I must admit that I'm absolutely amazed by the variety of 3 Star Barri Gotic Hotels on offer.
I've found 12 in total, which means that the options for mid-price
accommodation in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter are extremely well-covered
and the establishments range from modern to modernista and are liberally
dotted around the neighbourhood.
Regular Barcelonas readers will know that my preferred area for visitors staying in Ciutat Vella is the section of the Barri Gòtic between Plaça de Catalunya and Carrer Ferran, which is immediately on your left as you walk down La Rambla.
For this reason, I've roughly organised the selection starting close to Plaça de Catalunya and working down to the port.
The majority of these 3 Star Hotels can be found in this area of the Gòtic, which combines the classic atmosphere of Gothic winding streets with relative safety, particularly at night.
This means that they are ideal for older people, families and anyone wanting a quiet and comfortable life.
The last three hotels are below Carrer Ferran and are better suited to those who want to live a little more dangerously, which is precisely what I wanted when I came to Barcelona in my twenties back in the late 1980s, so I'm certainly not knocking them.
Anyway, I hope this selection helps you make a better decision on your accommodation in Barcelona and although written in very good faith, I suggest you take my opinions with a pinch of salt and come to your own conclusions.
Portal de l'Àngel, 17, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Located at number 17 Portal de l'Angel, the pedestrianised shopping street that runs from Plaça Catalunya to Barcelona Cathedral, Catalonia Portal de l'Angel is perfectly located for city centre sightseeing.
Housed in a traditional 19th-century building in the narrow section of Portal de l'Àngel just before you get to Plaça Nova and the Cathedral, the Catalonia Portal de l'Àngel retains much of its original design whilst providing all mod cons.
It's quite upmarket for a three star hotel and features comfortable rooms with air conditioning, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
However, as far as I'm concerned the winning feature is the interior courtyard with its bar, sun terrace and pool - a great place to escape from the stress and noise of sightseeing.
I've also heard good things about the hotel’s stylish El Jardí de l’Angel Restaurant, which serves innovative Catalan food for breakfast and lunch.
Carrer Santa Anna, 20, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
To be perfectly honest, Hotel Nouvel would probably be my first choice amongst the 3 Star Barri Gotic Hotels listed on this page.
It is located on Carrer de Santa Anna, which is another of my favourite streets in Barcelona and so is very well placed for The Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya and the lovely Plaça del Pi.
For location, Hotel Nouvel is already well on the way to a thumbs up and if you add the decor, in my opinion, it can't be beaten.
The hotel is housed in a magnificent 19th century Modernista building with ornate ceilings, lamps of cast bronze and crystal, marble floors and colour schemes by Roca-Sastre.
Regular readers will of Barcelonas will know that I'm a bit of a Modernisme freak and you may not share my tastes but at these prices, I know where I'd be staying.
Carrer Estruc, 24-26, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Hotel Denit is another of the 3 Star Barri Gotic hotels in a really great location.
Carrer Estruc runs parallel to Portal de l'Àngel between Carrer Fontanella and Carrer Comtal so you're very close to the Cathedral and both Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Urquinaona.
At the risk of being boring, though, Hotel Denit is a modern design hotel in white and pastel and I like old places with wood, mirrors and Art Nouveau paintings.
However, the Denit’s lookes pretty good with soundproofed rooms, free Wi-Fi, a plasma-screen TV and an iPod dock.
This Hotel would be a great choice for many, but given the avaible options, it's just not for me.
Carrer Duc, 15, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
NH Barcelona Centro is set at Carrer Duc, 15 - a quiet pedestrian street, just off Carrer Canuda less than 100 metres from La Rambla.
These sidestreets just off the top section of The Ramblas really are a wonderful location as they are right in the heart of things at the same time as being relatively quiet.
The NH Barcelona Centro looks like pretty good no frills hotel to me in a great location.
Formerly known as Duc de la Victoria, this is one of the recently refurbished 3 Star Barri Gotic Hotels and rooms have central heating, wooden flooring, a plasma satellite TV and a pillow menu.
There is a spacious lounge area, Wi-Fi is available for free in all rooms and public areas and the hotel is equipped with conference facilities.
The restaurant is a bit limited offering only breakfast but has great views Barcelona, and room service through TelePizza is available for other meals.
Carrer del Pi, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
The Racó del Pi looks like one of the best choices of 3 star Barri Gotic hotels to me.
Strategically located on Carrer del Pi, which runs from Portal de l'Àngel down to Plaça del Pi itself with its marvellous Gothic church, this really is the heart of the Barri Gòtic and one of the nicest spots in Barcelona.
The hotel itself is housed in a 19th century building, which has been very tastefully modernised, and looks a very comfortable place to stay.
There's a lovely inner courtyard and guests are welcomed with a glass of cava, which is a nice Catalan touch, but the best thing about H10 Racó del Pi is definitely the superb location.
Carrer Sagristans, 13-17, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Well placed at Carrer del Sagristans, 13-17, the Regencia Colón is close to the Cathedral and Via Laietana.
I really like the quiet backstreets round here because you great a combination of peace and quiet whilst being just a short walk from where everything is happening.
What's more on this side of the Barri Gòtic, you're very close to Santa Caterina market and the trandy El Born area, which are two of my favourite spots.
This is one of the 3 Star Barri Gotic hotels that has been recently refurbished but Regencia Colón retains an old-fashioned slightly staid style, which I quite like.
The hotel is owned by the same people as the 4 Star Hotel Colón just round the corner so guests can use the Hotel Colón's more upmarket restaurant.
I have to say I really like the look of Regencia Colón for both its atmosphere and location especially considering the price.
Cardenal Casañas, 11, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
If you like modern then Hotel Atlas is for you - I prefer ancient myself but that's just me.
Situated at Carrer Cardenal Casañas, 11, just a few metres away from the best section of The Ramblas - La Rambla de Sant Josep and La Boqueria Market, you can't argue with Hotel Atlas' prime location.
In the opposite direction, you're extremely close to the marvellous Plaça del Pi with its Gothic church and lovely bars and restaurants so the location couldn't get much better.
All rooms at the Hotel Atlas are fully soundproofed and air conditioned and there is an attractive sun terrace with great views of the city.
As room rates are closer to two-star than three, I must admit that the Atlas has a lot going for it.
Ferran, 42, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Being a complete Joan Miró nut means that the fact the Hotel Rialto is housed in the house where the genius Catalan artist was born excites me somewhat.
Located on Carrer Ferran between La Rambla and Plaça de Sant Jaume, the Rialto is also in an excellent location.
The rooms look fine with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, wooden floors and a simple, functional design.
The Rialto’s Miró restaurant offers buffet breakfast and Mediterranean meals and there are also many restaurants and lively bars in the surrounding streets.
Plaça de l'Àngel, 12, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Located in Plaça de l'Àngel overlooking Jaume I metro station, I've walked past Hotel Suizo so many times that I feel that I've stayed there.
It's a Barcelona classic in a great location technically in the Barri Gòtic but facing El Born and the brilliant Santa Maria del Mar cathedral.
This is another of the 3 Star Barri Gotic hotels with modern facilities and comfortable rooms with satellite television and air conditioning, but Hotel Suizo definitely retain a certain traditional feel.
I must admit that I'd love to stay there - the idea of watching the world go by from the bedroom with a balcony overlooking the streets of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, or relaxing in the Suizo’s olde worlde lounge sums up a lot of the Barcelona I want to present.
Carrer Avinyó,16, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Catalonia Avinyó is very well located on Carrer Avinyó just off Carrer Ferran between Plaça Reial and Plaça Sant Jaume so you're just a few minutes walk from La Rambla and is well-served by both Liceo and Jaume I metro stations.
This is a slightly down at heel area with plenty of atmosphere and is probably better suited to the younger traveller.
Catalonia Avinyó features a rooftop pool and hot tub and offers chic, air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi at very reasonable price.
Rooms are decorated in a modern, minimalist style with large wall photos and include a minibar, safe and telephone.
As I said before, the area is a little run down but there are some great bars and restaurants close by and a very funky atmosphere.
Escudellers, 19, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
I must admit I've got a bit of a thing about Carrer dels Escudellers - we were robbed at sword point (seriously!) about 30 years ago and as we had no money, they made my mate give them his brand new Levi's and he had to walk home at 3 in the morning without any trousers.
Perhaps I'm being a little unfair because the area is much-improved since I first arrived in the late-1980s and it's very well located for La Rambla and Plaça Reial but I'm sure you can understand my misgivings.
As 3 Star Barri Gotic Hotels go, Barcelona House itself looks fine with modern rooms - it's got everything you'd expect but it's a little too garishly decorated for my liking.
However, it gets very good reviews on the main travel websites and it seems to me that it would be perfect for the younger traveller who really wants to be in the thick of things.
Carrer Ample, 31, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Located at Carrer Ample, 31, the Hesperia Metropol is just 100 metres from the port and 500 metres from La Rambla in an area with plenty of atmosphere.
Inside it looks very pleasant with modern air-conditioned rooms decorated in warm tones with rather smart wooden floors
You get free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a safe and a minibar all at a very reasonable price.
The hotel serves a buffet breakfast in the bright dining room, while the restaurant serves traditional Catalan food.
The Hesperia Metropol looks fine to me if nothing special.