We will be visiting Barcelona for the first time in late April, early May next year. We plan to visit a lot of the main touristy places and like to walk as much as possible. I’m looking for a central-ish location with a budget up to $200 a night, give or take. Preferably with good tapas places and cute boutique type shops in walking vicinity of the hotel.
I’ve done some reading and I’m trying to get a grasp of the neighborhoods. The Gothic Quarter sounds charming but very busy with a lot of tourist trap dining spots. Eixample sounds very nice but possibly a little higher end than what we’re looking for? But then again it’s a large area so perhaps that only applies to parts of the neighborhood. El Born sounds like it could be just right for us with a mix of charm and good places to eat.
Lastly, I’m aware of the protests in Barcelona and while I know that none of us can know what will be happening several months from now, perhaps we should still factor in a “quieter” location in the city with this in consideration?
I’ve found a few hotels that are well-reviewed, in our price range. Most have the best price at a non-refundable rate so I want to make sure we’re booking the best one for us.
My shortlist includes Hotel Jazz, Yurbban Trafalgar, Musik Boutique, Hotel Praktik Bakery. If anyone has stayed in one of these hotels, can you advise of the neighborhood around them? Did you enjoy the restaurants and the vibe around? Appreciate any insight you can give in helping us make our decision! Thank you :)