I'm very impressed with the 4 Star Barri Gotic Hotels available because they cover a broad price spectrum as well as offering very different perspectives of Barcelona's wonderful Gothic Quarter.
As in other hotel articles I've listed the hotels starting very
approximately at Plaça de Catalunya and working down towards the port
To be more specific, there are eleven hotels listed in total - 3 close to the Cathedral, 1 near Plaça Sant Felip Neri, 2 just off La Rambla on Carrer de la Boqueria, 2 more close to Jaume I Metro station and the final 3 down by the seafront.
If you read Barcelonas.com regularly, you'll know that I generally recommend choosing accommodation in the area between Carrer Ferran and Plaça Catalunya and suggest avoiding the backstreets around Plaça Reial.
Not surprisingly, there are no 4 Star Hotels in this slightly dodgy area, so the three down close to the port are all highly recommendable.
However, being something of a city slicker, if you asked me to choose, I'd go for a hotel close to Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Barcelona Cathedral or Jaume I Metro Station but that's just me!
Avinguda de la Catedral, 7, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Hotel Colón's location directly opposite the Cathedral on Avinguda de la Catedral itself make it a Barcelona landmark.
This grand, neoclassical hotel is impressive in itself but the idea of waking up and looking out on the Cathedral facade is what convinces me.
As far as the rooms go, they Hotel Colón publicity describes them as stylish and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV, a minibar, a safe, awork desk, and free wi-fi - what you'd expect from a 4 Star.
For passers-by like me, the Colón's outdoor terrace café in the square facing the cathedral and the chance of having a surprisingly reasonably-priced Menu del Dia in the hotel’s elegant restaurant are a big attraction.
Hotel Colón definitely falls into the highly recommended category and it appears that former guests Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Jean Paul Sartre, Sofía Loren, Jane Fonda and Joan Miró would all agree.
Carrer dels Arcs, 10, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
The Catalonia Catedral is another hotel I really like the look of.
It is located in a a lovely Modernista building on Carrer dels Arcs one of the backstreets opposite the Cathedral so it is not as visible as Hotel Colón.
However, its position is just as good because you're perfectly placed for the Gothic sights but set back out of the way of the tourist hordes.
It is also very stylishly decorated and I particularly like the Japanese-style terrace and garden as a place to escape from the city heat.
By contrast, with a rooftop swimming pool has some spectacular views of the Gothic Quarter.
Each room has a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a minibar and free Wi-Fi access.
I've also heard good reports of the hotel’s Brasserie du Gothique, which serves French cuisine and offers views of the nearby Palacio Pignatelli Art Gallery.
Carrer dels Capellans, 4, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
My only gripe with the Barcelona Catedral is that it is in a modern building and regular Barcelonas readers will know that if at all possible I much prefer to stay in Gothic and Modernista buildings.
However, this modern design hotel gets excellent reviews from its guests and, just like the Catalonia Catedral, is on one of the backstreets in the area opposite the Cathedral so the location is unbeatable.
This boutique hotel offers a gym and a rooftop chill-out terrace with a swimming pool and fantastic city views once again.
Rooms feature wooden flooring and air conditioning with free Wi-Fi, a laptop, safe and flat-screen TV.
Creative Mediterranean cuisine is served in the hotel’s 4 Capellans restaurant, which offers a menu for celiacs.
So if modern accommodation is what you're looking for, Hotel Barcelona Catedral looks pretty good to me.
Carrer Sant Sever, 5, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
In contrast to the Barcelona Catedral, Hotel Neri is precisely the kind of place I'd choose to stay at.
It is set in an 18th-century aristocratic house on Carrer Sant Sever, which leads down to the mesmerising Plaça San Felip Neri.
This is Barcelona's Gothic Quarter at its most authentic and atmospheric,so much so that Carlos Ruiz Zafón set sections of his best-selling Shadow of the Wind here.
The interior is tastefully chic with low lighting and mood-setting music.
Hotel Neri also has a restaurant with an excellent reputation, a terrace bar, a library and a lovely rooftop garden.
With only 22 rooms everything is designed to be as exclusive as possible and as far I'm concerned Hotel Neri is about as good as it gets.
By the way, this is the heart of the ancient Barri Gòtic so don't even think about getting to the front door by car.
Carrer Boquería, 10, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
We move over now to Carrer de la Boqueria, one of the streets that branches off the central section of the Ramblas, so the experience is still Gothic but much closer to the hustle and bustle.
Located just 10 metres off La Rambla at Boqueria, 10, the Petit Palace Opera Garden Ramblas is almost directly opposite the famous Boquería market.
The Opera Garden is housed in an elegant historic building, with charming arches and set around a private courtyard and garden, where you can relax after a day of sightseeing.
The rooms are equipped with a laptop, safe, flat-screen TV and a hydromassage shower and the overall effect is pretty hi tech.
You also get free bicycle use - a great way to explore the city!
Carrer Boquería, 12, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Located next door to the Petit Palace Opera Garden, the Petit Palace Boquería is run by the same chain and is also magnificently located at Carrer de la Boqueria, 12.
The Petit Palace Boquería is set in a similarly historic building but the rooms are comtemporarily decorated in black and white, making quite a nice contrast.
All rooms are air conditioned and include a flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station with remote control and a a laptop and free Wi-Fi.
Guests can enjoy breakfast in the Petit Palace’s charming garden, and a self-service bar can be found in the lobby.
There's really not much to choose between these hotels - they're both run by the same chain, are in a great location and are old on the outside and modern on the inside.
If this is where you want to stay - and that would be a great choice - the only deciding factor is the room price.
Carrer Jaume I, 6, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Carrer Jaume I, which runs between Plaça de Sant Jaume and Via Laietana is another excellent area to stay in both for its proximity to the major sights of the Barri Gòtic and El Born and for ease of getting around the city from the nearby Jaume I Metro station, which is on the Yellow L4 Metro Line.
Gran Hotel Barcino is located at Carrer Jaume I, 6 so you really have got the Barri Gòtic and El Born on your doorstep.
The hotel itself is quite basic - it strikes more as a 3 Star both in terms of prices and facilities with a 4 Star rating - but given the great location it should be more than adequate.
It's a smallish hotel with only 53 rooms, all of which have air-conditioning and heating, telephone, television, en-suite bathroom
with shower or bath, hairdryer and toiletries, safe and Wi-Fi.
I also like the hotel’s spacious, ground-floor lounge, which looks out over the bustling street outside, and this where you are the buffet breakfast selection and drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Carrer Jaume I, 14, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Hotel Gótico is just a few doors down from Gran Hotel Barcino at Carrer Jaume I, 14 and is run by the same hotel chain - Gargallo Hotels so a lot of what I said earlier is true of both establishments.
However, whilst also very reasonably priced, Hotel Gótico looks a little more comfortable to me.
Both hotels have heated and soundproofed rooms with very attractive tiled floors, a safe, minibar and work desk.
The clincher for me is the lovely rooftop terrace with great views of the Barri Gòtic - having a space like this where in summer you can escape from the sometimes suffocating Barcelona heat is always something to bear in mind.
I also like the buffet-bar with its impressive stone arches where breakfast is served and packed lunches are available on request.
So all in all, I think the Gòtico looks a slightly better choice than the Gran Barcino but perhaps I'm splitting hairs.
Passeig Colom, 12, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
The last three 4 Star Barri Gòtic Hotels are all located close to the port and seafront area and we'll start with the very upmarket Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, which looks absolutely fantastic to me.
Set in an impressive 19th century building on Passeig Colom, the Duquesa de Cardona overlooks the Port Vell and is a short walk from La Rambla in one direction and El Born in the other.
The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned and tastefully decorated with a flat-screen satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a minibar - everything you'd expect from a top of the range 4 star.
The Duquesa de Cardona’s restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with an extensive wine list, and in summer, the snack bar serves creative tapas, BBQ dishes and cocktails.
However, it is the spectacular rooftop terrace with its panoramic views of both the Gothic Quarter and the Port that really sets the Duquesa de Cardona apart.
Whether you use the pool by day or frequent the bar at night you'll really capture the Mediterranean atmosphere of Barcelona whilst being within reasonably easy reach of the city centre sights.
Carrer Ample, 1 (Plaça Duc de Medinaceli), Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Much more moderately priced than the Duquesa de Cardona, Hotel Catalonia Port is a little further along the seafront in the Ramblas direction on the corner of Carrer Ample and Plaça Duc de Medinaceli.
This is a really nice square set back from the traffic along Passeig Colom so the Catalonia Port's location is a definite plus.
As far as the hotel itself is concerned, the rooms are suitably equipped for a hotel in this price range with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and free wi-fi.
The hotel’s contemporary El Racó del Port restaurant opens from Monday to Saturday, and serves seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, avaried buffet breakfast is offered in the dining room, and there is also a lobby bar.
Once again, the Catalonia Port offers a pleasant interior pation with a small pool, which is open throughout the summer.
Plaça Duc De Medinaceli, 8, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona
Located very close to Hotel Catalonia Port at Plaça Duc De Medinaceli, 8, being set back from the Port Vell and a few minutes walk from the bottom of La Rambla, the Gran Hotel Medinaceli offers all the same location advantages.
As far as I'm concerned the Medinaceli wins by a head because is is housed in the original palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli, the great aristocratic family who left so much of their mark particularly on late medieval Barcelona.
I particularly like the way the interior decoration tastefully combines the old palace with modern installations.
However, for the average holidaymaker, the lack of a pool or rooftop terrace may be a negative factor.
Otherwise, rooms at the Medinaceli are spacious and feature bright décor and facilities include air conditioning, satellite TV and minibar.
Other facilities at the Medinaceli include a pleasant restaurant and a very comfortable bar.
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