I have to say that all three of these 3 Star El Born Hotels look like excellent choices to me and Park Hotel, Hotel Banys Orientals and Hotel del Mar are not only well situated but also offer interesting food options as well.
Obviously as they are all reasonably priced, you shouldn't expect frills such as rooftop swimming pools and chill out terraces but if you are looking for a comfortable room in an excellent location, they are just just the job.
All three are located in what I would call La Ribera neighbourhood of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera so you really couldn't be much closer to the fashionable ambience of Passeig del Born itself.
The truth is that this is one of the oldest and most authentic parts of Barcelona and Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera were only separated from El Barri Gòtic by the building of Via Laietana in the early 20th century.
Now know by travel journalists as El Born, La Ribera has always been cool with Passeig del Born and the area round El Mercat del Born attracting bohemian night owls since I arrived in Barcelona way back in the 1980s.
Furthermore, bearing in mind that El Born is fast becoming the Barcelona foodies' mecca, all of these 3 Star El Born Hotels also do very well in that department.
The Park Hotel hosts TV star chef Jordi Cruz's highly regarded Ten's restaurant, Hotel Banys Orientals has its own excellent Senyor Parellada restaurant offering traditional Catalan cuisine on the ground floor and Hotel del Mar is on the same block as Set Portes, which can only be described as a Barcelona culinary classic.
Avinguda Marquès d'Argentera, 11, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
Located on Avinguda Marquès d'Argentera right opposite Estació de França Station and just a few metres from the lovely Parc de la Ciutadel.la, Park Hotel backs onto the Born neighbourhood.
The Park Hotel is set in a 1950s building in the 'Neo-Rationalist' style and is actually a listed building.
The 91 air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms at the Hotel Park look very pleasant and feature modern décor in warm tones and are equipped with flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
One of the nicer features is the hotel café where a buffet breakfast is served for guests, which also has a very pleasant outdoor terrace on Marquès d'Argentera.
Being a reasonably-priced three star Park Hotel offers more than adequate accommodation and surprisingly excells on the food front.
The hotel is where star TV chef Jordi Cruz started out and he is still responsible for the Park's on site Ten's Restaurant, so it's a great opportunity to get to know food by one of the world's upcoming chefs.
For price, location and installations, Park Hotel looks like a fantastic choice to me and I wouldn't be surprised if it adds another star in the near future.
Carrer Argenteria, 37, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
I have to admit that if I was looking for a 3 Star Hotel close to El Born, Hotel Banys Orientals would definitely be my first choice.
Set in an 18th century building on pedestrianised Carrer Argenteria, which leads down from Jaume I metro station to Santa Maria del Mar church, Hotel Banys Orientals really couldn't be in a better location.
This elegant hotel offers 57 chic rooms and suites with a balcony and featuring stylish, contemporary décor and soundproofing as well as a laptop, satellite TV, fridge with free water, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom with hairdryer.
The hotel’s highly regarded Senyor Parellada restaurant offers traditional Catalan cuisine in a delightful setting.
Hotel Banys Orientals is set on a pedestrianised street with several bars, restaurants and shops, which is a little too busy for my liking, but it is undoubtedly the best situated hotel for El Born and is also in very easy reach of the rest of the Gothic Quarter.
Definitely an excellent choice particularly for younger travellers who really want to be in the thick of things.
Pla de Palau, 19, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona
Housed in a listed building on Pla de Palau between El Born and the seafront, Hotel del Mar looks another great choice to me.
Pla de Palau itself is home to La Llotja, Barcelona's medieval stock exchange and Porxos d'en Xifré, where you'll find one of the city's most celebrated restaurants, Set Portes.
The 72 air-conditioned rooms at Hotel del Mar have flat-screen satellite TV, a safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and amenities, and some rooms have a private balcony.
The interiors at Hotel del Mar are pleasantly decorated and having stayed at a number of Gargallo hotels around Catalonia, I can certify that everything is comfortable and service is professional.
However, I have to say that of the 3 Star El Born Hotels on offer, Hotel del Mar is the least inspiring - it's still not a bad choice, though!
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