This article considers Barcelona Barri Gotic Hotels from the point of view of both star rating and location.
Barri Gòtic is made up of a myriad of criss-crossing streets that form
the best-preserverved medieval city centre in Europe and is a great
place to stay.
It's surprising how many different atmospheres are encountered in such a small area.
I have divided Barcelona's famous Gothic Quarter into four approximate sections - the area near to Barcelona Cathedral, Close to La Rambla, the area around Jaume I Metro station and the Port area - as each offers a very different Barri Gòtic experience.
As you can see from the map, strictly speaking the Gothic Quarter runs from Plaça Catalunya down to the seafront and is bordered by La Rambla and Via Laietana.
I have created separate pages for hotels actually on both these famous
streets and the page dedicated to hotels on La Rambla also includes hotels in El Raval whilst the
Via Laietana page also includes accommodation in Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera.
For a real Barri Gòtic experience, I recommend you look for accommodation in the area above Carrer Ferran and Plaça Reial.
Closer to the port in the Mercè neighbourhood you'll get a refreshing touch of sea air, and although very pleasant the atmosphere isn't quite as Gothic.
A word of warning, though .... Plaça Reial itself is fine but the streets around it that run off Carrer Escudellers and Carrer Avinyó can be a bit dangerous at night especially if you are alone.
I actually used to love this area when I arrived here back in the late 1980s but then I was younger and fitter and hellbent on having fun.
What's interesting about the three 5 Star Barri Gòtic Hotels - Hotel DO Plaça Reial, Ohla Hotel and Mercer Hotel Barcelona - is that they are so different in almost every aspect.
Despite the three hotels all being in the Barri Gòtic, the three locations imply, to me at least,three completely different experiences of Barcelona.
The picture shows the lovely salon at the Mercer Hotel, which I've chosen not because it is necessarily better in absolute terms than the more dynamic Hotel DO and Ohla Hotel but because I like it's class.
Set in a renovated medieval building in the backstreets of the Barri Gòtic, the Mercer is definitely where I'd choose to stay myself if my budget ran to it.
There are some really lovely 4 Star Hotels in the Gothic Quarter, particularly close to the Port and between Plaça Catalunya and the Cathedral.
However, I was really swept away by Hotel Neri, the entrance of which you can see in the photo.
It is set in an aristocratic house in the backstreets close to Plaça San Felip Neri and with only 22 rooms is extremely exclusive.
I also really liked the location of Hotel Barcino and Hotel Gótico close to Jaume I metro station.
I strongly recommend that you spend some time looking at the accommodation options on this 3 Star Barri Gòtic Hotels page.
I'm particularly enamoured of the hotels around Plaça de Pi and on Carrer Santa Anna - it really is possible to find somewhere very special to stay that combines history and location without breaking the bank.
It's actually quite pleasing to see that despite Barcelona's popularity as a tourist destination, you can still find reasonably priced accommodation in prime locations.
These 2 Star Barri Gòtic Hotels offer basic accommodation often in excellent locations.
Once again the hotels on Santa Anna, Boqueria, Ferran and Plaça del Pi are my first choices.
The picture shows the lovely El Jardí, which means the garden in Catalan, and looks out over Plaça del Pi itself.
It's simple, clean and friendly with a lovely interior garden and in my opinion, really is something very special for the price and star rating.
However, the area off Avinyó and closer to the Port is also worth considering - armed with a healthy sense of adventure, I'm certain you'll have a fantastic experience just like I did 25 years ago.
This choice of I Star Barri Gòtic Hotels offer little in the way of comfort, but you generally get an individual or double room and decent washing facilities, so get what you pay for.
Carrer de la Boqueria and the area round Jaume I Metro Station offer plenty of choices.
Many of these cheap hotels have communal dining rooms and fridges so you can definitely save money by keeping an eye out for local supermarkets.
Equally, if you are looking for real budget accommodation, you might consider one of the newer Hostels in Barcelona with dorms and communal eating areas.
All the hotels on this page are actually on La Rambla itself, and are all pretty fantastic.
I particularly like the central section just above Plaça Reial but that's partly personal bias because it was my old stamping ground back in the late 80s/early 90s.
There are some very historic hotels at a variety of prices - 1 Star Hotel Lloret, 3 Star Hotel Oriente and 4 Star Hotel 1998 all offer a brilliant combination of atmosphere and location.
As the marvellous Via Laietana marks the other limit of the Barri Gòtic, I have created this page that covers 2, 4 and 5 Star Hotels on this magnificent avenue.
Via Laietana runs down from Plaça Urquinaona to the Port slicing through the Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera neighbourhoods.
With the Cathedral and Jaume I Metro on the opposite side of the road, it really is a brilliant place to stay.