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Choosing The Right Barcelona Accommodation
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Choosing the right Barcelona accommodation for your
short-term vacation in Barcelona or business trip is not as
straightforward as most people believe it to be. Most people
automatically look for a hotel directory to find their
accommodation, but there are several alternative options
that might better suit your needs.
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Choosing The Right Barcelona Accommodation
Copyright (c) 2009 Olga Simon
Way 2 Barcelona
Choosing the right Barcelona accommodation for your short-term
vacation in Barcelona or business trip is not as straightforward
as most people believe it to be. Most people automatically look
for a hotel directory to find their accommodation, but there are
several alternative options that might better suit your needs.
Not only can these offer you a greater degree of comfort, but can
also be considerably less expensive that hotel accommodation - a
factor that is assuming increasing importance in today's
economic climate. The major business and vacation accommodation
alternatives that Barcelona has to offer are:
1. Holiday Apartments
There are literally hundreds of self-catering apartments for
short-term let in Barcelona. Many people shy away when they read
the words 'self-catering', but what is a hotel? If you prefer
to eat out you can do so just the same with self-catering
accommodation as you can do with a hotel. However, the former
allows to put together a sandwich or even a steak for supper
should you want to do so, that no hotel room enables you to do.
With prices commencing at 70 Euros a day there need be no
explanation for the reason for their popularity. There are many
vacation apartments all over Barcelona, including the centre of
the city such as the holiday apartments in Las Ramblas and Barrio
Gotico. If you prefer luxury, then Eixample and Vila Olimpica
offer you an excellent choice of luxury apartments for short-term
You get what you want in Barcelona, and the city can offer both
inexpensive and higher priced luxury short-term rental
accommodation, plus anything between the two. Before deciding,
just consider the advantages that a fully fitted apartment offers
over a hotel: cooking facilities when you need them, dishwasher
and laundry right on the premises at no extra cost and you can
bring in your own drinks at a fraction of the price of hotel
You can also have broadband internet access, and many offer a
safe for those valuables that you don't want to carry about with
you. Finally, an added financial benefit is that while you each
pay full price for your separate rooms in a hotel, apartments are
priced differently. Hence, if you pay 90 euros for two people,
three can cost only 100 euros and so on. That should keep your
With over 400 hotels, you won't be short of hotel accommodation
in Barcelona. Every hotel is en-suite, and they come in a range
of prices and grades, from one to five stars. You get what you
would expect from hotels, and the more stars the more you pay and
the more luxury and comfort you get. You can expect the five-star
hotels to be truly luxurious, with superb facilities and a high
level of service. Four-star hotels will be almost as good as the
accommodation first-class, while a three-star hotel will cost
Many hotels in Barcelona are built around an inner courtyard, and
rooms overlooking these will be quiet but can be gloomy, but they
all tend to have air conditioning to keep you comfortable during
the hot Spanish summers!
Public areas in the lower-graded hotels can be fairly sparse, and
some of the lower graded or ungraded hotels will not offer
restaurant facilities. However, if you tend to spend the vast
majority of your time out of your accommodation that should not
These basically take the form of small apartments within hotels,
and are a relatively new accommodation development in Barcelona.
They usually offer a room or two and an equipped small kitchen
with cooking facilities and crockery that enable you to cook your
own meals if you wish. They are like a mini-apartment and good
for families or small groups visiting Barcelona on vacation or
They combine the benefits of a hotel and a short-term rental
apartment without fully realizing the benefits that either alone
can provide. However, they are a new idea to Barcelona and fine
for short-term visits.
4. Hostales and Pensions
A 'hostal' (in Spanish) and a 'pension' in Spain are
fundamentally the same, being equivalent to a guesthouse or small
hotel. They are frequently family businesses, generally without
the facilities of full hotels. Few offer restaurant facilities,
and many do not offer breakfast. The cost would be expected to be
a third to a half of that of a hotel, and a hostal or pension is
a cheap alternative when you have to keep an eye on your
They are graded from one to three stars, and while a 3-star
pension is equivalent to about a 2-star hotel, the facilities and
amenities offered are not represented by the star rating, and
neither are the prices charged.
5. Youth Hostels
Youth hostels are cheap accommodation for younger people with a
common bathroom, and normally common sleeping areas. They
generally have few or no comforts or amenities apart from toilet
facilities, and their prices reflect the fact.
In general, people normally go for hotels or Barcelona apartment
rentals, and the luxury Barcelona apartments especially are
becoming increasingly more popular because they are less
expensive and better appointed than the same luxury hotels,
offering more options at lower cost for groups of holidaymakers
and business-people. Beach apartments are also popular, though
many prefer the Las Ramblas apartments and Barrio Gotico
apartments due to their proximity to the city centre.
It should be stressed that all accommodation in Catalonia is
regulated by the Generalitat, or regional government, so that you
can be sure of a reasonable standard that should reflect the
price that you pay. That price, however, will vary according to
the season, and is generally higher in summer, Christmas and
Easter. They can also increase during fairs and festival
projects, and during local holidays when the local population
tend to take many of them up.
Olga Simon is a Barcelona holiday expert for Way to Barcelona,
an operator providing short term rental Barcelona Apartments
for vacation and business stay.
At her website http://www.way2barcelona.com/travel-guide/
you will also find comprehensive Guide to Barcelona city with
useful up-to-date information about the sights, restaurants,
nightlife and much more.
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