Barcelona: Best “off the beaten path” hotels for Cheapos

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Stay at these hotels and you'll discover hidden corners of Barcelona, rather than the typical tourist attractions.

On one hand, staying in a touristy area of the city makes your trip to Barcelona easier because everything you might need is in close proximity. Need food? Lots of restaurants on La Rambla. Need an ATM? Carrer Ferran is lined with them. Afternoon snack? Gelato shops on every corner in the Gothic Quarter.

But while the center of Barcelona can be fun, with plenty of fascinating sights on offer, the bars, eateries and boutiques here are always a bit more spendy, cashing in on the fact that you don’t know the exchange rate, or the local cost of things.

One way to avoid getting gouged is to stay in parts of the city which are less frequented by tourists. Here are a few hotels that get our stamp of approval for being “off the beaten tourist track”:

HelloBCN Hostel.

Take a break with a game of ping pong at the HelloBCN Hostel.

Poble Sec

HelloBCN Hostel
Lafont, 8-10
Doubles from $80 to $134

Quickly becoming the next “hip” spot in Barcelona, a title that El Raval has had for years, Poble Sec has always been a working-class neighborhood behind Barcelona’s theater district, on the foot of Montjuïc Mountain.

HelloBCN Hostel is a superb 148-bed establishment located right around the corner from Paral-lel Metro stop, the Apolo Club and concert hall, and the countless bars, shops and restaurants in Poble Sec.

The hostel is decorated in red, charcoal and metal tones, with numerous black leather sofas throughout. It’s comfortable, it’s cool. There is always music playing, and the vibe is inviting and festive.

Most of Poble Sec is on a hill, and walking up it can be brutal. However, HelloBCN is right at the beginning of this incline, meaning it’s easy to get to with bags and backpacks in-tow.

Astoria Hotel Bar

The Astoria Hotel provides a swanky setting off the beaten track.

Eixample (upper)

Astoria Hotel
Paris, 203
Doubles from $94 to $257

You won’t find many tourists here unless they are lost or going to the Astoria Hotel. Though the Astoria is tucked away in the upper Eixample, it’s actually not far from Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s main shopping drag where many a Gaudí building are located.

The 114-room Astoria Hotel is a splurge-worthy pamper palace and one of the top three-star hotels we’ve seen, with great extras like a fitness center and rooftop swimming pool.

Hostal Girona entrance

The Hostal Girona may be a hidden gem, but it’s still close to most major sights!

Eixample (lower)

Hostal Girona
Girona, 24 1º-1ª
Doubles from $67 to $114

Staying at Hostal Girona means that even though you’re off the tourist track, you’ll still be in the heart of town, with all the benefits that provides.  In close proximity, you can find the Gothic Quarter, Plaça Catalunya, the metro, the bus, Parc de la Ciutadella, Gaudí sights, and many restaurants, bars, and cafes.

The hostal has all the perks of being in the center without the excessive noise, pickpockets, and price gouging. The 19-room pension tends toward bare-bones, but it’s spic-and-span and its peak season rates top out at €60 for a standard double.

Do you stay “off the beaten path?”

Have you stayed in a hostel or hotel in Barcelona and loved its non-touristy location? Let us know!

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Regina W Bryan

About the author: Regina W.Bryan is a Barcelona-based freelance writer and photographer. When not eating tapas and exploring Europe, she is tending her balcony veggie garden and practicing Catalan. For more of her thoughts on Spain, check: and

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  1. This experience is a few years old but still valid: we found great prices at the hotel chain called Ibis all across Europe, especially on weekends. This business class hotel is not charming but it can be depended upon to always provide a very clean, comfortable room with available bar and breakfast for a good price. In Barcelona we stayed in their high-rise hotel in Heron City, a shopping complex with restaurants on the ground floor. I just checked the price for a room for two there for a September weekend and found it’s only $103 — not euros, dollars! Other Barcelona Ibis hotels were even less. I’ve stayed in this chain in many places in Europe and found it to never disappoint.


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