Hotels on and around Plaça Catalunya are extremely popular, as this is one of Barcelona’s focal points for tourism. From here people head up Passeig de Gracia or down Las Ramblas. Plaça Catalunya is also an important transport hub, and from here you can catch a direct metro to many of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. As a result, if you insist on staying in a hotel on Plaça Catalunya you can pay a high price. However, there are some very attractive hotels here and also in the near surroundings, and you won’t be disappointed at the quality of the accommodation.
Just around the corner from Plaça Catalunya, Hotel Regina is an historic 4-star hotel with an Art Nouveau entrance and elegant facilities. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to four stars, you will be happy aiming for Hotel Catalunya Barcelona, which is a cheaper hotel in an excellent location close to Plaça Catalunya. From here you can explore Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter on foot; this is an ideal location for indulging in the nearby shopping opportunities.
Numerous open top tour buses leave from Plaça Catalunya to whisk visitors around Barcelona. This vast square contains cement and stone benches, colorful ornamental gardens, and exquisite statues. At the far end is one of the largest and most prominent water fountains in the city. Plaça Catalunya is especially busy during the weekends, when the city’s young gather to go out to the nearby clubs. From here you can stroll along the pathways of the great square to watch the street performers and visit the tourist information and souvenir kiosks. Some of the largest and most prominent department stores line the square.
Exclusive accommodation can be found on nearby Passeig de Gracia, which is also the site of Gaudi creations Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. Heading towards the port, hotels also line Las Ramblas, many set in historical buildings and some with rooftop terraces. This is a great place to spend a little more freely on accommodation and save money by eating in local spots throughout the nearby Gothic Quarter and El Raval. Hotel Praktik Rambla is well worth the money for its excellent location and high quality facilities. This 3-star boutique hotel is set in a 19th century palace.
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