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In which Barcelona neighborhood/barrio should I stay?

It will be my first visit to Barcelona, and I'm a bit confused about where I should stay to make the most of my four-night stay. I will be traveling alone, so my main concerns are location (not spending too much time commuting) and safety and cleanliness of the hotel.

Based on price and reviews, I have narrowed it down to two very different hotels:
1. Hotel Canton (in the Gothic Quarter, near the end of Las Ramblas)
2. Catalonia Barcelona Golf (in/near Gracia)

Any input or recommendations on these hotels/areas would be most appreciated!
Thank you.

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I would also be interested in knowing safest quarters as I will have my family with me.