There are plenty of accommodation options in Barcelona. Apartments are a great option if you are staying in the city centre and there are loads of family friendly hotels and apart-hotels dotted along the 4.5km beach.

Aparthotel Arai (Near La Rambas)

Aparthotel Arai is a luxury boutique hotel, conveniently located in the city centre. It features an outdoor pool, a sauna and free wireless internet access in all areas. The air-conditioned rooms at the hotel are modern and offer a kitchenette, a mini bar and a coffee maker. They all feature a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator.

There is a restaurant within the hotel which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and room service is available 24 hours a day. There are loads of restaurants located close to the hotel also such as the Hard Rock Café and a multitude of options in the Gothic District.  Aparthotel Arai is conveniently located for discovering Barcelona with Palau de la Musica Catalana and Barcelona Cathedral within a 10-minute walk. Guests can also easily visit the Picasso Museum, the Liceu and La Rambla.

Citadines Barcelona Rambas (The Gothic District)

Citadines Barcelona Ramblas is located in the Citadines Barcelona Ramblas and provides easy access to Barcelona’s main tourist attractions. It is also set only minutes away on foot from Placa de Catalunya.  This modern property offers family facilities, such as babysitting/child services. The front desk operates 24/7 and the friendly staff can suggest places to visit and provide other tourist information. This 3 star hotel is located in a fantastic part of Barcelona filled with restaurants, cafes and bars. The Gothic District is also heavily pedestrianized, making it ideal for a stroll around with kids.

The property’s apartments are modern and feature a kitchenette that is equipped with a microwave, a dishwasher and a refrigerator. They provide a private bathroom, internet access and a flat-screen TV.

Eurostars Grand Marina (The Waterfront)

Boasting exclusive views of Port Vell, Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel is set in the centre of Barcelona and offers a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a rooftop pool. The various amenities this modern hotel has to offer include 24-hour room service, valet parking and a kids club.  Rooms feature a mini bar, a pillow menu and slippers. All offer movies-on-demand, a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV.

there is a restaurant within the hotel and also loads of dining options close by. The waterfront area of Barcelona is a  hub of activity and there are market stalls, cafes, restaurants and street entertainers to be found at all times of the day. It is also a close walk to the Gothic District and Barcelona’s main shopping district.

The Petit Palace Opera Garden Hotel

The Petit Palace Opera Garden Hotel is a unique boutique hotel situated in the middle of the Gothic district, close to the cathedral and the Mercado de la Boquería and only a few minutes from the Olympic Harbour and the beach. It has an indoor garden with ancient trees where you can fully enjoy Barcelona’s great weather and atmosphere.

The hotel offers family rooms and an extra bed or crib available upon request. There is air conditioning and a mini-fridge in all rooms. Additional services include a baby pram, TV channel for kids and a special present for kids at check in.

The Grand Central Hotel

The Grand Central Hotel is very child friendly and is centrally located and has a rooftop pool with fantastic views of Barcelona. The hotel has a perfect location between the Gothic district with its spectacular Cathedral or the ancient city walls and “el Born”.

The hotel has an infinity pool, the Ávalon Restaurant, the Wellness Suite with its carefully designed treatments, the Thermal Suite that offers a private steam and sauna experience, the well-equipped Fitness Centre. It has family rooms for four persons and DVDs for children are available on request. Cots are also available for no extra charge.

Hotel 1898

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Hotel 1898 is situated on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas, this restored 19th-century building features a heated rooftop pool with a sun terrace. The elegant rooms include free Wi-Fi and a marble bathroom. The colonial-style Hotel 1898 features a stylish restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. It also offers a bar-restaurant with a terrace where guests can enjoy traditional tapas.

Plaza Catalunya is just 200 metres from 1898 Hotel. Guests can also walk to the Gothic Quarter with its cathedral in 10 minutes. The indoor pool at the hotel is only open to children over 14, but there is a heated rooftop pool that is open year round which younger kids can use. Classic movies are screened in the comfortable lobby, and are often child-friendly. Cots are available on request.

The Hotel Novotel Barcelona City (20 Minutes Walk to the Beach)

The Hotel Novotel Barcelona City  is a great option for parents travelling with kids. Children under 16 stay free (two per room, sharing with adults), and the hotel has an indoor soft play area. This design hotel offers a free gym, Hammam and a roof terrace with a children pool, a seasonal outdoor pool and views of Barcelona. The stylish rooms include free Wi-Fi and flat-screen satellite TV.

Novotel Barcelona City is situated next to Glòries Shopping Centre and the Agbar Tower, designed by Jean Nouvel. The Sagrada Familia Basilica and Bogatell Beach are both a 20-minute walk away. The hotel’s restaurant offers typical Mediterranean food. There is also an elegant bar and terrace. Tram and bus services to the city centre stop outside the hotel and Glòries Metro Station is just 300 m away.

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona (Very Close to the Beach)

This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. This hotel is next to Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre and just 400 m from Nova Mar Bella Beach. It offers a seasonal outdoor pool, a fitness centre and air-conditioned rooms with a LED TV. There is an outdoor pool, paddling pool and sauna on the hotel’s rooftop terrace which is open from May to October and features stunning views of the sea.

The Hilton’s Indigo Restaurant serves international and Catalan food. Purobeach Restaurant offers a diverse menu, as well as a variety of classic cocktails and international spirits. Pistaccio Lounge Bar serves cocktails. El Maresme-Forum Metro Station is 2 minutes’ walk away, and from here you can get to central Barcelona in around 15 minutes. Barcelona’s El Prat Airport is 25 minutes’ drive away.

See ‘Costa Dorada’ for information on staying at one of the many beach resorts close to Barcelona