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Cheap hotels in El Raval, Barcelona

Intriguing, densely populated (but less heavily touristed) El Raval is located to the west of La Rambla. An outskirt and slum for much of its existence (its name comes from arrabal, which means "suburb" or "slum"), El Raval long bore the nickname Barrio Chino. The circus performers, gypsies and prostitutes who once lived here are immortalized on some of Picasso's most famous works from his Blue Period.

Today, the area has largely cleaned up its act, but it still maintains its rough-and-tumble edge and diverse population. And it's home to some of the most interesting spots in the city, including open-air markets, legit old eateries and trendy new bars and cafés. Also here are major cultural institutions like the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània (CCCB), as well as the Maritime Museum and the medieval Hospital de la Santa Creu.

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Hosteria Grau, Barcelona

Address Ramelleres, 27 (El Raval)

Combining helpful service, clean rooms and a tasteful design, Hostería Grau is a great find in a fantastic location.

8.4 Guest Rating

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$77

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Hotel Peninsular, Barcelona

Address Carrer de Sant Pau, 34 (El Raval)

Located on Sant Pau, a street which boasts many other old historical buildings, Peninsular is close to La Rambla and the center of the city.

7.0 Guest Rating

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$101

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Hostal Gat Raval, Barcelona

Address Joaquin Costa, 44 (El Raval)

Gat Raval is a new breed of hostal: sleek, modern, efficient, and fun. Rooms are simple, with interesting touches and a minimalist look.

7.6 Guest Rating

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$62

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Sant Agustí, Barcelona

Address Plaça Sant Agusti, 3 (El Raval)

The oldest hotel in Barcelona (built in 1880) is located in a convenient, if gritty, neighborhood. We love Hotel Sant Agustí's sophisticated modern style, which combines old and new.

7.3 Guest Rating

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$142

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Hotel Lleo, Barcelona

Address Pelai, 22-24 (El Raval)

If you can get into the jungle groove of this eccentric place, you may just decide that Hotel Lleó is a real cool cat. Either way, you'll love the fun extras this central three-star spot has to offer.

7.8 Guest Rating

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$103

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Hostal Gat Xino, Barcelona

Address Hospital, 155 (El Raval)

Hostal Gat Xino is a two-star hostal with 35 rooms and a modern luxury style, located in hip and lively El Raval.

7.6 Guest Rating

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$84

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Hotel Principal, Barcelona

Address Junta de Comercio, 8,10,12 (El Raval)

The Hotel Principal has been run by the same family for more than three decades and offers high quality, amenity-packed rooms, a central location and some personal touches.

7.6 Guest Rating

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$103

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Hotel Atlantis, Barcelona

Address Pelai, 20 (El Raval)

This family-run three-star hotel with 50 rooms is a trusty and reliable bet.

8.3 Guest Rating

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$111

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Hostal Ramos, Barcelona

Address Calle Hospital, 36 (El Raval)

Close to the center in the varied Raval neighborhood is the Ramos, a two-star hostal with 23 rooms. This is a cozy and inviting place, with nice, simple rooms and friendly staff.

7.6 Guest Rating

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$77

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Hotel Barbara, Barcelona

Address Marques de Barbera, 22 (El Raval)

With a super-central (if gritty) location, 58 basic rooms and very low rates, the one-star Hotel Barbara is a good pick for the unfussy budget traveler. 

6.2 Guest Rating

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$57

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