més Alt, 6, 1ª, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
Located opposite the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Palau de la Música Catalana, Pensió 2000 is just off Barcelona's Via Laietana within a few metres of the Urquinaona metro exit.
The Pensió 2000 is actually in the lovely Sant Pere neighbourhood quite some distance from Passeig del Born, but don't let that put you off because in many respects the area is nicer and it also means you are is closer to both the Cathedral and Plaça de Catalunya.
All of the 7 spacious, soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms have private bathrooms, flat-screen satellite TV, heating and hairdryers.
Most rooms at Pensió 2000 have a balcony with views of Palau de la Música Catalana whilst one overlooks a terrace-patio and another has access to the terrace-patio.
Free coffee, tea and cookies are served all day in Pensió 2000’s library-lounge and guests can sit out and relax on the terrace.
An even better choice than Pensión Casa Blanca, in my opinion, but quite a bit more expensive!
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