Looking for where to stay in Barcelona with kids?
Barcelona is such a beautiful city to visit with kids. There is so much to do, so much to see, and so much to eat in the city and it is incredibly kid-friendly! There are many areas to the city making it difficult to decide where to stay in Barcelona with kids. The city is divided into 10 districts and each district has several neighborhoods — some of which share the same name as the district. It can get confusing but we’ve got a handy guide of the city with information on the best neighborhoods to stay in Barcelona and the best hotels in Barcelona for families.
To see exactly where we stayed during our trip to Barcelona, check out our trip recap here.
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The Eixample district is my favorite area in Barcelona and my most recommended when considering where to stay in Barcelona with kids. It contains many popular tourist attractions like the Gaudi houses, La Sagrada Familia, and all the glorious shopping on Passeig de Gracia. There are tons of taxis, public transportation, and tour bus pickups in the area as well. Best of all, you’ll be in the mix of things without compromising your safety.
Some neighborhoods in this district are ritzier than others [and that is usually reflected in the price] but the entire area is home to some of the best hotels in Barcelona for families.
These managed apartments are right in the heart of Passeig de Gracia and walking distance to both Gaudi homes. They are incredibly spacious with 1-3 bedroom options. All units come with a sofa bed, fully equipped kitchen, and a washer/dryer. It is managed by Sixtytwo Hotel next door so you will always have staff on hand for any needs that may arise.
Read a more detailed review and see a video tour of the two bedroom apartment at Apartments Sixtyfour here.
Located just off Las Ramblas, El Palace Barcelona has a pool, on-site dining options, and a rooftop terrace. This is a particularly family-friendly hotel option in Barcelona due to their family plan with 2 bedrooms [one is furnished with either a double bed or two twin beds and the other has a queen bed with a living room [equipped with a sofa bed].
Not only is ICON BCN in the heart of one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Barcelona, but it is incredibly family-friendly. They offer a variety of rooms from a room with just a full [double] bed to a quadruple room with a queen bed and bunk beds. Bunk beds for kids are always a win! They also offer free wi-fi, free bike rentals, and free Ipads for use during your stay.
The Sants neighborhood in Barcelona is another consideration for where to stay in Barcelona with kids. It is conveniently located near the Barcelona Sants train station [perfect for a train trip to Madrid] making public transportation, outbound trains, and car rentals easily accessible. Due to the nature of the area, it is incredibly busy and graffiti abounds. However, it also has more residential features that families will find beneficial like grocery store options.
If you’ve chosen the Sants neighborhood for where to stay in Barcelona with kids, you can’t get any closer to the Sants train station than Barcelo Sants. Located above the train station, Barcelo Sants has free wi-fi, on-site dining options, car hire, and on-site parking. For families, they offer a family room made up of two interconnecting rooms with two televisions, two bathrooms, and four twin beds.
Managed apartments are some of the best hotels in Barcelona for families because they offer space and home-like amenities. The Cosmo Apartments Sants offers everything from studio apartments [think traditional hotel room] with one king bed to two-bedroom apartments — all only a few minutes away from Barcelona Sants Train Station. Families would also appreciate the 24-hour manned desk, free wi-fi, and gourmet food baskets available upon request.
Gothic Quarter Neighborhood
The Gothic Quarter [or Barri Gotic] is one of the most popular tourist areas in Barcelona. It is one of the original neighborhoods of Barcelona and its old-town charm is apparent throughout the area. It is widely considered one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Barcelona – especially when discussing where to stay in Barcelona with kids. The Gothic Quarter is home to landmarks such as Pont del Bisbe, the Barcelona Cathedral, and Las Ramblas.
It is a busy part of town but an incredible area to explore and still incredibly kid-friendly. There are restaurants [and churro shops] everywhere, plenty of open spaces for the kids to run around, and ample public transportation options.
Located within walking distance to the infamous Las Ramblas, Duquesa de Cardona Hotel offers stunning marina views from their rooftop terrace. They also have free wi-fi, two rooftop plunge pools [perfect for the summer], and on-site dining options. Their customer service receives rave reviews and families will appreciate their family room options with either two twin beds and a king bed or two twin beds and two sofa beds.
The Catalonia Catedral is one of the best hotels in Barcelona for families almost based on the views alone. It’s super close to the Barcelona Cathedral but you can also see the nearby La Sagrada Familia from their rooftop pool terrace. Smartphones are available to guests free of charge and free wi-fi is also provided. Their family room [with a king bed and a sofa bed] can fit a maximum of four and is the perfect option for the average-sized family.
Catedral Bas Apartments Barcelona offers your standard fare: spacious rooms, free wifi, and air conditioning. But they also have fully equipped kitchens, a washing machine [a real perk when you’re traveling for long periods of time with kids], and a room cleaning service [something many managed apartments do not offer]. Their one and two-bedroom combinations offer a variety of options to fit any sized family.
El Poblenou Neighborhood
The El Poblenou neighborhood is one of the most underrated neighborhoods in Barcelona. Its central location makes it a favorite among those living in Barcelona but for visitors, it is also one of the best neighborhoods in Barcelona due to its proximity to most of the major tourist attractions. Because of the ample amount of bars and nightclubs in the area, the neighborhood is known to have a bit of a party feel. If you like to be near the action but in an area with more of a residential feel, El Poblenou is where you should stay in Barcelona with kids.
The Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona is only steps from the Nova Icaria Beach making it a top contender for the best hotel in Barcelona for families. All guests will love their modern and newly updated rooms, breakfast options, and free wifi. Families, in particular, will love their family room option which features a queen bed and a sofa bed in an adjoining room [hellooo, privacy!].
As one of the few hotels in Barcelona that offer connecting rooms, the Melia Barcelona Sky Hotel is top of the list for where to stay in Barcelona with kids. There are a couple of bed options for families that provides much-appreciated flexibility. The family rooms come with two separate bathrooms and outstanding views of the city.
Les Corts Neighborhood
The Les Corts neighborhood is mostly known as the area close to Camp Nou. But it has plenty of neighborhood gems beyond the soccer stadium. The abundance of grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping venues makes it one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Barcelona.
We absolutely love the NH Collection hotel chain and try to stay at one during every spring break trip. That’s why this list wouldn’t be complete without including NH Collection Barcelona Constanza as one of the best hotels in Barcelona for families. There is a shopping center right next door to the hotel, many dining options in the area, a variety of room options available for families, and is only a 15-minute walk to Camp Nou.
When describing why AC Hotel Diagonal L’Illa is where to stay in Barcelona with kids, two words come to mind: breakfast buffet. There are other great qualities to this hotel too, of course. Private parking, signature bed linens, and on-site restaurants. It is also just a little over a mile to the beloved Camp Nou. Families have room to breathe in their family room with two twin beds and two sofa beds.
You’d be hard-pressed to find spacious accommodations like those at 08028 Apartments closer to Camp Nou. Just a short 5-minute walk to the stadium, every apartment comes with its own balcony and kitchen area. The building itself has a manned front desk, communal self-service washing/drying area, and a rooftop pool.
Looking to be as close to the Barcelona beaches as possible? Then the Barceloneta neighborhood is your best bet for the best neighborhood to stay in Barcelona. You’ll be close enough to be surfside but while still having plenty of public transportation options available. This area has more of a young, party vibe so be aware of that when choosing where to stay in Barcelona with kids. The prices for the hotels tend to range on the higher side for this area as well. However, it is still a wonderful option and has some of the best hotels in Barcelona for families.
The Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel features a rooftop pool [overlooking the ocean], on-site dining options, and a variety of room configurations to fit most families. Their family junior suite is a favorite and can accommodate up to four with a king bed [or two twin beds] and a sofa bed.
How does waking up to a view of the Barceloneta beach sound? Like a dream, you want to make a reality? Then the Hotel Arts Barcelona is the hotel for you! Easily recognizable by its unique architecture, this 5-star hotel packs a punch for smaller families. From private reception areas to its outstanding city views, Hotel Arts Barcelona definitely has a focus on luxury. Their bed options, however, are really only suited for two adults and one child. If that works for your family, then this is a wonderful choice in Barcelona.
This area also has a few great apartment options. Click here to do a full search of family-friendly apartments in Barcelona.
Searchable Map of Best Hotels in Barcelona for Families
Have you been to Barcelona? Where is your favorite place to stay in Barcelona with kids?