Budget Hotels

Visiting the big city on a small budget? Book yourself in at one of the no-frills resting spots in Time Out's guide to cheap hotels in Barcelona

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Cheap hotels may not be in the majority in Barcelona, but they're most definitely out there. It's not just flea-bitten hostels, either – the city has a great selection of budget rooms that eschew luxury touches in exchange for great rates. Here's our pick of the best cheap hotels in Barcelona.

Andante Hotel

With a small rooftop pool offering great views over Barcelona, Andante Hotel is centrally located 350 metres from Drassanes Metro Station and La Rambla. It offers free Wi-Fi and a gym.Modern air-conditioned rooms feature parquet floors, a laptop safe and flat-screen satellite TV. The bathroom comes with a full-length mirror and a high-powered hairdryer.A buffet breakfast with show cooking is available. A gluten-free breakfast is available upon request. There is a self-service area with a microwave and vending machines for drinks, sandwiches and snacks, as well as a large terrace.You can hire a car from the tour desk and a private shuttle from and to Barcelona El Prat Airport is available on prior request at an extra cost. There is a luggage storage room and a laundry and ironing service are offered.

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Arc La Rambla

The Arc La Rambla has an ideal setting on the famous Las Ramblas, 100 metres from Drassanes Metro Station. It offers rooms with free WiFi.The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the city’s port. Plaça Catalunya and the Gothic Quarter are 10 minutes' walk of the hotel.All air-conditioned rooms at the Arc la Rambla feature simple, attractive décor. Each has satellite TV and a private bathroom.There is a computer with internet access and a printer in the hotel lobby. The Arc La Rambla also has a ticket service and bicycle and car rental are possible on site. Lockers are available to rent.A daily continental breakfast is served in the Ramblas’ dining room. The hotel is within 10 minutes’ walk of a selection of cafés, bars and restaurants in Barcelona’s old town.

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Axel Hotel

4 out of 5 stars

A design hotel that’s popular with cosmopolitan, image-conscious party people. The Axel’s main clientele is the gay crowd but it’s also hetero-friendly. And not only is the hotel a fun place to hang out, thanks to the rooftop pool, hot tub and chill-out area, a large spa, and Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant, many of Barcelona’s key sights are just a short walk away. This seductive hotel brings together style, design and a range of inviting services. Based in a 19th-century building typical to the local area, the Axel Group has created a four-star accommodation that while principally aimed at gay travellers is also completely hetero-friendly. A lot of effort has gone into creating a hotel that will provide guests with a memorable stay. Rooms are comfortable (eg, a choice of four different kinds of pillows is available) and elegant in calming neutral tones. King-size beds come as standard, as does erotic artwork. Some of the superior rooms offer views of the city or galleries with stained-glass windows, while the four suites on the upper floors have private terraces and extra technological features. An extensive spa is located on the lower ground floor, offering massages, fitness machines, a thermal circuit and personal trainers in a gorgeously designed space. At the top of the building you’ll find the Sky Bar, pool and open-air Jacuzzi; relax during the day by the water, and at night chill out with cocktails. For lunch and supper, head to the hotel’s restaurant Nikkei 103

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Ayre Hotel Rosellón

Situated just 200 metres from Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia, this design hotel offers a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Gaudís famous basilica. Rooms at the Ayre Hotel Rosellón include flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.All air-conditioned rooms at Ayre Hotel Rosellón feature stylish, modern design. A free bottle of water is provided in the minibar on arrival.The Ayre Hotel Rosellón has an elegant restaurant and a café. A varied buffet breakfast is available each morning.The hotel is a 3-minute walk from Sagrada Familia Metro Station, which offers direct access to Barcelona city centre. City tour buses stop within 250 metres of the hotel.

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B Hotel

This design hotel is just 150 metres from Plaça Espanya and opposite Las Arenas Shopping Centre. It has an 8th-floor swimming pool and sun terrace with spectacular views of Montjuic.The air-conditioned rooms at B Hotel are spacious and soundproofed. All rooms have free WiFi, and are decorated with contemporary art. Each room comes with an electric kettle and a pillow-menu.Modern tapas and a wide selection of Spanish wines are served at the B Bar. The room service menu is also available at the bar and by the swimming pool.Plaza Espanya Metro Station is within 200 metres of the hotel, while Barcelona Fira Exhibition Centre is just 250 metres away. The Magic Fountains of Montjuic are about 5 minutes’ walk away.

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Casa Gracia

Casa Gràcia is a modern hostel at the top of Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, 300 metres from Gaudí’s La Pedrera. It offers air-conditioned rooms and free Wi-Fi in all areas.Shared and private rooms are available, as well as apartments. Facilities at Casa Gràcia include a communal terrace, lounge, kitchen, dining area and a 24-hour front desk.There are also computers for guests' use. The hostel arranges group events every evening, as well as daily walking tours of the city.Casa Gràcia is situated just metres from Avinguda Diagonal and within 300 metres of Diagonal Metro Station, which offers access to the Sagrada Familia.Passeig de Gràcia is full of exclusive shops, restaurants and bars. Gaudí’s Casa Batlló is within a 10-minute walk, as well as the popular Gràcia neighbourhood. There are a number of beautiful Modernist buildings in the area.

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Expo Hotel Barcelona

3 out of 5 stars

It may not be the prettiest hotel in the city but its location is ideal when it comes to transportation both around the city and to/from other places, it has a great rooftop pool and bar, and shopaholics are well-placed to indulge their passion. Part of the Spanish Expo Hotel chain, this four-star hotel seems to describe itself mainly as ‘functional’. We’re not going to argue with that but there are still many more enticing pluses to staying there. The building is an anonymous tower block and its immediate surrounds (which include Barcelona’s main train station, Sants-Estació) are not overly appealing. However, the Expo Hotel is just one metro stop away from the centre of town, and if you’re catching a train or plane onwards, you could hardly be better located. What’s more, in the warmer months the rooftop pool and Terraza Urban BCN bar provide a great place to relax along with fabulous city views, including of the nearby Montjuïc ‘mountain’ and its emblematic buildings. Rooms are comfortable and the décor throughout is simple and modern; a bonus is that every one of the 423 bedrooms has a balcony. In essence, this is a place to sleep and take a break after a busy day doing stuff elsewhere, whether that’s business meetings or seeing the sights. And if shopping is high on your Barcelona to-do list, the Expo Hotel is an excellent base. You have three shopping centres within easy access, including the converted Las Arenas bullring, which you can get to on foot in less than 10

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Generator Hostel Barcelona

4 out of 5 stars

A contemporary take on the traditional hostel, Generator offers a range of rooms for all tastes and budgets, from shared dormitories to a private penthouse suite with city views. It’s a place for making new friends and a fantastic base for exploring the city centre and more off-piste areas such as Gràcia. Not that it were needed, but this venue is certainly proof that we are all travellers now and that the range of accommodations on offer to us keeps growing. Generator take the concept of a low-price place to lay your head and add on enticing extras to bring their various hostels up to the expectations of today’s tourist. With a largely but not exclusively millennial focus, Generator Barcelona recognises that there are many profiles when it comes to guests. So you can find small, large and women-only dormitories, triple and quad rooms, and, at the top end of the scale, private rooms with terraces and even a penthouse suite that can sleep up to six, an ideal space for families. The bedrooms tend towards a clean, contemporary aesthetic while the common areas such as the Fiestas de Gràcia bar (named for the exuberant August festival held in the local Gràcia neighbourhood) are more colourful with an innovative combination of industrial and rustic features. It works as both a practical base for exploring the city and a place to hang out with friends old and new, especially during the daily evening happy hour, thereby carrying on the best traditions of global hostels.   Location

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Grupotel Gravina

Housed in an attractive 19th-century building, Grupotel Gravina is located just off Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square, 5 minutes' walk from Las Ramblas. It offers 24-hour reception and modern rooms with free WiFi and satellite TV.The Hotel Gravina is just 5 minutes’ walk from the MACBA Modern Art Gallery and 15 minutes from Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Catalunya Metro Station, located 100 metres from the hotel, connects you with the rest of the city.The air-conditioned rooms at Grupotel Gravina feature modern furniture and some have parquet floors. They are equipped with a work desk and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.A welcome buffet consisting of teas, coffee and pastries is offered from 14:00 to 18:00. The hotel has a smart bar where you can get a snack or a drink. There are numerous restaurants in the surrounding streets.

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Hola Hostal Eixample

Located a 15-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya, Hola Hostal Eixample offers a sun terrace, 24-hour reception and stylish air-conditioned dormitories with free Wi-Fi. Barcelona Nord Bus Station is 500 metres away.Each spacious dormitory at the Hola Eixample hostel features bright modern décor and individual storage lockers. Sheets and blankets are included, while towels are available to rent. Some rooms have a private bathroom.Hola Hostal Eixample is just a 10-minute walk from the Born district, where you can find charming shops, bars and restaurants. Sagrada Familia Church and Ciutadella Park are within a 15-minute walk.Tetuan and Girona Metro Stations are both a 5-minute walk from the hostel, and offer direct connections to the city centre and beach. Nearby Barcelona Nord Bus Station offers airport buses and international services.

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