We have reviewed the top 12 districts to stay in Barcelona, with help from the artificial intelligence of Speakspots. Based on the objective criteria of our artificial intelligence, we have selected the best district: Dreta de l'Eixample. This district offers a near-perfect balance among the four criteria we consider most important for choosing where to stay: 1) Value for money (Hotels and Airbnb); 2) Proximity to tourist attractions; 3) Safety; and 4) Absence of nighttime noise.
If you also want to see our AI-generated tourist itinerary, you can visit our: Barcelona 2-Day Itinerary, Barcelona 3-Day Itinerary or Barcelona 4-Day Itinerary.
To help you locate the district, we've drawn an approximate rectangle of Dreta de l'Eixample district on the Speakspots map. The rectangle has Avinguda Diagonal to the north, the Arc de Triomf to the southeast, and the Universitat area to the southwest. We recommend starting your accommodation search in this area. The hotel and Airbnb options aren't vast, so we suggest booking as soon as possible if you want the best place to stay during your Barcelona vacation.
Hotel: If you spend the night in a 3-star hotel, the price per night will range from 70 to 120 euros. While in a 4-star hotel, you will pay between 100 and 160 euros per night.
Airbnb: A small studio or apartment on Airbnb will range from 60 to 150 euros in the area.
Prices in Dreta de l'Eixample district are in the same range as the Gothic Quarter district but certainly cheaper than in the Gracia district or Via Laietana neighbourhood.
Dreta de l'Eixample is at the perfect distance from the main tourist areas without being in the epicenter of any of them. This allows you to avoid noise and crowds. The only small inconvenience is having to walk a bit (but not too much!).
From the center of Dreta de l'Eixample, you are a 20-25 minute walk from the Sagrada Familia, a 10-15 minute walk from Plaza Catalunya (the heart of Barcelona), and just a 20-minute walk from the Cathedral in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.
Both in terms of safety and the absence of nighttime noise, Dreta de l'Eixample is an excellent choice according to reviews and blogs on the internet. Complaints from tourists staying in other more touristy neighborhoods like Ciutat Vella (Gothic Quarter, Raval, etc.) tend to be related to a sense of security and nighttime noise that makes it difficult to sleep well. Additionally, the buildings are older and provide less noise insulation than newer hotels in Dreta de l'Eixample.
Go to Google News and type 'delitos dreta eixample', and you'll see 0 results (updated to September 12, 2023). Now try typing 'delitos ciutat vella' and you'll see more than 60 results (updated to September 12, 2023).
If we do the same search but with 'ruido nocturno dreta eixample'. you'll only see 7 results compared to the 45 results for 'ruido nocturno ciutat vella'. 7 times more! Note: Information updated as of September 12, 2023.
We have our own selection of the best value-for-money hotels to help you start your search within Dreta de l'Eixample!
Hostalin Barcelona Passeig de Gracia: It's a 3-star hotel next to the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona, in the lower part of Passeig de Gracia that crosses Dreta de l'Eixample. It has an 8.2 out of 10 on Booking, and its location is unbeatable. If you're looking for a hotel just for sleeping and nothing more, this is your choice!
Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864: It's a 4-star hotel near Plaza Catalunya, the nerve center of the Catalan capital. It's 20-40 euros more expensive per night than Hostalin, due to the category upgrade and better hotel quality. Reviews highlight a very good breakfast at this hotel! If you want a great location but also want to enjoy the hotel and have a good breakfast, this is the option for you! It has an 8.3 out of 10 on Booking.
NH Collection Barcelona Podium: It's a 4-star hotel next to the Arc de Triomf and the Parc de la Ciutadella. It's 10-20 euros more expensive per night than Hotel Catalonia Eixample, but you'll understand why when you read the reviews. Excellent service and facilities to enjoy during your stay, if you have a little extra time between attractions! It has an 8.5 out of 10 on Booking. For a bit more money, you'll have an excellent option in Barcelona without having to pay for a 5-star hotel.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Barcelona. And remember that you can view our minute-by-minute tourist itinerary at the following links: Barcelona 2-Day Itinerary, Barcelona 3-Day Itinerary or Barcelona 4-Day Itinerary.