Booking a Barcelona Ciutat Vella Hotel is an attractive options if you want to spend your time in the Catalan capital's historic City Centre.
As you can see from the map below, the Ciutat Vella covers a very large
area, so I have created specic pages covering the hotels, hostels and
apartments available in each of the neighbourhoods of the Barri Gòtic,
El Raval and La Barceloneta.
Depending on the number of establishments in a particular neighbourhood, I have then divided the hotels by star rating and each hotel or apartment review tries to balance the twin factors of location and price.
I have also created separate sections on Barcelona Ramblas Hotels and Via Laietana Hotels because these are the two main avenues that cut through the district and include establishments in more than one neighbourhood.
For example, the Barcelonas Ramblas Hotels page includes lodgings in both El Raval and the Barri Gòtic whilst the Via Laietana page includes accommodation in the Barri Gòtic and La Ribera, Santa Caterina and Sant Pere neighbourhood.
Given its unwieldy name, I haven't covered Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i
la Ribera as a single unit but rather split it up into constituent
parts so that I cover accommodation close to El Born, Parc de La Ciutadella,
Palau de la Música etc.
Obviously, these pages are mainly dedicated to hotel recommendations so if you are as yet unsure about the area in which you want to stay, I strongly suggest you take a look at my pages on Barcelona City Centre and the District of Ciutat Vella itself.
you want me to stick my neck out, as far as location is concerned, I
would recommend any of the Hotels on La Rambla or Via
I also really like the part of the Barri Gòtic between the Ramblas and Via Laietana above Carrer Ferran and the Plaça Reial, particularly the area round Plaça del Pi.
This part of the Ciutat Vella combines history with great bars and restaurants and is relatively free from pickpockets and other petty criminals.
There are many more pockets of wonderfulness in the Ciutat Vella, so I suggest you spend some time investigating the reams of recommendations and I sincerely hope you find the perfect choice of Barcelona Ciutat Vella Hotels.
El Raval spreads out to your right as you walk down The Ramblas and extends as far as Ronda de Sant Antoni, Ronda de Sant Pau and Avinguda del Paral.lel.
It's a pretty cool area with plenty of history, excellent museums and a great atmosphere.
However, it used to be Barcelona's Red Light District and there are some areas that still leave a lot to be desired.
My preferred areas are the streets just off La Rambla - Carrer Tallers, Bonsuccés, Pintor Fortuny, Carme, Hospital, Sant Pau down to Nou de la Rambla.
I also like the end of Carrer Pelai that is closest to Plaça de la Universitat.
Contradicting myself a little, the photo I've decided to show is of the Barceló Raval, which is in the heart of the neighbourhood on La Rambla del Raval.
I've heard great things about this ultra-modern 4 Star Hotel and the fact that there are now a number of upmarket hotels in this once rundown neighbourhood is a testament to how much El Raval has gone up in the world.
Lorca once described The Ramblas as the street 'he wished would never end'.
Starting at Plaça Catalunya and working your way down to the Port, it's actually separated into five sections La Rambla de Canaletes, La Rambla dels Estudis, La Rambla de Sant Josep, La Rambla dels Caputxins and La Rambla de Santa Mònica.
Each section is different with its own charm, history and important buildings and not surprisingly, if you're looking for a hotel right in the thick of things, The Ramblas is a fantastic accommodation choice.
The slightly crumbly 1 Star Hotel Lloret is the establishment I've chosen to illustrate the Ramblas Hotels section, not because it's the best but because it gives you an idea of what's on offer.
The Lloret offers history, character and a brilliant location at a very reasonable price and to be perfectly honest it's a place I've always wanted to stay myself!
The Barri Gòtic is Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and almost all of it is delightful.
I particularly like the area around Plaça del Pi but also the sector close Barcelona Cathedral and the streets, such as Carrer Sant Anna, Carrer Canuda and Carrer de la Boqueria, that branch off the top of La Rambla are also a fantastic place to stay.
I also love the Mercè neighbourhood close to the port and am a big fan of the area around Jaume I Metro station.
I once got mugged on the corner of Carrer Escudellers and Carrer Avinyó, and this area is still a bit dodgy.
Otherwise, the whole of the Barri Gòtic is a fantastic place to stay, so your main consideration will probably be price.
The hotel shown in the picture is the 2 Star El Jardí Hotel on Plaça del Pi. It's reasonably priced, in a magnificent location and everyone I've recommended it to has said it was really good.
Running down from Plaça Urquinaona to the Port and dividing the Barri Gòtic from the cumbersomely-named neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, anywhere along Via Laietana would make a perfect base for your Stay in Barcelona.
The Barcelona Ciutat Vella Hotels on Via Laietana range from luxury 5 Star offerings to some pretty basic hostels. However, it's the location that counts most for me, and with two historic neighbourhoods on either side, you can't go wrong.
What's more if what you want to visit anywhere that isn't in walking distance, Jaume I and Urquinaona Metro Stations offer great connections to anywhere in the city.
The photo shows the rooftop of the 4 Star Grand Hotel Central, which was described by The Guardian as 'One of the five best European new hip hotels' and looks pretty cool to me.
As far as I'm concerned the area around Santa Maria del Mar Church and the Picasso Museum will always be La Ribera neighbourhood.
However, the tree-lined avenue that leads from Sant Maria del Mar to the old El Born Market - Passeig del Born - has become so popular that many people, particularly tourism journalists, refer to the neighbourhood as El Born, and who am I to argue?
El Born is another area with a great choice of Barcelona Ciutat Vella Hotels and all in all a fantastic place to stay.
These busy backstreets are full of bars and restaurants and El Passeig del Born is renowned as a spot where cool people go out at night.
Both the Parc de la Ciutadella and the beaches of La Barceloneta are within walking distance as are the Barri Gòtic and The Ramblas.
Partly because it's one of the few hotels that I consider to be located strictly in El Born, I've use the lovely 3 Star Hotel Banys Orientals for the illustration.
Booking one of the Barcelona Ciutat Vella Hotels in La Barceloneta offers a completely different experience of the city as this old fishermen's neighbourhood was built in the 18th century on a section of reclaimed land that juts out into the sea.
It's one of my favourite parts of Barcelona and was a pretty rough neighbourhood when I arrived in the city nearly 30 years ago.
The beaches were cleaned up for the 1992 Olympics and are now considered some of the best in Europe and the Port Vell or the Old Port is home to luxury yachts, so La Barceloneta has definitely gone up in the world.
However, La Barceloneta is still a living community and is home to some really brilliant working-class bars whilst also being the city's favourite place for first-class seafood restaurants.
Just walking through the shady backstreets to escape the heat is pure delight on a sweltering summer afternoon.
I was tempted to use the amazing 5 Star W Hotel as the photo for La Barceloneta, but in the end went for the much more rough and ready Bedcelona Hostel just to show that La Barceloneta offers accommodation at both ends of the price range!
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