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View from one of the hotels in El Born, Barcelona (Spain)

Recommended Hotels In El Born


It is not easy to find hotels in El Born district: chains have rather preferred other areas in the center to settle down. The choices aren’t many, but you’ll still find a place to stay in El Born. After the restorations carried on for the 1992 Olympics, El Born became the place to be: young clothes designers opened their ateliers here, then followed the chefs with their cozy restaurants and tapas bars. 

And even if some international casual brands have opened stores there, most shops are still unique and local. El Born is, for many people, the Barcelona equivalent to the SOHO of NYC. There are plenty of things to do if you are staying in one of the hotels in El Born district.

Best hotels in El Born district, Barcelona:​ La Ribera

While for convenience we tend to consider El Born as the area of the Old Town between Via Laietana and the 1888 World Fair area (Ciutadella Park and Arc de Triomf), the truth is that the district is divided in smaller areas. La Ribera is the bottom part of El Born, limiting at the top with Princesa Street, at the bottom with Marques de l’Argentera avenue.

It is also the Born’s most monumental area, with the Picasso Museum, Santa Maria del Mar and the Mercat del Born archeological site. This is also where you’ll find most El Born restaurants and lots of fun small shops.


Hotel K + K Picasso - 4*

From all the El Born hotels, this is the one with the best views,  as it overlooks the greenery of the Ciutadella Park, great place for morning jogs. Its decoration has a quite businesslike style, but the cool rooftop terrace with a pool and views over the park makes up for it. Book it here.


Chic & Basic Habana Hoose - 3*

Yes, it’s not a typo: it’s Hoose, not House. Because they are cool, and rebellious. The former Banys Orientals hotel has become now a perfect place to stay for trendy young adults. Free wifi and a “help yourself” area with free Nesspresso coffee, teas and water. Their restaurant in the street level has cocktails and DJ sessions at night. Located in our favorite area for shopping in El Born, Argenteria street.  Book it here.


Chic & Basic Born Boutique - 3*

Our curated list of hotels in El Born district of Barcelona continues in the east side of El Born. Informal but cool at the same time, from all El Born hotels, this one really captures the personality of the district. They also feature a "Help Yourself" are with free hot drinks and water, plus a gym and a chill out terrace. Book it here.


El Born Guest House by Casa Consell - 3*

Family friendly, with soundproof rooms and balcony views. Easy access by taxi. A good choice with no frills, for those who want to explore the city rather than to spend time in hotel facilities.  Book it here.


Chic & Basic Zoo - 1*

The fancy hostel for cool kids on a budget. Free hot drinks and water at the Helpyourself area, 24/7 reception service (because you are a night owl), bar open 12PM to 12PM, and laundry service so your trip around Europe doesn’t stink. Book it here.

More Barcelona El Born Hotels: Santa Caterina

The central part of El Born is known as the Santa Caterina neighborhood. It limits at the bottom with Princesa street, and at the top with the avenue of Francesc Cambo and the Pou de la Figuera and Portal Nou streets. It still has a very El Born vibe, but more off the beaten path and local.


Hotel Barcelona Edition - 5*

Located next to the colorful market of Santa Caterina, and reachable by taxi from a turn about in Via Laietana, this is a perfect location to explore both the Gothic Quarter and the alleys of the Born district without hassle and away from the traffic noise. The have a beautiful rooftop with buganvilia pergolas, a salt water pool and a rooftop restaurant. And they also have a sophisticated secret supper club with cabaret shows. Book it here.


Grand Hotel Central - 5*

Located in the main avenue Via Laietana, that divides the Gothic Quarter from the Born district, giving it easy access. Classic but stylish, its rooftop with cocktail bar, infinity pool and spectacular views over the Old Town is one of the most coveted in the area. They also have a spa with sauna, hammam, gym and massage cabins. Book it here.


Hotel Mercer Boria Barcelona - 4*

Is some time ago somebody had told me that there would be a luxury hotel  in this street of the Born, I would have thought ” no way”. But things are changing, the neighborhood improves, and the streets around are changing, too. This hotel, in a side street off the beaten path of the tourists, will allow you to experience  the real and multicultural Barcelona.  Get a loft room and feel like a local! Book it here.


Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona - 3*

A hotel in a good location in one of the few streets of El Born district where taxis can get in. Designed in a urban modern style with no frills. It features a great rooftop terrace with pool, and an Asian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine restaurant. Book it here.


Hotel H10 Montcada - 3*

Conveniently located on Via Laietana, this is a 3-star boutique hotel run by a well stablished Spanish chain. Their family suites and triple rooms make it an interesting choice for families. They also have a small rooftop terrace.  Book it here.

Barcelona Hotels in El Born - Sant Pere District

The top part of El Born, between Trafalgar and Sant Pere Mes Baix streets is probably the least explored by tourists, except for the Palau de la Musica Catalana, which is right in one edge. Even many locals have never heard of the Monastery of Sant Pere de les Puelles... But the area is finally getting the Born vibes and is worth keeping under your radar.


Yurbann Passage Hotel & Spa - 4*

This hotel with a very central location has the best of two worlds: it faces the Eixample district, but it connects with the alleys of El Born via the hidden Passatge de les Manufactures alley. Its rooftop has wonderful views over the city (but a quite small rooftop pool). They have a gym and a beautiful adults-only spa where they use exclusively vegan products, and includes massage cabins, hot and steam sauna, pool and Balinese beds.  Book it here.


Hotel Catalonia Born - 4*

If you’re looking for a central location near the Born district and prefer more traditional kind of hotel, in the Hotel Catalonia Born you will find a nice urban four-star hotel offering you free Wi-Fi, and rooftop swimming pool and even a spa. The decoration of the rooms might not be specially charming,  but it has everything you’re looking for in a hotel. Book it here.


Hotel Ilunion Almirante - 4*

Located on Via Laietana, this urban hotel with a business feel is pet friendly and they have a bike rental service for their guests. LGTB will feel at home here, as it’s a Proud Certified hotel. They also offer an internet corner and working areas for your workcation. Book it here.


Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel - 3*

Next door to the Yurbban Passage (so also facing Eixample, but connected with El Born through a cool alley), it’s a great choice for an active vacation. The hotel features a gym, and has free bicycles for their guests. They also have a free portable WIFI service, so you are always connected while you are out and about. And of course, they have a rooftop pool and bar with great city views. Book it here.


REC Hotel - 3*

The Adults-Only design hotel in El Born. Located right off the Arch of Triumph and its Eixample feel, but facing the alleys of El Born. It’s also a certified eco-friendly accommodation. Their Lounge on the 7th floor is an indoors social area with glass walls overlooking the city, next to a solarium terrace with a rooftop pool. Their restaurant Fismuler is famous to serve the best cheese cake in Barcelona. Book it here.

Which one of these hotels in El Born district goes best best with your personality?​


Author Marta Laurent Veciana


Marta is the founder of ForeverBarcelona. She is a passionate tour guide that loves Barcelona and loves writing too. She is the main author of our Blog, and is committed to sharing her knowledge about Barcelona and her best tips with our readers.

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