I know that the area is certainly no tourist mecca but it is actually quite surprising that there are only two Sant Andreu hotels.
Both are located on the eges of the old historic centre of Sant Andreu de Palomar with Hotel Laumon being in the neighbourhood of La Sagrera and NH La Maquinista in Bon Pastor.
I prefer the location of Hotel Laumon because you are very close to Rambla Fabra i Puig and Gran de Sant Andreu whereas the transport connections are slightly better at NH La Maquinista.
All this will change when the high-speed AVE railway station in La Sagrera is finally completed and the area starts to compete with Sants as Barcelona's main point of arrival, particularly for visitors coming by train from France and the rest of Europe.
There is a slightly better choice of aparthotels in Sant Andreu although most are on the edge of the city centre so really are
If pushed to make a choice, the Sant Andreu hotels I would recommend are Hotel Laumon and Castellbell Design apartments because both are close to the historic centre of the district.
Carrer de Monlau, 8-10, Sant Andreu, 08027 Barcelona
Located just off Carrer de la Sagrera a short walk from Sagrera Metro Station in Sant Andreu, Hotel Laumon is also just 5 minutes away from the bars and restaurants on Rambla Fabra i Puig.
This is a very pleasant part of town, which will be much more in demand as soon as the high-speed AVE railway station is completed.
Hotel Laumon is a comfortable well equipped hotel that offers single and double rooms as well as apartments with a private terrace for up to six people.
The stylish rooms have air conditioning and a plasma TV and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises.
The hotel has a café-bar where breakfast buffet is served and you can enjoy panoramic views across the city of Barcelona from the sun terrace on the roof.
Being out of the city centre car access is very straightforward and parking is available nearby.
Carrer Sao Paolo, 33-37, Sant Andreu, 08030 Barcelona
NH La Maquinista is really designed for people with business reasons for visiting the La Maquinista Shopping Centre or the nearby factories of Bon Pastor because it is actually set about ten minute walk from Sant Andreu's historic centre in Plaça Orfila.
The neighbouring Maquinista Shopping Centre has a selection of cinemas, a bowling alley, as well as cafés and bars but really Sant Andreu is much nicer and this is where you need to go to get the metro into Barcelona or train to other destinations in Catalonia.
The NH Maquinista itself is a pleasant enough modern hotel with 92 bright air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and a work desk.
Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the premises and the hotel restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner.
If you are coming by car the Ronda Litoral Ring Road is very close and the hotel has ample parking nearby.
Carrer Castellbell 19-29, Sant Andreu, 08030 Barcelona
Castellbell Design is conveniently located close to Avinguda Meridiana making it ideal if you are arriving by car and the apartments are also just a short walk from Fabra i Puig Metro and Sant Andreu Arenal Railway and Bus Stations.
Set on a quiet backstreet you are also very close to the lovely Gran de Sant Andreu shopping area and the bars and restaurants on Rambla Fabra i Puig, which vies with Rambla de Poblenou as the nicest out of town Rambla in Barcelona.
These apartments offer accommodation for between two and six people and with their own swimming pool look very pleasant to me.
Neutrally decorated, they are air-conditioned and have a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine and ironing facilities as well as a private bathroom equipped with a bath or a shower.
Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the premises.
Carrer Bofarull, 7, Sant Andreu, 08027 Barcelona
Located closer to the centre of Barcelona in the Navas neighbourhood of Sant Andreu, these two and three bedroom apartments offer accommodation for four to six adults.
Set on a pedestrian street this is quite a pleasant area and very well connected to trains at Clot-Meridiana railway station and a red line metro at Navas has you in Plaça de Catalunya in 10 minutes.
These apartments are simply decorated and have a living-dining room with a sofa and flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi throughout.
The kitchen is equipped with an oven, toaster, coffee machine and a washing machine and bed linen and towels are provided.
Carrer Puerto Principe, 26-40, Sant Andreu, 08027 Barcelona
Situated in the Congrés i els Indians neighbourhood on the city centre side of Avinguda Meridiana, Apartamentos Aura Park Nord offer one and two bedroom self-catering apartment for between two and five adults.
There is a communal outdoor pool, a garden and a sun terrace and all apartments have double beds, underfloor heating and a private balcony, often with views of the garden or pool.
Apartments are equipped with a washing machine and a tumble dryer and the building has 2 lifts and is wheelchair accessible.
A bit like Barcelona Navas Central Apartments above, Apartamentos Aura Park Nord are within walking distance of the better parts of Sant Andreu but are more oriented towards Barcelona city centre.
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