Close to Passeig de Gracia B&B

As the name points out, the Close to Passeig de Gracia B&B is three blocks from the Passeig de Gracia. One of the city's main thoroughfares, Passeig de Gracia is lined with designer shops, restaurants and bars, as well as several architectural points of interest. The Metro station is even closer, which means you'll have easy access to main attractions in Barcelona, along with a quiet retreat from the action.

The four guestrooms in this restored 19th-century building are comfortable and contemporary, with private bathrooms and gorgeous tile floors. The shared kitchen comes equipped with the fixings for a light Continental self-service breakfast—including a Nespresso machine.

 

B&B Hotel Boat St. Katharine Barcelona

Vacations are for trying new things, and in Barcelona that can mean making a boat your bed. The B&B Hotel Boat St. Katharine Barcelona is a historical 80-foot Royal Navy boat that's been turned into a luxury yacht. Docked in the Port Forum Marina, the boat is less than 10 minutes' walk from central Barcelona and a few minutes' walk from the beach.

The boat features four nautically decorated cabins, three of which have private bathrooms, and two of which have portholes that can be opened. Owner Cas is the resident chef, preparing breakfast every morning (enjoyed on the sundeck) and tapas lunches or three-course dinners by request. There are inviting lounge chairs on the deck—not to mention a Jacuzzi—so it's perfectly understandable if you spend more time on the boat than on the beach.

 

Umma Barcelona B&B Boutique

Inside a 19th-century modernist building near the Passeig de Gracia, you'll find the Umma Barcelona B&B Boutique, a design hotel without a designer price tag. The rooms have been completely renovated. With bold wallpaper, rich purple and teal accents, and modern furnishings, the rooms have a chic look without being overly fussy. You'll have no second thoughts about curling up on the sofa with a book or a cup of coffee.

There are nine comfortable bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, and common areas include a lounge, a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. Continental breakfast is included, and there's no surcharge if you want to have it in your room. For guests who wish to use the kitchen to cook their own meals, the staff is on hand to do the dishes.

 

 

Salsas and Co

Located near the Avenue Diagonal arterial, Salsas & Co is a hip and homey B&B in central Barcelona where the friendly staff will make you feel like part of the family. Each room is decorated with a mix of modern and funky antique furnishings, with tasteful pops of color.

The eight guestrooms at Salsas & Co share the use of four modern bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. A homemade gourmet breakfast is served daily. Because authentic local food is a focal point at this B&B, the innkeepers offer Spanish cooking classes upon request.

 

 

Casa Mathilda

Casa Mathilda occupies the main floor of a historical building near the busy Avenue Diagonal and the  shopping street of Passeig de Gracia in the l'Eixample neighborhood. The rooms have been renovated, but original touches remain—including an antique elevator that will carry you from entrance hall to hotel and original parquet or tile flooring in each guestroom.

There are 14 rooms in this boutique hotel, all featuring contemporary decor and private bathrooms. Some rooms have outdoor terraces that are ideal for enjoying a cup of coffee on a sunny morning. Continental breakfast is served in the dining room by request, and coffee, tea and fruit are available all day.

—by Jessica Spiegel