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If you have just a couple days in Barcelona, then you want to be where the action is and avoid transportation hassles. Usually on EuroCheapo, our advice is to stay away from touristy areas and pick a hotel in a more residential zone. There are a few reasons for this: lower costs, proximity to better restaurants, fewer pickpockets (sharks who tend to feed on the tourist fish). But the exception to this rule applies to visitors who are in town for a very short trip—about two nights or less. If you’re just in Barcelona on a layover or weekend escape, make your life easier and get a hotel in the very center of the city.
It doesn’t get any more central than this. H10 is right on Plaça Catalunya, the city’s main hub. From here La Rambla stretches down to the sea, and Passeig de Gràcia zips up towards all the Gaudí building goodness. When you arrive at the airport, jump on the Aerobús which will drop you off right in front of the hotel, the last stop on the bus line. What’s more, H10 is a very complete hotel with a restaurant, tea and coffee bar, plus a breakfast buffet. The rooms are on the smaller side, but they are still a good value. Drawbacks? The bustle, the noise and the lack of decent restaurants around the hotel. Despite these issues, H10 is our number one pick for a quick trip stay.
From $109 a night.
This one requires just a bit more walking that H10, but it’s a matter of a few blocks. Goya is off the main tourist vein and will be a tad quieter than H10. Also, there are apartment buildings on Pau Claris street giving Goya a more neighborhood vibe to it than H10, which is surrounded by businesses, restaurants, shopping and hotels. We also like Goya’s setting in an early-20th century building and the art nouveau floors. Goya is close to the Urquinaona metro stop, a quick stroll from Plaça Catalunya, near the Palau de la Música Catalana, ten minutes from the Gothic Quarter and a ten to fifteen-minute walk from Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Goya is also less expensive than H10, because it’s a hostal, not a proper hotel (meaning some rooms do not have bathrooms en suite).
From $95 a night.
Like H10, Lausanne is just off Plaça Catalunya and is effortless to get to from the metro, Aerobús and train. From Plaça Catalunya, walk down Portal del Angel half a block and you’re there. Simple. Lausanne is right in the middle of one of the city’s main shopping streets. While excellent restaurants do not abound in the area, you’ll have your pick of shoe shops, Zaras, Mangos, funky boutiques, book stores and ice cream stands. Due to its downtown location, all major Barcelona sights are a ten-minute walk or short metro ride away from Lausanne.
From $57 a night.
When you only have 48 hours in Barcelona, why waste any time trying to locate your hotel or riding the bus around? Stay at one of these three spots to make the most of your quick trip.