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Average hotel rates Barcelona in October?

I am booking 2 nights before and after a Rick Steve's tour starting in Barcelona in mid to late October. In Sevilla it is for the start of Nov. I prefer the convenience of staying at the tour hotels. Last year I found the Paris and Rome hotels the tour used to be reasonably priced at the end of May, beginning of June.
For Spain, the rates are much higher. Maybe it is that the before and after tour days land on a weekend. Maybe the end of Oct. is higher than the end of May. For example, the Barcelona hotel is quoting me 200 euro a night with a RS discount. I have checked various hotel websites and booking sites, but prices are all over the place. If this rate is typical then I can accept it. Any thoughts?

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Last November, we stayed at El Rey Moro in Sevilla. We LOVED it. It was about 60 euro with an amazing breakfast and right in the old town area. About 5 minutes from the Alcazar and cathedral. In Barcelona we stayed at BCN Fashion House. That trip was over New Years. Also loved that place. Those would be options if you wouldn't mind a change. In general, I would say Barcelona hotels are pricier than Paris and Rome, but Sevilla cheaper.

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I don't know what hotels your RS tour is using, but our hotels in Barcelona and Seville were well below 200 Euros per night when we were in Spain in October 2017. Check out the Hotel Becquer in Seville, and the U-232 in Barcelona.

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I think there is no comprehensive data source on rates in the non-chain hotels, other than the usual check on their website for your dates at 1) the hotel's own website, or 2) TripAdvisor, Booking.com, etc. Because hotel rates in the non-chain hotels fluctuate depending on their number of rooms and whether they happen to be heavily booked on certain dates. If they have less availability because a tour has booked many of their rooms, their rates on the remaining rooms are presumably higher.

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There is no such thing any more as an "average" hotel rate; if there ever was such a thing, it's not a current reality. Hotels charge what they can get for a room on a particular night, and it fluctuates due to zillions of factors. The technical name for this is "dynamic pricing," and it works the same way as flight prices do.

So, first, in order to know if €200 is a "good" price for your Barcelona hotel, we'd need to know which hotel and which exact dates. But even then, that's not the real question. The real questions are:

1) Can you find the hotel at a better rate somewhere else (such as Hotels dot com or Booking dot com)?
2) Once you have determined the best available rate, do you want to pay that rate for that room?

If the best available rate is still too high for you, you have to find a different hotel. Again, you can look at Hotels dot com or Booking dot com to see a large number of places.

For an inexpensive place in Barcelona, my sister stayed at the BCN Fashion House. She agrees with Jules M in recommending it. It was in a great location and very affordable, and she had a nice stay, with only one caveat. The desk is only reliably staffed at breakfast, so if she had any questions, she had to be sure to ask them in the morning before leaving for the day.

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Were you clear with the hotels that you will be with the RS tour starting on X date staying until Y date and you would like to stay in the same room? This as opposed to asking for a “RS rate”? We took the Spain tour in 2016 at peak season and paid substantially less than 200 Euros. Sevilla was a bit more expensive but we stayed at the Amadeus which is pretty upscale. But, then there is the exchange rate-the Euro has dropped from about $1.20 then to $1.12 now so some difference there.

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As usual, Harold makes good points.
Dynamic pricing makes the old rule of thumb even more valid: on average, you get what you pay for; and while you may not get what you pay for, you probably rarely get what you don't pay for.

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According to one online Meeting Planners Guide for Barcelona, the average hotel room rate is 203 euro per night. However, hotel rates in any major city do fluctuate based on demand, which may be due to a major special event or one or more large conventions.

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Thank you to all who replied. Yes, I did email the hotels that I would be at their hotel for the RS tour and the specific dates. The Sevilla hotel is the Amadeus so that helps to know some consider it more upscale. All your responses will help me decide on a hotel and gave me some things to think about. Thanks for the thoughtful replies.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Amadeus in Sevilla back in 2011. Great view of the cathedral and Giralda tower at night from the roof.

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Barcelona has sports or special events and conferences or business exhibitions that can drive up prices. October is still considered high season in Andalusia and most likely Barcelona. It is known to be pricey particularly if in the centre of touristy areas. Look at the pricing of hotels of a lower level but in the same area.

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Just to point out, Barcelona doesn't have a high and a low season. Period. Do you understand where I am going with this?

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We,too (twot?), are taking the late October tour. Both the first and last hotels are 200 Euros plus a night. Not quite the modest, sometimes no elevator, sometimes shared bath- rooms the tours describes. We decided just to spend the money since we'd rather use our time to explore. After the cost of the tour and the airfare, it didn't seem worth it to bother about searching out cheaper hotels located who knows where. I am having enough problems figuring out how to get to Barcelona from the east coast with only one stop and for less than 2K

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You can find nice hotels in Barcelona for less than 200 euros a nights, but you have to go away from the Las Ramblas area.

We found a nice hotel for less than 100 euros near that diagonal road that is a couple of miles or so from the port.

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@geovagriffith, I am afraid it does not work like that. Firstly to mention that hotels in Les Rambles are not precisely the most expensive in the city, those are, in fact, elsewhere (ie along Passeig de Gràcia for example, among other areas), to mention as well that there are 600+ hotels in the city and the range of prices is very mixed within the same area, one can find a very expensive hotel very close, if not next door, to another much less expensive one. Lastly to mention that prices are driven by availability and demand depending on the events happening that week in the city, not necessarily by location.

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Jeff makes a good point-the first and last hotels on this tour are pretty nice (actually others were as well). So, the choice is this: do you pay the asking price for your before and after stays or seek cheaper accommodations? With a move comes a price-packing, unpacking, relocating and the time all of that takes from your trip. How much is it worth to just avoid all that? I’d just as soon stay put and have that day or days to do more exploring. For me that is worth a lot.

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We stayed 5 nights @ Eco Hostal Grau for 166 Euros per night. Pros: Location. 5-15 minute walk to Barri Goti sites. 5 minute walk to Universitat metro. Coffee and tea daily with cake in the am. Bars, restaurants, and markets outside the door. Front desk staff are excellent at assisting you with tourist sites. Clean simple rooms with comfortable beds. The location is very near RS's lodging in Barcelona. Cons: The activity in the street both from Bar Centric and the street cleaner requires more than ear plugs. Suggest room in the back. Did not hear a pin drop. Some rooms and baths are very small. The staff will hold your luggage prior to transfer to RS lodging or RS lodging will hold your luggage. You decide if it is a big deal breaker. I checked rates for October and they were similar to May rates.
At the end of our travels we stayed @ Pestana Arena Barcelona. Excellent location just off Placa d'Espanya for visiting the nearby sites. Larger room and bath. Breakfast buffet was a spread. I could even have salad in the am. The Placa d'Espanya is a busy transit area and locals were everywhere with people running or cycling. Metro or bus would be required to get to Barri Goti. 200 Euros per night.
Locals were near Eco Hostal Grau but I really liked the vibe near and around Placa d'Espanya.