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Although we have not been yet, we also are making our own way to Barcelona to join Navigater in May and found the hotels in city very expensive so decided on a hotel near the airport. Have booked the Novotel appx 3 mile from the airport and looks ok and very reasonable, just search Novotel on google.
You could find this website useful for the area and access to a load of hotels http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/barcelona-cruise-port.html The Condal was one put forward but some guests thought it a bit noisy whilst the Hotel Jazz in good area with lots of transport links but thought by some to be pricey !!
Have a look at Hostal Grau in a little street off the top of the Ramblas. room only but breakfast available in cafe.
If your not looking to pay over the top then I can recommend Hostal Grau. Perfect position & plenty of choice of eateries in the immediate locality......Wilba.
Hotel Nouvel is a small pleasant hotel just off the Ramblas and 100 metres from Place Catalunya. it has lots of character and costs around £90 per night.
Hi I was in Barcelona at Xmas and would reccoment the H10 Universistat. Its clean Modern and right next to Plaza Cataluna where all the action is and where La Rambla is take a look at the reviews on trip advisor for info on Barclona and the Hotel. Word of warning dont eat and drink on La Rambla its ver very expensive. Make sure when you book the H10 you ask for a high floor at the front of the buildong this will avoide any noise from the metro under the building. Dont worry the double glazing is great no street noise. The brekki was fine as well good value hotel with a cracking location and nice staff.
Trip advisors website is your best bet,i,m doing the same in may to join the navigator. Try & stay near las ramblas,its very central but you'll pay more. Location location!! (havn't booked my hotel yet,have whittled it down to 3, Ayre Hotel Caspe £70pn,U232 Hotel£100pn & H10 Raco del PI £140pn.) Good luck.
Have stayed in the Silken Concordia on Parra Lel ( No 115). Nice clean hotel but dont book dinner as this was expensive. I think we paid £75 for the room for one night before joining our cruise. Tip - dont get them to book your taxi to the port as this seems to cost about 7/8 euros more. Just hail a taxi outside, there are plenty on the street. Also plenty of places to eat , nice small cafe just right across the road for lovely breakfast and not expensive. Short walk to Las Ramblas .Enjoy Your cruise.
I don't care for 'Trip Advisor' though it comes near the top of Google searches for hotels, so people know it. www.hotelscomparison.com (an excellent site) will give you a good list of hotels, and some of the websites they link to (bookings.com comes to mind) have an excellent array of customer reviews and ratings that you can peruse . . . also www.hrs.de (and click on English lang as it's a German site) has a good base of hotel info and ratings - on their list I saw the 'Amrey Diagonal' and 'Condado' were a good mix of high ratings scores but lowish prices.
A WORD OF WARNING - we've visited loads of places, Europe and afar, Barcelona is the only place we've had to survive an attempted mugging, (Metro under the Sagrada Familia Cathedral) and I've heard from others that you need to keep wallet or handbag secure, and watch your pockets in crowds.
Hi we stayed in barcelona after our cruise in oct we stayed at the hotel barcino in the gothic quarter,it was smack in the middle of everything and was very clean and breakfast was good .We ate at night in the italian in the main square ,you have to queue but worth the wait for price and quality .Hope you enjoy your stay .